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Friday, June 20, 2008

Macy Gray - the naked truth

"Que Sera, Sera” was a gigantic mainstream hit for blond-haired, blue-eyed Doris Day back in the day. Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the song was composed specifically for an Alfred Hitchcock film, his 1956 remake of his 1934 film “The Man Who Knew Too Much.” The movie starred Jimmy Stewart and Doris Day.

A lot of people have covered the song, including Sly and The Family Stone. But I’ve never heard anyone inject all this funk and gospel into it like Ms. Macy Gray does in a one-off cut taken from a concert at the Wembley.

I’ve got a handful of live Macy Gray and I’m salivating for a "quality" full-length live release (word to the wise: avoid her off-label release "Live in Las Vegas"). Sony, are you listening? Can you hear what I hear?

Sometimes her shtick is a gimmick, but when she is on, she is outrageous and makes no holds barred music like she just stepped off the mothership in all her naked glory—and I’m not exaggerating, in London she did a fundraiser for an AIDS charity, butt-naked, sitting on a chair. She ain’t got no shame in her game.

I know Doris Day is somewhere appalled and chagrined at what Macy has done to her song. What can one say?—que sera, sera!

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