Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday Songbook: The Nearness of You

Hoagy Carmichael may be my favorite of the Songbook songwriters. Many crooners have recorded his classic, The Nearness of You, but they often over-orchestrate it (an almost generic problem among them). That's why I picked Norah Jones' bluesy version to feature today, which seems a lot closer to the way Hoagy might have conceived the song in the first place, and allows the simple and beautiful lyric to stand on its own.

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