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  • mistermuse 1:08 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    REMEMBERING I FORGOT DAY 

    I can’t truthfully say that I forgot July 2nd is I FORGOT DAY, because I didn’t know of such a day in the first place. But this morning, I didn’t forget to look up upcoming days to take up for a future post….and finding that today is just such a day. You now know what day, I FORGOT DAY.

    And what better way to remember this day than with a few unforgettable songs (at least, I find them so, because I recall all but the oldest of these oldies). Let’s start with the little remembered YOU FORGOT YOUR GLOVES from “The Third Little Show” (1931). The delightfully sophisticated lyrics are by songwriter, playwright, actor and producer Edward Eliscu, who is likewise all but forgotten today:

    Next we fast forward six years to this Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein III song from “High, Wide and Handsome” (1937):

    For a change of pace, I close with a 1920s song so obscure that even I don’t remember it: WHY HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN WAIKIKI….but at least I have a good excuse: I’ve never been there.

     
    • Printer Drivers 2:00 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Forgotten days have often happened, I also often forget

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    • Ashley 2:23 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’d forgotten about the Waikiki. Thanks for reminding me! Now where was I? ๐Ÿค”

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    • The Coastal Crone 4:25 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Every day is I Forgot Day for me! Thanks for reminding me.

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      • mistermuse 6:06 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        When I was a boy many, many moons ago, my mother would say to me, “You’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached to your shoulders.” If she were still alive, she’d probably think I had ‘the memory of an elephant’ compared to now.

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    • JosieHolford 5:19 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Really enjoyed the “Gloves”. Had to play it twice.

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      • mistermuse 6:13 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’m especially glad that you like that song, Josie, because it’s a favorite of mine…right up there with the best that Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and other great songwriters of that era wrote.

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    • magickmermaid 5:24 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I saw this post in my mailbox this morning but I forgot to read/listen to it until now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like these songs and hopefully I won’t forget them!

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      • mistermuse 6:19 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I was going to say something really clever in response, mm, but I forget what it was. Maybe it’s just as well, because you might have been so impressed that you’d remember it and forget the songs! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Rivergirl 7:37 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Iโ€™d like to post a comment, but I forgot what I wanted to say.

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      • mistermuse 8:51 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I think you wanted to say that this post is sheer genius — or maybe it was sheer disingenuous (my mind-reading powers aren’t at their sharpest due to the distance between us). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Kara Aharon 8:00 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      What a bummer for anyone whose birthday or anniversary is July 2nd!
      I think you recently posted “I Rememeber it Well” but that also would have been a nice addition.

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      • mistermuse 8:58 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Actress Lindsay Lohan was born on this day, so she has a good excuse if she forgets her lines. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 10:10 pm on July 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I never knew about I Forgot Day, but since I forget a lot of things, maybe I forgot about it.

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      • mistermuse 12:43 am on July 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Be thankful you don’t have a memory like an elephant, Lynette, because who wants a trunk attached to their face to keep their memories in? ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Don Ostertag 11:52 am on July 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      High on the list of my forgotten songs is โ€˜I Forgot To Remember To Forgetโ€™.

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on July 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Irving Berlin’s I FORGOT TO REMEMBER is one of the songs I thought about (but decided against) including in this post The song high on your list is, I’m sure, well known to those who suffer from PTSD or anyone (including me) who’d like to forget unhappy memories.

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  • mistermuse 1:05 am on June 30, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    JUNE, GOODBYE; HELLO, JULY 

    It seems like I just saw June,
    Passing by, bustin’ out all over.
    Goodbye, June. Hello, July, soon
    To be gone too, you restive rover.

    As I was pondering what to post
    Before June burns into July,
    It dawned on me June shouldn’t become toast
    Without tunes to remember her by.

    So I offer such songs as these
    Without further ado —
    “Oldies but goodies,”
    And as you’ll see, (just like me) good as new:

    For the record, only one of the songs is younger than I.
    Do not ask me which one, and I will tell you no lie.

     
  • mistermuse 1:10 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    IMPERVIOUSNESS TO EVIDENCE 

    The above title comes from a sentence in the book THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON by Susan Jacoby, published in 2008. The sentence reads as follows: The ideological fixations of otherwise intelligent men in America’s Gilded Age [see below] offer a recognizable precursor of the imperviousness to evidence that permeates many ideologies in our current age of unreason (an age become all the more impervious to evidence since the ascendancy of Trump/Trumpism).

    There is no more obvious testament to such imperviousness than the former President and his GOP allies continuing to claim not only that the 2020 election was stolen, but refusing to accept any and all evidence and court decisions (over sixty) to the contrary….not to mention the sworn witness of former Trump officials testifying before the January 6 Committee.

    But I write this, neither to try to reason with impervious Trumpists (which would be a waste of time and an exercise in futility) nor to “preach to the choir” (agreeable as that may be). I write this post simply because I am a writer, and this is what I have a mind to write. And it is about time, because time (over a long life) has changed me from a practicing Catholic and idealist to a near-agnostic deist and cynic. That being the case, what more can I say? So I’ll end this post as a quoter of others whose words I came to see ring true:

    “I think God, in creating man, somewhat over-estimated his ability.” –Oscar Wilde

    “If God has created us in his image, we have more than returned the compliment.” –Voltaire

    Religion, n. A daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable.” –Ambrose Bierce

    “If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.” –Edmond de Goncourt

    “We must be greater than God, for we have to undo His injustice.” –Jules Renard

    “Creator: a comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.” –H. L. Mencken

    “God is not without sin — He created the world.” –Evan Esar

    “Since a politician never believes what he says, he is always astonished when others do.” –Charles De Gaulle (Really? De Gaulle obviously never met Donald Trump.)

