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  • mistermuse 9:46 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    A CONSOLATION OF STARS 

    What with all the problems in this crazy world of ours, my fellow earthlings, is there consolation in knowing that my previously-posted problems don’t amount to a proverbial hill of beans by comparison? After all, everyone in Casablanca has problems — mine may work out:

    In fact, I think mine will work out — help is on the way (by beautiful way of my tech-angel daughter) on Father’s Day. But until then, I’ll seek my consolation in the Stardust of a song (or two):

    If we could clear the dust from our eyes, friends, aren’t we all more or less lost in the stars? Maybe most of us just don’t see it: little stars, BIG STARS, blowing through the night….and we’re lost out here in the stars….

     

     
    • Carmen 10:02 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Just wanted to add that I think you’re a ROCK star!! I’m looking after six of the grandchildren right now – I’ll get to hear the selections later, when I can relax and appreciate them! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 11:28 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And you’re obviously a rock star of a grandma, Carmen….but looking after only six grandchildfren? Unless your children are hiding some, tell them to get back to work. Haven’t they heard that they’re….

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    • Don Ostertag 1:31 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great selections!

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    • Rivergirl 2:05 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Casablanca and Satchmo. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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      • mistermuse 2:58 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Unsurpassed performances, an unsurpassed film, and unsurpassed music = “it doesn’t get much better than that.” 😉

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:37 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So glad that your beautiful tech-angel daughter is helping you to resolve your problems with WordPress 🙂 Enjoyed the Casablanca video clip.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Rosaliene. That clip is a classic example of why Casablanca is one of the greatest films of all time: exquisite Dialogue, fine Acting, and superb Direction: a DAD for the ages — not unlike mistermuse, who is a well(?) aged dad.

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        • mistermuse 7:29 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink

          I can’t believe it — all of a sudden, “Loading” has mysteriously disappeared and “Likes” have reappeared since the last time I was here a few hours ago. It’s a miracle (and I wasn’t even praying to the computer gods for one)!

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    • calmkate 7:46 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      aha souds like you two might be each others biggest fans!

      First two clips were supremo, third one didn’t work … a dozen, his poor wife!

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    • mistermuse 10:18 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Kate, Carmen and I are not only each other’s biggest, but each other’s oldest, fans — would you believe we go back to the days when she sang and danced with fruit on her head:

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  • mistermuse 12:18 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    AT WIT’S END 

    I don’t know how you spell FRUSTRATION, but I spell it W-O-R-D-P-R-E-S-S. To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning,

    How do I detest thee? Let me count the ways….

    But counting the ways would take time I don’t have, thanks to all the time-consuming problems I do have with WordPress (especially recently). Suffice it to say that if there’s no improvement when the new WordPress Block Editor kicks in June 1, I’ll be considering my options — ranging from giving up blogging completely, to seeking another venue more user-friendly to a tech-tyro like me.

    In other words….

    As the God of WordPress is my wit-ness, I ask you….

     
    • obbverse 1:01 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like WP is really really really pissing you off… I know if my spouse didn’t fix my faux pas on my site I’d boot it all down the road in frustration. The WP issue I had seemed to be random- one day I could like, one day I could comment, the next, nada. Then, voila! All good-ish. I am supremely limited in trouble-shooting. Hope the new edit. works, because if it becomes unenjoyable…

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      • calmkate 6:16 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        can’t post comments now so communicating with MrM this way … videos came back on but there is now no avenue to post comments and ours aren’t linked ;(

        Do you think POTUS disciples are targeting you? Have you contacted WP directly with your issues … I did and took another 3-4 days before they resolved it! Good luck ❤

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        • calmkate 6:17 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          PS nearly forgot this link, great video on how to use new editor block ..helped me heaps!
          https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/108067070/posts/21702

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        • mistermuse 11:25 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you, Kate. Computerese is almost like a foreign language to me. When complications arise beyond what I’m familiar with (writing my blog and commenting), I’m lost because I don’t understand the relevant terminology and concepts. That’s why, in all likelihood after June 1, I’m going to have to rely on my out-of-town daughter for hands-on help the next time she visits.

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        • calmkate 6:37 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          that link to the youtube video will help heaps if you can open it … Bella has a sweet clear english voice and her demonstration of using the new block editor is so much easier for luddites like me … please keep persisting!

          We need you and you need an outlet for your creativity ❤

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      • mistermuse 9:48 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Obbverse. My wife is much more tech savvy in general than I, but she doesn’t blog and has no clue what to do about my WP issues. My oldest daughter, who lives out of town, may be able to help the next time she visits. I’ll probably just sit tight until then, if there’s no improvement on June 1,

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        • pendantry 2:37 am on June 1, 2020 Permalink

          Good morning to you, mistermuse
          I come to you bearing good news!
          Classic editor is what you seek?
          It’s still there: here, take a peek!

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        • mistermuse 7:14 am on June 1, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you, pendantry, for your poetic reply.
          I see no change whatever — I don’t know why.
          Same format, same problems — not “good news” at all…
          But at least I’m still here, though it wasn’t my call.

          For now, my good man, I’ll muddle on as best I can
          ’til my daughter updates my Windows, or the shit hits the fan.

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    • blindzanygirl 1:16 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am sad. So many people have said goodbye lately. I am having problems too. Please let us know if you go to another venue. The number of times you have lifted me out of a black pit with youur comments snd your somgs is inestimable., i loved your input. But I understsnd. It is even worse trying to deal with WordPress if you are blind. It’s shit! Much love to you midyer,use snd thankyou. ❤️

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      • mistermuse 11:43 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        This may sound corny, Lorraine, but it warms my heart to know there are times when “I have lifted you out of a black pit.” The fact that I have helped you encourages me to want to keep doin’ what I’m doin’….I just wish that my brain was better equipped with the ‘tools’ needed to deal with the technology side of this “shit,” as you so aptly and eloquently put it.

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    • calmkate 5:52 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh please don’t leave me … your satrical humour and jazz finds add sun to my day! I am guessing that you added videos to this post but I’m looking at two large white outs … no pics or videos to be found … issue is my end no doubt 😦

      WP seems to go thru glitches … I had a real issue for nearly 3 months, had to blog far less as anything took more than an hour! I nearly gave up but due to support by my followers I hung in there and one day issue just vanished!

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      • mistermuse 11:52 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Fingers crossed, Kate, that these issues just vanish on June 1. Otherwise, I may have to write President Trump to issue an executive order and make blogging great again.

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        • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:36 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          LOL

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        • calmkate 6:41 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          well he does bully everybody else so I’d rather like to watch it reciprocated, couldn’t happen to a better idiot … are you softening, that’s the kindest thing I’ve heard you call him 🙂

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        • mistermuse 10:53 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, if you think I’ve been unkind to Trump, scroll down to arekhill1’s comment below and click on his blog for some posts which put my Trump put-downs to shame. 😉

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    • Carmen 6:09 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      C’mon mistermuse – stick with it! How long have you been married? 😉

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      • mistermuse 12:00 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Would that it were that simple, Carmen. At least in marriage, I can kick my wife in the fanny if she gets out of line, and receive an immediate and proper response. Then, after I’ve recovered, things are back to normal.

