Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

Your P.M. Political Palate Cleanser.

I've made myself a note to try to end each blogging day with something completely apolitical and undeniably lovely.

This morning I stumbled across this 1962 clip from the Kraft Music Hall show, in which Perry Como hosts Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd performing the Bossa Nova standard, "Desafinado."

The Antonio Carlos Jobim-penned song was the breakout hit from Getz & Byrd's "Jazz Samba" album, which became an instant classic. It belongs in everyone's music collection -- yes, even yours. The only two things wrong with the album are that it wasn't a double album and that I didn't discover it until I was in my late 20s.

"Desafinado" has one of those melodies which talented jazz artists can play with almost endlessly -- and Getz & Byrd were endlessly talented. You're in for a treat with this live performance, perhaps especially if you're already familiar with the album version.

Almost as much fun is, following "Desafinado," watching the hopelessly square (or at least that was always his stage persona) Como noodling around with the guys on one of his older hits.

Anyway, maybe talk about this at the dinner table tonight, instead of that outrageous thing you saw on Facebook or that even more outrageous thing you saw on Twitter.

One More Thing...

How I stumbled on this clip is one of those things which makes the Internet such an amazing tool.

When I was writing earlier about John McCain, I was reminded of something some other musician had said about Stan Getz. You might not know but Getz was not the most stable, fun-to-be-around guy. He had ego issues, drug issues, and serious mood swing issues. So much so, that one of Getz's contemporary sax players, Zoot Sims, referred to him as "a nice bunch of guys."

Googling for that quote, I found it in a 2013 Dangerous Minds post concerning Getz's 1954 drug arrest. The author of the piece, Paul Gallagher, was kind enough to include today's video. Since the Kraft show happened years later and had nothing to do with Getz's arrest, I assume Gallagher included it for no other reason than he'd stumbled across it himself. The video itself was posted to YouTube by somebody calling themselves "lstash," who seems to specialize in 1950s and '60s TV musical broadcasts. How he obtains his clips from the Age Before VCRs, I have no idea. If you're interested, here's his YouTube page.

The result of all this is that a guy with a passion for old TV got stumbled upon by a guy with a love for jazz, who got stumbled upon by a guy trying to recover from an ugly day of politics.

Ain't the internet grand?