Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday Songbook: Stardust

I usually focus on singers and songwriters here on the Friday Songbook series, but today I want to feature an instrumental. Stardust, written by the great Hoagy Carmichael, is one of those songs from this era that seems to hover on the edge of preciousness and most singers do tip it over that edge. If the song is familiar to you (if you're of a certain age) you can hear the ghost of the lyrics as a kind of shadowy accompaniment to the players here, but what I really like is Paul Desmond's sax part in the latter part of the song. Just close your eyes. It is a song about lost love. Who needs lyrics?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you're right, the saxophone is good.