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Morning Song – What A Fellowship

It’s safe to say that when 19th century Midwestern Presbyterian elders Anthony J. Showalter and Elisha A. Hoffman wrote “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”, they never imagined the L. A. Mass Choir’s 1992 “What A Fellowship”—a joyous, funkified reworking of their classic hymn—but I like to imagine their toes tapping along to it nonetheless.

“What a joy divine” indeed.

Morning Song – April In Paris

Okay, so it’s May.

Just remember: there’s never a bad time to hear Ella and Louis work their magic together on a song as exquisite as “April In Paris”.

Enjoy.

Morning Song – Take Your Mama

Apparently Scissor Sisters lead singer Jake Shears decided to come out of the closet to his mother by writing her an Elton John song….

(Which, all things considered…not a bad idea.)

Morning Song – Love Song

Actually, the full title to Sara Bareilles’ first hit single is “(I’m Not Gonna Write You A) Love Song“.

But the next person? The one who really gets what love is?

She’ll write an awesome love song.

Morning Song – Give Paris One More Chance

Best known in this little corner of the world for his epic and definitive suburban Boston rock & roll driving song, “Roadrunner“, Jonathan Richman wrote an equally endearing, sincere and quirky tribute song, “Give Paris One More Chance”…which is, itself, worth one more chance.

Morning Song – Under The Bridges Of Paris

In 1955, both Dean Martin and Eartha Kitt recorded bilingual versions of Jean Rodor and Vincent Scotto’s 1913 song, “Sous Les Ponts De Paris“.

To each their own, but really, who would you rather have whispering in your ear:

Darling, I’d hold you tight,
Far from the eyes of night;
Under the bridges of Paris with you,
I’d make your dreams come true.

Morning Song – J’ai Deux Amours

Josephine Baker was the first world-famous Black entertainer and movie star. Her refusal to perform for segregated audiences in the US led her to a life in Paris where her rendition of “J’ai Deux Amours” (“J’ai deux amours, mon pays et Paris/I have two loves, my country and Paris”) became an unofficial anthem for expatriate Americans…as well as being about as bold a public statement as was possible of her bisexuality for a woman in the mid-20th century.