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    • masercot 7:07 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, Fallout! A game I gave three months of my life to…

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    • GP Cox 7:33 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have never understood why – when something works, they insist on fixing it!!!!

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      • mistermuse 12:19 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        WordPress did work for years, GP — at least, well enough not to frustrate me as it has increasingly done lately. Whether recent problems have anything to do with the process of switching over to the new WordPress Block Editor is beyond me.

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    • Rivergirl 7:46 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I read that we’ll be able to switch back to classic editor as soon as they roll out this new abomination… which I will do immediately. But it seems you have a lot of issues with that as well. I have no answer, just a plea not to leave.
      ❣️

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      • mistermuse 12:27 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very much appreciated, Rg. It may take a while, but I’m hopeful of a satisfactory resolution which will enable me to keep doin’ what I’m doin’. Closing up shop is the last thing I want to do.

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    • josephurban 8:00 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      WordPress is following a well known principle of American business. If something is working properly CHANGE IT. As soon as a customer learns to use a system, CHANGE IT. If something is simple and uncomplicated, CHANGE IT. Why? Because otherwise how do I justify my job ? How do I justify just producing reasonably good product? Everything needs to be NEW and IMPROVED. Otherwise how do I, as a CEO, justify the salary I am given? I saw the same thing over and over and over in the field of education. If something works…CHANGE IT.

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      • Carmen 8:06 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think you are onto something, Joseph. Right now, I can’t access my cell phone account because of increased security protections (I can’t even get into my own account with the password I’ve used for years) . . .so I’m sending them monthly payments in an amount that I know is higher than the bill; hopefully when they have to start sending me credits they’ll help me. 🙂 (smh)

        Hopefully mistermuse will return June 1st with a WordPress arsekicking story. ..

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      • mistermuse 12:37 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Joseph. I think it’s akin to something they used to call “planned obsolescence.” “Change for the sake of change” is hardly an improvement.

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    • magickmermaid 10:58 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t leave!!! Everyone will miss you!!! I was cursing the new system yesterday as I was giving one of my pages a makeover. It was like a video game gone awry and I don’t play video games. However, I refuse to be bested by technology/machines. After I calmed down a bit, I found my own way to make it work for me. Disclaimer: my own way may not be the proper way but I got it to work. 🙂
      The customer service reps at WordPress are very good. They helped me out a when I have contacted them in the past. So don’t give up!

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      • mistermuse 12:50 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. My problem is that I don’t understand the terminology, so no matter how good the customer service reps may be, I can’t do what they tell me if I don’t ‘get’ it. I’m sure my daughter would understand, so perhaps I can enlist her to contact the WordPress reps when she comes. Can you give me the customer service dept. phone #, email address, or whatever way you use to contact them?

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        • magickmermaid 1:34 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Drat! I was writing down the way I contacted them before and that seems to have disappeared with the new format. It was always by email–no phone support

          I found this link: https://wordpress.org/support/
          Each link on that page has specific info and a troubleshooting link. There is so much information and it can be daunting. When it comes to terminology, a lot of that is counter-intuitive and makes no sense so try not to get bogged down with that.
          Tell me exactly which thing you are having trouble with and maybe I will know which link to direct you to.

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        • mistermuse 8:22 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          I’m having trouble with a number of things, mm, but two of the most bothersome have to do with ‘Like’ (or should I say, the absence of ‘Like’). First, no matter if it’s my posts or the posts of other bloggers, all I see is ‘Loading’ immediately below the posts where you would click ‘Like’ if you like the post. Second, on some (but not all) bloggers’ posts, when I try to Like a comment, it won’t ‘take’ and I have to type ‘Like’ in a comment and then go through the ‘verify that’s it’s me’ process to verify that’s it’s me making the ‘Like’ comment (and sometimes even that doesn’t go through).

          Frustrating!

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    • tubularsock 11:45 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Funny that. Tubularsock hasn’t had many issues with WordPress perhaps because Tubularsock does all of his editing work on a stone tablet before sending it off.

      Sure it’s dusty and there are the issue of stone chunks getting trapped under some of the keys but let Tubularsock tell you that the shipping cost is wayyyyyyy cheaper!

      Good luck with all this.

      Oh. Whisky helps, double shot, neat.

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      • mistermuse 12:55 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, ts. I’m a beer man myself, so I’ll probably need at least a six pack. 😉

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    • arekhill1 1:45 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so frustrated with Weebly I was thinking of switching to WordPress. Maybe not. I don’t plan on giving up blogging, but am really looking forward to Trump getting kicked out onto the street so I can return to topics more whimsical in the aftermath.

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      • mistermuse 8:32 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise with not wanting to give up blogging — that would be a last (hopefully avoidable) resort. As for Trump, it’s not enough for me to see him kicked out unto the street. If there’s any justice in this world, he’ll be kicked out of office into prison where he belongs (and where anyone else would go for committing half the illegal acts he has committed).

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    • Don Ostertag 1:48 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Why? Why? Why? Just because somebody wants to show off his/her knowledge and figures we should do something different. We haven’t got enough on our plate what with the Virus, our ‘leadership’, here in MN we have fires and looting and cop- murderers.
      I’m 81 years old and there isn’t a day goes by I don’t learn something new. And I am sick of it.

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      • mistermuse 8:44 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I’m about your age, and the longer I live, the more see that the human race as a whole is beyond saving (in a humane and empathetic sense), and always will be. There is only hope for individuals, and that is why we must be the best models we can be for those in our immediate lives and those who come after us.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:46 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Understand well your frustration. Sigh. I found “A First Guide to the Blocks Editor” on another blog and hope that I do better this weekend. Here’s the link to Part Two of Sue’s Guide, that I’ve just printed out. You’ll find the link to Part One at the end of her post.
      https://weeklyprompts.com/2020/05/29/part-two-dont-panic/

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      • mistermuse 10:35 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, Rosaliene. At first glance, this looks beyond me. I’ll need to consult with my tech-savvy daughter the next time she visits, in order to see where I go from here. Thanks again.

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    • magickmermaid 11:24 am on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t reply above so I’m going to ask some basic questions.
      1-Have you updated your browser recently? It’s always best to keep your browser updated because tech changes at warp speed. If it isn’t this can sometimes affect how websites work for you.
      2-Do you clear your cache every day? I clear mine a few times every day because there is so much info in the cache on a daily basis it can sometimes interfere with what the browser can do.
      3-If you are using the Windows operating system (I don’t know anything about the others) is it updated? Have any new updates been installed recently? Sometimes with Windows updates I have to reset certain functions.

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      • mistermuse 12:20 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I appreciate the tips.

