I SURRENDER, DEAR, is truly a forlorn love song. Not “You left me: where did you go?” but “Without you I can’t make my way,” which is a more abject surrender to love unfulfilled.
And here’s Bing, both in 1931 and 1939 — so you can hear the intense yearning in the words and music:
A very mature version (with John Scott Trotter):
(There are several more Bing-versions of this song, for those willing to immerse themselves in YouTube, including a 1971 performance on the Flip Wilson Show where one line of the lyrics is . . . altered.)
But now to Mister Strong.
On November 6, 2015, this glorious group of musicians — Bent Persson, Rico Tomasso, Menno Daams, Kristoffer Kompen, Lars Frank, Robert Fowler, Michael McQuaid, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Malcolm Sked, Nick Ball, Spats Langham did the holy work of evoking Louis Armstrong at the 2015 Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party. Here’s my video of this wonderful song — sung and played by the heroic Bent Persson:
Here, for the cinematographers in the viewing audience, is Flemming Thorbye’s video of the same performance — which is much better than mine!
And about two months earlier, Duke Heitger, trumpet; Rossano Sportiello, piano; Nicki Parrott, string bass; Ricky Malichi, drums, gave this beautiful song a treatment that reminds me a little of Benny Carter and Teddy Wilson, not bad antecedents at all:
We associate surrender with defeat, with failure. If love requires the surrender of the armored ego, that’s a triumph. And the creation of beauty out of painful yearning, another triumph. Incidentally, the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party takes place in September; the Mike Durham Classic Jazz Party in November. So no reason for conflict.
May your happiness increase!
I love it when you do these comparisons,Michael.All of the clips were fine,but my favorite is Bing’s 1931 version when he was truly a great jazz singer.