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  • mistermuse 2:33 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    LAUGHTER IS THE BEST JETTISON (of your blues) 

    Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.” –Ella Wheeler Wilcox, from her poem SOLITUDE (1883)

    Well, I don’t know about the world, but if you consider this post of mine ‘laughable,’ it’s a start. So let’s get started.

    Life has changed a bit since the above song was recorded in 1925, but much of life is still no laughing matter….which is why many of us can relate to this Audrey Hepburn quote:

    I love people who make me laughIt’s probably the most important thing in a person.” I love you too, Audrey — but you make me blush.

    Moving on (modest fellow that I am), let us not dwell on me, because nothing is “on me” — at my dwelling, you pay to stay, just like my ever-lovin’ wife.

    Speaking of life and love….

    ….and then there’s Billie Holiday’s take:

    “Lose all your blues laughing at life”? Nice work if you can get it — but that’s another song for another day.

     
    • equipsblog 2:37 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I love your title.

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 2:45 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Audrey was right.

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      • mistermuse 5:50 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        It’s funny you should say that, Lynette…..because that makes three of us.
        Seriously, though, I appreciate your comment!!!

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    • magickmermaid 6:18 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      What will have you laughing is watching me dancing to these tunes with two left fins. 😀

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    • Wistful Nostalgic 7:35 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been watching Mr. Ed on Dailymotion most days. I hadn’t seen this TV series since the 1970s/early 1980s. It’s every bit as hilarious as I remembered it being. Mr. Ed gives me a lot of laughs!

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      • mistermuse 8:11 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I remember watching Mr. Ed a few times. It wasn’t one of my fav shows, but it certainly beat watching the talking jackasses and pachyderms in Congress.

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    • mistermuse 7:51 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I await the video with two eyes left (I once had four, but broke my glasses). 😉

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    • magickmermaid 7:55 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      😀

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    • Carmen 9:48 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with Audrey’s quote. . And I think she really would have loved you, mistermuse. You know, being a half-wit. . .or is it half-lit? 😉

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    • mistermuse 11:44 pm on February 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I could be a half-lit half-wit, Carmen, if not for the fact that I’ve never been drunk. Will you settle for a half-wit nitwit?

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    • masercot 8:14 am on February 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Billie Holiday has NEVER cheered me up…

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      • mistermuse 9:55 am on February 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Life was no holiday for Billie. Cheering people up with her voice was probably the farthest thing from her mind.

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        • masercot 11:39 am on February 22, 2021 Permalink

          I very much enjoy listening to her… a lot in the past month, actually; but, it definitely isn’t to cheer myself up…

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        • mistermuse 12:31 pm on February 22, 2021 Permalink

          I hear you. She isn’t for all tastes, but for those with a soul for jazz, her voice is where it’s at.

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    • calmkate 2:15 pm on February 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      yes those friends I can laugh and cry with are the real treasures … nice picks! Will be back to hear these again 🙂

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      • mistermuse 6:35 pm on February 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of treasures, did you recognize the dog looking at the phonograph in the second clip “”Laugh and Call it Love”? That’s HMV and RCA Victor’s “Nipper,” and here’s the logo’s history:

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 9:20 pm on February 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great selections this time. Especially Billie Holiday, I love her

      Laugh a while See what happens

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      • mistermuse 12:05 am on February 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, but there’s a time for laughter and a time for reflection. Today, having passed the grim milepost of 500,000 Covid-19 deaths in America, calls for a moment of the latter.

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        • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 12:21 pm on February 23, 2021 Permalink

          I totally agree. and please don’t misunderstand. I lost my father during this pandemic. I reflect a lot but laughter i what has saved my life. I do both

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        • mistermuse 12:54 pm on February 23, 2021 Permalink

          I empathize completely. Covid-19 has hit home personally for many of us. A man who had been my neighbor for over 30 years succumbed to Covid last month. My belated but sincere condolences on the passing of your father.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:15 am on February 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent selection of music, as always. Thanks for getting my day off to a great start! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 12:19 pm on February 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, SS. It’s a pleasure to share”my kind of music” with those who appreciate it!

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  • mistermuse 8:06 pm on February 18, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    WINTERTIME, AND THE LIVIN’ AIN’T EASY 

    The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism, but February.” –Joseph Wood Krutch, American writer, critic and naturalist (1893-1970)

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    If you’re a blog follower of Rivergirl, my Maine squeeze (metaphysically speaking, of course), you know that she’s had winter trouble right there in River’s city (actually, town) this month….so I thought I’d post a few winter-weary weather songs to help her (and you) go wassailing through the rest of the month.

    Hollywood knows There’s No Business Like Show Business (they made a movie of it in 1954), but it seems Old Hollywood also knew there’s no business like snow business:

    But New England and Old Hollywood have nothing on this place when it comes to snow and freezing weather (even the song about it was written by comrade Cold Porter, if I’m not mitaken):

    Cheers!

     
    • Rivergirl 8:33 pm on February 18, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Love it! Peter Lorre singing about never running out of cocktail ice made my day….
      👍

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      • mistermuse 9:15 pm on February 18, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        ….and your comment helped make my day, Rg.

        P.S. Love Peter Lorre! As an actor, he was truly one-of-a-kind.

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    • Don Ostertag 8:56 pm on February 18, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      And in Texas, they can’t even talk about the weather without arguing about politics.

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      • mistermuse 9:25 pm on February 18, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Texans like to say everything’s bigger in Texas, and now they’ve got the biggest boondoggle, what with politicians neglecting to allocate funds to winterize their power grid even though they knew it was only a matter of time before the system would fail under extreme weather conditions.

