This video caught my attention for three reasons. First, it’s rainy outside right now, and that is a marvelous thing! You know you live in the Algarve when you look out the window at gray skies and wet pavement and think, “Oh, cool!” (I swear that I can actually hear the shrubs and trees sighing in happiness.)
Second, I grew up on a steady diet of Carpenters music, still have most of their lyrics on permanent disk storage in my head, and yet it never occurred to me to imagine a pure jazz interpretation like this one. The Carpenters are pop and easy listening, not jazz. Isn’t it funny how you can put your perceptions in a little box and never think outside it until someone else points it out?
The third reason is the strongest. Sharón Clark sang this song in New York’s Metropolitan Room the day after her mother died. They’d spoken on the phone a few days earlier, and her mother had planned to attend the performance. That Clark could sing this song — her mother’s favorite — just one day after learning she would not be in the audience is already amazing. That she could do it in this manner, a type of music interpretation that requires perfect voice control, is even more so.
During the piano solo, you can see her wiping tears. Yet when her voice comes back in, it’s strong and bold. This is a beautiful and memorable performance; true art born of grief.
Via the Daily Dish.