Jam Of The Day – Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart – Judy Garland with Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow My Dream Duets
From the album My Dream Duets.

So Barry Manilow released an album of duets just in time for Halloween this year. What made the timing of that perfect was the fact that the album was all duets with dead people. When you listen to the album, there is definitely something creepy and spooky about it. Maybe it’s the lifelessness of the duet partners – you know you won’t hear anything new or different from them and there’s no unique studio banter or chemistry. It’s like dancing with corpses.

Then you start thinking about how they’re dead and it makes you sad that they’re not here to grace us with any new music or performances. And as you listen to the album you think about how so many of the greats have died and what do we have to replace them with? They just don’t write songs the way they used to. Basically, it makes you contemplate mortality which is fitting for Halloween.

The highlight of the album in his duet with Judy Garland on her classic Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart. It’s such a great song and the Manilow Garland duet is light, fun, and really swings. Judy still has her swagger, even from the grave.

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