Some years ago while looking for free dance music, I listened to many, many different versions of Cole Porter songs. One of my favorites is “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” and one of my favorite versions of that song was done by Natalie Cole.
Folks will undoubtedly remember her by “Unforgettable,” the duet she recorded with the voice of her father, Nat “King” Cole. But I do love this song; it is one that shows Cole Porter’s blend of wistful and wry lyrics and beautiful melody at its best.
Natalie Cole sang this for the soundtrack of the movie De-lovely, starring Kevin Kline and Ashley Judd. There is a wonderful instrumental interlude as well as Natalie’s unforgettable voice; she sings this with just a little bit of edginess that keeps the emotional life of the song from falling into a pool of schmaltz or becoming monotonous “elevator music”; it also matches the trumpet solo nicely.
There’s no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to
Everytime we say goodbye.