“Don’t Know Why”

Why Evolution Is True

Norah Jones‘s (b. 1979) real name is Geetali Norah Jones Shankar, and it’s well known that she’s the daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker (her mother was Sue Jones). When I first heard this song in 2002, on her Come Away with Me album, I was blown away. It’s a beautiful jazz-infused song, with only five instruments (including her own piano) and a languid delivery that reminds me a bit of Billie Holiday.

Don’t Know Why” was in fact written and first performed by Jesse Harris, but it was Jones who made it a huge hit. It nabbed her three Grammys in 2003: record of the year, song of the year, and best female pop vocal performance. Sadly, although maintaining a respectable performing and recording career, Jones never again rose to the standard of this song. She remains somewhat of a “one hit wonder.”

I’ve listened to this many…

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