Saturday, September 25, 2004:

I'm in the Mood for Love

Vera Lynn with the Casini Club Orchestra -- I'm in the Mood for Love
Vera Lynn was a popular singer in the UK in the 1930s and 40s, and was voted "Forces' Sweetheart" in the UK for her constant touring in support of the troops.

This isn't one of the songs she's most known for--those would be "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart," "White Cliffs of Dover," and "We'll Meet Again" (referenced in Pink Floyd's The Wall--"Remember how she said we'd meet again some sunny day? Vera ... what has become of you?")

Vera's singing here is easy and skillful but not something that forces itself on your attention; it's possible to have it on and concentrate on something else. But for me there's still something oddly compelling about the music--listening to this track is like getting a shortwave transmission from another planet. It's not just in the pop and hiss of a digitized LP; I think it's also in the cadences of the backing music, the easy melody of the vocals. The song paints a picture of a carefree world, whispers assurances, aims to soothe. And, though this song was recorded years before the start of World War II, it's representative enough that it's easy to see why she'd be voted Forces' Sweetheart. biography

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