One of the girls, N, who was with us had said, apparently, that she didn’t know who he was.
She meant, of course, she didn’t know his songs. But everyone knows a few of his songs, even if you don’t think you do.
And, so as this 83-year-old man shuffled on stage last night at the Milano Jazzin’ Festival, although I knew that I knew many of his songs I was blown away by both him, his playing, his songs (I knew all except a couple of them) and the atmosphere which was much like a party.
It was fun.
It’s difficult to pick just one song since there are so many of them. As it is, I shall pick two.
The first, although first sung by Dionne Warwick, was a hit in the UK by Cilla Black and so Cilla and this song always go together for me:
The second is a song that I don’t know that well but it’s sung by Elvis Costello – God Give Me Strength (although, obviously, not last night):
Burt sung some of the songs and he can be forgiven for not having the perfectly strong voice of a young man.
His contribution to the world of music is immeasurable and I am so happy that I’ve been to see him since you don’t know if he’ll ever be back in Milan. Although, if he is, I really want to be thereby