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    • calmkate 9:33 pm on February 18, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      well we have a bit of relief from the heat … cloud cover and rain today … can’t begin to imagine what rivergal and the rest of you are enduring just now!

      Rug up, don’t drink the water and hunker down until spring comes round 🙂

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    • rawgod 1:53 am on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t know where River girl is, but she us welcome to come visit in High !level, Alberta, Canada, and we aren’t even in the Arctic Circle. From one rg to an Rg.

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      • mistermuse 9:12 am on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Apparently I’m too artful for my own good, rg — Rg lives in Maine (as in “my Maine squeeze”). I was hoping that the opening quote mentioning “New England” would help make the connection, but the scuttlebutt that I’m a subtle nut is true.

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        • rawgod 10:16 am on February 19, 2021 Permalink

          Actually, I was half-asleep when I read the post, and read right over the Main(with an)e. I should have been prepared for it, as my most unfamous character who never appeared in a story was a pretentious guy who called himself Vern(with an)e. He built it right into his name. He was so flamboyant he wrote himself out of every story I tried to write him into.
          So, Maine is River girl’s home? Anywhere around Calais? I used to live in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, and often went over to the dark side to shop. So I must ask, is the river in River girl the St. Croix? One of the most amazing rivers I have ever seen. I lived along its Canadian bank, and being a prairie boy was amazing at the twice daily rise and fall of the river’s depth. Until I moved to the coast my only experience of tides was in Lake Winnipeg, the one prairie lake big enough to notice the tidal effect of the moon. As great as that seemed, the St. Croix River put it to complete shame. At low tide I could probably have walked across the river, there was so little water in it. Then, at high tide, I would have needed a motorboat to cross back into Canada. I would have been swept away in a row boat, I think.

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        • mistermuse 11:38 am on February 19, 2021 Permalink

          I’ve been following Rg’s blog for several years — she’s a proud Mainer, but has never (to my knowledge) mentioned the name of the town where she lives, so even if I knew it, I would respect her privacy and not reveal it.

          I’m somewhat familiar with the area of your former residence, as I’ve driven through there with my family on two vacation trips decades ago. I still remember, upon trying to reenter the US on one of those trips, the border crossing agent gave us a hard time for no apparent reason (other than he was a prick, it was an isolated crossing point, and he could do as he pleased). Anyway, the Bay of Fundy is a lovely area and has the highest tides in the world, as I recall.

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    • obbverse 3:43 am on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t beat Dino’s warm voice even when he’s singin’ about the snow. Man, some States are beyond chill though, sympathies from afar.

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      • mistermuse 9:20 am on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I’m just glad I don’t live in Texas, where the power was out for days, leaving millions without heat, light, and water. As for Dino, I like his voice too. If you’ve never seen him in BELLS ARE RINGING (co-starring Judy Holiday), keep an eye open for it — it’s one of my fav films.

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    • magickmermaid 3:02 pm on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I love the snow cartoon! Dancing in the snow-priceless! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:32 pm on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise. That must be an old cartoon because, to my knowledge, “They don’t make ’em like that anymore.”

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    • magickmermaid 7:42 pm on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      True! Now if only that song would play in the background as I shovel snow! 😀

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    • Ricardo 9:59 pm on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Twelve inches of sunshine fell here in San Diego, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 11:27 pm on February 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      The sun came down on us today too, Ricardo (unfortunately, the mercury didn’t get the message, never rising out of the twenties).

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    • Kally 12:33 am on February 20, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      This is so good! I needed this post today to motivate me. Thank you.

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    • mistermuse 1:29 am on February 20, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Kally, you didn’t say what this post motivated you to do, but I assume it was something superKallyfrgailisticexpialidocious. 😉

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    • masercot 11:09 am on February 20, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’m worried about Rivergirl. She seems to be stockpiling cats…

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      • mistermuse 1:50 pm on February 20, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        She’s probably hoping the cats will discourage Ms. Redsquirrel from taking up residence in her residence.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:21 am on February 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Love the animation in the Winter Weather song, but I ABSOLUTELY ADORE the Siberian song. Thank you thank you for introducing me!!

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      • mistermuse 12:09 pm on February 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, SS. I wish I had done this post 12 days ago so that you would’ve had a chance to see “Siberia” performed in the film (SILK STOCKINGS), which was shown on Turner Classic Movies on Friday, Feb. 12 .

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    • Silver Screenings 2:02 pm on February 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Ack! I missed it! Oh well, I was delighted to listen to it this morning.

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  • mistermuse 2:12 am on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    I GOT MORE QUESTIONS 

    February 15 seems a particularly appropriate date for the promised follow-up to my last post (I GOT QUESTIONS), as it is the birthday of two great Golden Age of Popular Music composers whose legacy of quality tunes includes several “question songs.”

    The first of these composers is a man most of us over the age of ?? have heard of: Harold Arlen, who, along with lyricist Yip Harburg, wrote the score of the perennial film classic THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939), as well a host of other all-time standards. The following, one of his lesser-known songs, is from the 1948 film CASBAH, sung here by crooner Tony Martin in a scene from the movie, which also stars Peter Lorre and Yvonne de Carlo:

    Our other birthday composer, equally as prolific as the first, is, sadly, little-remembered today: Walter Donaldson. Who could forget this scene from SUZY (1936), starring Jean Harlow and ‘guess who’ singing this memorable Walter Donaldson song:

    Did you guess who ‘guess who’ is? If you guessed Jimmy Stewart, you’re absolutely….wrong. It’s none other than Cary Grant, looking good in his WWI French aviator uniform….and not sounding bad either.

