Ep. #71 Featuring Mike Scott
"Bewitched, Bothered, and Beguiled"
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s Great American Songbook standard, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” is one of the standout numbers from the team’s 1940 Broadway hit Pal Joey.
Hart’s lyrics for “Bewitched” were some of his most heartfelt and prolific, but the jazz orchestras of the era that launched the tune highlighted Rodgers’ music only, fearing the words were too risqué for popular release. Eventually, the song grabbed the attention of great 50s crooners like Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, and Frank Sinatra and Hart’s lyrics were back in the spotlight.
Often when they worked on a song, Rodgers wrote the music first and Hart underscored his soulful melodies with poetic and poignant words. Many artists share this sentiment—the music needs to be present before the lyrics can be added—including one who left us too soon...
“With us, everything always starts out with the music first. Some people start with lyrics[...] which I’ve never really done, because lyrics don’t really speak music to me. We always start with the music first.” - Eddie Van Halen for Rolling Stone.
As we say goodbye to Eddie Van Halen, a son of Pasadena and one of the greatest guitarists of all time, MUSE/IQUE pays tribute by starting with the music first from our friend, guitarist Mike Scott.