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Clearly introducing them to Darin, because there are lots of people who would, through academic seriousness, introduce them to Brecht, but fewer who would introduce Darin's music. Have they watched "Beyond The Sea" too?

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Neil, you mean the movie, right? Is it good? I haven't seen that one myself, just clips of Spacey doing some of the songs. I should make sure they see it or at least know if it. They'll get a kick out of it, I think, because most of them know Spacey only from House of Cards.


A bit of trivia. One of my favorite films, Robert Redford's QUIZ SHOW, features Darin's "Mack the Knife" over the opening credits and Lyle Lovett singing the "Moritat" over the closing ones.

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Yep -- great soundtrack, and Paul Scofield as the elder Van Doren (trying to remember who has the cameo as a young Doris Kearns Goodwin) both of which, along with Redford's direction, are prime features.


Definitely the Darrin. In the last ten years or so I think we've finally begun collectively to really appreciate his depth and heft, just how good he was. Brecht, particularly over time, devolved into a selfish, didactic dick of such proportion that it reached beyond "can you like his art even though he's a cruddy human being" to actively affecting his collaborations (both romantic and professional.) By the end I'm not altogether convinced he was fit to shine either Kurt Weill's or Lotte Lenya's shoes. But then I'm not a big fan of Brechtian theater so that may tip me over the edge unfairly.

El Jefe

While we're on the subject that, as much as introducing them to Brecht by way of Mister Bobby Darrin Hisownself, you are in fact introducing them to the vastly more estimable Kurt Weill, make sure to give them also Boz Skagg's take on "Speak Low" (no, really, he is one hell of a cabaret singer when he puts his mind to it) and of course Johnny Hartman, that nearly forgotten master who was the only singer Coltrane ever chose to work with, doing "My Ship." My own club-level delivery owes very greatly to Hartman (though it pales in both senses to his gift at the sonorous, immovable-object low key) and my discovery of him just as I was starting to do a little of that publicly (hey, I dabble....)

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