Friday, December 26, 2008

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


I mentioned in my last post that good friend, Amber, has started a new feature on her blog, Blue Mango, called Friday Cocktails, where she posts videos of various singers. I love that idea, so this week I'm posting a Friday cocktail at Canyon Wren Cottage.

Also in my last post, I introduced you to one of my favorite singers, Jane Monheit. I first found her when I was doing some research on singers at Amazon.com. You know how you can look something up, and there's that blurb that suggests you might be interested in similar singers? I think that's how I first found Jane Monheit.

She was just getting started back when I stumbled upon her music. My daughter, Cameron, loves her as much as I do. We had the pleasure of meeting Jane Monheit when she came to Amarillo to perform at a benefit gala for the local theater. She signed one of our CD's for Cameron and was very sweet to discuss the "biz" with our daughter, who aspires to sing professionally.


"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" has been sung for decades by so many singers, but hardly ever will you hear a version that is so heartfelt as Jane performs it. She really just melts into the music. Enjoy!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eva Cassidy has a version you probably are familiar with, but if not, you must hear it! Moves me to tears.

Amber said...

Lovely version of a great classic, Sandra! Was it in Sky Captain & the World of Tomorrow? I watched that film on my trans-Pacific flight back from tsunami relief...it was kind of a different movie. I don't remember the song in it, but then, the movie wasn't that memorable! LOL

Amber said...

Okay, I just looked up the soundtrack and the song is on it! Go figure. It's a beautiful version!

sandra/tx said...

I haven't even heard of that movie, Amber, so I'm glad you found out about the soundtrack. To anon, I have heard the Eva Cassidy version of the song and love it, too. There's another Eva Cassidy fave I have that I'll be posting soon. :-)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful voice! Thank you for showing me this gorgeous video!

mary said...

What a beautiful version of one of my very favorite songs. Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

I really like Jane Monheight. Have one of her older, very jazzy cd's. How cool that you and DD got to meet her!!

I am a sucker for Izzy's version of over the rainbow though...One of my kidlets did it with their school chorus...I STILL feel tears in my eye from it!.

Thanks for the gorgeous music ~!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is beautiful, Sandra!

I am so glad you all talked about the movie, in comments. I've not heard of it. Wondered what it was and now I'm trying to figure out the premise! Guess I had better get googling!

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Oh how I love that voice... and to think we just got an itunes gift card. Hmmm!
Katie

Dawnie said...

that was beautiful. i've never heard it before so thank you for that!

Geri said...

This is a great classic. Thanks!

Rose said...

You're right; very melty. Lovely, lovely version. Like Linda, I'm also a big fan of Iz's version.

Fifi Flowers said...

Very pretty version. Thanks for sharing!

Karena said...

I too discovered Jane's music recently, and Over the Rainbow is quite appropo for this Kansas girl! Thank you for sharing!

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