Aye, Claudia (Music Thoughts: Here’s To Life, Claudia Morris)

268x0wI guess I should be glad that there are a lot of singers out there singing standards, as this assures that these songs will never ever die. And yes, I know diddly squat about Claudia Morris before I started to play her new album ‘Here’s To Life.’

And what do I get – a pleasant enough singer singing these wonderful songs in her slow languid way, and I get the sense that this is someone who care about the lyrics she is singing. As I listen to her ‘Here’s The Life,’ I know there’s a beating heart behind that voice, and as she tackles ‘What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life,’ I knew that voice had something to say. I wish her style was more personalized, because I see glimpses of her in some tracks, particularly when she did a spoken intro on ‘Let There Be Love.’  This is a by-the-fireplace record, it smolders more than surprises.

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