Morning Music: Bette Midler

Bette MidlerI was doing some research for tomorrow’s Morning Music. What I wanted was to find a live version of Joni Mitchell doing the song “Twisted.” It’s an interesting song. It is based upon a saxophone solo by Wardell Gray in a session with Al Haig. Annie Ross took the solo and molded it into the classic song we all know today. But since I couldn’t find a Mitchell version of the song, I went searching for Bette Midler because I knew she did it on her self-titled album.

All I could find was a version of the song that Midler did with Rosie O’Donnell on her show. It’s not exactly a great version, but it’s fun. I seem to be one of the few people on the planet who likes O’Donnell. I don’t know what it is about her, but far too many people have an attitude toward her. Whatever. But as she will admit, she isn’t a great singer. She does, however, make up for it with a raw love for music that many greater musicians would be well served to copy.

But the real reason I knew I had to share this clip is the guy at the piano: Marc Shaiman. What the hell was he playing piano for a daytime talk show? The only reason I know what he looks like is that years ago I watched Broadcast News and he played one of the composers who come into the studio to preview the new theme. It turns out that Shaiman has worked with Midler a lot. Anyway, here it is:

3 thoughts on “Morning Music: Bette Midler

    • I figure Rosie is a lot like me: she loves the music and has been singing it since she was a toddler. But she actually does have some talent. She has enough of an ear to know that she isn’t great. But she’s not bad at all. And I suspect she could put together a very enjoyable cabaret act.

      Mark Murphy’s a great recommendation! But I maybe should hold him back for a week or so. I’ve been doing a lot of jazz singers recently. I am running your last suggestion tomorrow.

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