April 11 is Barbershop Quartet Day, a subject about which I wrote a notable and (if I do say so myself) astonishingly brilliant post a few years ago on another site. Un-four-tunately, said post is no longer to be found, so today, I was considering trying to rewrite it as best I could….but, then I thought that even thinking about trying to replicate so lovingly inspired a piece is too painful. It’s like, alas, the flame has fleed, love’s labor’s lost, and that is that. So let’s not talk about….

OK, then, what else should we not talk about, you ask? This post must not be something about nothing.  As a matter of non-fact, nothing is something — the only thing — I’m in the mood to talk about. So, with apologies to Cole Porter,

Let’s not talk about this,
And let’s not talk about that.
If talk starts to leak from our head,
Let’s keep it under our hat.

And if we run out
Of things not to say,
Let’s not talk about
Not talking today.

Above all, let’s not talk
About high-minded things
Like art and philosophy
And celebrity flings.

For silence is golden —
At least, so they say….
But when they say it,
The gold they must pay.

So let’s not talk about this,
And let’s not talk about that.
Let Lithuanians and Letts do it —
Let’s fall in love….but don’t chat.


10 comments on “LET’S NOT TALK ABOUT….

  1. ladysighs says:

    I didn’t like Danny Kaye when I was … young. But really appreciate his talent now.
    As I do yours. 🙂

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  2. mistermuse says:

    I too wasn’t a big Danny Kaye fan, but given good material, he’s very good….as in his best movie, THE COURT JESTER (1956). If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth getting….but prepare yourself, or you’ll die laughing.

    As for my talent, I thank you for your unsolicited appreciation. Your check is in the mail.


  3. Why can Lithuanians do it? Lol. If you tell me to not talk then all I want to do is talk. I’m childish that way 🙂

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  4. mistermuse says:

    You’d have to ask Cole Porter why Lithuanians (and Letts) do it, and he’s not talking since he died. However, those words are from his song LET’S FALL IN LOVE, so we can safely assume he’s not talking about talking.

    BTW, for the benefit of readers bereft of Baltic knowledge, Lithuanians are Lithuanians and Letts are Latvians. As far as they’re concerned, Americans are probably barbarians (Stella and her Mommy excluded, of course).


  5. arekhill1 says:

    Even educated fleas do it.


  6. mistermuse says:

    I hear even educated PhDs do it.


  7. I do not feel like talking. My legs are not fit for walking. Saw the doctor and then the PA. Here is what they have to say: Get thee to the MRI! We like to run tests by and by. We will find something wrong. Take out that gall baldder, because it ‘s wrong. I did not call to make the test. My husband did but I resist. I do not feel like talking any more. Try to test me and I am out the door~~~~~~

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  8. mistermuse says:

    Your poem is funny, in my opinion….which reminds me of the patient who told her doctor she wanted a second opinion. “No problem,” the doctor replied. “Come back tomorrow.”


  9. Don Frankel says:

    “Birds do it. Bees do it.” and they don’t have to talk about it either.

    But Muse, one good turn deserves another.


  10. mistermuse says:

    Don, I’ll take a Holiday any day. And Cole can be my Porter any time too.


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