    For my final “question” selection, I turn to a more recent (1969) song which asks a question most of us have asked ourselves at some point:

    Feb. 15 also being Presidents Day, we might ask the above question of King (aka ex-President) Trump. We all know what Your Highness would NOT like: Doing the Rest of Your Life behind bars. After all, it’s not as if THE WAY YOU WERE were a wheeler-dealer of MAGA misdemeanors. High crimes? That’s another question entirely.

     
    • Ashley 8:03 am on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t Barbra just glorious? Thanks for this wonderful selection. Have a great week.

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    • masercot 11:30 am on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Jimmy Stewart DOES sing in the movie Night Passage, which he made with Audie Murphy. As a singer, Stewart is a great actor.

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      • mistermuse 12:06 pm on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        He also sings in BORN TO DANCE (1936) opposite Eleanor Powell. I remember him being interviewed (years later) about how well he sang “Easy to Love” in that film, and he responded to the effect that Cole Porter songs are so great that all he had to do was vocalize the words and it sounded great.

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    • Rivergirl 1:21 pm on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      That’s what’s wrong with movies today. No one breaks into song..
      😉

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      • mistermuse 7:00 pm on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I must admit that, like braking into the Capitol building, breaking into song could be a ‘riot’ in those days — depending on who was doing the breaking into (There should have been a law against Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy breaking into song).

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      • literaryeyes 9:53 pm on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I think they did in LA LA Land.

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    • Ricardo 3:38 pm on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      My bet is he gets convicted in at least one of the cases against him, but he appeals it forever, so that he ingests that fatal cheeseburger before he suits up in prison orange.

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      • mistermuse 7:08 pm on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        He should be imprisoned for impersonating a President. Any appeals of that conviction would be thrown out of court faster than those 60 suits he filed claiming election fraud.

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 7:46 pm on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great post with great songs I love when you do this stuff

      Laughter is easy to find

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      • mistermuse 10:49 pm on February 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Glad you appreciate it, Mr. Ohh. Little did I know when I started collecting records (long before such things as computers and blogs) that familiarity with old songs would lead to being able to put together posts such as this one.

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    • annieasksyou 8:20 pm on February 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Loved the Streisand song (loved the heartbreaking movie). But “What are you doing for the rest of your life?” reminds me of comedian Paula Poundstone’s query: “Know why grownups always ask kids what they want to be when they grow up? They’re lookin’ for ideas!”

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    • mistermuse 1:52 am on February 18, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Trump would never ask kids that question because….
      1. He has never grown up.
      2. He doesn’t care what anyone else wants — even if they’re kids.
      3. He already got what he wanted, and never lost it because the election was “rigged.”

      Poor baby.

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  • mistermuse 2:15 am on February 11, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    I GOT QUESTIONS 

    A few days ago

    — a dreamy old, half-remembered song did a reprise in my head, where, before I knew it…. Well, before I get ahead of myself, perhaps I should let you know the title of the song in question:

    This clip, from the 1933 film SITTING PRETTY starring Ginger Rogers (consider yourself a Golden Age movies fan if you recognized her), is typical of elaborately staged song-and-dance scenes in 1930s musicals. 1933 is also notable as the year Ginger was first paired with Fred Astaire in a film (FLYING DOWN TO RIO).

    Getting back to “before I knew it,” there was an aftermath of one thing leading to another, and the above song had me thinking about other title-question songs, of which there were more than a few in those Depression era days. It then became a question of how many such songs are too many for one post….so I’ll do just one more for now: the unforgettable Great Depression anthem….

    Brother, if you can spare the time, I’ll be back next post with one more round of questioning songs.

     
    • Ashley 7:43 am on February 11, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      What can I say? The brilliant Ella again! And yes, whilst I wasn’t around in the 1930s I do remember seeing Flying Down to Rio with the amazing Ginger and Fred! They just don’t make ’em like that anymore!

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      • mistermuse 9:51 am on February 11, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. Most of those old musicals may be frothy and silly by today’s standards, but those who would compare them to “today’s standards” are hardly in a superior position.

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    • Rivergirl 8:09 am on February 11, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Can you imagine what we’d be singing now if a depression hit….. Brother Can You Spare a $1,400 Stimulus Check?

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    • magickmermaid 8:18 pm on February 11, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      There are not enough superlatives to describe Ella’s voice! Those synchronized dance routines always amaze me. A very enjoyable post, MM!

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      • mistermuse 1:44 am on February 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Many of those 1930s elaborate dance routines. were choreographed by a man whose name classic movie buffs know well: Busby Berkeley. Unfortunately, he didn’t handle his personal life well — he was married six times, drank heavily, killed two people while driving drunk, and (unsuccessfully) attempted suicide. A sad, but not altogether rare, Hollywood story,

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        • magickmermaid 7:21 pm on February 12, 2021 Permalink

          I’ve seen some Busby Berkeley routines and they are always captivating. I had no idea his personal life was so chaotic. The choreography always looked so happy and carefree.

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 9:26 pm on February 11, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Take me back to the thirties. Almost a hundred years ago. I still love the comedy of that age as well Thanks

      Laughing is fun Try It soon

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      • mistermuse 1:55 am on February 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right about the comedy of 1930s films. It was the decade of “screwball comedies” and such carryovers from the 1920s as Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, and Laurel & Hardy — just what the country needed in the decade of the Great Depression.

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    • masercot 9:38 am on February 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Coincidentally, I’m listening to Ella as I read this. And, you know how I feel about Ginger Rogers…

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on February 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You may be interested in a bit of trivia about Ginger: she starred in the first film directed by Billy Wilder, THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR (1942), a largely forgotten comedy which is well worth watching. The cast includes Robert Benchley and Ginger’s real-life mother, who plays her mother in a five or ten minute scene near the end of the film.

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        • masercot 4:22 pm on February 12, 2021 Permalink

          That’s one of the most twisted movies I’ve ever seen. I’ve actually written half an essay about it.

