Cheesy Song of the Day, April 24: ‘Can’t We Be Friends’ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

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Ella Fitzgerald
& Louis Armstrong are telling the story of attraction turning into friendly affection instead of a full on robust love affair. I shrug because isn’t that the way it is — the guy you  like A LOT, sees you as a friend and the guy who likes you, you view as a friend.  I imagine people as molecules bumping into each other, but never attaching and forming new molecules. I don’t even know if molecules can do this but in my version of the world, they can.  And for days, months, years, there aren’t any molecules to attach to.  Or if there are molecules to attach to, the hold is too tenuous.
But what if the can’t we be friends part is the middle? And the molecule/person that slipped away many moons ago is now stronger, surer, confident…..adhesive?
What duet would Ella & Louis be singing?

What’s YOUR Cheesy Song of the Day?

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Cheesy Song of the Day, April 12: ‘Precious’ Esperanza Spalding

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Fury. Betrayal. Rage. Impulsive. Clarity.

I had an argument with an ex-boyfriend a few days ago.  It was an argument I should have had months ago but it took me a few months to see him for what he  is and become tired.  Bone tired.   To recount the argument would be

1. one sided
2. biased

What I can share that isn’t biased is that  after I hung up the phone, thinking of this song by Esperanza Spalding and feeling a little bit better.

What’s YOUR Cheesy Song of the Day?

Cheesy Song of the Day, March 19: ‘Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most’ Betty Carter

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This requires a day without any commitments, numerous scotch on the rocks and tears. The maudlin, unbidden kind. Betty Carter knew too much.

What’s YOUR Cheesy Song of the Day?

Cheesy Song of the Day, March 16: ‘A Little Warm Death’ Cassandra Wilson

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To me, this is one of the sweetest ways to ask for sex. Let me count the ways….

The phrase ‘a little warm death’ is inspired by the French idiom ‘la petite mort’ which is a metaphor for orgasm.  Inserting ‘warm’ between ‘little’ and ‘death’ makes it so inviting, desirable, otherworldly.  Wilson’s lyrics build on this feeling:

Come on and relax with me/let me take away your physicality

I can hardly wait to feel you moving through my world, through  my world

In a culture that conflates sexual intimacy with crassness & immediate gratification,  I feel the anticipation and beauty of climax is restored with Wilson’s beautiful imagery and melody.

What’s YOUR Cheesy Song of the Day?