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February 14, 2011
The origin of Valentine's Day and its patron saint is shrouded in mystery. Although the day supposedly was established by Pope Gelasius I in 496 AD.
Then again who cares about history today anyway.
Today is about romance.
And nobody said it better than Rodgers and Hart:
"My funny Valentine
Sweet comic Valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable, unphotographable
Yet you're my favorite work of art..."
And nobody put more feeling into the music and words than one Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker, who played the trumpet and sang more than a little.
"Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak, are you smart?"
Chet made it his signature song and re-invented it every time he played it.
In James Gavin's Book, "Deep in a Dream," he tells the story of how Carson Smith, bassist for the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, found this then-obscure piece in a songbook.
Gavin writes: "...he played the tune as written, stretching out its slow, spare phrases until they seemed to ache. His hushed tone drew the ear, it suggested a door thrown open on some dark night of the soul, then pulled shut as the last note faded..."
"But don't change a hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little Valentine, stay
Each day is Valentine's Day."
Maybe the real reason he loved the song so much is because he was less than perfect himself — to put it politely.
I've always liked what he said about, perhaps, a more technically proficient trumpet player:
"If I could play like him, I wouldn't."
Chet Baker played like no one else; his solos were often better than the melody itself.
This is one of his best performances of his favorite song.
Happy Valentine's Day everyone.
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Favorite classic love song?