03.02.05 Sting - My Funny Valentine - At The Movies...


Sting - My Funny Valentine - At The Movies release... Released in Japan on March 23, 2005

Sting's varied interests in differing cultures, directions and personal growth have shaped his music into songs that are easily envisioned and used for many different moods, methods and formats. His prolific output has made his work some of the most integrated in mediums other than radio; hence this fitting collection of songs used in conjunction with motion pictures. Sting's instantly recognizable voice, coupled with his sophisticated melodic sense and lyrics as poetic, thoughtful and stirring as any in contemporary music, make his material a natural for the many differing moods and passions of film.

The title track for this collection - 'My Funny Valentine' - is a terrific reading of this much-loved standard and Sting presents a vocal interpretation that is heartfelt and warm. Many associate this song with the late great Miles Davis. The slight break heard in Sting's voice during the first verse was left as is, much in the way Miles' emotional performances of this favorite ballad were often articulated. There's also a 4-bar musical nod to Miles by the incomparable Herbie Hancock during his solo turn, with support from Steve Jordan on drums that is both subtle & tasteful.

The tracklisting is as follows:

1. My Funny Valentine (featuring Herbie Hancock)
2. Englishman In New York
3. Shape Of My Heart
4. The Windmills Of Your Mind
5. My Funny Friend And Me
6. The Mighty (Remix)
7. Until...
8. All For Love
9. The Secret Marriage
10. Someone To Watch Over Me
11. It's Probably Me
12. Angel Eyes
13. Moonlight
14. My One And Only Love
15. Fragile
16. Murder By Numbers
17. Valpariaso
18. Demolition Man
Bevan Eakins charts the tidal wave of compassion which unleashed Sting's tsunami benefit concert at Leeuwin. Three days after the Indian Ocean tsunami had claimed 290,000 lives in South-East Asia and Sri Lanka, international rock star Sting and his family were enjoying a Christmas break on a ski slope somewhere in Europe. Sting's tour manager of 15 years, William Francis, telephoned the former front man for Police and said a request had come from Margaret River to hold a tsunami benefit concert. Would he do it? "Yes," was the unequivocal reply...