Two of the great joys of seeing A.A. Bondy play are hearing new arrangements and variations of his songs and seeing what great covers he’ll pull out. To that end, here are two slightly different versions of his heartbreaking cover of the Rogers and Hart classic “My Funny Valentine” (a song which, interestingly, he’s been pulling out for encores since the Verbena days).
Hearing him sing this song mere feet away from me at his show last month in Akron was the first time I’ve been left speechless during a show. It seemed I wasn’t the only one having that reaction as it took a few moments for the applause to start once the song was finished. From the back of the room, someone called out, “Well done.”
I’ll be heading up to the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to see him play on December 2nd. I’m excited to see what he has in store for us this time.