Last night I walked over to Mr. Mark Kolt’s – Flin Flon’s resident piano man & just general fantastic guy. I’m playing at an upcoming fundraiser on November 1st (more details to follow) & another coffee house on November 6th; w/ the support of some friends & musicians. The great thing about playing with Mark, a multi-talented player, is that I’m not limited to just playing on my guitar; in fact I have the freedom to cover songs that I might not otherwise be able to – such as this IRViNG BERLiN classic ‘What’ll I Do‘.
Its going to sound funny, but I first heard this standard on one of my favourite sitcoms - The Golden Girls. It was an episode where Dorothy Zbornak joins Blanche Devereaux to her stomping ground, ‘The Rusty Anchor’. This establishment is where Blanche entertains the boys by being the life of the party, the belle of the ball, of course leaving poor Dorothy to feel relegated as nothing more than ‘chopped liver’.
That is, until the piano man strikes up a conversation with Dorothy as he tickles the ivories, inviting her to sing. At first she protests, eventually launching into a beautiful rendition of this Irving Berlin number – essentially stealing the show from the exuberant Blanche. It’s quite touching. The whole episode is well worth watching – but for now I am merely highlighting how a simple song can grab you.
Mark was game to try this out with me & below is a rehearsal, I believe the second time we both played it through together. What a talent he is… I could listen to that piano all night… Hope you enjoy -