Sola Gratia’s performance

[ now playing? ] nat king cole – smile | diana krall – i’m thru with love | diana krall – boulevard of broken dreams | julie london – you go to my head | chet baker – my funny valentine | nancy wilson – the good life | bebel gilberto – night and day

Still suffering from PWABS today. Is starting to ease up a bit though it’s still painful. Lectio on the train trip into work has consisted of reading Job along with Song of Songs too. Was good to be back in familiar surroundings in my old team from LB&I though.
One song that has been played a heckuva lot today has been Nat King Cole’s 1961 rendition of Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile” (lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons). …

There’s a certain poignancy in these lyrics. Precisely what I need to hear during a depressive time like this:

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, youll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
Youll see the sun come shining through for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
Thats the time you must keep on trying
Smile, whats the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile


Thats the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile


Those of you who want a copy of Sola Gratia’s performance of “For Once In My Life” last weekend at Pen & Huaiky’s wedding, click here to download a copy for yourself.

Uncle Wid gave me an unedited copy of it tonight at the PA system workshop given by Ross Williams at Ellaways Underwood. Good session it was too.

After listening to it a few times, Sola Gratia was going gangbusters on it (Nathan’s sax is definitely pronounced in the recording along with Ems on her double bass; the violins came through fairly well though they seemed a little hesitant at times, then again the stereo mic was quite a fair bit away from us performers). Me being a hard critic on myself, I was definitely singing a little sharp and flat at certain times in the performance. Anyone who came up to me afterwards and compared me to the legendary Frank “Ol’ Blue Eyes” Sinatra (I have Rev. Fitzsimmons to thank for that) or “(Cousin) Brandon Bublé” (*rolls eyes*) is sorely mistaken.

In any case, enjoy the listen if you should choose to download it.

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