     
    • rawgod 2:45 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I grew up in the United Church, and quickly became a spiritual atheist in my late teens and early 20s. The last 50 years have only convinced me I did the right thing. But I am still an idealist, in that the ideal world can exist, if only we would open our hearts and minds to it.
      Trumpism notwithstanding!

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      • mistermuse 9:37 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I agree that “the ideal world can exist” — but the “if” which follows is realistically an impossible dream, IMHO. But it is possible, I suppose, not to be bitter about it….or at least, not be overwhelmed by bitterness. So as long as the low-hanging fruit holds out, I’ll take it

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        • rawgod 9:52 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink

          Ah, sir, but it is the high-hanging fruit that tastes the sweetest, or something like that. As I said, I am an idealist. If I didn’t think we, all living beings, could do better, I would have ended my life decades ago. If this world is all we have to look forward to, why bother…

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        • mistermuse 10:12 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink

          The operative word there is “could” — is it enough to hang our hat on? I’m dubious — but where there’s dubious, I suppose there’s hope. I hope so.

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    • obbverse 5:29 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps, after his long laborious six day week of creativity God is enjoying a nice long leisurely Sunday off? If he is, the one he left in charge is doing a devil of a Godawful job.

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      • mistermuse 9:48 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Reminds me of an boxing joke: A boxer is knocked around “from pillar to post” in the first round and staggers back to his corner at the bell. His trainer/manager, in an attempt to spur him on, tells him, “Hang in there, kid — he hardly laid a glove on you” — to which the boxer replies, “Then you’d better keep an eye on the ref, because someone is beating the crap out of me!”

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    • Carmen 6:10 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Hereโ€™s another one Mister Muse – โ€œThe internet – where religion goes to dieโ€. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 9:51 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Well, we all gottta go sooner or later — but at least WE only die once! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Rivergirl 7:28 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I think Oscar Wilde said it best.
      ๐Ÿคฃ

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      • mistermuse 10:03 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Whoever said it deserves an Oscar — but he already was one, so let’s thank the parents who had him and named him.

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    • Ashley 7:34 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      There are too many references there to God, as if he/she were the problem (like you, MM, I was once a Christian) but most of the worlds problems originate with us! As a senior citizen I’ve come to realise that I can’t return to my youth, I can’t go back, and think that also of humanity!

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      • mistermuse 9:23 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I won’t disagree that “most of the world’s problems originate with us” on the surface, but if God created us in His/Her image, doesn’t the problem go deeper? Humans didn’t create diseases, suffering, ‘built-in’ death, or leave His/Her creatures in absolute darkness as to who He/She is and why us/what’s the point (assuming that He/She exists)? Nonetheless, as an even more senior citizen, I very much respect how you see things.

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    • magickmermaid 10:59 am on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant quotes every one!

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    • snakesinthegrass2014 2:26 pm on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Right on! Keep saying it. In solidarity, Marty.

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 2:47 pm on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

      ๐Ÿ’Ž http://www.ericberne.com

      ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

      …๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž…

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      • mistermuse 8:17 pm on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I used to think Transactional Analysis was the game Trump played to get what he wanted, but since and after he became President, he just bullies, intimidates and cajoles people to try to get his way: a classic case of power going to one’s head.

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        • Yernasia Quorelios 9:27 am on June 26, 2022 Permalink

          ๐Ÿ’œ Agreed

          …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 3:52 pm on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I was raised Catholic, then dawdled with Protestantism for a while, then realised that I am an atheist. I would say that religion (and politics) is responsible for most of the worldโ€™s ills, but really, thatโ€™s just people wanting control. Loved the quotes.

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      • mistermuse 6:54 pm on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        After leaving the Catholic Church, I didn’t try other religions because I’d come to believe they’re all human inventions….but I didn’t become an atheist because, even though I don’t believe in the “God” of any religion, it’s impossible to know if there is or isn’t a creator “God.”

        Glad you appreciated the quotes!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:19 pm on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Little did the gods know that, in planting the seed of human intelligence, their creation would have such a hard time in overcoming their arrogance.

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    • Ricardo 12:56 pm on June 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      • mistermuse 4:22 pm on June 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        ‘God as eternal teenage boy’ may be stretching things a bit, Ricardo, but for all we know, that condition could be a permanent stage of Divine life in eternity….which, in the next life. would make me much older than God and (if I live another 15 years) even older than George Burns.

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  • mistermuse 5:26 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    AMBROSIA, n. A banquet of Ambrose Bierce 

    Tomorrow being the birthday (June 24, 1842) of DEVIL’S DICTIONARY lexicographer AMBROSE BIERCE, I thought I’d peruse perforce his pernicious perversion of delicious definitions and post a savory sampling of selections for your edification and enjoyment. Seriously.

