Today I saw a numberplate that said “O’Day” and it pleased me tremendously. “There’s a proud Anita O’Day fan” I said to my otherwise empty car. But I switched the music – straightaway. Played An Occasional Man, thought of an occasion immediately for this fan – and whistled my way through the rest of the […]
All of my poems are now about Anita O’Day. They’re also now about eight lines long. Because Anita O’Day never sang too long – just enough; she knew when to call it quits, musically speaking at least. And if I keep mentioning her in the poems it will help me to stay on track.
You and the night and the music, that’s all I ever want – just as Anita O’Day sings it; in fact let it be that, we will have her on the stereo, you’ll naturally be yourself and I’ll do my best to just be me, ever-hopeful the night stirs us all into music.
Welcome back for another week and another new guest, this is episode 253 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T and Yeastie Boys and thanks to you readers and listeners. Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can get to […]
Anita O’Day, This Is Anita (1963) Anita O’Day is a gold standard vocalist for me. Just wonderful. And it goes back to two things. Seeing Jazz On A Summer’s Day at the cinema about 25 years ago – I’d heard her sing before that, knew about her, but that performance – her look and style […]
Anita O’Day, Anita & Rhythm Section (1971) I love Anita O’Day – so much! So much! And I found this record on a recent trip to Auckland, bargain bin – it’s from the early 70s but it’s pretty great still. Not Anita at her absolute best but still worth hearing and having. That same weekend […]
Anita O’Day didn’t know she was being filmed for Jazz On A Summer’s Day. Have you seen that fucking film? It’s everything. And then right in the middle of everything Anita O’Day shuffle-saunters to the stage. She has this hat. And gloves. The dress. And so much sass. She was high as a motherfucking kite. […]
Gene Krupa, Drummer Man (1956) I was pleased to find this. Just the other weekend; it’s billed as Gene Krupa but also features Anita O’Day and Roy Eldridge – I had a couple of CDs of the Anita/Gene pairing (and some Roy too). I’m a fan of all three – but it’s O’Day in particular […]