Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Jazzy Little Thing Called Love

Media Moment: Michael Bublé Meets MSG
Queen Related: Sings Crazy Little Thing Called Love

To look at Vancouver- born Michael Bublé, he strikes me as a cross between Matt Dillon and Michael J. Fox. He does seem like a genuinely nice guy, though, and the behind-the-scenes documentary of his Madison Square Garden show from 2008 seemed to confirm this.

Bublé’s big break was not the typical Hollywood success story . . . Mila Mulroney, the wife of Canada’s ex-Prime Minister, Brian, urged her husband to listen to his self-published indy CD (after she received it from Mulroney's speech-writer, who got it from Bublé at a corporate function), and he was eventually asked to perform at their daughter’s wedding. David Foster, who was also in attendance, liked what he heard and took him under his wing. The rest, they say, is history.

As for Bublé’s rendition of CLTCL, he gives it the jazzy horn treatment and pretty much brings the house—er, I mean, the Gardens—down as the song ends the evening. It was great to see the entire audience clapping and singing along as Bublé led them through one of his more upbeat tunes.

As I was watching this documentary last night, I couldn’t help but compare Bublé’s jazzification to Dwight Yoakam’s countrification of the song—I have to applaud Freddie’s songwriting brilliance because this song can be adapted to any genre and still retain it’s feel-good spirit.

Once again, I’d like to know who suggested that Bublé record CLTCL in the first place. Was it Michael himself, perhaps a closet Queen fan since the early days? Or maybe it was David Foster, who recently helped Nicole Kidman get through The Show Must Go On for her finalé in Moulin Rouge?

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