How do I love thee? Crooners.

 

I’m a little bit of an old soul in some ways.

 

As a junior high girl, I sighed a bit at the music of Andy Williams (and, yes, I wept when he died a couple years ago.) I loved the music of Harry Connick Jr. and Christmas just wasn’t Christmas without some Bing, Dean, and the like.

 

It’s not that I wasn’t into pop music (let’s not talk about my NKOTB obsession right now, ‘m kay?) It’s just that I really, really loved those smooth, crooning voices. Everything seemed to get all soft and melty when I heard that music.

 

As a result, it should come as no surprise that, when we decided to wed, my husband and I selected Nat King Cole’s “When I Fall in Love” as our wedding song. Yay! I married a man who can appreciate a good crooner!

 

I remain very proud of that song choice to this day. It is a perfect song. It is also the kind of song that gets ALL generations on the dance floor; that’s pretty awesome, too.

 

Anyway, I’m still a little fuddy-duddy about my music. Especially as a mom of young children (but, really, even before that), I really can’t handle a lot of obscene language in a song. I don’t mind mild suggestion, but I really dislike coarse or derogatory language.

 

And while I love singing church hymns all around the house, I’m also going to confess that I’m not a huge “Christian music” fan. It’s not that I don’t like it! I’ve just never delved into it too much and I’m not willing to limit myself to only that genre.

 

What’s a girl to do?

 

Well, I’ll tell you what this girl did. I jumped at the chance to review Michael Bublé’s newest album, To Be Loved.

And, oh, it did NOT disappoint!

 

In this album, the Grammy winner covers songs by Frank Sinatra (<– crooner!!!), the Bee Gees, Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, and more. In the mix of golden standards are four original songs co-written by Bublé, dipping into his personal life for inspiration.

 

I was more than happy to dance around my kitchen to the soulful big-band sounds running throughout the songs. Not one time did I cringe at language or beg someone to turn that pounding, ear-bending music down! We’ll call that a win.

 

This is an album I will enjoy by myself, with my mom, with my sister, with my children, AND with my husband. And I have to say– precious few collections fall in that camp. Though some of the covers are truly fantastic, one of my favorite pieces was the original composition, “It’s a Beautiful Day.” (And– guess what?– you can watch that particular video right here. Full disclosure– I enjoy the song more without watching the video, but that might just be me.)

 

Really, even if you aren’t a long-time crooner fan like me, you would almost have to like Michael Bublé simply for these words:

 

These are good times for the singer, who is about to become a first-time dad. He sounds like a man in love with life. “I wrote Close Your Eyes about my wife and about the power of all the women in my life—my sisters, my mom, my grandma and all women in general. Let’s face it, where would we be without them? I Got It Easy, another original, is basically a song where I count my blessings and is a reminder to me and everyone to appreciate all the good parts of life. I’m a very lucky guy and I never want to forget it.

 

Want to hear it for yourself? You can buy the album (and listen to samples!) on Amazon or check it out on iTunes.

 

Crooners. They’ve been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Glad I married a guy who can get onboard with that! :)

 

I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the album to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own.
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8 comments to How do I love thee? Crooners.

  • mlearley

    My husband and I enjoy Crooners too…didn’t realize they were called that. ;c) Did you see the interview Buble did around Christmas? I think it was with Barbara Walters…he seems like a really sweet guy.

  • Ahhh, the crooners! Men who could actually sing, what a concept. Music has always been a huge part of my life. I sang all through school. I even met my hubs in College Choir! The crooners are the absolute best. They can be romantic, they can comfort a broken heart, they can find a song to fit any mood…happy or sad. It seems that every day we lose another iconic singer who could sooth any hurt or enhance your joy! Most of what passes for music these days is a travesty of music, song writing, good singing, and the beauty of the human voice. Will we ever again see the likes of a Sinatra, or Como, or Cole, or Torme, or Crosby or Williams? Connick and Groban are remaining steadfast to good interpretation and proper technique, but they won’t last forever either. Whatever will lovers do without a great song by a great crooner to be “their” song? It’s a pity! Oh and by the way, just because I’m a snarky little b***h, Andy Williams (the best of the best!) died on Sept. 25, 2012….just 7 months ago….not years ago. Maybe it just seems longer because of the enormity of the loss??!? :)

    • Really?!? Well, see, now I’m devastated all over again to realize that he died ON MY HUSBAND’S BIRTHDAY!!! Sob!!! ;( (Sorry I got that so wrong– it felt longer ago and I got lazy and didn’t look it up!)

  • Kimberley

    One of the few current artists that I feel comfortable letting my kids listen to with no doubts! I love seeing him on programs because he is real, humble, and funny. ;)

  • Karen

    Ordered mine and received it a few days ago. LOVE him, and love the “crooners.” Former jazz-band nerds, my husband and I chose “The Way You Look Tonight” as our first dance. :)

  • Julie

    I love all of these singers as well. If you like Michael Buble you really should listen to another Canadian crooner called Matt Dusk. His music takes you back to the Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra days. If you ever have a chance to see him in concert I highly recommend it. He takes time after each performance to autograph CDs, pose for pictures and really connect with his fans. For him it is all about the music. Once I heard him sing I was hooked. He has a smooth voice that you want to listen to all night long.

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