For Valentine’s Day: Yoko’s Favorite Ballads
Happy Valentine’s Day (where applicable)! To celebrate, here are four of Yoko’s favorite ballads and her comments on them.
“There’s a Lull in My Life” — I love this version sung by Chet Baker. He really gets inside the lyrics and makes you believe there truly is a lull in his life.
“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” — This is the song that originally attracted me to jazz. This is a beautiful version sung by Kurt Elling. He put words to Keith Jarrett’s intro and cadenza to this song. The cadenza in particular is achingly beautiful.
“My Foolish Heart” — This famous version played by Bill Evans is the model for how to play a ballad on piano. You can hear the depth of emotion, love, hope and despair in his playing. This version was recorded live so it was just a snapshot in history.
“What Kind of Fool Am I” — This version sung by Sammy Davis Jr. was his signature song. I love the emotion he puts into the lyric and the way the song builds to a pinnacle at 2:58.