Thursday, December 13, 2007

Lithuanians and Letts Do It

Like all people who enjoy good music, I am a big fan of the songs of Cole Porter, although that fandom wasn't enough to get me into the theater to see Irwin Winkler's 2004 biopic De-Lovely, with Kevin Kline as Peru's finest. (For one thing, Kline is more than 20 years older than Ashley Judd, who plays Porter's wife, Linda, but the real Linda Porter was eight years older than Cole.) One nice thing about the film, though, was that Winkler got current pop singers to cover old Porter classics, like Elvis Costello (who had earlier cut Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine") covering "Let's Misbehave."

My favorite among these tunes is Canadian spitfire Alanis Morissette working herself into a fervor over "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)," alternatively titled "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love." Her frenzied rendition really stands in contrast to the one Louis Armstrong recorded in 1957, a slow, droll reading that went on for nearly nine minutes. Here's Alanis:

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