Monday, November 2, 2015

Nature Boy




Call me old fashioned, but when the days grow cooler and shorter, there is nothing I enjoy more than cranking up the Nat King Cole tunes.

I was only 5 years old back in 1965 when Nat King Cole died at 45 of lung cancer so I don’t remember his music when I was a kid. As an adult I’ve become a real fan of his music. His rich mellow voice is so comforting like snuggling up by the fire in a big fuzzy blanket with hot chocolate and a romantic movie. 

My favourite song of his is Nature Boy with this lush orchestral arrangement. I listen to this song and all my troubles melt away. Ahhhh, so soothing. I love the old tunes like this with a full orchestra playing. 

 
I’ve always wondered if there really was a Nature Boy who inspired the writer of this song. It intrigued me so I looked up the background. The song was written by eden ahbez (all small letters) who was originally named George Alexander Aberle.

eden ahbez was influential in the beginning of the hippie movement and had many followers who were referred to as Nature Boys. He lived a simple life growing his hair long, wearing sandals and camping out while living on vegetables, fruits and nuts. He claimed to live on three dollars a week. 

When Nat King Cole made his Nature Boy song a hit, there was a media frenzy when they found eden living underneath the Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles. eden was a very strange enchanted boy, indeed!

To combat that blah feeling, I’ve joined the NoMo challenge at Yeah Write http://yeahwrite.me/november-2015/ and will write something every day for all of November.
- See more at: http://cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.ca/2015/11/winter-woes.html#sthash.CWEKUdXh.dpuf
I am writing a blog post a day for the NaMo challenge at YeahWrite for every day of November. http://yeahwrite.me/november-2015/

Writing is a good cure for the November blahs just like listening to Mr. Smooth himself, Nat King Cole!
To combat that blah feeling, I’ve joined the NoMo challenge at Yeah Write http://yeahwrite.me/november-2015/ and will write something every day for all of November.
- See more at: http://cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.ca/2015/11/winter-woes.html#sthash.CWEKUdXh.dpuf
To combat that blah feeling, I’ve joined the NoMo challenge at Yeah Write http://yeahwrite.me/november-2015/ and will write something every day for all of November.
- See more at: http://cattitudeandgratitude.blogspot.ca/2015/11/winter-woes.html#sthash.CWEKUdXh.dpuf

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  2. I didn't know which song Nature Boy was until you wrote "a very strange enchanted boy." And unfortunately I only know those lyrics because of the movie Moulin Rouge, so thank you for this info. To the Spotify with me!

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  3. Beautiful song, Cat! And, true...the greatest thing you ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return! How very true!

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  4. I love Nat King Cole's voice - I have an album of him singing Christmas songs, which may be why his music always makes me think of the holidays! Fascinating history on that song, too - thank you for sharing!

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