auditory simulation of optical phenomenon: “I Only Have Eyes for You”

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about music and photographs — no wait, that doesn’t sound quite right. Lately there’s been a song playing in my head constantly, and it really makes me feel as if I’m taking a photograph. 

There are lots of long lists about songs and photographs such as this one. Personally, my short list is just three songs:  On it there’s “Kodachrome,” which is really about obession. Then there’s the bossa-nova “Desafinado” (“off-key”), which has this line:

“O que você não sabe, nem sequer pressente
É que os desafinados também têm um coração
Fotografei você na minha Rolleiflex
Revelou-se a sua enorme ingratidão”

(It means something along the lines of “I took a photo of you with my Rolleiflex, and got a picture of your great ingratitude.”)

The third, which is the tune that I can’t get out of my head at the moment, is an old standard, “I Only Have Eyes for You” (Jamie Cullum version here). It’s probably the most “photographic” song I’ve heard, even though it makes no direct mention of photographs or equipment at all. It’s about seeing, or rather, bringing an object into focus. This line,especially makes me go all “bokeh” inside:

“I don’t know if we’re in a garden
Or on a crowded avenue
You are here, so am I
Maybe millions of people go by
But they all disappear from view
I only have eyes for you”