    For those who aren’t familiar with this deviously devilish dictionary, here’s the lowdown:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devil%27s_Dictionary

    With that introduction the hell out of the way, what say we delay no further….starting with Bierce’s definition of Introduction, n. A social ceremony invented by the devil for the gratification of his servants and the plaguing of his enemies. [It] attains its most malevolent development in this country being, indeed, closely related to our political system.

    Abasement, n. A decent and customary mental attitude in the presence of wealth or power.

    Aborigines, n. Persons of little worth found cumbering the soil of a newly discovered country. They soon cease to cumber; they fertilize.

    Accomplice, n. One associated with another in a crime, having guilty knowledge and complicity, as an attorney who defends a criminal, knowing him guilty. This view of the attorney’s position in the matter has not hitherto commanded the assent of attorneys, no one having offered them a fee for assenting.

    Air, n. A nutritious substance supplied by a bountiful Provider for the fattening of the poor.

    Arena, n. In politics, an imaginary rat-pit in which the statesman wrestles with his record.

    Bait, n. A preparation that renders the hook more palatable. The best kind is beauty.

    Brain, n. An apparatus with which we think that we think.

    Cannon, n. An instrument employed in the rectification of national boundaries.

    Conservative, n. A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

    Corporation, n. An ingenious device for obtaining individual profit without individual responsibility.

    Cynic, n. A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic’s eyes to improve his vision.

    Now that you’ve learned the ABCs of it, I commend continuing through the D through Zs of it by virtue of going to The Devil’s Dictionary….preferably by honest means, like online or at your local bookstore. If you dare ask me to procure a copy for you, don’t say “The devil made me do it.” I’m not buying it.

     
    • obbverse 5:59 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll follow your pitch. Or should that be pitchfork? Bierce looks well worth a look.

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      • mistermuse 6:49 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Bierce may be cynical and satirical,
        But his style I find devilishly lyrical.
        Trumpists wouldn’t appreciate his wit,
        But halfwits don’t know the half of it.

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    • equipsblog 6:12 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      You went wide and deep with this one.๐Ÿ‘น

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      • mistermuse 6:57 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        A dozen definitions wide and a dozen deep….
        Those to whom they apply, “Read ’em and weep.”
        ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 7:29 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the introduction to Bierce’s dictionary, Mister Muse ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 7:38 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I love the definition of conservative, but I take issue with the use of the word “statesman” unless Mr. Bierce was suggesting that said “statesman” was in a state of intoxication. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 8:22 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Bierce himself probably wouldn’t use that term today, but most of those words were written in a different era (the late 1800s) when calling a politician a “statesman” wasn’t as absurd as it is now.

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    • Rivergirl 8:16 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Bierce was spot on. A rat pit of statesmen describes politics perfectly these days.

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      • mistermuse 10:38 pm on June 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        There’s an old movie title (“King Rat”) which fits Trump to a T, not to mention Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack” which fits Trump’s henchmen (and women), both of which define them in my dictionary.

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    • masercot 5:19 am on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Bierce, Cuppy and Perelman were the trinity that inspired me to write humor…

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      • mistermuse 8:25 am on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Bierce, Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker were my biggest inspirations, Perelman to a lesser degree, and Cuppy, not at all. “Will” Cuppy inspire me in the future? Possibly (after I look up his quotes, some of which are in books I own).

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    • Don Ostertag 10:48 am on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Bierce may have disappeared physically but his wit and insight will live on.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        His disappearance physically is still a mystery since he was last seen in Mexico in late 1913. But it is indeed a testament to his wit and insight that his words live on.

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    • magickmermaid 1:44 pm on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I love these: Harangue, n. A speech by an opponent, who is known as an harangue-outang.
      Misdemeanor, n. An infraction of the law having less dignity than a felony and constituting no claim to admittance into the best criminal society. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • mistermuse 3:35 pm on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Good ones, mm. Here’s another one of his I love:

        Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.

        Some things never change!

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    • Ricardo 3:20 pm on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Always been a Bierce fan. He died in Mexico, which is my preferred location to exit Earth myself, so even more kudos to him for that.

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      • mistermuse 3:50 pm on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Not a bad choice, Ricardo — especially since America is going to hell right now. I don’t know where Mexico is headed, but at least they have excellent beer to ease the pain on the way.

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  • mistermuse 1:17 am on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS 

    This is a post with a simple purpose: to honor the memory of a long-forgotten pioneering black songwriter who was born on this date in 1879. He may be forgotten, but a number of his all-time standards are still played today….including the title song above. His name? HENRY CREAMER.

    https://blogs.loc.gov/music/2020/02/the-curious-case-of-henry-creamer-or-a-mammy-a-mule-and-a-moon/

    And who better to play the title song than New Orleans-born jazz great Louis (Satchmo) Armstrong:

    Creamer’s first big hit was AFTER YOU’VE GONE (1918), which was given a big send-off by Al Jolson at The Winter Garden and in vaudeville by Sophie Tucker, who later recorded the song in 1927 (backed by Miff Mole’s Molers):

    Creamer’s last big hit, IF I COULD BE WITH YOU ONE HOUR TONIGHT, was first recorded in 1927 by another New Orleans jazz legend and songwriter, Clarence Williams, but didn’t become popular until recorded by others in 1930 — the year Creamer died. Here is the original recording:

    Thankfully, classic jazz fans still have these classic recordings to remember the above by long after they’ve gone. Thank you, Henry Creamer et al, for enriching our lives.

