Just one taste of traditional Minnesota winter weather and I’m ready for a trip to the tropics – at least a mind excursion.
You’re welcome to come along.
See if any of these songs get you in the mood for a Latin dance or two – with a full orchestra, preferably outdoors, near the ocean and some swaying palms and, of course, under the stars and a full moon.
And to complete the fantasy, scores of elegant couples dressed in swanky clothes – something like this Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman snippet from “Casablanca” as they elegantly dance to “Perfidia” (complete with what we know today as a disco ball).
I don’t think we’ll re-create all of my tropical fantasy, but I’ll take what we can get — including a wide array of Latin-tinged mood music and dance beats: a beguine, some mambos, the bossa nova, the cha-cha and many more variations.
We can’t go wrong starting with Diana Krall and her version of “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.”
And two other nice dance numbers:
• Bobby Rydell’s “Sway.”
Then two melancholy songs:
• And Caterina Valente’s sad “The Breeze and I.”
And a little more Ella never hurt anyone – so here she is on Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll.” Switcheroonie!
I’m going to sneak in one Far East tropics song before returning to the West: Frankie Laine’s “Rose Rose I Love You,” with some evocative lyrics:
All my life I shall remember Oriental music
and you in my arms
Perfumed flowers in your tresses
Lotus-scented breezes and swaying palms …
Time to heat it up again with three warm movie songs:
As we near the end of our tropical voyage, I wanted to change pace with a slightly lower-brow number but one I really like: Perry Como’s comic, clever “Papa Loves Mambo.”
Hot, hotter, hottest
We’ll wrap up by sending the tropical musical temperatures a bit higher:
Hot: Sade’s “Smooth Operator.”
Hotter: Buster Poindexter’s “Hot Hot Hot.”