Walter Donaldson knew “what makes the world go round,” and it was displayed in many ways at Teddy’s (that’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York) on the night of May 19, 2011.
Violinist Rob Hecht (he plays a five-string fiddle) was joined by singer / actress Tamar Korn, trumpeter Gordon Au, and string bassist Rob Adkins for a few sets of familiar music made new.
I was there with the Beloved. and UK comrades Sir Robert Cox, his wife Bobbie, and sons Tom and Ed — representing the Empire most happily amidst barbecued spareribs and appropriate beverages.
Here are seven performances from that evening: musicians in love with the music, creative artists able to focus on making beauty in the midst of an amiable crowd enwrapped in their own conversations. I make a point of the chatty crowd not to rebuke them — they’re used to background music. even if it’s coming from live musicians. But I applaud the unselfconscious integrity and focus of these (and other) musicians who shut out the distractions and go straight ahead, sending beauty and swing into the world even if the world seems not to pay much attention. Musicians know that there’s always someone listening . . . !
Here’s some optimism. THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR THE SUNRISE (which we are reasonably sure will come again tomorrow morning):
Another kind of optimism is a little more didactic. There’s only one thing to do, so WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS:
I suppose it’s hard not to take it personally, but YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY, which Tamar sings with great good humor (and the verse!) rather than rancor or frustration:
Donaldson’s paean to domestic bliss, from whence this posting’s title comes, MY BLUE HEAVEN:
A sweet old-fashioned song (Wayne King’s theme), THE WALTZ YOU SAVED FOR ME, gets a beautifully delicate and convincing performance here:
STARDUST, a song that doesn’t grow old:
Do you run your hands / through silv’ry strands? You might be BLUE, TURNING GREY (OVER YOU) or over someone:
Beautiful music, bravely made!