     
    • mistermuse 7:57 am on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you!

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    • Rivergirl 8:57 am on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Iโ€™m not familiar with this artist, but if Miffโ€™s Moles Molers covered him? He must have been something.
      ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 11:29 am on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        You said a mouthful, Rg (if that pun doesn’t leave you Miffed and with a bad taste in your mouth, I’m losing my touch).

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    • masercot 9:44 am on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      My son and I are enjoying Louie because I RAISED HIM RIGHT!

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      • mistermuse 11:40 am on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        As long as you didn’t raise him right POLITICALLY, you did right by him (in any case, you can’t go wrong with Louie). Well done!

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    • Catch the Words 10:15 am on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful place and music. I fell in love there more than once. Cheers!

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      • mistermuse 11:46 am on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        New Orleans may not have the best climate in the world weather-wise, but jazz-wise, that’s where it all began and still reigns!

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      • mistermuse 12:12 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I was going to check out your blog, but I can’t find it (I’m only on WordPress). If you have a WordPress blog, would you mind sending the link?

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    • annieasksyou 1:09 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I love these songs but had never heard of Harry Creamer. Thanks, mistermuse!

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    • mistermuse 2:16 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to you for turning on a light bulb in my brain. Your mention of Creamer’s first name reminded me that I’d mistakenly called him “Harry” in my post instead of Henry (his actual first name). His name now appears correctly in the post.

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    • rawgod 2:41 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      My partner and I loved these songs. I had heard of Creamer before, possibly when I used to volunteer at the Jazz festivals in Winnipeg and Vancouver, hut I didn’t know specifically what he had written. Now I know at least 3. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans was a staple at tne festivals, often more than one group had it in their repetoire.

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    • magickmermaid 4:18 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I love all the three of these songs! They are very familiar. I think my parents or grandparents must have played recordings or perhaps the songs were in films. I know I heard them somewhere several times! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 5:36 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Even with familiar songs, it’s good to hear them performed by different bands or vocalists. I had heard Louis Armstrong’s WAY DOWN YONDER IN NEW ORLEANS before, but not the recordings of the other two familiar songs, both of which I think are excellent.

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 4:42 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I didnโ€™t know about him. Thanks for the introduction!

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    • Carmen 7:31 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Now, do you pronounce it โ€œLou-eeโ€ or โ€œLou-issโ€? I have always heard it as โ€œLou-eeโ€ (the French pronunciation) but I have heard others say the latter. . .

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      • mistermuse 9:14 pm on June 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I, too, have heard it pronounced both ways. I guess we’ll never know in this life, but you can ask him when you get to heaven. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Joliesattic 10:30 am on June 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I remember these growing up. I never saw him”live” as he was before my time but I do remember the music. However, I did get to see Satchmo live one time when he was doing a “free” show at Disneyland in Anaheim. I remember my then husband and I, on learning he would be there, staking out our seats in the front row with our two girls, who are now in their 50’s. Because he wasn’t to come on for several hours, we took turns “saving ” our seats and taking the girls on the rides. He’d do a shift, then I would. All we knew is we didn’t want to miss seeing him up close. We were so close that when he hit the valve on his trumpet to release his spittle, I actually got wet. True story. Nevertheless, it was the most memorable show I’ve ever seen. He died not too long after and I will cherish that memory forever.

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      • mistermuse 10:55 am on June 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I had a similar experience seeing Ella Fitzgerald live back in the early 80s, so I can appreciate how you cherish that memory. Thanks for your comment!

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  • mistermuse 1:28 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    GO TO HELL 

    Actually, I’ve already gone (to the town of Hell, MICHIGAN, that is). But that was just for the hell of it — weather I like it or not, Hell lately has been temperatures in the high nineties (with 80% humidity) in my red neck of the woods (“red neck,” as in sunburn-hot around the collar, not the kind of neighborhood I live in). In short(s), friends, we’re having a….

    But as hot as the heat wave is hereabouts and, no doubt, in Hell, Michigan, it’s an even hotter scene in Hellzapoppin’ (1941). When these guys and gals scorch the surface, I can feel the floor burns from afar:

    In the end, is there a hell? Who knows….nonetheless, we can go there in quotes:

    Go to Heaven for the climate, to Hell for the company. –Mark Twain

    If there is no hell, a good many preachers are obtaining money under false pretenses. –Evan Esar

    My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is. –Ellen DeGeneres

    Hell is other people. -Jean-Paul Sartre

    Eskimo: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” Priest: “No, not if you did not know.” Eskimo: “Then why did you tell me?” –Annie Dillard

    Mankind is not likely to salvage civilization unless he can evolve a system of good and evil which is independent of heaven and hell. –George Orwell

    Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. –Milton Friedman (I would’ve said, “like an autocrat scorned”)

    The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.–Philip Roth

    In that case, my work on this post has come to where the pavement ends.

     
    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 2:20 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wow – that dancing is amazing! There was a time when I was that young, but in that kind of athletic shape? Probably not.

