My favorite lines of the night:
Kree: What version are you using?
Connick: The song
I like HCJ, especially that he doesn't pull any punches, but I'm not sure I agreed with him about the Lena/Etta thing or maybe I just didn't understand. I know I don't want to watch a show where the contestants sing only the original version of a song, no re-makes, no 'making it their own' or attempts to make it current. And why does he assume if Kree sang the Etta James version it means she doesn't know the original? I actually thought Randy made more sense with his advice to sing the Etta version but be herself. Though I'll applaud anyone who calls him out on his b.s., which most of what he says is.
See, but Etta James knew the song. Etta James started from familiarity with Harold Arlen's melody and used it as a point of departure. Kree doing "the Etta James version" (what she was singing in the mentor clip before Harry stopped her) is a young singer slavishly aping all the personal improvisations of another singer. This makes as much sense as starting a diary and making every page about the activities, thoughts and feelings of a person you admire. Harry steered her to the Lena Horne recording not because he wanted her to sound exactly like Lena Horne, but because it was closer to what was written.
Connick wanted her to look up Lorenz Hart's bio, note his alcoholism, look at a photo of his physique and come to the same conclusion that he did: the song really isn't about a lover accepting the imperfections of her true love. It's really a deep treatise on one specific songwriter's self-flagellation regarding his own inadequacies.
Which would have taken her how long? Certainly less time than she spends on her nails. It's not as though he told her she had to read A Ship Without A Sail
from cover to cover.
If you're singing "My Funny Valentine" wouldn't it be good to understand it and not think it's a couple "being funny together?" That said, I think HCJ made a good point then ruined it by talking about how homely Larry Hart was.
MFV's lyrics are about how someone's not perfect but you love him/her anyway. That's really all you need to know. I don't think if Hart wasn't handsome like HCJ has anything to do with singing that song AND understanding it.
He was considering who Amber is, her experience in a world of "confessional" singer-songwriter types whose personal ups and downs are public knowledge. Even though Lorenz Hart was an artist from a very different time and place, he was pointing out to her that Lorenz Hart is there in his songs, just as Adele is. There is
a lot of masochism and insecurity in Hart's words, some of which are very poignant behind the erudition. Harry was trying to bring Lorenz Hart's world to Amber in a way that would make it easier for her to understand. He wasn't just making a promotional appearance, offering vague feedback, and collecting his fee; he was being an actual teacher. How often does that happen on AI?
Edited by Bastille, May 2, 2013 @ 4:26 PM.