          Ever seen Monkey Business (Ginger Rogers movie, not the brothers Marx)?

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        • mistermuse 4:41 pm on February 12, 2021 Permalink

          If I’ve seen it, it’s been so long that I had to look it up to see if it rings a bell….and now, I’m still not sure! You’d think I’d remember a classic line like Charles Coburn’s to his secretary, Marilyn Monroe: “Find someone to type this.”

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    • calmkate 5:45 pm on February 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      golden oldies … I wasn’t even a twinkle in fathers eye then but elle’s voice, ginger and freds moves … I’d have been much the poorer if I hadn’t found them!

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      • mistermuse 6:42 pm on February 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Twinkle, twinkle, little star —
        That, calmkate, is what you are
        And if anyone begs to differ
        I will kick them in the kisser.

        (depending on how big they are)

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        • calmkate 11:06 pm on February 12, 2021 Permalink

          no need for violence MrM … I can cut them off at the kneecaps with my acidic tongue!

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    • rkrontheroad 2:06 pm on February 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Loved these! It’s a genre of music that we’ve left behind as nostalgia but it touches the heart. This Ella song is new for me. I saw her as a high school student and was blown away by skat.

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      • mistermuse 3:41 pm on February 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        It seems we have something in common, as I’ve also seen Ella in person (about 40 years ago). Still the top female jazz/pop vocalist of all time, in my opinion.

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  • mistermuse 2:15 am on February 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    S.O.B. MONTH 

    Are you a S.O.B.? I don’t mean someone like Donald Trump (or some other male malefactor). I mean one Dr. Gayle Carson, who in Feb. 2002 originated Spunky Old Broads Month to celebrate sassy seniors such as my wife (who is not only a Spunky Old Broad, but is married to a S.O.T. (Spoiled Old Turd). How lucky can a gal get?

    In noting this audacious occasion, I thought (what right have I to think, you may ask, if you’re a S.O.B.) that I would post a post of post-menopausal women’s quotes covering a broad range of this and that:

    I refuse to admit I’m more than fifty-two even if that does make my sons illegitimate.” –Lady Nancy Astor

    The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.” –Rebecca West

    At this point, you may raise the following question, as Peggy Lee did when she wrote and sang….

    Well, as the lunatic said to the idiot, when I think of something more, I’ll let you know. Meanwhile, back at the quotes:

    Failing to be there when a man wants her is a woman’s greatest sin, except to be there when he doesn’t want her.” –Helen Rowland

    Women are one of the Almighty’s enigmas to prove to men that He knows more than they do.” –Ellen Glasgow

    It is the plain women who know about love; beautiful women are too busy being fascinating.” — Katherine Hepburn

    Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.” –Faith Baldwin

    Hollywood is the land of yes-men and acqui-yes girls.” –Dorothy Parker

    It’s not the men in my life that counts — it’s the life in my men.” –Mae West

    I have everything I had twenty years ago, only it’s all a little bit lower.” –Gypsy Rose Lee

    I am as pure as the driven slush. –Tallulah Bankhead

    Wit lies in the likeness of things that are different, and in the difference of things that are alike.” –Madame Germaine de Stael

    Far be it from me to ne pas etre d’accord avec a French Madame. Vive la difference!

     
  • mistermuse 2:08 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    TRUMP, THE MUSICAL 

    With the impeachment trial of Dumbo J. Trump just around the proverbial corner, it strikes me that a musical based on vintage songs would score with political theater-goers to symbolize what Dumbo did to warrant prosecution. With that hoary plot in mind, I’m working allegretto to dig up such songs and cop-out canticles as may begetto a libretto before I forgetto:

    GROW, GROW, GROW YOUR VOTE — sung, not to the tune of (11,780 votes shy) Georgia On My Mind, but to….

    ‘TAIN’T NO SIN TO INCITE MOBS TO BREAK IN — to the tune of….

    The prosecution rests. Ladies and gentlemen of the audience: What is your verdict?

    Does the defendant have any last words before we pronounce sentence on His Dumboness (played in the musical by Humperbert Engeldinck, or something like that)?

    We now pronounce you man and life (sentence).

    Without objection.

     
    • cindy knoke 2:15 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Ella has no peer! Love The Dumbo bit, but I am hoping he’s a Dumpty Humpty.

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      • mistermuse 6:56 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve used clips of Ella in quite a few posts, but there’s no such thing as too much Ella!

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 3:22 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Meanwhile, having fallen into a comatose stupor on his tanning bed, the Orange Elephant became a lesson for small children everywhere: don’t touch it, they were warned. The dishonesty, bigotry and ignorance rub off.

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      • mistermuse 7:05 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of small children, did you notice that in the nursery rhyme “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” they sang “Life is but a scheme” (instead of “dream”)? Very fitting for the “Orange Elephant!”

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    • obbverse 3:54 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Can I throw in, for his legal team, ‘Rudy’s Turn To Cry’ and ‘Chain Of Fools?’

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    • Ashley 6:39 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oh! Wonderful Ella! 🙏

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    • Rivergirl 8:17 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to believe this trial will finally hold the orange moron responsible for his actions, but I think we all know it won’t. The Republican Party is well and truly dead. It’s being held hostage by a radical mob and the senate is terrified of standing against them.

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      • mistermuse 10:45 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        GOP politicians are probably even more terrified of not being re-elected if they don’t appease Trump’s base. Most of them are shameless and beyond pathetic.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:35 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      It’s interesting watching the Republicans decide who they are. What a circus.

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    • ladysighs 11:43 am on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I go with Ella.

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      • mistermuse 12:35 pm on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I am fortunate enough to have seen and heard her in person many years ago. She was indeed (and still is) the first lady of song.

