Even in art, sometimes there IS a “right” way and a “wrong” way!

Re: The American Songbook. I appreciate that the standards can be interpreted by anyone, and the songs are strong enough to endure a wide range of treatments. But some just fail, period. For example, “Goody Goody” should not suffer the indignity of a super-sweet girl trio — I don’t care how lovely your harmonizing is. If you can’t deliver it with cheery yet bitter glee, you are doing it wrong, dammit. Respect the song!!!

I went and found some great examples to fix the sugary shit I just heard on “music choice” TV.

* Frankie Lymon killin it with a Cheshire-cat grin and some sweet moves.

* I like this super-sassy “Three Tons of Joy” lead/backup structure (rather than 3-headed lady harmonic).

* Old radio fans will love this “Your Hit Parade” episode, but I like that the instruments really get to shine in the Goody Goody rendition right at the top.

* Yes this is a girl trio, but at least they got the attitude right and OMG Benny Goodman was still blowing in 1980!!

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About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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