Here are four more magical explorations into the deep heart of song by two wonderful singers and improvisers — Meredith Axelrod and Tamar Korn, flying free at San Francisco’s Cafe Atlas on August 10, 2013.
Not only did they use their voices to sing the lyrics and chart the melodies in most harmonious ways; they became a small orchestra of trumpets without brass or mouthpieces, a violin of the soul — needing no strings, rosin, or bow, and tweeting ensemble of airborne birdcalls.
I thought of the words that appeared on the label of the Mills Brothers’ early Decca records: No musical instruments or mechanical devices used on this recording other than one guitar.
Who needs more?
And fittingly, here’s a song the Mills Brothers recorded early on — NOBODY’S SWEETHEART:
The 1920 classic, MARGIE, with a verse that explains it all:
For Bing and Louis and all the dreamers, WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS:
And Tamar lets us know it with JEALOUS HEARTED ME:
Thank you once more, Meredith and Tamar, for reminding us how light-hearted yet how deep beauty really is, and for encouraging us to be as free in our lives as you are in your song.
May your happiness increase!