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    • magickmermaid 1:47 pm on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Throw the book at him! Oh, wait; he can’t read. He’s been singing ‘Life is but a scheme’ for decades.
      I love the second song and video! And of course, Ella is wonderful as always!

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    • mistermuse 3:53 pm on February 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Trump can’t be bothered to read, and now he can’t even tweet. Things are looking up!

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 11:35 pm on February 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great post I am laughing my *** off thanks for the pick me up

      Laugh NOW It can’t wait

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    • mistermuse 1:40 am on February 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you! I’m happy to accept praise any ways — especially Sideways, because that’s the way I sleep, and I get some of my best ideas in bed (some of which my wife, for disturbing reasons, doesn’t praise).

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    • calmkate 6:52 am on February 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      do love your mastery of the English language to twist those song titles … but somehow I doubt he will be held accountable! Brace for your next civil war 😦

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      • mistermuse 9:32 am on February 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kate. It IS a war, but hardly civil. Actually, there are TWO wars going on — the second one is for control of the GOP itself, between right wing extremists and “old guard” conservatives. Four years of Trump have brought out their mob mentality, made even worse by the power which he seems to hold over them despite losing the election (which he has convinced the willfully ignorant and gullible among them that he didn’t lose). We are witnessing human nature at its worst.

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  • mistermuse 2:32 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    TOMBSTONE TERRITORY 

    Who among us has not, from time to time, thought about his or her own epitaph or, for that matter, the epitaphs of others?” –Tony Randall (1920-2004), comedic actor

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    I can think of no more opportune time than the last day of the month to compose a post featuring epitaphs of decomposed ‘somebodies’ (as opposed to ‘nobodies’). Thus, I have undertaken to resurrect famous last words before this day is over — to be followed by a cross section of churchly epitaphs, before ending with….well, we’ll cross that Rubicon when we get there. Meanwhile, let’s get underway with the epitaph* of a famed movie mogul who died, appropriately enough, on the last day of January, 1974:

    I THOUGHT I’D NEVER LIVE TO SEE THE DAY (apocryphal*) –Samuel Goldwyn, American film producer, who famously said “I don’t think anyone should write their autobiography until after they’re dead.”
    * said, but not confirmed, to be his epitaph
    I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK –Spike Milligan, British actor (1918-2002)
    I WAS BURIED NEAR THIS DYKE,
    THAT MY FRIENDS MAY WEEP AS MUCH AS THEY LIKE –William Blake, English poet (1757-1827)
    THAT’S ALL, FOLKS –Mel Blanc, “Man of a thousand voices” (1908-1989)

    But that’s not all. After all, I worked religiously to dig up these:

    THE GRAVES AROUND FOR MANY A YEAR
    WERE DUG BY HIM WHO SLUMBERS HERE,
    TILL WORN WITH AGE, HE DROPPED HIS SPADE,
    AND IN THE DUST, HIS BONES WERE LAID
    –William Darnbrough, church sexton, Yorkshire, England

    HERE LIES AT REST, I DO PROTEST, ONE CHEST WITHIN ANOTHER;
    THE CHEST OF WOOD WAS VERY GOOD – WHO SAYS SO OF THE OTHER?
    –Rev. Mr. Chest, unpopular 17th Century Vicar of Chepstow, England

    BUT, BE WE IN THE TOMB, IN HEAVEN ALLIED,
    SO KINDER DEATH SHALL GRANT WHAT LIFE DENIED.
    –Saint Thomas More, English social philosopher and Renaissance humorist

    Let us end with what might be called pre-epitaphs: ‘ghostwritten’ epitaphs of people who aren’t dead yet:

    THIS ISN’T FUNNY –Jackie Farber, editor of a humorous book by Tony Randall (see opening quote)
    I’VE DONE THIS BEFORE –Shirley MacLaine, actress who once claimed she was the brother of a 35,000 year old spirit named Ramtha in a previous life in Atlantis
    SO WHAT IF I’VE GONE TO POT —
    I WON RE-ELECTION BY A LOT (NOT) –Donald Trump, loser-President who once claimed he was human
    I’M NOT A-MUSED — M. Muse, whose last request is that you Please, Please….

     
    • obbverse 3:13 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I recall one I read as a kid when I was going through my cowboy phase;
      Here lies Lester Moore
      Three slugs from a .44
      No Les, no moore.

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      • mistermuse 9:56 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know which epitaph I like more — that Moore, or this Moore:

        Here lies one Moore, and no more than he.
        One Moore, and no more! How can that be?
        One Moore and no more may well lie here alone,
        But here lies one Moore and that’s Moore than one.

        –St. Benet’s, London, England

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    • rawgod 3:52 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      And then there are the words of the closing song in Phantom of the Paradise, courtesy of Paul Williams, lyricist, composer, screenwriter, and star of the movie of the same name:

      Born defeated, died in vain,
      Super-destructive you were hooked on pain,
      And though your music lingers on,
      Well, all of us are glad you’re gone.
      UIf I could live my life half as worthlessly you
      I’m convinced that I would wind up burning too…

      I want this song played at my wake, should anyone care enough to smoke a joint to my death.

      But the key line in this song was not reproduced above, instead I will type it separately below:

      We’re all born to die alone you know, and that’s the hell of it!

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      • mistermuse 10:24 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds like you might want to extract for your epitaph something along the lines of one Matthew Prior’s epitaph:

        What trifling coil we poor mortals keep;
        Wake, eat, and drink, evacuate, and sleep.

