"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Birthday Today - Mel Torme

The great Mel Torme was born today in 1925.   Torme was a funny-looking little guy who had an enormous gift as one of the great jazz singers of the last century.   Here he is singing a nice little song called "April Showers" during his younger days.   Hard to imagine anyone ever doing it better:

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