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November 04, 2023


Do you know whether this was originally a French song?

Bravo, David! I likewise admire Bobby Darin's rendition of "Beyond the Sea" and, perhaps more famously, his rendition of "Mack the Knife." I also rank “Artificial Flowers” among his best recorded vocal performances. It’s a sober lyric that, through Darin’s distinctive singing style, swings musically. That’s not an easy feat to achieve.


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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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