        Regarding numbers 1 and 3, my browser is Internet Explorer and, as I understand it, Windows is part of Internet Explorer. They have not been updated recently and neither my wife nor I know how, but my out-of-town daughter does, so I’ll ask her to do it on her next visit here.

        As for #2 (clearing my cache everyday), I am way behind on doing that, so I will have to take time to clear it and see if that helps.

        Thank you again.

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        • magickmermaid 6:36 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink

          I may be wrong, but I don’t think Internet Explorer can be used successfully any more as MIcrosoft updated their browser to Microsoft Edge when they launched Windows 10. So that may be the cause of some of the problems. Once browsers and operating systems are no longer supported, things don’t work as they used to. Have you upgraded to Windows 10?

          (A lot of people were reluctant to upgrade to Windows 10 and stuck to Windows 7. I’m not sure why. When I bought my new computer it came with Windows 7. A year later Windows 10 was introduced and I upgraded on the spot because it was free. After 2 or 3 days I forgot what Windows 7 was all about LOL)

          I use Firefox for my browser and it works great. It has automated updates (if you choose that option) and it is very user-friendly so ask your daughter about that. Chrome is also good but Firefox is faster in my opinion.
          Clearing the cache only takes a minute so definitely do that every day. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 9:29 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink

          You may have hit on the main problem, mm, as I’m still on Windows 7. I’ve cleared most of my cache (I hadn’t cleared it for several months), and there has been no improvement, so I’ll ask my daughter to upgrade me to Windows 10 as a Father’s Day present (unless the new Windows Block Editor miraculously solves everything on June 1). I’m reluctant to try Firefox because my wife uses it, says it’s too slow, and isn’t happy with it.

          Stay tuned! 😉

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    • Elizabeth 12:45 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s hope we all get through this. Do you think they were counting on us being eager to learn something new while quarantined? If so they misread their clientele completely.

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    • annieasksyou 12:09 am on May 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am reading all this as a welcome diversion because our country is currently on fire. But I want to add my two bits (no bytes—I’m non-violent) to those who say please stay—together we’ll find a way.

      I have had oodles of WP issues and not received much help lately, though I have in the past. I am terrified what I will find on June 1. I
      watch those little videos and can’t tell what the hell they’re showing me. Tomorrow I shall try again. My out-of-town daughters were the ones who thought blogging would be a neat idea for me; they were right, but I can’t turn to them for my daily fiascos.
      But I do believe we’ll muddle through; I really, truly do.

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      • mistermuse 12:45 pm on May 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Much appreciated, Annie. I do very much want to “muddle through” (hard as that may be due to my EXTREMELY limited tech skills). Like you, I have an out-or-town daughter who can’t help with my “daily fiascos,” but whom I will need to at least help me function here without losing my sanity (such as I have left). But at least I’m still sane enough to have a sense of perspective, like this guy:

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    • Carol A. Hand 12:45 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, now I understand your comment, “Like,” on my most recent post, Mister Muse! Thank you!

      I so hope you decide to continue blogging!

      Just to add a little more complexity to the well-informed advice you have already received, WP happiness engineers weren’t able to help me when my blog wasn’t working properly a while ago. After trying to follow their complicated suggestions, I seriously contemplated just giving up. On a whim, I decided experiment to see if updating my “theme” would make a difference. Lo and behold, it worked… The features that weren’t working (likes and comments) miraculously were working again!

      Sending my best wishes!

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      • mistermuse 7:05 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Your comment (and time) are very much appreciated, Carol.

        I, too, have experienced the “complicated suggestions” of the WP happiness engineers and almost given up because their jargon is way beyond my extremely limited tech skills (they might as well be speaking a foreign language). Your “experiment” sounds intriguing and worth trying, but I’m not sure what you mean by “updating my theme.” If you have time, could you explain so that I too might try to get my “features that aren’t working” working again?

        Thank you for the good wishes — my best to you as well.

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        • Carol A. Hand 11:01 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink

          I will try my best to explain this as one non-techie to another. You can delete this long comment when you’re done seeing if it helps. 🙂

          1. I enter WP via email informing me about a new comment or my new post – the easiest way for me to get there.
          2. In the upper left corner of the screen, I see the WP icon and words “My Sites”
          3. I click on the icon and a drop down list appears. I click on the last item on the list, “WP Admin.”
          4. In WP Admin, a new list appears. About halfway down is “Appearance”
          5. I hover over “Appearance” and another list appears. The first item is “Themes” and I click on it.
          6. I find myself on a page (actually pages) of choices with so many possible options. I want something free and something newer than the theme I’ve been using for years.
          7. By hovering over each possible choice, several options appear: “theme details,” “activate,” and “preview.”
          8. I want to know more about the features first, so I check out the details. If it sounds like a possibility, I can chose to “preview” it.
          9. My most recent post appears in this new theme. I can keep exploring new themes until I find something that works, and click “activate.”
          10. Once I do, I have a lot more customizing options to choose from before hitting the save button. 11. I can always go back to make changes via the “WP Admin” screen. It’s easier for me to use than the newer options. It’s also how I still create new posts, using the “quick post” option on the “home” screen and edit using the drop down menu choice “posts.”

          I hope this makes sense and helps! You can always email me at carolahand@gmail.com.

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    • mistermuse 11:35 pm on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much, Carol. I hope I haven’t put you to too much trouble.

      It’s getting rather late tonight, so I’ll ‘tackle’ your instructions in the next day or two when I have more time…and if all else fails, my techie daughter is coming on Father’s Day and assures me that she can fix my issues. One way or the other, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel at last!

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  • mistermuse 12:53 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    LIKE, WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? 

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t liked your posts since about this time yesterday. I haven’t liked them, not because I haven’t liked them, but because I haven’t been able to Like them. All I get where one normally clicks “Like” is “Loading” — and as much as I’d like it to stop Loading, it doesn’t. I can still comment, but if I commented on all the posts I like but can’t Like, I’d spend my whole day writing comments….which isn’t likely, because I also like to eat, sleep, and be merry. So, since I can’t Like you on your posts, I’ll LIKE you musically here.

    Speaking of being merry, today is the birthday (May 21, 1904) of Thomas “Fats” Waller, who was about the merry-makingest singer/songwriter/pianist I know. Here he at the piano with such fellow jazz greats as Jack Teagarden and Gene Krupa playing his own composition I NEED SOMEONE LIKE YOU:

    There’s more “Like” songs where that came from. Here is the First Lady of Song/Queen of Jazz singing a ballad like only she can:

    I’d like to close with something high class, like this:

     

     
    • pendantry 12:56 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I get that ‘interminable loading’ problem with the ‘like’ thingy myself, sometimes. It usually goes away when I reload the page.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I can’t solve the problem come hell or high water, but then I’m in the same boat re most things technological. Hopefully, I can enlist one of my two tech-savvy daughters to help.

