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Music Video: Artie Shaw, Nightmare

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Smoky, film noire, haunting & tragic. New discovery. I’ve always been a huge fan of Benny Goodman, thought Artie Shaw was more commercial. But this…! Dark and moody, it hits you with sensuality, sorrow and anomie. In spite of his many upbeat hits, this was Artie Shaw’s favorite and his signature song.

Perhaps a good accompaniment to Never Come Morning, Nelson Algren’s tragic masterpiece of urban misery & loss.  Nightmare could be its soundtrack…

Recently discovered the polymath genius Artie Shaw: He was a musical prodigy who took up the clarinet at 16 and immediately left home to play in various bands. He went on to become a major musical figure as a jazz clarinetist, bandleader, composer and arranger. He formed several bands, hiring Billie Holiday as his vocalist and Buddy Rich as drummer, et al. He was an innovative musician who fused bebop, classical & world music into his big band repertoire. When he wasn’t touring, recording or composing, he studied advanced mathematics, and became an expert marksman and sportsman. He was an author who wrote fiction and autobiography. His commercial success didn’t mean much to him; he walked away from opportunities to capitalize on his fame. Okay, the good-looking super-genius Artie did have a problem: relationships. He was married eight times. Who cares? His musical genius brings delight, joy and happiness into the world.

And now the purple dusk of twilight time
Steals across the meadows of my heart
High up in the sky the little stars climb
Always reminding me that we’re apart

You wander down the lane and far away
Leaving me a song that will not die
Love is now the stardust of yesterday
The music of the years gone by

Sometimes I wonder why I spend
The lonely night dreaming of a song
The melody haunts my reverie
And I am once again with you
When our love was new
And each kiss an inspiration
But that was long ago
Now my consolation
Is in the stardust of a song

Beside a garden wall
When stars are bright
You are in my arms
The nightingale tells his fairy tale
A paradise where roses bloom
Though I dream in vain
In my heart it will remain
My stardust melody
The memory of love’s refrain

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  1. This is fab – I loved it

    Sylvia Krasner

    October 2, 2010 at 3:14 am

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