I had a chance to do some music surfing today.
I got thinking about some of the great ballads that have been written over the yeas and the various recordings..
When I think of Ballads one of the first ones that comes to mind is 'Body and Soul'...a song of unrequited love and a lyric that is the pinnacle of the romantic spirit of that time period...
That paired with a perfectly haunting melody in Eb minor..the saddest key in the medium..makes it just about perfect.
BODY and SOUL... classic
My heart is sad.. and lonely
For you I sigh (cry)...for you dear only
I tell you I mean it...,
I long for you.. Body and Soul
I spend my days in longing..,
Just wondering why...its me you're wronging
Why haven't you seen it...
I'm all for you ....Body and Soul
I cant believe it..its hard to conceive it
That you'd turn away romance
Are you pretending?..it looks like the ending..?
Unless I could get , one more chance to prove dear?
My life a wreck ( Hell ) your making
While I am yours..
Just for the taking
I'd gladly surrender...
Myself to you ..Body and Soul
The middle section is genius...into a major key change that implies hope...mirroring the lyric...then drop to the minor of the same key and the bottom falls out...back to sadness...then up a semitone with the key change back to Eb minor...finally resolving to Db major..
Here is Ella singing it
Now here is my version...
About halfway through I get Ella and Avery running into the kitchen barking like dogs with their webkins...Nice...
Oh well ...that is my life..lol...
And of course theres alway the genius of Coltrane..