Born today was Nat King Cole
Whose vocals evoked a romantic glow.
Who else has phrased a melody
As crisp and clearly as did he?
On a personal note, during my college days, when I commuted to De Paul’s northside campus, I’d come home, put on the above album, crash on the sofa and be rapt in the mellow sounds of the great Mr. Cole. He was absolutely the best at putting me in a heightened amorous mode. I played this album till the grooves went south. And one song in particular has haunted me through the years and never fails to stoke the embers of emotion: “Return to Paradise”. Even as I write this, I hear Nat singing, “Come with me, my love, across the sea, Return to Paradise. Come with me and find your peace of mind, Return to Paradise,” … and I want to go to a travel agency (with my wife, of course) and get two one-way tickets.