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        • rawgod 12:21 pm on January 31, 2021 Permalink

          Nah, not inclusive enough. Listen to The Pantom’s Theme (Beauty and the Beast) from the same movie to get the full gist of what I want my epitaph to read. And if you are wondering, yes, I am one of the Winnpegers who saved Phantom from oblivion in 1974. Not to go overboard, but I may have been the spearhead of the enire Phantom movement. I was there for the very first showing in Winnipeg, and never left the theatre till I was kicked out at closing time. In those days, you could watch a movie all day for the price of one ticket. There were hardly any moviegoers there at the first show, but by the last all my friends were there, and their friends too. The party lasted for months. And Phantom eventually achieved cult status, though not so big as Rocky Horror.

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    • calmkate 7:37 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Dear Mister Muse
      you maybe be A-mused
      but your past POTUS did abuse
      he’s still not left your shores, refused
      everyone else he has accused
      leaving us rather confused
      as only in death will he be excused!
      have they all been used …

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      • mistermuse 10:35 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        “I’m NOT a-mused”
        Were my grave words above of fate
        But you’re not wrong a bit
        About the man we love to hate!

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    • mlrover 7:46 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Loved Leon. Took my mom (a musician herself, especially stringed instruments) to see him in the 80’s in Madison, WI and he was sensational. He did a surprising comic bit between sets that remains to this day the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Hard to describe…he used his hands and voice to mimic an opera singer.

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      • mistermuse 10:42 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for that. Wish I’d been there! I need to read more about him because he must have had a very interesting life.

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    • Rivergirl 9:04 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      That’s all folks says it all.
      👍

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 6:43 pm on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Here lies a patient of Dr. Drake
      He’s real sorry about that mistake

      Or on the stone of W.C. Fields BETTER HERE THAN IN PHILADELPHIA

      Love the post, and you can’t go wrong with Leon

      Fear not Laughter Is still With Us

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    • annieasksyou 8:28 pm on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I think the only good epitaph
      Is one that makes the mourners laugh

      eg: Here lies John Yeast
      Pardon me for not rising

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      • mistermuse 12:42 am on February 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Though I’ve seen that one before,
        I still find it surprising,
        After being raised Christian to the core,
        Yeast ended up not rising.

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    • Ricardo 10:41 pm on January 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      “I never signed off on this.” That’s what I want on mine, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 1:05 am on February 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        My sentiments exactly, Ricardo. It doesn’t seem right that, after having no choice about being born into such a crazy existence, we can’t leave under circumstances that make a modicum of sense.

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    • annieasksyou 1:39 am on February 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, that’s a good one, mister muse—
      Hip hip and a hooray;
      I won’t get twixt your faith and youse
      And thus ends this word play.

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    • masercot 9:00 am on February 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Hell, I’m not ever sure that I want a tombstone.

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  • mistermuse 5:38 pm on January 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    JAN. 26 IS SPOUSE’S DAY 

    As a long-standing spouse,
    I’d be lying if I say
    That I am a louse….
    At least, not every day.

    As for MY spouse,
    I can’t complain —
    She may ruffle and grouse,
    But at least, I’m still sane.

    Now, you may say to me,
    I’m just trying to be funny —
    But what kind of bee would I be
    Without my sweet honey?

    But enough about my honey bee and me. Let’s see how other reasonably sane observers say (and sing) it:

    It’s no disgrace for a woman to make a mistake in marrying — every woman does it.” –Ed Howe (And how — except, of course, for mistermuse’s wife)
    The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds — they mature slowly.” –Peter De Vries
    “What man sees in love is woman; what woman sees in man is love.” –Arsène Houssaye
    “Life is full of troubles, and most of them are man-maid.” –Evan Esar
    “Getting married, like getting hanged, is a great deal less dreadful than it has been made out.” -H.L. Mencken
    A happy marriage is a long conversation that seems all too short.” –André Maurois

     
    • magickmermaid 7:40 pm on January 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Spouse’s Day to you and Mrs Muse! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:06 pm on January 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. Mr. and Mrs. Muse won’t sing the blues, because we’re not harried although we’re married.

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    • restlessjo 8:19 pm on January 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Lucky Mrs. Muse, hey? 🙂 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 8:39 pm on January 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A long conversation that seems too short. I like that…

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      • mistermuse 1:57 am on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise (and after 50+ years of a marriage that seems too short, I think I speak with some authority on the subject ), 😉

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        • Rivergirl 7:57 am on January 27, 2021 Permalink

          50+? Wow…. and I thought our 37 was impressive. Congrats!
          ❣️

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        • mistermuse 9:52 am on January 27, 2021 Permalink

          Thank you, Rg. The better part of Congrats should go to my better half for putting up with me all these years!

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    • masercot 10:05 am on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      BUT… is your wife ALSO celebrating?

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      • mistermuse 1:03 pm on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t tell her yesterday was Spouse’s Day, and now it’s too late to buy her roses and/or take her out to dinner. Of course, I feel just terrible about it, but at least I can use the money I saved to drown my sorrow.

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    • Ricardo 4:36 pm on January 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Glad I didn’t read this until today, Sr. Muse. My Significant Other of ten years, so, a Virtual Spouse, let it pass by blissfully unaware. Good for my wallet, since her birthday and Valentine’s Day are one and the same. Lot of pressure this time of year.

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    • Kally 2:49 pm on January 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Just too many dates to remember in a marriage. Lol!

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      • mistermuse 7:05 pm on January 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kally — you’ve just provided the perfect excuse for me to give my wife for forgetting our wedding anniversary (I already have an excuse for forgetting her birthday: I’m too considerate to remind her she just became a year older). 😉

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        • Kally 12:42 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink

          Ask her if she remembers the date of your first kiss, first time you bought flowers, first time you fix something for the house etc. 🤪

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        • mistermuse 1:20 am on January 31, 2021 Permalink

          That’s ancient history, Kally. We’re so old and married so long, we can hardly remember what we did yesterday!

