Sunday, October 4, 2009

I'm Just Wild About Harry


If you read this, you already know I love Harry Connick, Jr.  I think he's talented, funny and handsome.  Simply put:  the total package.  Imagine my excitement when his new CD was released last week. 


Your Songs is a collection of standards - old and new - done in Harry's signature big band style. I made the mistake of reading a review of the CD first, which said:

"There's a little too much of a lounge lizard 
creeping into this collection of pop standards and 70s faves."  

I bought it anyway.  Fortunately, my memory is crap these days, and had forgotten all about the review by the time I got to listen to the CD.   It wasn't awful, but there was something not quite right, something I couldn't quite put my finger on.  What was it...?  And then the words LOUNGE LIZARD popped into my head.  I'm so sorry, Harry, but that's the God's honest truth.  I wanted to like it, I really did.  I wanted to like it because you sang the most understated, respectful version of the National Anthem on September 11:  



I wanted to like it, even after visiting your website a couple of weeks ago and found the O in Connick looked like this on the website banner:
I won't lie.  My bowels seized up a little when I saw that.  But I'll listen to the CD again. Did I mention I truly want to like it? Besides, I resigned myself long ago to the fact that if I discounted entertainers solely on the basis of their politics, I'd be stuck watching Chuck Norris and Kelsey Grammer in a remake of the Odd Couple at The Buck Creek Playhouse.  

7 comments:

Alix said...

Well.... At least your bowels seized up.

Where's the freaking Resolve when you need it!!?!??

Hank said...

BOL!!!

Yep, if I let politics get in the way of my appreciation for fave artists, I would have kicked Carly to the curb a LONG time ago. (She welcomed the Clintons to Martha's Vineyard every year he was in office!)

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm a big Harry fan too. Thanks for the advice on the new CD, I'll pass.
xo

Midwest Mommy said...

When I reviewed it I put that I felt like I should be in a fancy dress in a cigar bar, lol.

The Courteous Chihuahua said...

Mommy, Did you review it on your blog? I don't remember seeing that.

Mommas Soapbox said...

LOL LOL.... You are too funny!

Joanne said...

Coming to the party late late late -- I LOVE HARRY!!! Wanted to see him so bad on Broadway but couldn't pay $400 for a play.

Thanks for posting - playing around with that photo thing - very cool.