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Saturday, March 06, 2004

THE THING OF IT (Part 8 of Driving Down the Mountain with Ella and Friends)

The THING of IT.

The thing of it IS.

The thing of it is, Ella’s voice glows. When the arrangement fits the song like a well-tailored suit -- when it “suits” the song -- she’ll just illuminate it. And all the arrangements suit up well on “Ella and Friends.”

The other day I was puzzling over the paradox that Louis Armstrong inspires more commentarial verbiage, while I listen to Ella more. And listening to her "Cole Porter Songbook" tonight, it struck me. The consistent glow of her singing warms like a cozy soul-blanket.

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