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      • mistermuse 8:12 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I could’ve danced like that standing on my head….which is exactly where I would’ve landed the first time I tried! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • rawgod 5:06 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I know you mean well, and are just quoting someone else, but the “E” word is as bad as the “N” word! It is an insulting colonial term. The correct word to use when speaking about my northern relatives is “Inuit.” (Pronounced In – oo – it!)
      Thus: Inuit person: “If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?” Asshole priest: “No, not if you did not know, I guess.” Inuit person: “Then why the hell did you tell me?”

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      • mistermuse 8:09 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        You’d think Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Dillard (born 1945) would have known. I remember reading the quote years ago, so perhaps that was before she was aware of this:

        https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/04/24/475129558/why-you-probably-shouldnt-say-eskimo

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        • rawgod 1:08 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink

          Thank you for this article, sir. My only fault with it is the word “probably”! Maybe it is not as derogatory in Alaska which is somewhat cut off from the rest of the Inuit world, but the only other people who use it about themselves are the result of colonial brainwashing. The situation is similar to other First Nations people who still use the “I” word to describe themselves. Hopefully in the next few generations both those words will totally disappear from all language.
          My choice of labels is to call ourselves OHITI, or Original Human Inhapbitants of Turtle Island. It would help if we could change the colonial names North and South America back to the original name, when translated into English, Turtle Island.

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    • ladysighs 7:30 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Hell, hell your gangs all here enjoying your posts – as usual.

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    • Rivergirl 7:57 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Temps in the 90โ€™s with 80% humidity is definitely my idea of Hell.

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    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 8:08 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      That was funny. Thanks for the morning laugh!

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    • equipsblog 10:43 am on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      You pun-nished us as far the word play will stretch. One of you must be tethered.

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      • mistermuse 12:17 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Hmmm. Perhaps I should have chosen a different title for this post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Don Ostertag 12:31 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Hell of a post, Mister Muse.

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      • mistermuse 1:13 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don….and may I say (because I mean it), you have a hell of a blog, to which I recommend my readers go. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • magickmermaid 1:53 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Best trip to Hell I’ve ever taken. ๐Ÿ˜€ Songs and dancing extraordinaire!

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    • snakesinthegrass2014 2:19 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, what a wonderful way to end your post. Well done.

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    • mistermuse 3:09 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I opened this post not knowing how I’d close it –I just trusted that all good things must come to an end (so they say) ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Elizabeth 3:59 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I am not sure about the coloring of the old film, but I loved the clip. Most delightful for me was contrasting all the musicians’ day jobs with their real amazing talent.

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      • mistermuse 4:55 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        For the most part, I don’t approve of colorizing classic b&w films, but in this case, I think color actually enhanced it. Either way, the musicians and dancers were indeed amazing!

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    • D. Wallace Peach 7:19 pm on June 17, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about the heat, Mr. M. Where I live Hell has frozen over. It still feels like March! Very weird, but of course, this is all normal, right? Love the quotes. Twain and DeGeneres had me rolling. Always wonderful to end on a laugh. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 9:43 am on June 19, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Those two quotes are priceless, but I think they’re all on the money — even Satre’s quote, which some might consider misanthropic, but when you think of people like Trump, Putin and Hitler and their followers, they’ve made life hell for many millions.

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    • luisa zambrotta 8:31 am on June 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The temperature is like hell in Italy, too
      … and the quotes are gorgeous

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      • mistermuse 9:01 am on June 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I too think the quotes are “gorgeous” ((though I suspect that particular word applies more suitably to you). ๐Ÿ˜€

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        • luisa zambrotta 9:27 am on June 20, 2022 Permalink

          You make me blush
          I’ve reached an age where compliments, even if false, are even more pleasing than when I was young

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    • literaryeyes 2:26 pm on June 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I knew the Sartre quote but not the Orwell one which is food for thought. The Ellen quote was funny and remined me of a recent book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, where a retired man goes for a walk and just keeps walking. Great post.

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      • mistermuse 2:53 pm on June 20, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Mary — I think this post turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

        Your capsule description of that recent book brought to mind the old saying that “You can run, but you can’t hide.” I wonder if the same applies to “just keeps walking.”

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    • barkinginthedark 1:17 pm on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      well MM …it seems today 6/24 we have officially “gone to hell” on the backs of 5 liars who have the nerve to use the appellation “justice” before their names. continue…

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    • selizabryangmailcom 3:51 pm on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Well, even when I WAS young, I couldn’t dance–especially like that, lol !! Great video.
      Also, I understand RG’s interest in the colonial-given word Eskimo and how it’s unacceptable these days, but I must disagree that the E word is as bad as the N word. Not even close. But I won’t go into it beyond that ’cause this isn’t a political post, but about music and dancing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 4:06 pm on June 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks — this was a fun post to put together.
        As for RG’s interest, I take it that it’s personal to him, so I’d no doubt feel the same in his place. I join you in understanding where he’s coming from.

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    • Ricardo 7:07 pm on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Baphomet is originally from Michigan, which is home to the Satanic Temple. Has he been to Hell, yet? https://www.richardcahill.net/home/satan-comes-to-arkansas

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      • mistermuse 8:08 pm on June 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like he went to Arkansas, where there is always Hope (where Bill Clinton is from)

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  • mistermuse 10:08 pm on June 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    LOEWE AND BEHOLD 

    Today is the birthday (June 10, 1901) of composer FREDERICK LOEWE, who collaborated with lyricist Alan Jay Lerner on some of the greatest musicals (MY FAIR LADY, GIGI, PAINT YOUR WAGON, BRIGADOON, CAMELOT) and show tunes of all time.

