The first song is “Something to Live For,” written by Billy Strayhorn (who arranged the music, too, I think) and performed by Duke Ellington, his big band, and Ella Fizgerald. Not a song I know but I liked it, and I think we all know that yearning. The second is “Jazz Samba.” I don’t know who wrote it, but this performance is brilliant. Fantastic arrangement (again by Billy Strayhorn) and absolutely superlative vocals by Ella Fitzgerald–made all the more admirable by the occasional strain in her voice. We know it’s human, not effortless.
This is how Sundays should feel: slightly melancholy and then marvelling at the heat and rhythm, the joy and reach life.