Just a page for my thoughts, my likes and dislikes, and some of the music I enjoy. I will be changing the format a little starting next week. I will cover a different jazz artist every week, posting information and music by them for the week to allow you to really get to appreciate them in more depth. Please feel free to make suggestions!

John Coltrane’s take on “Nature Boy”, another pop and jazz standard. It was written by Eden Ahbez and published in 1947. The song tells the story of a “strange, enchanted boy” who wandered to many places only to find that “the greatest thing of all….was to loved and be loved in return”. The song has a haunting quality, even without the slightly eerie lyrics.

The song was also used in many films, one of them being Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman’s “Moulin Rouge”, pretty entertaining film even though it is kind of the typical sappy love story. Kidman garnered an academy nomination for her role as Satine.

Likewise the song was performed by many notable people, one of whom made the song a hit, this person is none other than Nat King Cole (is it finally dawning on you how much I love the man and his incredible voice yet? Seeing as to how he pops up so often in my posts should give you a hint, he will definitely be one of the artists I am covering so stay tuned!).

Coltrane’s version of the popular song Autumn Leaves. It was first written as a French song in 1945 called “Les Feuilles Mortes” or “Dead Leaves”, but has since been translated into English and performed by many as a pop and jazz standard. It has been performed by many notable people, most famously French singer Edith Piaf and one of my personal favourites, Nat King Cole (his version has been posted as on of my earlier posts, so check it out!). So take a listen now at Coltrane’s interpretation of this classic. You will find that it obviously has much more movement and range than Nat King Cole’s version, which is more a showcase of Nat King Cole’s fantastic baritone voice.

The fantastic Nat King Cole, his voice alone is enough to calm any beast.