Monday, November 30, 2009

It Never Entered My Mind

I wanted to talk a little about a great song that did not make our Top 20 List. The song is, "It Never Entered My Mind"written by Rodgers and Hart in 1940 for the musical, "Higher and Higher". The lyrics of this song tell a story about lost love that can be reduced to the saying, "You don't know how good you have it today until you lose it tomorrow"! This is such an outstanding song and it's been covered by just about everyone. However, I would like to recommend the 3 covers I have listed below to experience the song at its very best.

The first cover is by the great Marian McPartland. She delivers the melody with such emotional understanding of the lyric, you will almost forget she is only playing the melody.

The second cover is by the great Nancy Wilson. You can actually feel the pain of the lyrics through the picture Nancy paints when she sings. Even though almost everything Nancy Wilson sings is outstanding, I think she is at her very best on this cover.

The third cover is by the great Miles Davis at a time in his career when I think he was doing his very best work. His voice is his trumpet, and he is also able to project the emotional sadness of this song without the aid of any lyric.

So there it is! Three covers from a piano, a voice and a trumpet and they all fit together like a glove. Enjoy!

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