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Kind Of Blue: Blue Feelings In Popular Song

Mel Tormé sang several songs that were “kind of” blue, including “Blue Moon,” “Blue and Sentimental,” “When Sunny Gets Blue,” “Born To Be Blue” (which he also co-wrote), and “It’s A Blue World” (the title song for his 1955 album for Bethlehem records).

This week, our topic is blue. We’ll be looking at songs all about the color and the feeling of being blue. But as a challenge to myself, I’m not going to play any typical “blues,” so no “St. Louis Blues,” no “West End Blues,” and no “Blues In The Night.” Luckily, “blue” is probably the most evocative color in the Great American Songbook, representative of all kinds of melancholic feelings. So on this hour of the program, I’ll play all kinds of songs with blue feelings, like “Born To Be Blue,” “Serenade In Blue,” and “Blue Turning Grey Over You.”

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Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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