Song of the Day #940: ‘The Very Thought of You’ – Elvis Costello

I don’t have much to add about Kojak Variety other than to say it’s odd to be in the dark about an Elvis Costello album.

My Bob Dylan Weekends gave me a chance to familiarize myself with some of the albums I’d missed over the years, but Dylan had amassed a huge discography before I was ever a fan, so that was to be expected.

Costello, on the other hand, has put out the lion’s share of his albums since I discovered him so there aren’t many blind spots.

What usually happens in cases like this is that I listen to a few songs, enjoy them well enough, and decide that I should go ahead and add the album to my collection for the sake of completeness and because I didn’t give it enough of a chance in the first place.

Then, after another listen or two, it will find a spot on my shelf and remain untouched for years. Some albums are forgotten for a reason, and sometimes through no fault of their own.

Here’s Elvis singing ‘The Very Thought Of You,’ a song written in the 30’s and best delivered by Nat King Cole. Again, this version is not from the album itself but another recording from around the same time.

The very thought of you and I forget to do
The little ordinary things that everyone ought to do
I’m living in a kind of daydream
I’m happy as a king
And foolish though it may seem
To me that’s everything

The mere idea of you, the longing here for you
You’ll never know how slow the moments go till I’m near to you
I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It’s just the thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

The mere idea of you, the longing here for you
You’ll never know how slow the moments go till I’m near to you
I see your face in every flower
Your eyes in stars above
It’s just the thought of you
The very thought of you, my love

6 thoughts on “Song of the Day #940: ‘The Very Thought of You’ – Elvis Costello

  1. Amy says:

    My first thought, other than being pleased to hear Costello cover such a lovely song, is that he must have been influenced by his wife, Diana Krall, to create an album such as this one. And I wonder why we don’t own it!

    It must have been fascinating for a man/musician like Elvis to find love with a woman/musician such as Krall later in life, to father twin boys, to host Spectacle, a show that features such diverse music… as I’m listening, I’m actually loving his interpretation of this song. Maybe he ought to do more of this sort of thing. I’d love to see him go back and cover the whole span of music – decade by decade. πŸ™‚

  2. Clay says:

    Kojak Variety came out before he married Krall. His interest in this sort of music certainly predates her. This particular recording, though, might be more recent and could well owe a debt to her.

  3. peg says:

    This is a great rendition of a wonderful song. When we saw Diana Krall live in concert (thanks to you all) she did this song (I think); anyway, this is very typical of her style and music.

  4. Amy says:

    http://www.slate.com/id/2102542/
    There is a relatively biting article about how the two might be influencing each other for the worse.

    So apparently they didn’t meet until 2002, but I bet he sent her this album as part of their courtship πŸ™‚

  5. Dana says:

    I like this version well enough, but my vote for listening to a modern pop artist interpreting a classic goes to Sting.

    Oh, and as for the Slate article, I can’t comment on EC’s influence on Krall, but it’s hard to see her influence on EC’s last album save for a few torch-type songs and, to the extent she is influencing him, I’m generally liking the results.

  6. Clay says:

    I can see the argument that she influenced North, and for the worst, but the truth is he probably would have made an album like that regardless. He’s always been a big Bacharach fan, and collaborated with him before he met Krall.

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