When I put my Rhapsody Music playlist together for today’s featured selection, Let Yourself Go, something surprising struck me. Although the list was among the shortest ones I ever had for a particular song, it was one of the most enjoyable and energizing. I suppose you could draw an analogy with life too: quality is much more powerful than quantity. The great thing here is that I didn’t have to apply Pareto’s 80 – 20 principle to this playlist (80% of the inspiration comes from 20% of the performances). Instead, I simply enjoyed the variety of ALL the high quality versions.
You might be wondering why this somewhat surprising scenario came about. Let Yourself Go follows the format of many of Irving Berlin’s other songs. He composed it in 1936 for the film Follow the Fleet with Ginger Rogers presenting its premiere. In addition to Rogers’ esteemed dance and singing partner, Fred Astaire, the film included appearances by Betty Grable and Lucille Ball. Although Let Yourself Go has definitely stood the test of time, its popularity has certainly been upstaged by its film song partner Let’s Face the Music and Dance (which I featured in my February 12th post).