A Song That Always “Picks Me Up”
There are a few songs like that for me. One is the old Kern/Fields tune “Pick Yourself Up” as performed by the wonderful jazz singer Elli Fordyce. “Pick Yourself Up” is lyrically upbeat to begin with and I’ve heard many, many versions of it over the years; but there’s something about Ms. Fordyce’s performance and the finger snapping arrangement led by pianist Jeremy Manasia, that makes me almost giddy.
For those who are unfamiliar with her, Elli Fordyce is a NYC native who has only recently returned to singing after a hiatus of many years. In fact, Songs Spun of Gold, the critically acclaimed album (see our review HERE) that includes “Pick Yourself Up”, was recorded and released in 2009 when Elli was 72. It is her second album, following on the heels of her excellent 2007 recorded debut Something Still Cool (yes, June Christy is a strong influence).
Elli is still coaching aspiring vocalists and performing today, at age 76. If you get a chance to hear her live, you should not pass up the opportunity.
I listened to “Pick Yourself Up” a number of times while preparing this post. I feel better than I have all day.
Thanks Elli for once again “picking me up”.