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    • calmkate 6:48 pm on January 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      love your ramped up sense of humour, must take the sting out of disagreements 🙂

      And totally love the lay back style of that second video, magic … happy spouse day to all those who made it work!

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  • mistermuse 1:48 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    small TALK (with NOTES) 

    If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I saw the above quote in (seriously) the comics section of this morning’s newspaper; hence, the idea of composing a post composed of songs composed by great composers of “small” songs”….but first (to help get you thinking small), a bit of small talk in the form of a few more “small” quotes:

    Life is too short to be small.’ –Benjamin Disraeli
    It’s the small things that annoy us: we can sit on a mountain, but not on a tack.” –Evan Esar
    “In a small town, a rich man is respected, a great man suspected.” –George Bernard Shaw

    And now for the (musical) notes, starting with a song sung by a big lady with a ‘small’ voice and a great feel for the lyrics:


    Next, we have a seemingly ‘tipsy’ Jack Teagarden singing a song about a little man (no, not the little man too long in the White House) who wasn’t there in the wee small hours of the morning:

    We leave you with a song about a (‘too-big-for-its-britches’?) world in need of a shrink:

     
    • Ashley 2:47 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Wee-ked! 😎

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    • Rivergirl 2:56 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      How have I never heard of Mildred Bailey!

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      • mistermuse 3:48 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You’re forgiven because she was a “little” before your time, Rg…..but I bet your parents heard of her, because she was “big” in the Swing era.

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    • smbabbitt 5:18 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I am so old that “Small Fry” reminds me of “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane.” Thanks for the selections!

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      • mistermuse 7:14 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        As I recall, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” was only nine days old, so she was more like an itsy-bitsy, teensy-weensy fry. (which may remind you of another song). 😉

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    • magickmermaid 5:38 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I was not familiar with Mildred Bailey or Jack Teagarden. Really great tunes!

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      • mistermuse 7:27 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Jack Teagarden (nicknamed “Big T”) has been dead for decades, but is still remembered by classic jazz fans as an all-time great on trombone, as well as for his blues-influenced vocals. He made some records with Louis Armstrong, who I’m sure you’re familiar with!

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    • Carmen 7:55 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Americans are all singing a new tune this week, eh mistermuse? Good stuff! 🙂

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    • calmkate 8:03 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for giving my morning a musical serenade!
      Big things from small minds … or is that vice versa?

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    • Carmen 9:26 am on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oh and mistermuse – I accidently dropped you from my blog (I was trying to get rid of someone else!) so please re-subscribe! I don’t want you to miss my once-yearly blog posts. :). (Well, maybe twice-yearly)

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    • mistermuse 10:23 am on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Dumb….I mean DONE! Carmen, you know I’d never accuse you of a dumb mistake (although I wouldn’t put you above a subliminal one)! 😉

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    • Henry Lewis 4:35 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Love Streisand’s heart-felt version of this old favorite.

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      • mistermuse 10:39 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        As you probably know, Streisand sings it at a much slower tempo than other vocalists and bands had performed it since it was composed in 1930. For example:

        .

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    • Elizabeth 5:09 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I went over and read a long article about Bailey. I was fascinated particularly by confusion over her ethnicity. Apparently some thought she was partly black, a problem because she had married a white man which would have been illegal. She had to constantly refute that conclusion. As for “Small World,” it haunts me to this day. My daughter and I were trapped in the Small World ride at DisneyWorld for about 15 minutes until they got it working again. All the while that danged song played over and over.

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      • mistermuse 11:17 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds like you got more than you bargained for on that ride, Elizabeth.

        As for Mildred Bailey, who was married to band leader Red Norvo and was the band’s vocalist, jazz authority George Simon wrote this about her:
        “A warm, witty, and often charming extrovert, she provided the band with a musical excitement it had never known before.. Her great singing and showmanly finesse were responsible for the band’s commercial success. But Mildred, an extremely overweight woman, was not always easy to get along with. Tremendously talented, with a fantastic musical ear, she was nevertheless unhappily insecure, often asserting herself too emphatically, creating tensions which affected Red, one of the most pleasant, unselfish and unphony men I have ever known.”

        But they made beautiful music together, which has long outlived them both.

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        • Elizabeth 5:04 pm on January 24, 2021 Permalink

          I read about her weight leading to her premature death. I really do like her sultry voice.

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        • mistermuse 5:23 pm on January 24, 2021 Permalink

          I do too, Elizabeth. Thank you for your thoughts.

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    • Carol 2:32 pm on January 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Love the quote from George Bernard Shaw and the first two tunes you posted. Thanks for putting a little swing in my day.

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      • mistermuse 5:29 pm on January 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome, Carol. The Shaw quote seems just as relevant here and now as it did in his time and country, as evidenced by the prevalence of Trumpism in rural and small-town America.

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    • annieasksyou 9:07 pm on January 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A fine themed post: Great quotes, super songs, and I’ll take the Streisand finale as the message of the day.

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      • mistermuse 1:35 am on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I was going to respond with a video of WHO COULD ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE, but then I remembered I used that clip in response to a comment in my previous post….so I’ll just say thank you for those very kind words.

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    • annieasksyou 1:54 am on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been marching around the house while listening to your selections, thereby multi-tasking—or is it two-timing!(?)

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    • Marietta Rodgers 5:29 pm on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Mildred Bailey has an amazing voice.

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    • mistermuse 7:04 pm on January 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I agree….but she is of another era, and her voice would not be appreciated in today’s culture.
      More’s the pity….
      But that’s life in the big city.