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      • Joseph Nebus 2:51 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I have that problem too, though not on every page. If I use the Reader page then usually I can hit the ‘like’ and that works.

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        • mistermuse 8:42 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. I was hoping to get help from my two daughters, but at this time, neither can give me ‘hands-on’ assistance for reasons beyond their control (illness in one case, lives out of town in the other). One tells me that the Reader page (which I never heard of) is too complicated for someone of my all-but-non-existent tech skills….which is undoubtedly true. Such is life in the big city, as they say.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:05 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        Since this is probably due to caching issue (a cache is a temporary memory), close the tab or window and reload the post in a new tab or window.

        If this does not solve the issue, then quit and restart your web browser.

        By the way, mistermuse, thank you for submitting your one-word comment “Like” at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/the-last-rag/

        Therefore, I would like to encourage you to submit another comment there with proper sentences so that I have something much more substantial to reply to.

        Please make sure that you are viewing my blog posts on a desktop or laptop computer because you will see and experience much more of the sophisticated features. Happy reading and happy listening there!

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        • mistermuse 5:42 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          The short answer to your suggestion that I submit a longer comment to your post is that I’m simply unable to submit time-consuming replies to anywhere near the number of posts of the many blogs I follow as I would like to….nor do I expect such comments from any of my followers who don’t have time (which is not to say that I don’t appreciate thoughtful comments when possible). Hence, I use “Like” as a better-than-nothing substitute.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:24 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        If you still have the issue after restarting your web browser, then restart your computer.

        If the issue persists after restarting your computer, then you will need to (partially) delete the cache history stored in your web browser.

        Alternatively, use a different web browser.

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    • Carmen 1:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Like’ – the most over-used word in the dictionary. I am a CBC junkie and nothing makes me sprint for the ‘off’ button any quicker than a person who’s being interviewed using that word at least three times in a sentence. You’ve probably heard them. . “Like, I used to be more introverted, but like I’m older now and like I just feel like talking to, like, more people. . ., you know what I mean?”
      But go ahead, ‘Like’ away! 😉 (at least, you can try!)

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, I don’t know what to say, except…. WHATEVER.

        P.S. That’s probably second only to Like as an over-used word. 😉

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 2:39 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a techie. But I’ve noticed that WordPress sometimes behaves differently depending upon what device I am using (laptop, iPhone, desktop). If you have more than one device, see if the problem exists on all of them.

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    • Rivergirl 4:01 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t like that you can’t like what you like on my page. I don’t like that at all.
      I do like good ole Fats though.
      😉

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You have excellent taste, Rg — Fats is one of my all-time favs, and that is one of my fav (and least-known) Waller songs.

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    • magickmermaid 4:23 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this post! I especially like the Fats Waller tune!

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    • obbverse 5:15 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Had the ‘like’ issue… sigh… If I can’t press Like now I just comment one word Like and hope there’s the understanding. WordPress can be willful and temperamental.

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    • cagedunn 6:02 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The like thingy? That’s why I click the like button before I open the page, otherwise, it just doesn’t happen. Been a thing for a while …

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      • mistermuse 6:48 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the tip, cd, but I’m not sure what you mean, because there’s no Like button (immediately following a post) to click — even on this post, I see only “Loading” where the Like button used to appear on all my posts in the past.

        P.S. I just checked a few of my previous posts, and “Loading” now appears in place of Like on all of them. Something is definitely screwed up.

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        • cagedunn 9:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink

          Sorry, the like button I press is on the reader, not after I click on the post. I haven’t been able to click on like in a post for so long, I don’t even think about it now, and do it before I open to read the contents.

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        • mistermuse 3:35 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks again, cd. I’ve now discovered that, although I get “Loading” on my computer, when I bring up my blog on my wife’s computer, the “Likes” on my posts are there (and she doesn’t even use WordPress). This suggests to me that the problem is either with WordPress or that Windows on my computer needs to be upgraded.

          I see that a new WordPress Editor is going to replace the old one on June 1. If that doesn’t correct the problem, I’ll ask my tech-savvy oldest daughter about upgrading Windows the next time she visits from out of town.

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    • calmkate 4:53 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry you’re having difficulty ‘liking’ anyone, a counsellor might help?

      Ella sure is the queen! And totally enjoyed [not liked] the other two, thanks 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, even a tech counselor couldn’t help me, because the ability to understand technology is simply not in my DNA (not unlike a regular counselor being able to help Trump, because empathy isn’t in his DNA).

        Glad you enjoyed the music!

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    • Garfield Hug 6:01 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I missed your voice and now I know why! I hope they sort it out for you Mistermuse. I thrive on your “LIKES” as it means you enjoyed it LOL!

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, GH. Even though I can’t “Like” your posts, I’ll try to comment on at least one of them every day or two, just so you and Garfield know I’m thinking of you!

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        • Garfield Hug 9:16 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Awww this is really sweet 🥰

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        • mistermuse 11:17 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          At least “Like” is now working on comments, even though I still get nothing but “Loading” immediately below my (and others’) posts. Hopefully that problem will resolve itself when WordPress replaces its old Editor with the new WordPress editor on June 1 (don’t ask me to explain it — all I know is that it’s coming).

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    • annieasksyou 10:38 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “ I like you as you are,” said another mister, last name Rogers. Like it or not, I’m gonna tell you about my techie afternoon. Wanted to add a very important update to my latest look at the Tara Reade accusation against Joe Biden, added it to post, pressed update. Nothing. Six tries, as many happy WP folks, three hours, changed browser. Nada. Must be your computer, they said. I think not. Finally added update to comments, thanking two bloggers who brought it to my attention. Ok. I’m done. I mean like, did that help you feel better about your like dilemma? Your music helped me!

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    • mistermuse 11:13 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to be of musical assistance, Annie. As for “I like you as you are,” could there ever be a greater difference in modeling what should “make America great” than Mister Rogers and Donald Trump?

      And now I’m off to check out your Tara Reade/Joe Biden update.

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    • Elizabeth 12:54 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your last band brought back a memory of a jug band formed by a group of neer-do-wells of my acquaintance! As for “like” all I could think of was Seuss “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am.”

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      • mistermuse 2:35 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Elizabeth, your comment brought back a memory of this song:

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        • Elizabeth 5:14 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          I couldn’t get the link to work. Is there a title for it?

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        • mistermuse 7:53 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          It’s a very old song called LITTLE BROWN JUG, Elizabeth. Sorry you couldn’t get it, but there quite a few versions on YouTube, so I’m sure you can find one that works, if interested.

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    • arekhill1 7:24 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I liked it. Worked right away. The Internet obeys me.

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      • mistermuse 8:34 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll gladly take your word for it, Ricardo, because I’m still seeing “Loading” below the post where “Likes” should be. There could be millions of “Likes” there, for all I know (OK, maybe only thousands — I’m not greedy).

