Archive for April, 2011

singing…For the Love o’ Nat

April 12, 2011

I’m not certain when Nat King Cole became my favourite male vocalist…but he did. So, in 2005 — the year marking the 40th anniversary of his passing — I put together a program of songs, hired a piano player, and sat in a little restaurant in Collingwood and sang the songs.

The evening was wonderful! An evening of memories and melodies, all tied together by one man — that tremendous crooner of the twentieth century, Nat King Cole. The songs, of course, are rather timeless: “A Blossom Fell”, “Route 66”, “Mona Lisa”, “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, “Pretend”, “Nature Boy”, “Paper Moon”, “Autumn Leaves”, “When I Fall In Love” and, yes, many, many more. I should mention “Stardust”, too! How appropriate that one of the most regarded compositions of the twentieth century, be recorded to such great effect (the best version, in my humble opinion) by one of the greatest vocalists of the same century.

So, more recently I ventured to make it more a “show” rather than merely a “program”. The song-list remains very much the same as it was those few years back, however, the accompaniment has grown somewhat. I decided to add both rhythm guitar and upright bass — in direct keeping with the instrumentation of the original Nat King Cole Trio. Decided to add some rather large, projected images of Nat during his life, to join me on stage — and there we have it — “For the Love o’ Nat”. That’s why I sit and sing this particular music and tell these particular stories — for the love of that music, performed so wonderfully by such an inspiring entertainer — Nathaniel Adams Coles.

Hope you can make it out for one of my concerts this May. Check out my Calendar for dates and locations!