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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Artful Tunes

Okay, this may be pushing it...Monday we covered "Artful Fiction," Tuesday "Artful Film," so today we'll look at MUSIC about art and artists.

The movie mentioned yesterday, Sunday in the Park with George [DVD SUN], is a film about a French painting. It has music by the noted American composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim. Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany [782.14 SON] contains the lyrics to the songs in Sunday in the Park with George.

The great vocalist and jazz pianist, Nat King Cole, recorded a song titled, "Mona Lisa;" it was top radio hit back in 1950. You can find it on The World of Nat King Cole [CD JAZZ COL].

A decade later a number of vocalists recorded "Portrait of My Love." Here's a look at Perry Como's rendition as you would have seen it on television's Kraft Music Hall:



In the 1970s, friends from the Rhode Island School of Design formed a band called The Artistics. They went on to become Talking Heads. "Artists Only" is a song found on The Name of This Band is Talking Heads [CD ROCK TAL].

I think I've wrung this subject dry, don't you?

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