Of late, I’ve put my search for new music on a standstill, and I’m reaching out to Jazz music and other music of the sorts, ranging from the 50’s to around the 70’s, and my oh my, is this a heavenly genre of music.
I’ve listened to most of these songs growing up, but while my parents were appreciative of this music and listened to it occasionally, they leaned more towards non-Jazz genres, like Pop, R&B, Rock, Country, and more (I’ll be doing a post on these too! I feel very, very musical nowadays). Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love those genres too from that time, but getting back in touch with all that Jazz music I remember only snippets of has got me feeling like I need to make a post about it right now, woohoo!
Let’s just get on to it.
1. Fly Me To The Moon, Frank Sinatra.
Ever since this recent obsession with Jazz music started, I’ve been listening to this version of the song on repeat, and singing it all the time, humming it as I work, or clean my room, or shower, or anything. Frank Sinatra is definitely one of my favourite singers in this genre!
2. What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong.
I don’t think I could make a post about Jazz music without Louis Armstrong. This song actually means a lot to me, because when I was in kindergarten, just a wee kid of 4, we were taught this song for our Annual Day, to perform in front of all parents. I remember singing my heart out, believing every word we sang, swaying side to side, my arms around my little classmates. I don’t remember being nervous, I just remember the swaying, the singing, and the happiness that was so full.
Also, just looking at Louis Armstrong makes me overwhelmingly happy, and honestly, his voice makes me tear up.
3. Cheek To Cheek, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong.
This is just such a sweet song, it just makes my heart feel oh so full! Louis Armstrong’s voice, again, is simply heavenly. And halfway through when Ella Fitzgerald takes over, *sigh*. Her voice honestly feels like golden honey. So beautiful. This song always puts a smile on my face and makes me feel really happy.
4. I’m In The Mood For Love, Julie London.
This is a song that I’ve only found recently, and the reason why I like it is because of a new, lo-fi version of it I heard some months ago. So, when I found this original, I liked it immediately. I love how soft and dreamy both the music and the vocals are, and Julie London’s voice makes me feel really peaceful.
5. Unforgettable, Nat King Cole.
I don’t know what exactly, but something about Nat King Cole’s voice leaves my absolutely hypnotised, as if I’m in a trance. And when I was looking for the youtube video for this song, and came across this one, it left me in a yet more trance-like state, even before he started singing. It’s a strange feeling, but 100% positive, so I’m okay with being transfixed.
6. I Fall In Love Too Easily, Chet Baker.
Yet another wonderfully soft song that I can’t help but sway slightly to as I listen to it. The instrumental solos in the middle are absolutely heavenly, and yeah, that’s pretty much all I have to say for this lovely song.
7. Strangers In The Night, Frank Sinatra.
Man, there really is a lot of Frank Sinatra on here.
So, this song has been an almost constant part of my childhood because it would keep popping up in between all the other non-jazz songs on my parents’ CDs. They would just reach out to skip over this song and I’d stop them, because I just really liked this song. And I still do, which is why it makes its place in this playlist.
8. Something Stupid, Nancy and Frank Sinatra.
Okay, I know this song is a Pop song and not Jazz, but judging by the amount of Frank Sinatra I have on here, it seems only fitting to put this here as well.
For the longest time, I’d hum this tune, not knowing which song it was, and because I didn’t know the lyrics I couldn’t even look it up. Then I don’t know how, but one day I ran into Robbie William and Nicole Kidman’s version, and- okay hold up, I just found out that Nancy and Frank Sinatra’s version isn’t the original/first recording, thank you google, but wow, my life has been a lie.
Okay, but I’m not going to take this off the list, because I really love their cover too! But, I will be adding the original here because I just listened to it, and oh my, I love it so much (more than the cover), and in case you didn’t know either, now you do!
Something Stupid, Carson and Gaile.
It’s sad that the original isn’t known as much, because it is, in fact, the original, and so soft and lovely. I couldn’t even find it on Spotify, and that’s just 😥
Woohoo, good to learn a new thing everyday!
And yep, that has been my list of Old Jazz Music I Like, a Pop song, and its cover! Hope you like/liked these too! If you’d like to check out more songs in this genre, or from a different genre but similar timeline (that I like, and you hopefully will too), here’s a playlist I made that you could check out! It’s a random mixture but mostly dominated by Jazz.