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    • restlessjo 3:53 am on May 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice bit of Ella 🙂 🙂 Don’t worry about the likes or not likes, so long as you’re still around.

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  • mistermuse 9:13 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , One Morning In May, Pied Pipers, ,   

    MAY DAYS 

    What do you say — may I interest you in the music of May? You see, I haven’t posted for a spell, but I don’t think I want to disturb a single brain cell — though I fear somewhere in my sphere the strain’s already rung a bell, as near I can tell. So, before I go too far, let’s get to the tunes, most of which may be before your time….but at least you won’t have to suffer (much) more of my rhyme.

    I’ll start with two versions of my favorite May song, the first sung by the great Mel Tormé:

    This second (and earlier) version is by British crooner Al Bowlly, who was tragically killed in a German air raid on London during WW II:

    Now, let’s see — where are we? Oh, yes — we’re….

    Let us say ‘fini’ appropriately:

     
    • Ashley 11:05 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Another cracking post. Mel Torme…sooo smooth! Ever heard of Matt Munroe? He had a voice like that. Al Bowlly….. my Granny loved him! And Michael Buble….brilliant! I’ve never heard of the Pied Pipers but for some reason, the picture reminded me of Ben Lyons & Bebe Daniels….!

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      • mistermuse 11:44 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ashley. Yes, I’ve heard of — and heard — Matt Munroe. I don’t own any of his albums, but I do own a ton of Al Bowlly and Mel Tormé albums, as well as two of the Pied Pipers (they were voted top vocal group of the mid-to-late 1940s in the annual Downbeat and Metronome magazines polls, surpassing even the very popular Mills Brothers and Ink Spots).

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        • Ashley 10:56 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          You may not have registered my comment about Ben & Bebe Lyons. It was a radio show here in the UK.

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        • mistermuse 12:58 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the clarification, Ashley. Yes, I heard of old-time American movie stars Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels (his wife), but I couldn’t relate them with the Pied Pipers picture, so I let it pass. I also didn’t know they had a radio show “here in the UK” — which tells me why your Granny loved Brit Al Bowlly!

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    • Carmen 1:18 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think my favourite was the Pied Piper piece. . it would have been a great dance tune! (Nice to see the inclusion of a Canuck!)

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    • arekhill1 4:14 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How do you get a handle like “The Velvet Fog” anyway? Sounds like a name for a whiskey, not a singer.

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      • mistermuse 6:24 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A disc jockey gave him that nickname in honor of his smooth vocal style (the disc jockey may have been under the influence of whiskey at the time, but in any case, the name stuck).

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    • Rivergirl 5:23 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      May I just say… well done.
      😊

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      • mistermuse 6:34 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You May indeed, Rg….and just to show my appreciation, I’m going to resist the temptation you say you’re well done yourself. Not that you’re not well done, but….maybe I’d better quit while I’m ahead (or am I?). 😉

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        • Rivergirl 6:47 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          At this point in my life? I’d say I’m approaching medium well.
          😉

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        • mistermuse 8:21 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          The best I can say for myself is that I’m well preserved (and that may be stretching it).

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        • Carmen 9:03 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          Well preserved or well pickled? 😉

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    • obbverse 5:33 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The change of the seasons has been an inspiration since forever. I too, never heard of the Pied Pipers. Strange how some very popular acts of the day just don’t have ‘legs.’

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      • mistermuse 6:47 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It is said that Fame is fickle, but it’s probably more accurate to say that Fame is selectively fickle. Most entertainers of lasting fame probably deserve it, but IMHO, many others deserve it but don’t have it.

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    • calmkate 7:40 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      enjoyed the pied pipers, and like their name! But michael wins hands down, what a voice!

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      • mistermuse 8:13 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Mel is the man!

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        • calmkate 8:54 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          na crooners leave me cold Michael .. wow!

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        • mistermuse 11:15 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, I don’t know where you got the idea that Mel is a crooner. He is first and foremost a jazz-influenced singer (even when he sings ballads). And when he sings straight jazz – well, judge for yourself:

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    • Don Ostertag 11:49 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those who are unfamiliar with Mel Torme, the great one, probably never watched Night Court on TV either. And the Pied Pipers, great on their own or backing up Frank Sinatra in his Dorsey Years. And out of that group came Jo Stafford, one of the best ‘girl singers’ ever.
      Al Bowelly, so sad.
      And then you even got my second favorite stunt man, Yakima.
      Nice mixture.

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      • mistermuse 8:40 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I couldn’t agree more about Jo Stafford. And if there has ever been a better and more unforgettable name in movie history than Yakima Canutt, I don’t remember it. 😉

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    • masercot 8:29 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to play Torme and Bowlly at the same time but they did NOT synchronize…

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      • mistermuse 9:13 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There aren’t too many jazz-influenced singers (like Tormé) and crooners (like Bowlly) I can think of who “synchronize” — unless they’re combined in one man, like the YOUNG (late 1920s-early 1930s) Bing Crosby. However, if it’s synchronization you want, try playing two orchestras’ versions of the same song at the same time, like the sophisticated Spike Jones

        and jazz man Duke Ellington

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    • annieasksyou 10:26 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your guided May tour was very pleasing, of course—

      But not quite as much as Mel’s Ella scat de force!

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    • Silver Screenings 2:45 pm on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love the (new to me) Pied Piper version! Thanks for sharing it.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Machiavelli, , , , , , ,   

    PHILOSPHER STONED 

    If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on about Donald Trump, it’s that he isn’t a philosopher. If, however, he can be said to have one guiding precept remotely resembling a philosophy, it has to be IT’S ALL ABOUT ME….or, secondarily, DON’T BLAME ME (which happens to be the title of a song I was going to link here until — faster than you can say Niccollo Machiavelli — Google removed share, embed & copy from their music clips, leaving technologically-challenged mistermuse at a loss as to how to post them).

    Be that as it may, I got to thinking that if THE DONALD were a lit-wit (rather than a nitwit) who wished to appear philosophical, there must be any number of wise philosophical quotes he might plagiarize to his greater glory (or, if he were stoned, learn from). Here are some I drug up which could fill the (Duck’s) bill:

    There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed if repeated often enough. — William James, American philosopher

    Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. –Oscar Wilde, Irish wit, poet and playwright

    Any man can be a philosopher if he only thinks enough about his own foolishness. –Edgar Watson Howe, American novelist and editor

    Philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it. –Karl Marx, German philosopher, political theorist and socialist revolutionary

    If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn’t have time to sleep. –Tamora Pierce, American fantasy fiction writer

    Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. –Plato, Greek philosopher

    Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. — Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

    Philosophers before Kant had a tremendous advantage over philosophers after Kant, in that they didn’t have to spend years studying Kant.  –Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, writer and social critic

    Only one philosopher in history had a perfect alibi for doing nothing, and his name was I. Kant. –Evan Esar, American humorist

     
  • mistermuse 12:04 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , stable genius,   

    THE INDISPENSABLE (OLD) MAN 

    “It’s possible there will be some [deaths as a result of reopening the country now].” –President Donald Trump in response to ABC’s David Muir on May 5, 2020.

