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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: February 11, 2014

Celebrating the timeless tune "My Funny Valentine"

As Valentine’s Day draws near, I find myself thinking about one of my favorite show tunes, “My Funny Valentine.” The song is from the 1937 musical “Babes in Arms” by Rodgers & Hart and its been, according to Wikipedia, performed by over 600 artists.

In the show, the character Billie Smith sings the Valentine “Val” LaMar and she makes fun of Val’s so-called flaws including his looks, figure and even intelligence. I know, really nice.  In the end though, Billie says she loves Val just the way he is and implores him not to change.

I adore the song. It’s simple, sweet and poignant. Here’s a collection of 10 of my personal favorite renditions for your sugar-coated listening pleasure.

My Funny ValentineS by Aimsel on Grooveshark

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