Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Quote of the Day (Tony Bennett, on How ‘Good Songs Last Forever’)

“Good songs last forever, and I've come to learn that there's a whole group out there in the audience who's studying that with me. There's a greatness in an audience when it gets perfectly still. It becomes a beautiful tribal contact, a delicate, poetic thing. A great song does that.”— Tony Bennett (1926-2023), Grammy-winning, indomitable interpreter of the Great American Songbook, quoted by Whitney Balliett, “A Quality That Lets You In,” originally published in The New Yorker, Jan. 7, 1974, reprinted in Balliett’s American Singers: Twenty-Seven Portraits in Song (1988)

The image accompanying this post, of Tony Bennett in performance at the 2012 Monterey (Calif.) Jazz Festival, was taken Sept. 22, 2012, by David Becker.

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