    With such a richness of glorious music to listen to, why pour more than these brief introductory words into this post? Without further ado, then, I bring you songs from the first three of the above shows which, with a little bit of luck, I hope you will remember well:

    PAINT YOUR WAGON wasn’t as highly acclaimed as MY FAIR LADY and GIGI , nor were there any big hit songs from the show. Nonetheless, I found the film and the songs (including this one) most moving:

    Wouldn’t It Be Loverly if life were a song as fair as the Lady of Frederick Loewe’s inspiration?

     
    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 10:59 pm on June 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      That was definitely a loverly collaboration!

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    • obbverse 11:46 pm on June 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Great lyrics; gotta say Point Blank though, Lee Marvin sure was no Sinatra!
      On a personal note I recall taking my younger brother to ‘Paint Your Wagon’ and he laughed himself silly- almost to an embarrassing degree- at the burial/we struck gold! scene.

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      • mistermuse 12:34 am on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Marvin definitely was no Sinatra. On the other hand, in that particular role, Sinatra would’ve been no Lee Marvin!

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    • Don Ostertag 1:39 am on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I love ‘And They Call The Wind Maria. And every song from Camelot.

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    • Rivergirl 8:07 am on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Husband just watched Paint Your Wagon yesterday. I prefer My Fair Ladyโ€ฆ

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      • mistermuse 9:06 am on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Two very different films — so different, it hardly seems fair to choose one over the other (except from a personal standpoint). Unless I miss my guess, I bet husband prefers Paint Your Wagon.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:14 pm on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Mister Muse, I enjoyed your selections from Frederick Loewe’s great musicals. I’ve seen all the films you’ve mentioned. There was something uplifting to the great musical movies of the period that went beyond mere entertainment.

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      • mistermuse 7:19 pm on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Of the five films I mentioned, I’ve seen four multiple times — the exception being Camelot, which was a disappointment because I felt it wasn’t well done. The great musicals had that (to me) almost indefinable something which “went beyond mere entertainment” — what the late Ira Michael Heyman of the Smithsonian Institute attributed to “the great talents of stage and screen who wrote the music and penned the words, who staged and choreographed the productions, and who gave voice and presence to emotion and drama and impossible grace.” As simple as that? About as simple as life itself, I’d say.

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    • magickmermaid 6:39 pm on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Great songs!

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    • mlrover 6:44 pm on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      My favorites from that movie (and I saw it in LA when it premiered at the Cinemascope) are Hand Me Down That Can of Beans and Gospel of No Name City. The rest of the songs are kind of bland, and I’ve heard Maria so many times it makes me squirm. Marvin is always great to watch, even when he was chewing the scenery and trying too hard to be funny.

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      • mistermuse 7:31 pm on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I suppose MARIA could become a bit tiresome if one hears it too many times (though I haven’t heard it often enough for it to have that effect on me). As for Lee Marvin, I agree. I think he was great in this film.

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    • Willow Croft 6:51 pm on June 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      “that carriage ride/you walked me home” Ha!

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    • Kara Aharon 4:41 pm on June 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Nothing beats the classics. I love the way they did “Wandering Star”.

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    • mistermuse 7:26 pm on June 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. The lyrics of WANDRIN’ STAR are especially poignant, such as “Wheels are made for rollin’, mules are made to pack; I never saw a sight that didn’t look better lookin’ back” and “snow can burn your eyes, but only people make you cry.” Magnificent song, magnificently done..

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    • literaryeyes 1:29 pm on June 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I Remember It Well is a classic. So poignant. I remember Maurice Chevalier, Carol Channing, and the like, which shows how old I am!

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      • mistermuse 2:07 pm on June 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Shows which show how old you are
        Show me to be even older by far,
        For I’m MORE than old enough to Remember It Well.
        Exactly how old am I? You may ask, but I’ll never tell!

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    • selizabryangmailcom 4:07 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful, heart-warming songs and memories! !
      Oh, man, watched The King and I with hubby about a year ago. I had completely forgotten that Yul Brenner’s character (the king) dies. I was so annoyed and hurt, lol !! Nooooooo. Amazing how invested one can get into movies–especially musicals. I STILL wish there was a happier ending to that movie.

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    • mistermuse 4:47 pm on June 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I too love (most of) those old musicals.Like magic, they seemed to make the world a better place for us to live in….at least, temporarily. Long may THEY live!

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  • mistermuse 11:19 pm on June 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    LYRE, LYRE, IS FOR THE BIRDS 

    When it comes to lying, I think most of us thought Donald Trump was in a class by himself….until now. I don’t like to crow, but I have just come across a fowl-mouthed creature who puts the Lyin’ King to SHAME (something I didn’t think possible):

    As you saw and heard, the Lyre is a bird who does his thing in order to attract female Lyres, whereas The Mane Man (aka Donald Trump, aka Orange Gross-beak) does his lying in order to attract cuckoos….at which he has been a roaring success.

