NPR is streaming Nellie McKay’s new album, As Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day. Perfect right? This seems like the logical progression of her career, which when she first made a name for herself people said her music sounds like a cross between Doris Day and Eminem. There is a genuine warmth in both her voice, piano playing, and how old-timey she sounds.
Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day is an album free of cynicism, full of heart and more elegant than a mere nostalgia trip. McKay chose from more than 600 of Day’s recordings for her tribute. Many of these songs are part of The Great American Songbook: “Sentimental Journey,” “I Remember You,” “The Very Thought of You” and so on. Songs by George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach and Les Brown, as well as an original — a small curtsy to Doris Day, written by McKay, called “If I Ever Had a Dream.”
Dear God, I hope Nelly McKay covers Eminem next.