Wonderful Tunes Provided By Friends. Wild Tangents Provided By Me.

Pete Jolly released several albums as a solo artist and as part of  the Pete Jolly Trio but he’s probably best known for his work on movie and television soundtracks. Here’s Pete performing his 1963 Grammy nominated song “Little Bird.” This particular performance comes from the 2003 Clint Eastwood documentary “Piano Blues” which was aired on PBS as part of the series “Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues.”

(CAUTION: Please assume crash position to avoid getting whiplash from the following segue.)

Speaking of things which are Jolly, my daughter’s holiday show was today! When I decided to become a parent, watching shows like this one was high on my “can’t wait to do it” list. Little kids are awesome! They forget the words, they are seldom near the tune, they constantly break the forth wall and if your little darling is up on that stage it’s the greatest show on earth!

Mine wore her golden Christmas dress, sang and danced her heart out and then declared her performance “great!” I agreed enthusiastically. In the car on the way home she was kind enough to share some valuable pointers on voice performance. Apparently the secret’s in the squint. I hope you’re taking notes Celine Dion!

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