    Speaking of success, yours truly has published many a post that’s for the birds, but never one about birds. Well, my fine feathered friends, there’s a ‘birds’ time for everything, so I’m going to wing it the rest of the way, see what I can come up with, and hope I don’t birden you any more than nestecessary.

    As you may know, poet/writer Maya Angelou wrote a best-selling autobiography 53 years ago titled I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS….which calls to mind a bird song of the “caged” variety composed 69 years previously titled A BIRD IN A GILDED CAGE. Here is a later send-off of that tearjerker type of song popular in the early 1900s:

    We’re not out of the Woods yet, but we will be after this hardy perennial from the prolific pen of composer Harry Woods:

     
    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 12:32 am on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! Mockingbirds can be pretty amazing, too. One evening when I was living in Arizona, I heard a cat loudly meowing just outside the door to my deck, but there was no cat, the meowing was coming from a mockingbird. Donald Duck is definitely a bird of a different feather. I hope that one of these days, all those cuckoos come to his home to roost. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 1:11 am on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. DONALD DUCK DAY is coming up on June 9. One of us should write a post to honor the devilish duck!

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    • obbverse 2:21 am on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Not a peep from me, sorry.

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      • mistermuse 7:49 am on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        If that came from Trump, my spirits would soar….
        Until I awoke and realized he was lyin’ once more.

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    • Rivergirl 7:31 am on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      All hail Sir David! That is one seriously impressive bird.

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      • mistermuse 8:08 am on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I have no doubt that SIR DUDLEY would agree!
        (Those who don’t ‘get it’ should give your blog a look-see.)

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    • Don Ostertag 1:32 pm on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, Mr. Muse, your words are never a birden to those of us who are younger than you.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:33 pm on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      What a fun post, Mister Muse ๐Ÿ˜€ The lyre bird sure does top the liars in this world. Enjoyed your musical selections.

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      • mistermuse 3:47 pm on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rosaliene. I’d be lying if I said I don’t enjoy putting Trump in his place (actually, his place is in prison, but no one else seems capable of putting him there either). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:59 pm on June 4, 2022 Permalink

          One has to give him credit for his staying power. I wonder, though, who he will find to defend and protect him when he comes face-to-face with the Grim Reaper.

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        • mistermuse 7:33 pm on June 4, 2022 Permalink

          I applaud staying power at the hands of someone who doesn’t retain it by lying, bullying, deceit, etc. …but I suppose we must give the devil his due (as will the Grim Reaper, no doubt) — someone like FDR, for example.

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    • magickmermaid 4:15 pm on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      You quack me up, MM! Owl bet you spend many hours finding all these great tunes. No wonder so many are flocking to read your posts. ๐Ÿ˜€ The lyre bird is amazing!

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      • mistermuse 11:48 pm on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your ‘quackerjack’ comment, mm. I was about to rely to it several hours ago when I got waylaid by a couple of unforeseen problems in the house — hours I could’ve spent finding more great tunes (ha ha). Actually, I already know almost every song I post, but some of those old songs are so obscure that either they’re not on YouTube, or I can’t find the version I’m looking for (but I enjoy looking for them anyway).

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    • jilldennison 11:15 pm on June 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      That Lyre may be a liar, but boy is he ever talented! The car alarm and chainsaw ones amazed me! Thanks for some fun this Saturday night!

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      • mistermuse 12:02 am on June 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        My pleasure, Jill. That Lyre is indeed talented. I wouldn’t be surprised if he could imitate Trump — but I’m sure he wouldn’t, even though Trump is for the birds.

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        • jilldennison 1:00 am on June 5, 2022 Permalink

          Oh dear … I DO hope he has better sense than to imitate that piece of garbage! We would have to banish him to the wilds of … maybe Russia if that happened.

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    • Kally 11:56 pm on June 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Such a fun post, lol! Thank you.

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    • Elizabeth 11:31 am on June 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I never heard of the lyre bird, but I know all those songs. My favorite is definitely the “red red robin.” Thanks. I am now combing my brain archives for other examples.

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      • mistermuse 3:51 pm on June 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Elizaberh. Avian-wise, I just scratched the surface of bird songs for this post. Here’s an example of the ‘leftovers’ I didn’t include:

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:26 pm on June 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      What a cool bird. An amazing voice and so funny! Love the tail feathers too. And you got me laughing with Trump’s bird call attracting cuckoos. Lol. Too funny, my friend.

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      • mistermuse 3:31 pm on June 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. This was a fun post to write (all the more so because the subject matter lent itself to lampooning Trump — which is not only fun, but cathartic).

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 2:27 pm on June 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Trumpโ€™s the worst. And I ainโ€™t lying.

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  • mistermuse 1:25 pm on May 28, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    WHAT SHALL WE TALK ABOUT TODAY? 

    The war in Ukraine?
    It’s literally a pain.
    Mass shootings everywhere?
    Death simply is not fair.
    The world according to Trump?
    Don’t take me for a chump!
    Today’s news in general?….
    In life’s grand scheme, seems so ephemeral.
    The answer is plain to see — without a doubt,
    The question has to be: What NOT to talk about?

    So, if we’re not going to talk about love,
    Or any of the other subjects above….

    “No use talking at all” may work for us….
    But who’s to say others won’t make a fuss?

