To conclude my OTR series, I knew I just had to finish it off with Ms. Judy Garland herself. Judy, to many people, owns this song. Her voice fits the music like a hand fits a glove. Instead of using the movie version I decided to use one that was done at her very last concert in 1969, 2 months before her death. Judy was a blessing to this entertainment industry and thank gooodness they casted her as Dorothy and not Shirley Temple!
Singing her signature tune for the last time, Ms. Judy Garland!
RIP Judy. I’m glad you’re over the rainbow now. I hope its lovely there.
P.S. Tomorrow the poll will be up for you to vote on your favorite of my top ten favorites. I’ll keep it open for 3 days so make sure you get your opinion in!
I had a very busy day and didn’t have time to put up the final OTR. I promise I’ll put it up tomorrow…
I have to work on my Seminary Graduation Speech tonight…
Since I’m nearing the end of my Over the Rainbow series I was having a hard time deciding which versions to put up. I finally decided on a very bold choice for Day 9. Patti LaBelle is a very well known R&B and Soul Singer from the 70’s and 80’s. There are many different recordings of her sings OTR and they all are SO different. You can look them up if you are really curious for a fun vid or two. I ended up choosing a version she did in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Her high range and crazy riffs may come as a shock to you and you may find this way too bizarre but, I personally love the campiness and extreme talent that this woman has. Not many people can sing the way she does!
Here’s Patti LaBelle’s rifftastic verson of Over the Rainbow:
Wow. Just Wow!
5th season of American Idol. It comes down to Kat Mcphee and Taylor Hicks. It looked obvoius that my favrite, Kat, would win. Taylor won. America got it wrong. It wouldn’t be the last time either…
So one of the highlights of that season was Katherine’s take on Eva Cassidy’s version of OTR. It was beautiful but I hesitated putting it on my blog because it was very much the same as Eva’s. But then I found this version (below). It looks like it was for some Christmas Child Adoption Event. It is WAY better than her performance on AI. Filled with lots of riffs and emotion, it shows what a true artist she has become.
Here she is, Miss Katherine McPhee!
Who’s your favorite American Idol runner up?
Ever since I saw The Music Man when I was a little girl, I’ve been fascinated by barbershop quartets. I love the blend of harmonies and almost cartoonish feel of the style. So me and my homie Max are huge Scrubs fans and love Ted’s Band in the show. In real life Ted’s Band is actually called The Blanks. One episode a few seasons back was Wizard of Oz themed and the final 2 mins closed with Ted’s Band singing OTR. Their version is based on Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole’s version. (Israel’s version is a lot of people’s favorite, and though I do enjoy it it did not make my top ten faves.)
So here singing Over the Rainbow, Ted’s Band (aka The Blanks):
That makes me smile 🙂
So lately I’ve been doing a lot of mini photo shoots (if you’re on facebook you’ve seen the many albums). A few different projects have occurred because of these shoots and I’m very excited about everything that is happening because of it. I don’t have anything I can tell as of yet but I promise to keep y’all informed when I can.
Till then enjoy some of my fave pics from recent shoots of my lovely friends.
Which of these photos are your favorites and why? I’d love to hear what you think!