Laurin Talese | photo courtesy of the artist
Laurin Talese honors elders with a Blossom Dearie cover, “I Like You, You’re Nice”
Philly-based jazz vocalist Laurin Talese shared a cover of Blossom Dearie’s 1973 song “I Like You, You’re Nice” to honor our elders. Talese’s former high school jazz teacher, who she says is “the reason I learned about jazz in the first place,” stars in the accompanying music video, which shows him falling in love with an old acquaintance after a chance encounter.
“This video is so special to me,” Talese writes. “One reason is that COVID 19 is greatly impacting our elders. We often don’t see depictions of the elderly falling in love and it’s truly heartwarming. To me it symbolizes possibility. The couple featured in the video is Dr. and Mrs. William Woods. Dr. Woods was my high school jazz instructor at the Cleveland School of the Arts, mentor, and a large part of why I even considered a career in music. Even after over 40 years teaching, he’s still as witty as sharp as ever! As we are all experiencing many unsavory things right now, my hope is that this video makes you smile during these unprecedented times.”
The video was filmed at the mission-driven Edwins Restaurant in Talese’s hometown of Cleveland, which provides formerly incarcerated adults with training and experience in the culinary field. Watch below. The track is also available wherever you stream music.