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What is Valentine’s day really all about?

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Is it about the Greco-Roman God Eros with his amorous arrows of instant affection?

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[Eros (Cupid) on a Roman coin, 200BC]

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Or is it a celebration of one of several Roman martyrs who gave their lives for God and for love?

And whatever face is given, is it simply the human desire to honor love in its many forms?

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Is it about raw passion and the need to consume another with love?

[Passion by Nora Patrich]

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Or perhaps it is a clever cover for the more sensuous animal sensation of lust; the driving force that saves the human animal from biological extinction while luring it into individual destruction.

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Is it the ambiguous concept of Romance that idealizes our basic instincts and makes them more acceptable to modern sensibilities and tastes?

[Moonlight Romance by Howard Elcock]

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Maybe it really is all about nothing more than

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red roses…

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and commercial greeting cards.

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But for me, Valentines Day will always be about music, about one particular song — My Funny Valentine.

This simple melody, written by Rodgers and Hart for the 1936 Broadway production Babes in Arms, went on to become one of the world’s most popular jazz classics.  It has been performed by a world wide Who’s Who of modern music, but the definitive interpretation of both vocal and instrumental versions is still Chet Baker’s many recordings beginning in 1952.

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To prove that this is no dated, nostalgic museum piece, I spent the afternoon surfing the expansive Youtube offerings looking for a new, fresh interpretation of the song.  I was not disappointed.  Here is a mod, electronic remix by Itaal Shur under the alias Big Muff.

Here are some other interesting listings I found on Youtube.

Other Classic vocal renditions

SARAH VAUGHN

FRANK SINATRA (TV)

BARBRA STREISAND

Less known vocals

GABRIELLE GOODMAN

WHIRIMAKO BLACK (New Zealand – IN MAORI)

ROMMY HALIFAX (Netherlands)

TERENCE “TC” CARSON (Great voice – set in mediocre TV sitcom)

CARL ANDERSON (Soulful)

KENT THOMPSON (White Funk)

THOMAS QUASTHOFF (Germany)

COPE <<<Very weird version>>>

Instumentals

Toninho Horta (Brazilian guitar)

Chico Hamilton & Company (flute)

Keith Jarrett Trio (piano)

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