In the still of the night All the world is in slumber All the times without number Darling when I say to you
I’ve been reading about Cole Porter all morning, and just watched De-Lovely, the biographical film on Cole Porter’s life. Not necessarily a groundbreaking film or even one of exceptional depth, but knowing a bit about Porter’s life adds exactly just that - depth - to his songs.
I’ve probably heard this song in its many renditions a dozen times. But getting a glimpse of his tumultuous marriage to Linda Lee, and learning about how he wrote this song for her gives it so much more gravity. Tender, vulnerable, and lovely, this is a love song I wouldn’t mind owning up to liking.