What would be a good approach to gain a lyrical interpretation of 'So In Love' by Cole Porter?
I'll be performing this song soon in an Eisteddford and a key point that will get me ahead is expression in both facial features and voice. I've got a rough idea of what I could do, but a lyrical interpretation - or points of what the song is about, background, etc. - of the song will help me stylistically.
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I would listen to some of the versions of the song that have been sung by other artists. This will give you an idea of what notes need to be punched more than others and will also give you some idea of the different interpretations of Porter's work. Hearing singers like Julie Andrews, Placido Domingo, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald, or Patti LuPone will really give you a very nice feel of the song. Yet, for my bet, I have a personal love for the version that country song and icon k.d. lang sang in 1990 on the album, "red+hot+blue." I cannot help but feel that if you really want a feel on how this song should be sung, listen to her version. It's great because it captures the precarious combination of strength and vulnerability that exists in the work of Cole Porter. She starts off slow and brooding, and as the song progresses, she reaches a zenith of intense crescendo where she almost holds up her strong vulnerability for all to see. I think that it's important to really feel the power of the words and there is a melancholy that she brings to it that I think Porter would have appreciated. While he was a showman, Cole Porter was an artist and understood the value of melancholy on stage, and this version nails it. When she starts with the, "In love with the night mysterious/ the night when you first were there," it really gets to you and takes you to a new understanding of the song. I would examine as many versions as you can and note what it is you like about them. Yet, I would give small diligence to the version by lang and see what you think. In sampling these versions, you will get a feel for what you can do with the song and what should be done with it.
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