Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Supper Club Social Commentary


I think I'll go out tonight for my birthday. Perhaps to that Supper Club in Boston, where the star of the Sterling Label, Norm Burns, plays each Wednesday. What really makes him swell is the way he mixes the standard, smooth supper club sound with a deep social message. The last time I was there, he knocked me out with a meaningful number called "Not For Ourselves Alone". I rushed out and bought a copy. Here 'tis:



I think maybe I'll try and get there a little late. The opening act, Shelly Stuart, is not exactly in the same league as Norm as a singer. She has a bit of trouble staying on pitch and her tone isn't all that great. Plus, the material is less than interesting. She's on the b-side of Norm's song, for some reason, with an endless meandering piece that she sang last time I saw their show, called "The Waltz of Memories". See what you think:




5 comments:

Lee said...

Happy birthday Bob! Thanks for all the wonderful records over the years... and for the original material as well!

Stu Shea said...

What's fascinating to me is the idea of putting lyrics to nightclub music that never would have been put to nightclub music when making "real" records.

Timmy said...

Abrolutely Adorable.... !

Sammy Reed said...

I clicked the "Norm Burns" category on the side, and wondered why this wasn't listed. Now that I found this, I notice that the tag only says "Norm", not "Norm Burns". So that tag needs fixed.

Sammy Reed said...

Thanks!