The haunting tune “Gran Torino” (Composed by Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Michael Stevens, Kyle Eastwood, and Written by Michael Stevens) from the film of the same name is a bit reminiscent of the song “Skylark” (Written by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael,) and featured in Eastwood’s memorable film: “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Both renderings have the floating, fading, disappearing quality of smoky dissipation. Listen to this musical tribute to “Gran Torino” (provided by YouTube’s “jeremjoee.”)
I was also struck by the similarity to another amateur singer’s (he was primarily a horn player) vocal work on a song from the 60s: Herb Alpert’s “This Guy’s In Love With You” presented on this YouTube clip, from someone called “thegoochman.”
Both performances have a very tentitive quality. The voice is barely there, yet it somehow manages to surface – into a moving, memorable work of audio art. Eastwood’s very short (just a few seconds) vocalization of “Gran Torino” (other performances of the film’s theme are played throughout the movie) is one of the best audio-slices I’ve heard lately “in the muggy, foggy, haze of ear polution out there,” as Walt Kowalski (Eastwood’s character) might say.