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    In 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month (changed in 1965 to OLDER AMERICANS MONTH). Judging by Trump’s desperation to get the economy humming again before the election — and before the Covid-19 danger (especially to our most vulnerable citizens) is well under control — May seems destined to become Expendable Older Americans Month.

    I dare say that, although Trump may consider his fellow senior Americans like Joe Biden, mistermuse, and (perhaps) you expendable, he doesn’t see himself in that category. After all, the country can ill afford to lose a stable genius at a time like this — or at any other time (such as November 3, 2020, for example).

    Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings to The Indispensable Man, but it’s just minutely possible that he may lose the upcoming election despite his stable pomposity — er, geniosity. However, in the unlikely event that that happens, His Stable Highness can take consolation in the fact that, like the rest of us put-out-to-pasture patriarchs, he can still be King (Emeritus) of his castle:

     
    • blindzanygirl 12:13 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. Same here. Our lot want to get rid of us.

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    • Rebecca Wallick 12:31 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, I needed that laugh, old man. You the man!

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    • calmkate 1:10 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      brilliant clip … you the man, coz he sure ain’t!

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      • mistermuse 7:46 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I may be de man, but de wife demands to wear de pants in de family….which I let her do, because when I want to be de boss, I put on de dress.

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        • calmkate 8:07 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink

          lol ah what an unattractive visual, thank heavens I’ve eaten or it may have been regurgitated! What colour do you prefer? Lace or buttons?

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        • mistermuse 11:34 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink

          I prefer see-through on my wife, so I see myself in the same fashion, Kate. As for lace or buttons, I’m a zipper man because it’s easier to open on the fly.

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        • annieasksyou 10:29 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink

          I didn’t expect to be laughing at the end of the grim truism you started with. This was just right!—and your comment above is de-lightful!

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    • obbverse 1:57 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Here it is,in a nutshell. Wealth over health, every damned time. ‘Its possible there may more deaths thanks to opening up the ‘conomy.’ Fatuous shrugged.

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      • mistermuse 7:50 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The GOP has been the party of wealth over health since Warren Harding was President….and to think, it was once the party of Lincoln.

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    • Rivergirl 9:13 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      His lack of empathy shouldn’t surprise us. He was playing Live and Let Die at the Arizona I love me trip yesterday.
      🤨

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    • magickmermaid 11:30 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the video! 😀 The poor and the elderly are merely collateral damage in the orange one’s war.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 11:30 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never get tired of saying this: Donnie’s the worst.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:43 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for lifting my spirits with those two video clips.

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      • mistermuse 5:45 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome, Rosaliene….but did you have to say there could be worse presidents yet to come? God forbid! You just ruined my day. 😉

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    • Elizabeth 6:15 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That is the perfect video to go along with the Trumpster.

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      • mistermuse 10:06 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s hope voters throw the Trumpster in the dumpster on November 3.

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        • Elizabeth 5:03 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you for appropriately linking Trumpster and dumpster for me. I think on a subconscious lever they were linked, but it took your comment to make it explicit.

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    • arekhill1 1:58 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t bullshit a virus, Sr. Muse. Even a Bullshit Terminator (a thin layer of human skin covering a mound of bullshit) like Trump can’t. Stay safe.

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      • mistermuse 7:16 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You do the same, Ricardo.

        P.S. I hear that Trump’s personal valet has just been diagnosed with Covid-19. Wouldn’t it be fitting if the thin-skinned bullshitter, who won’t social-distance or wear a mask because it would detract from his appearance, caught the virus from his valet? In any case, I’ve got news for the Pres — a mask is about the only thing that might IMPROVE his appearance.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ball Of Fire, , Dixieland jazz, , Firehouse 5 + 2, Hotter Than That, , International Jazz Day, , , Old MacDonald Had A Farm, ,   

    INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 

    April 30 is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY. Mistermuse could write a book about jazz, but many books have already been authored by jazz writers more authoritative than he, so mistermuse will settle for doing a post — and on this post, he has a chick who can sing a lick here, scat a lick there, wing a lick everywhere:

    You may think that’s hotter than a chicken wing or a pig on a spit — but here’s a cat who can scat too, and when he blows his bugle, he’s even….

    Is your computer smoking yet? We don’t want to alarm the Firehouse brigade, so before your pc bursts into a

    ….let’s do one number more and stop at four, because….

     

     

     
    • calmkate 2:25 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ah you managed to warm my heart on a cold wet winters day!
      Thanks Mr M … everyday should be jazz day 😎

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    • blindzanygirl 3:37 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful

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    • masercot 12:05 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      • mistermuse 2:59 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the link. Haven’t heard that version, but I know the song — it was recorded by the great Bessie Smith in 1928. I love the vocal on your clip — who is the vocalist?

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    • Don Ostertag 12:22 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      gives me an excuse to play my jazz collection, as if I needed an excuse. Bit of trivia – Firehouse 5 had a day job. The were animators for Disney.

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      • mistermuse 3:18 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Don. Actually, I did know about the Disney connection. I own a few of their record albums, and the notes on one of them say that band founder trombonist Ward Kimball and tin whistle player Walt Kelly (of Pogo fame) first met at Disney Studios in 1934. They’re not my fav Dixieland band, but I still enjoy listening to them.

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    • annieasksyou 7:32 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Who says that’s a plenty? I wouldn’t my have minded several more. And a Happy International Jazz Day to you, mistermuse. Sure glad I got to this today; otherwise it wouldn’t have had the same cachet.

      And that chick Ella (my feathers were a little ruffled by your so naming her til the song began): anyone who can elevate a children’s nursery rhyme to art…well, she’s one cool scat.
      Such delight!

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      • mistermuse 10:51 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        it was a feather in my cap, not only to have found the Ella clip, but the clip which is my favorite of the four: HOTTER THAN THAT. The “cat who can scat” in that recording is of course Louis Armstrong, and I’ve never heard him scat better than he does starting one minute and twenty seconds into the clip. It doesn’t get any hotter than that!

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        • annieasksyou 8:15 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink

          At a high school reunion years ago, I was talking with the guy who was my senior prom date. He insisted that after the dance, we went into New York and saw Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. I was appalled at myself: how could I have NO recollection of such a significant event? Just months ago, I found an old scrapbook I’d made (we did that in those days), and I’d written how awful my date was and noted the performers we’d seen: much lesser lights than those two musical giants.
          I shall revisit your Satch video to see if I’ll be further tickled by his scats.

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        • mistermuse 8:54 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for that interesting remembrance.

          For decades, I’ve owned well over a dozen Louis LPs, at least one of which includes HOTTER THAN THAT….and I’M appalled at myself that I didn’t recollect how great his scatting was on that 1920s recording (until I found the video). Of course, he was at the peak of his creative power (both playing and scatting) back then, and that was only one of many unbelievable performances, so I suppose I should forgive myself for forgetting one of them.

