Monday, January 14, 2013


You know that song The Lady is a Tramp?  I can't get it out of my head and here's why:  Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform it together on Duets II, a DVD I've been watching since the 2012 holiday season.

Before each duet is performed, both Tony and whomever he is paired with  -e.g., k.d. Lang, Carrie Underwood, Queen Latifah, Natalie Cole - talk about what it was like to work with the other person.

I know that a lot of times different generations and fans of different music genres cannot relate to each other's musical tastes, and it becomes an unfortunate dividing point.  Why does that have to be?  Music was once something that brought generations together.

One thing I love about Duets II is the way that it brings Tony and folks younger than him or from different genres together, thus bridging that gap.

It was both heartening and sad to see Tony singing with the late and great Amy Winehouse.  And lovely to see him with Queen Latifah, who is a beautiful jazz singer.

My favorite duet, far and away, was the pairing of Mr. Bennett with Lady Gaga singing The Lady is a Tramp.  Love the combo of  Gaga's smooth voice and elegant black lace dress with her turquoise bob and sassy performance style.

Gaga is such a champion of young people, especially teens and adolescents, and Bennett is popular with older folks, so I hope that this duet has attracted viewers of all ages and musical tastes.

Long live Gaga and Bennett!