A Song and a Story: “Cheek to Cheek” #AtoZChallenge

Today’s Blogging A to Z Challenge song for the letter C comes from the fantastic album of duets by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong:

Cheek to Cheek

When Susan & I got married, we didn’t have a fancy wedding.  The bridesmaids were not outfitted in matching dresses, dinner was a backyard barbecue, we played kickball, and there was no bouquet toss.  But we did have a first dance, and everyone was going to be watching us.  So we got instruction from Marcus, a young man who decided to go into dance instruction as a career change after the September 11th attacks.  Attending the lessons required driving to a church in a distant suburb north of Boston.  We were impressed when we saw Marcus instructing an Indian-American couple in what appeared to be a traditional Indian dance, but he told us he just taught them to Salsa to Bollywood music (we believe this dance should be called The Chutney).  We finished our four weeks of instruction in the Foxtrot and were ready to get married.  The big day came and we danced to Ella and Louis crooning “Cheek to Cheek.”  One realization is that “Cheek to Cheek” is a lengthy song when a crowd of your family and friends are watching you try to remember your Foxtrot steps.  But it’s a sweet song and one that will always have a special place in my heart.

2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – A Song and a Story

A: Always on My Mind
B: Baby Come Back and Baker Street

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Book Review: Who Was Louis Armstrong by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Author: Yona Zeldis McDonough
TitleWho Was Louis Armstrong
Publication Info: New York : Grosset & Dunlap, c2004.

The life of musician and icon Louis Armstrong is explored at a kids level, focusing mostly on his early life up to the 1930s.  Armstrong grew up in poverty in New Orleans and spent time in a reform school although he claimed that it saved him as it introduced him to the cornet.  Armstrong is celebrated both for his musical talent and innovation and for breaking down barriers for black people.  It’s an interesting book about a fascinating person, and it doesn’t shy away from some of the nuances of race such as when critics called him an “Uncle Tom.”

Rating: ***1/2