Thus far, we've largely had some joyous, upbeat recordings from here, like this one -- a 1920s jazz arrangement of "Love Yourself" -- and this, a 1960s-style version of "Just What I Needed." But today's goes in a completely different direction. It's slow and sultry, yet may be more outlandish and fun than her others, and even show off her talent the best.
This is her smokey jazz version of..."The Theme to Pokemon."
No, really. And it's absolutely wonderful. Honest! What I love about this -- and why I say it may show off her talent and craft the best -- is that she doesn't take it as a joke and sing down to the words. But she invests herself in it as if this was her Grammy-winning jazz standard offering, complete with some scat singing thrown in. I put it in the same category as the brilliant performance of the "Chicken Fat" exercise song by Robert Preston, who threw himself wholeheartedly into Meredith Willson's song for the President Kennedy national physical fitness program. Just the same, Sara Niemietz here takes the Pokemon theme song dead-serious for over five minutes, not a hiccup in site, and in doing so, most especially each time the chorus swings around, actually makes it wonderful -- and hilarious.