    All this talk in my head — is it nothing more than that:
    A matter of chatter, simply talking through my hat?
    If so, saying what we think is absurd….
    But I think not. You have my word.

     
  • mistermuse 1:10 am on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE BEST PART OF IGNORANCE IS…. 

    ….you don’t have to know what you’re talking about.

    ….you don’t stick out like a sore thumb among dumb chums.

    ….you have the makings of a politician (IF you also have a shameless sense of self-importance).

    ….you believe, without giving it a second thought, that “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.”

    ….you believe, like these three CBS (Certified Bull Sitters), that:

    You see, I’ve been thinking lately about ignorance — writing a post about it, that is — however, I wasn’t sure if my audience of deep thinkers would dig the subject. But, on the theory that it pays to get to the bottom of such a pervasive thing, I’ve decided to let the cliques fall where they may — mostly in the form of ten quotes from those wise in the ways of ignorance:

    I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. –Thomas Carlyle

    When ignorance gets started, it knows no bounds. –Will Rogers

    It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man by argument. –William McAdoo

    Most ignorance: we don’t know because we don’t want to know. –Aldous Huxley

    There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed if repeated often enough. –William James

    Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. –Voltaire

    In the future, the so-called Dark Ages will perhaps be lengthened to include our own. –G. C. Lichtenberg

    Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise. –Thomas Gray

    Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. –Martin Luther King Jr.

    There is no darkness but ignorance. –William Shakespeare

    ….and then there’s the kind of dark ignorance where you don’t know if you’re coming or going:

    Not me. I’m done gone outta here.

     
    • obbverse 1:51 am on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Ignorance is next to Gormlessness.

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 2:12 am on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Great selection of quotes about ignorance. It still astonishes me how people will swallow drivel. Or is it dribble? Either way, itโ€™s rubbish. And the more right-leaning they are, the larger the ability to gulp. Too bad they donโ€™t lean all the way and fall in the lake!

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    • rawgod 4:37 am on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Good quotes, mm. Now put them all together into one slogan for 2022 that can blast the brains of the ignorants into wokeness.

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      • mistermuse 8:27 am on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not sure if the deliberately ignorant have brains to blast, As for the conned ignorant, they may not be completely impervious to a blast to wake them into wokeness — the problem is that they’re much more easily conned by the lies of the likes of Trump than by the quotes of “those wise in the ways of ignorance.”

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    • Rivergirl 7:19 am on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Will Rogers would have a field day todayโ€ฆ

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      • mistermuse 8:31 am on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        No doubt. For one thing, there’s a much larger field of rocks-for-brains-and-hearts Republican politicians than ever before.

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    • magickmermaid 1:04 pm on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      A very intelligent post!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:23 pm on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      An excellent theme for our current Age of Ignorance. Your selected quotes shine a much-needed light on the subject.

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      • mistermuse 4:54 pm on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Who knew there have been so many imminently intelligent quotes about ignorance? I couldn’t have said them any better myself! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Don Ostertag 3:53 pm on May 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      All great truths.

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    • josephurban 12:51 pm on May 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I am linking this to my facebook page…

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    • josephurban 12:55 pm on May 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      โ€œThis boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom, unless the writing be erased.โ€ โ€” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol.

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      • mistermuse 4:00 pm on May 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not on Facebook, but I thank you for the link….like the Dickens.
        ๐Ÿ˜€

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        • josephurban 4:43 pm on May 27, 2022 Permalink

          The only thing I like about Facebook is that it enabled me to contact some grade school and high school friends from many years ago.

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    • annieasksyou 7:23 pm on May 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The William James quote is the sad underlining of the Big Lie.

      The wonderful Jamie Raskin borrowed the Voltaire quote for his magnificent story of our times, Unthinkable.

      Among the items we Democrats have taken too long to awaken to is the assault on public schools. We may now be witnessing โ€œlearned ignorance.โ€

      PS: Iโ€™m having ongoing WP-related problems accessing blog posts, so if Iโ€™m missing posts, itโ€™s not deliberate.

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    • mistermuse 8:06 pm on May 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Too many Democrats (first and foremost Joe Biden) have taken too long to awaken to the fact that they’re no longer dealing with their fathers’ GOP which, while mostly far right, had a fair number of principled politicians. The current GOP is suffused to its core with what Donald Trump hath wrought, and has been allowed by the Dems to get away with it….while the country is paying a terrible price.

      As for maybe missing posts, I don’t post every day (more like every 4 to 7 days), so it’s possible you may think you’ve missed some, when in fact I don’t post most days. In any case, thanks for being a ‘loyal customer.’

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 7:01 pm on May 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Just so that you know, I tried several times to post a comment on โ€œWhat Shall We Talk about Todayโ€ but none of them went through. Then today I read a post warning people to check their spam folders for comments that are going astray. Apparently WP is having some issues. Cheers.

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    • barkinginthedark 4:11 pm on June 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      It’s all too, too sad. Thanks, MM, continue…

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    • Nan 1:05 pm on June 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Methinks this is probably the ONLY thing that tRump has ever read because he follows it to a “T” …

      There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed if repeated often enough. โ€“William James

      Great post/quotes!

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      • mistermuse 1:37 pm on June 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Whether he read it or it just comes naturally to him, there’s nobody ‘better’ at it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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