Too Darn Hot
My favorite Aunt Teta Kata used to sing Too Darn Hot during heatwaves. She lived near an old manufacturing industrial area and would walk around early morning singing and listening to her voice echo around the buildings.
There are many piano and vocal scores and songbooks with music by Ella that you may be interested in.
The song was performed by the 80s group Erasure for the Red Hot and Blue CD done as an early fundraiser for AIDS research. Interestingly, the original Broadway lyrics had the line "According to the Kinsey Report" which was later changed to only "According to the Report". The song was used in the movie Kinsey and I suspect Kinsey would have been happy to been associated with the song and the later fund raising.
Did you know the Performing Arts Department at the Toronto Reference Library has a large collection sheet music/scores that you can use here and in many cases borrow ? There is a song index but you can also browse through the catalogue looking for songs, operas, musicals and instrumental music. We have a large musicals section as well as lots of popular scores by singer, by year/decade and by broad category (jazz, pop, love songs etc). There are 2 photocopiers on the floor but don't forget to add money to your copy card / library card on the Main Floor.
So why not come out of the heat and visit the 5th floor of the Toronto Reference Library - we're air conditioned - and have a great collection you can use both for singing but also for musical instrument scores - we even have two electric piano's in a practice room you can use free of charge!
Do you have a favorite summer cooling off song ? Why not leave a comment and let everyone know!