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    • annieasksyou 9:01 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Right—I think we both have to stop being appalled at ourselves…

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    • Elizabeth 6:32 pm on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It would have been wonderful to have had Ella as a grandmother entertaining us with that version. I wonder what she could do with the other standard nursery rhymes.

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      • mistermuse 12:11 am on May 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Wonder no more, Elizabeth. As a matter of fact, her first big hit record was a song she co-wrote in 1938 based on the nursery rhyme A-TISKET A-TASKET. Here, she sings it in a clip from the 1942 Abbot & Costello film RIDE ‘EM COWBOY:

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    • moorezart 9:19 pm on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • mistermuse 12:14 am on May 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Moorezart for more jazz, and more jazz for moorezart. I dig it!

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    • Silver Screenings 10:14 pm on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for including that great scene from Ball of Fire! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:28 pm on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Any scene with Barbara Stanwyck is a pleasure to watch — though I must say (when it comes to screwball comedies) that I liked THE LADY EVE (with her and Henry Fonda) better than BALL OF FIRE.

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        • Silver Screenings 8:39 am on May 5, 2020 Permalink

          Agreed. I prefer The Lady Eve, too. Stanwyck is perfectly cast in that film – I can’t imagine anyone else in that role.

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    • America On Coffee 8:49 pm on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love jazz covers today which are going in many directions and genre incorporations. I wonder too,if Scat is the grandparent of rap…🤔

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    • lorraineanne 11:10 am on May 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      this is amazing~ thank you for sharing.
      If you get a chance, I’d really appreciate if you can check out my music/ art blog.
      It would mean a lot!
      https://thehighsnlows.com

      lo

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      • mistermuse 12:47 pm on May 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment. I read your latest (Jazz Festivals) post, but currently have too much on my plate to read more. At this point, I can only say I liked what I saw and will try to check out a few more of your posts when I have time.

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  • mistermuse 3:22 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    DYING FOR DOLLARS 

    Some of you may remember a long-running (1950s to early 1990s) TV program called DIALING FOR DOLLARS in which the host (after announcing the password(s) at the start of the show) randomly picked a phone number to call. If the person being called gave the password, he or she would win prize money; an incorrect answer would increase the prize money for the next call, and so on. Here’s SCTV’s take on the program:

    Nowadays, it seems there’s a new game on TV:  a daily game in which the host is President/Scientific Genius Donald Trump, the password is nominally COVID-19, and the payoff is whatever he says it is in order to re-start the economy at any price — ranging from billions of dollars for big business and big banks, to ingesting disease-killing disinfectants. Regarding the latter, you may be tempted to say, “You first, Mr. President.” Too late! The next day, he said he was just kidding and didn’t mean it. Hahahahahahaha.

    It’s Not Fake News: Trump Did Actually Suggest That Injecting Bleach Could Be a Cure for COVID-19

    Sorry, Mr. Desperate President, the joke is on you, because you’re sicker than the sickest Covid-19 patient, and there’s no cure for your virulent virus except the resounding defeat you must suffer on Nov. 3.

     
    • linnetmoss 3:38 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, he can’t leave soon enough. Every time I think he can’t get any more idiotic, he proves me wrong.

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      • mistermuse 5:14 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        These next six months until the election are going to seem like six years. I shudder to think of the additional harm he could do to this country in six weeks, much less six months. .

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        • linnetmoss 7:27 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink

          Yes, I would rather have the dumbest of my four cats in the White House. At least she would stay off Twitter and take lots of naps.

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        • mistermuse 8:22 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink

          Trump probably thinks catnaps are what cats take when they’re so full of themselves, they can’t think of anything else — like him.

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    • pendantry 3:54 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      there’s no cure for your virulent virus except the resounding defeat you must suffer on Nov. 3

      Oh, I wish. That guy needs to leave the White House to someone who isn’t a total idiot….

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    • Roadtirement 4:23 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Too bad narcissism and idiocy is not grounds for removal from office.

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      • mistermuse 5:27 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        They would be, if the GOP didn’t control the Senate. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be harder (but not beyond the realm of possibility) for the Dems to win the Senate than to win the Presidency.

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    • annieasksyou 4:38 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. “Dying for Dollars” sums things up quite well. So scary and sick it completely shut down my pun and rhyme neural pathways.

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    • obbverse 6:01 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He would look so professional in a Haz/mat suit, full gas mask and communication device shorted out. That’s your president right there, ladies and germs! The personification of a dumbed-down bad joke.

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    • arekhill1 6:03 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What’s it like never to have cleaned anything in your life? Because that’s what Agent Orange just revealed about himself.

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s not hard to believe….but it will be a lot harder (if not almost impossible) for the next President to clean up the mess he leaves behind.

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    • Rivergirl 6:32 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was watching that briefing live and he most certainly was not joking. It angers me beyond words that the doctors wouldn’t stand up to him that day. Birx went on Fox the next day and defended him. WTH!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:58 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Trump’s the worst. He’s a dangerous jerk.

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    • calmkate 7:27 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      if you guys don’t do the right thing on Nov 3rd we may ask one of his mates to nuke you!

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      • mistermuse 10:06 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The very thought of four more years of Trump is almost enough to make me think we’d deserve it, Kate.

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        • calmkate 11:03 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink

          sadly allowing such a moron to ruin your country we should have done it a while ago … saved you the humiliation!

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    • masercot 6:47 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My worry is, through his mismanagement, Trump will end up declaring a national emergency and cancelling elections.

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    • Elizabeth 4:32 pm on April 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      No words for him today. How anyone could believe him pains me, but people do and are drinking bleach.

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    • America On Coffee 5:09 pm on April 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Dying for dollars is the reality show today and at any cost.🤕

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      • mistermuse 8:08 pm on April 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I heard on the news this evening that VP Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic and was the only one there not wearing a mask. He excused himself by saying he’s been tested multiple times for the Coronavirus, and all tests were negative. In other words, privileged people like Pence can get tested whenever they want, while most ordinary people can’t even get tested once. So, if they die, apparently that’s the cost of not being rich and powerful.

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  • mistermuse 12:03 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    TWO IN ONE 

    April 23 is both LOVER’S DAY and TAKE A CHANCE DAY. As it happens, one of my favorite composers wrote a song which encompasses both of those gambols/gambles in one title:

    The name of that composer is Vladimir Dukelsky, better known to lovers (of The Golden Age of Popular Music) as VERNON DUKE, writer of such all-time standards as APRIL IN PARIS and AUTUMN IN NEW YORK. Here, in keeping with our ‘double take’ on this occasion, is one of his lesser known songs:

    On this April day, I will keep our celebration short and bittersweet by closing with the above-noted ‘song of the month’:

     
    • calmkate 1:29 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      absolutely loved Ethels voice and that young dancer would be up there with Fred!

