Here's "The Trolley Song," which opened "Get Happy! Judy Garland 1944-'54" at Feinstein’s/54 Below in June. It's the first time we performed this arrangement, based on Judy's first known public performance of the song with Johnny Green at the piano in 1944. It's the only time I ever heard her sing the chorus part, and there are special lyrics to make it fit.
Last March, Mark and I were perched on the comfy bar chairs in the WCLV Ideastream studio waiting for our interview to promote the premiere of Get Happy! Judy Garland 1944-’54. Just before we went on-the-air, the host, Bill O’Connell, asked me whether Judy Garland’s singing technique was healthy. I replied, “Yes, but she wasn’t always healthy.” Then I had to add that her technique is very efficient, but also very athletic — so, essentially, “Don’t Try This At Home!” Just like you wouldn’t want to try to run a marathon without significant training and practice, you also wouldn’t want to try to sing the Carnegie Hall Concert at full tilt without thousands of hours of training and conditioning.Read More