Scott Smith played Noce last night. What an amazing guy. He’s 80 years old, been in the music business for 58 years, knows thousands of songs by heart. Sharp, sharp guy. I always enjoy my interactions with him when I see him. And I’m always learning something new from him. Every once in awhile, when someone yells out a song request, he’ll say, I don’t DO that one, what else? I asked him, why don’t you DO that song? And he tells me in so many words that he doesn’t want to glorify the kind of lifestyle the song is portraying. He’s a lounge singer with morals. I like him.
During his show last night, someone yelled out, PLAY MISTY, and he says, true fact, in my 58 years of being on stage, that is THE MOST requested song. He plays the song, and I listen. I wonder why this song is the most requested song ever?
At the end of the night, everybody’s gone, Scott sits at a table by the stage, drinking a glass of water without ice. It may have had ice at one time, but it doesn’t anymore. I go up to him, say, Scott. Mind if I sit? He says, please do.
I say, I have a question for you, and I want you to think about it before you answer. He says, shoot. I say, during your set, you mentioned that Misty was the most requested song ever. If you were to get your head wrapped around things, why do you think that’s so?
He doesn’t hesitate. Well… There’s been a number of artists that have had hits with Misty. In the 50’s, so-and-so did it. In the 60’s…
He goes on to tell me the history of the song, who all covered it, and had success with it.
I say, ok. That’s fine, but doesn’t really answer my question. If you were to wrap your head around things, why do you think this ONE SONG resonates with so many people? What is it about that one song that stands out from all the others?
This is when he takes a brief pause, briefly.
After a moment, he says, well… It’s a romantic love song. People like the story behind it.
I say, what is the story exactly? What are the lyrics?
He tells me the lyrics:
Look at me, I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree;
And I feel like I’m clingin’ to a cloud,
I can’t understand
I get misty, just holding your hand.
Walk my way,
And a thousand violins begin to play,
Or it might be the sound of your hello,
That music I hear,
I get misty, whenever you’re near.
Can’t you see that you’re leading me on?
And it’s just what I want you to do,
Don’t you notice how hopelessly I’m lost
That’s why I’m following you.
On my own,
When I wander through this wonderland alone,
Never knowing my right foot from my left
My hat from my glove
I’m too misty, and too much in love.
I’M JUST too misty,
And too much
After he gets done telling me the lyrics, he didn’t even have to tell me the reason why so many people love that song. I knew why.
First off, half-way through him saying the lyrics to me, I choke up. I literally choke up. I feel TEARS coming on, I can’t explain it. He’s not so much reciting the lyrics, as talking to me. And this is where it’s at with the song.
EVERYBODY wants someone to say those words to them, and mean it. It’s like the dream. For someone to feel so passionate about you, that they “get misty” when they hold your hand, or feel like a thousand violins play when you’re near. On the other hand, we’re the narrator. And if you’ve never been the narrator in your life, and felt that kind of love, I’m sorry, you’ve never lived. To feel TOO MUCH in love, that you want to cry when you’re with them. Tears of pure joy, not sadness. But maybe complete sadness, because you know, deep down, that this kind of love is fleeting.
Scott will be playing on Wednesdays at Noce for the next month or so. Please come in, and check him out, if you haven’t already.
And I’m sure if you ask nicely, he’ll play Misty for you.
Just try not to get too choked up.