Now that NATIONAL BIRD DAY (see previous post) has come and flown, it’s time to transition from birds and bird song to love and love songs, in preparation for February 14 (VALENTINE’S DAY, aka ‘Woe To Guys Who Ignore It Day’). Let us begin the béguin*, boys and girls, by gauging your romantic wherewithall with this simple question:

*French for flirtation

Assuming that dealing with This Thing Called Love leaves you Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (and, if it doesn’t, you must be either a robot or a Republican), I suggest getting back to basics, starting with having that Old Fashioned Love in your heart:

Relationships are like music: it’s essential to hit the right notes, but man does not live by instruments alone. For example, without lyrics, the title to the above song might just as well be Yabba Dabba Doo. Here is the same song sung with sweet words of undying love:

I hope that the above is starting to get you guys in a romantic frame of mind. With little more than a month left before V-Day, I have only six more posts to fill your hearts with enough good old-fashioned love to pass muster with your SO. So, mister, rest assured I will work Night And Day to ready you to be in the I’m In The Mood For Love spirit.





  1. Loved the music and the post – and laughed aloud over “a robot or a Republican.” Yabba Dabba Doo got a big grin, and you brought back memories of a particular piano man during my wanton days in grad school — when I rushed to the French Quarter the moment I could, and stayed much later (and drank much more) than made sense, given all.

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  2. Mél@nie says:

    EXCELLENT, Monsieur Muse! je viens d’avoir le béguin for your post… 🙂
    * * *
    avoir le béguin pour = to have a crush on… 🙂

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  3. Carmen says:

    Well, of course I must love this post! 🙂 Great music! (as always!)

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    • Carmen says:

      Well, Ella Fitzgerald was anyway. The other two were not available (just in my country?) I’ll look ’em up, though.

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      • mistermuse says:

        Thanks, Carmen. Sorry to hear that the OLD FASHIONED LOVE clips were unavailable to you, but you can probably find it performed by other artists, as I saw quite a few clips when I Googled it. 🙂


  4. linnetmoss says:

    And while we’re on the subject of lovebirds, if you haven’t seen La La Land, you must! I kept asking myself, why can’t the music in today’s Broadway musicals sound more like THAT?

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  5. Don Frankel says:

    “Birds do it bees do it…”

    Then there’s. “The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…”

    What’s with all the bees?

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  6. mistermuse says:

    Good question, Don. Lovers are vulnerable to getting ‘stung,’ but why lay it all on bees? Why not “The birds and the wasps” or “The birds and the mosquitoes” or “The birds and the scorpions?” If I were a bee, I would consider filing a honey of a lawsuit against the Powers that Be for beeing so hurtful.

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    • Don Frankel says:

      You’re right Muse. In fact the only positive cultural exposition of Bees was in the ‘Bee Movie’ by Seinfeld. Otherwise it’s always negative images of people getting stung and nasty comments like. “Was you ever stung by a dead Bee.” From To Have and Have Not.


  7. Wonderful songs. Ella is a favorite. V-day?? I’m still recovering from Christmas!

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    • mistermuse says:

      Thanks, Diana — Ella’s a favorite of mine as well. As for recovering from Christmas, think of how poor Santa must be feeling after squeezing down millions of chimneys all night until dawn Christmas morning. 😦

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  8. BroadBlogs says:

    I see so many birds popping up on blogs lately. I guess spring is on the way.

    And Valentines Day for the love birds. ❤

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  9. mistermuse says:

    Birds may be popping up on blogs now, but come spring, they’ll be pooping up our windshields and other exposed auto parts. Fortunately I have a garage.


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