      As for Ella, what a legend, thanks for such a cheerful musical interlude 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:51 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You mean Mister (Fred) Rogers, of course! (Just kidding — thanks for stopping by my neighborhood.)

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        • calmkate 6:22 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          yes it’s getting a bit dangerous over there … guns, viral deaths, rallies, no foreigners … you take care 🙂

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    • masercot 4:52 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Watching Ethel Waters gives me another three and a half hours of hope…

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      • mistermuse 10:36 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s not settle for just 3 1/2 hours of hope. Here, courtesy of Ethel, is what I’m hoping for on Nov. 3:

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        • masercot 11:48 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          When Esso changed to Exxon, there were commercials with the Esso tiger singing just that song. Not as well as Waters, but pretty good for a tiger…

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        • magickmermaid 5:46 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          Great tunes and dancing! 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 8:04 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fascinated with Ella’s scat when I was a child. I’d watch an old movie and skip around the house scatting. My parents were very tolerant people…
      😉

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      • mistermuse 10:43 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The first to scat may have been Satchmo, but Ella certainly did scat mo’ (never miss a chance to make a bad pun, I always say). 😉

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    • Ashley 8:14 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My oh my! What a joy to watch and listen to Ethel Waters! A delight. I smiled all the way through and I’m playing it again as I write. (Also the 2 dancers are amazing!) There’s so much missing in our lives these days that I’m glad you’re there to remind us of happiness.

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      • mistermuse 10:53 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. That clip is from the 1943 film CABIN IN THE SKY, one of the few Hollywood films of that era with an all-black cast, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. It was also the first movie directed by Vincente Minnelli (future husband of Judy Garland and father of Liza Minnelli).

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    • arekhill1 11:33 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s the Apocalypse, too, Sr. Muse…https://www.richardcahill.net/home/the-rapture-is-today

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      • mistermuse 12:32 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope it holds off until after the NFL draft tonight, Ricardo, because I’m so starved for sports, I wouldn’t mind if my Cincinnati Bengals drafted Donald Trump. Hey, if he can make America great again, think what he could do for the Bengals.

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    • willedare 1:01 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful post — Vernon Duke and Ethel Waters and Eddie Anderson (and one other great dancer!) and Ella and then another Ethel Waters song in the comments! I have long loved and been astounded by Ella’s musical gifts, but only recently begun appreciating the wonderful Ms. Waters. Turns out a bunch of great songs were written for her to debut in clubs, on Broadway, and in the movies — and she sang (or in the case of movies sang and then lip-synched) them so well! I saw a video recently of her performing Irving Berlin’s “Suppertime” on a TV show hosted by Diana Ross. Ms. Waters had debuted the song many years before in a hit Irving Berlin revue — and her performance on TV many years later was still masterful and heart-breaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Zvjjbc-Hk

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      • mistermuse 3:00 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you on both Ella and Ethel, as shown by the many LPs of both in my record collection. The clip of Ethel (in the comments) is particularly interesting because the record was made in 1921 when recording equipment was primitive and the band behind her was rather primitive also….yet her voice cones through beautifully.

        I’ve read quite a bit about her, including in a bio (of her contemporary, lyricist Andy Razaf) titled BLACK AND BLUE which I’ve just finished. It seems she was a bit of a prima donna until she “got religion” late in life. But who can blame her — black artists had it rough in those days, to say the least.

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    • Don Ostertag 2:34 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for bringing this wonderful, talented group of old time greats to the attention of many who weren’t familiar with them.

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      • mistermuse 3:25 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I do this kind of post fairly often, and would do them even more often if I thought there was a sufficient ‘audience’ for that era among my readers. Perhaps there is, and maybe I’ve underestimated it (in any case, “sufficient” is in the eye of the beholder), so look for more “as time goes by.”

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        • Don Ostertag 3:35 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          I would hope there would be a lot of interest in your blogs of this type. Our youngsters should not live by rap alone.

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    • annieasksyou 5:03 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was a loverly trio—and encore—and I’m happy I dropped in by chance (not!) The Ethel Waters recording was tip-tap, and Ella never fails to delight me. I’ve heard April in Paris a zillion times, but I don’t ever remember the singer enunciating WHOM can I run to? So viva la grammariana!
      When you responded to a comment by enriching your Nov 3 response with an Ethel reprieve, I thought of you as a Harpo Marxist—making a point with a recorded song instead of a horn.
      While I’m here, I thank you for your like of my women and successful leadership in pandemic post. Unlike your previous likes, that like did go through. I’m assuming you didn’t comment, but since I just read an entire post of people complaining that WP was swallowing their comments, I wanted to make sure.
      I did respond to one of my respondents on that post with a triple pun, which I feel obliged to report to you due to our shared pun-y weakness.

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t remember commenting on that post, but I see you commented there on Nov. 12 that you “LOVE bad puns” — which leads me to think your comment may have been in response to a comment of mine that WP subsequently “swallowed.” In any case, that seems like an eternity ago, so (moving on) I’m glad you enjoyed the ‘Ethel and Ella’ show and noticed the to “WHOM” it may concern — namely, us.

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    • Elizabeth 4:52 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hadn’t heard from Waters in a long time and was glad to have a chance to listen to her again.

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      • mistermuse 5:28 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Ethel was born in poverty, but went on to become a great vocalist, and the first black woman to integrate Broadway’s theater district and have her own TV show. What a woman!

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        • Elizabeth 6:16 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink

          Did she have any roles where she didn’t have to dress down as in “Cabin in the Sky?”

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        • mistermuse 6:54 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink

          Female blues singers were the rage in the 1920s, which is how she became famous. There were few opportunities for black women in film then (and for years to come) other than as maids and housekeepers, so dressing up was ‘out of the picture,’ if you’ll pardon the pun. Here’s more info:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethel_Waters

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  • mistermuse 12:08 am on April 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    HAIKU!….GESUNDHEIT! 

    Pardon me while I celebrate INTERNATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY. Haiku, as you know, is a three-line poem of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, which happens to total 17, which happens to be this day of the month, which happens to be INTERNATIONAL I-Already-Told-You-What DAY. So, here are a few lowbrow examples of haiku, guaranteed to ruin your appetite for haiku for the for-eatable future. If you have trouble swallowing any of these, feel free to wash it down with a swig of your favorite beverage, followed by a quart of milk of magnesia. If that doesn’t relieve your groan, you’re on your own.

    ONE TOO MANY (syllables)

    Excuses may be
    easy to make…but they don’t
    make up for your mistake.

    A NEAR MYTH

    Once upon a time
    I tried to make a haiku
    rhyme. Maybe next time.

    HAIKU ON THE HUSTINGS

    Politician beams,
    waves to crowd of strange faces…
    he’s been here before.

    Had enough? Believe it or not, it could always be worse:

     

     

     

     
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