17 Jan

“What we got here is failure to communicate,” said one of the most reprehensible yet prescient movie villains of all time. That line of dialogue has been playing frequently in my head these days. How can we communicate better? Of course, my answer to this and so many other questions is simple: better grammar. So in my continuing effort to leave no listener behind, I made a case for the vocative case, another term for the function of grammar known as direct address. All of the songs served as examples, using a name, a term of endearment, or a feeling to grab the attention of the intended object of communication. If only the rest of the world would function according to the orderly, predictable precepts in my dog-eared high school grammar book.


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title 

  • HEY YOU WITH THE CRAZY EYES  /  Loston Harris  /  “Swingfully Yours”
  • MATCHMAKER, MATCHMAKER  /  Carmen Lundy  /  “Girl Talk”
  • MAM’SELLE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice ‘N Easy”
  • HONEY PIE  /  Tuck & Patti  /  “Love Warriors”
  • HELLO MA BABY  /  Julian Yeo  /  “1923”
  • HELLO BABE  /  Madeleine Peyroux  /  Secular Hymns”
  • MY CHERI AMOUR  /  (Mystery Vocalists)  /  Joe Pesci & Adam Levine  /  “Pesci….Still Singing”
  • WAITER MAKE MINE BLUES  /  Anita O’Day  /  “Waiter Make Mine Blues”
  • WAITER ASK THE MAN TO PLAY THE BLUES  /  Freddy Cole  /  “Waiter Ask The Man To Play The Blues”
  • WAITER, OH WAITER  /  Stacey Kent  /  “The Changing Lights”
  • DINNER FOR ONE, PLEASE, JAMES  /  Joe Williams  /  “Ballad & Blues Master”
  • FEET DO YOUR STUFF  /  Sarah Moule  /  “It’s A Nice Thought”
  • RUBY, MY DEAR  /  Thelonious Monk  /  “At Palo Alto”
  • BALLERINA  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Nat King Cole And Me”
  • GEORGIA ROSE  /  Queen Latifah  /  “Trav’lin’ Light”
  • HURRY IT’S LOVELY UP HERE  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • BEAUTIFUL LOVE  /  Sinne Eeg  /  “Eeg/Fonnesbaek”
  • YOU, YOU’RE DRIVING ME CRAZY  /  Van Morrison & Joey DeFrancesco  /  “You’re Driving me Crazy”
  • LOVER MAN  /  Nicole Herzog  /  “I Loves You Billie”
  • BLUES, YOU’RE THE MOTHER OF SIN  /  Tom Rust  /  “Lucky To Be Me”
  • GOOD MORNING HEARTACHE  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Returns To Berlin”
  • MY FOOLISH HEART  /  Bill Evans Trio /  “Waltz For Debby”
  • CRY BUTTERCUP CRY  /  Cecile McLorin Salvant & Artemis  /  “Artemis”
  • LITTLE MAN YOU’VE HAD A BUSY DAY  /  Jeff Goldblum & Mildred Snitzer Orch.  /  “The Capitol Sessions”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine


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