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    • masercot 9:18 am on January 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I was thinking of ol’ Ben Franklin when I wrote my “In Praise of Older Women” list. I think he also wrote one along those lines…

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    • da-AL 6:52 pm on February 7, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      am loving your wit & wisdom here — would you be so kind as to guest blog post for my site? if you’re so inclined, here’s a link to general guidelines: https://wp.me/p6OZAy-1eQ

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    • mistermuse 10:42 pm on February 7, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I am in process of putting together a new post, which will appear tomorrow. I don’t have time to write another post, but you are more than welcome to use the forthcoming new post for your site (I think the subject matter will appeal to you). You can also use my ABOUT post for bio info.

      I hope this is satisfactory. Thanks again.

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  • mistermuse 2:16 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    SEE YOU LATER, ALLIGATOR (AFTER WHILE, AT YOUR TRIAL) 

    Dear President Trump (in Spanish-speaking countries, aka Presidente Demente),

    As a lover of high-class music and a connoisseur of down-in-the-sewer presidents, I offer for your approbation a selection of appropriate songs for your subjects to remember you by after tomorrow’s adios from the offal office. In plain English, we begin with….

    Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall cry hosanna come noon manana — while your base is battling the….

    So come on, world! Let’s CELEBRATE!

     
    • obbverse 2:32 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A lifetime mute on the trump- now THAT’S music to my ears.

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    • Sheree 3:29 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Very appropriate

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    • calmkate 6:38 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      hold ya horses, he hasn’t actually left yet! I hear he has another 24 hours in office and I’m sure he’ll make maximum impact of that time … 😦

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    • ladysighs 6:57 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Trial! Yea!
      Punishment: Feed him to the ‘gators.

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      • mistermuse 9:53 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Some Repubs are saying we can’t unite the country if we have a trial. I’ve got new for them — the country CAN’T be united, because Trump’s base won’t let it be. You can’t appease Trump any more than you could appease Hitler because the power-hungry take appeasement for weakness.

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    • Rivergirl 9:21 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never looked forward to anything in Washington more. Seeing the tail end of this man isn’t usually a beautiful sight… but it will be tomorrow!
      👍

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    • masercot 10:02 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

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    • Ashley 12:11 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I know, I know! This post is all about Dt’s last days but the really really great thing here was watching and listening to all those kids! Oh, how I wish I had some of their energy! Loved it and have saved it to listen to again when I’m feeling low! Here’s hoping for a good day on Wednesday. We’ll be watching on TV 4pm our time!

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    • magickmermaid 12:47 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great tunes! Goodbye at last!

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      • mistermuse 1:21 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You said it, mm. I hear that the “It’s all about me” President has arranged a 21 gun salute and ‘red carpet goodbye’ to send him on his way tomorrow morning. I hope the TV networks have enough good taste not to televise it.

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        • magickmermaid 1:31 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink

          A 21-gun salute for Mr Bonespur? In which branch of the military did he serve?

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        • mistermuse 1:47 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink

          It wasn’t the Air Force, because he bailed out, and he chickened out of the other military branches…..but he has been of service to the Proud Boys. Does that count? 😉

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    • Don Ostertag 12:54 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I hope we do not see that crocked crocodile later with the sole exceptions of seeing him in courts and cells.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:28 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the kids’ remake of “Celebration.” Just loved the dance moves in the “See You Later Alligator” video clip. Thanks for lifting my spirits 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 4:28 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’m going to whooping it up. It will be such a huge relief! Enjoy!

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      • mistermuse 1:03 am on January 20, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of “whooping it up,” I hear that Trump is thinking of starting a new political party called the PATRIOT PARTY. I could definitely whoop it up for that party.because it would split the GOP into two camps and almost guarantee that the Dems stay in control for years.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 9:51 am on January 20, 2021 Permalink

          I heard that too. Wouldn’t that be wonderful. Go Trump! Yesterday was so emotional. I know I’m going to be weepy today too. We made it.

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    • mistermuse 5:02 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Rosaliene. I was struck by how little different the dancing in Bill Haley’s 1950s rock ‘n roll video was compared to jitterbug dancing in the 1930s-40s swing era. Here’s a sample of the latter:

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    • annieasksyou 5:41 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      If “subjects” includes folks like me,
      Your first selection craters
      ‘Cause there’s no one in this wide world
      I’d less like to see later!!

      And one addition I suggest
      Would really take the prize:
      Select it from the many songs
      Whose titles say “Don’t lie!”

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      • mistermuse 8:32 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Don faniies himself a king,
        Which, like it or not, would
        Make all of us his subjects,
        Though he treats us like objects.
        But after noon tomorrow, we’ll sing
        A song of Don is ‘gone for (no) good’
        And first in line among the usual suspects.

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    • Ricardo 7:48 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I want to kick Trump while he’s down, so I’m hoping for a guilty verdict from the Senate so I can do it after they take away his Secret Service protection.

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      • mistermuse 10:36 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        The Senate trial will be just as much a trial of Senate Republicans as it is of Trump. We don’t need a trial to know who Trump is — we need it to know, once and for all, who each GOP Senator is. My guess is that there will NOT be at least 17 of them who put country and democracy ahead of personal ambition. I hope I’m wrong.

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    • JosieHolford 9:13 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Trials. There will be many.

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    • Elizabeth 6:31 pm on January 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      His departure and Biden’s arrival seems to have had us all looking for the right song. I used “Hello, Goodbye” and enjoyed all the other offerings, both yours and in the comments.

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    • mistermuse 7:11 pm on January 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      On the lighter side, “Hello, Goodbye” reminds me of this from 90 years ago:

      Like

    • Henry Lewis 4:37 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      The kids rendition of “Celebrate!” is truly inspirational!

      Liked by 5 people

    • Kally 12:36 am on January 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Greetings and have a wonderful weekend.

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