Updates from January, 2023 Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • mistermuse 4:06 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply  

    THE STATE OF THINKING 

    thinking cap n. A state in which one thinks, esp. carefully —Webster’s New World Dictionary

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

    I don’t know about your state, but I don’t think the “red” state I live in bothers to do much thinking — or it wouldn’t be a red state. But, GOPolitics aside — and being in a thinking state of mind — I thought I’d do a thinking post today, including quotes about thinking by thinkers whom I think know what they’re thinking about. But first, here’s a thought-full ditty to get you in the mood:

    There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking.Thomas Edison

    Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.George Bernard Shaw

    When all men think alike, no one thinks very much. Walter Lippmann

    Ours is an age which is proud of machines that think, and suspicious of men who try to.Howard Mumford Jones

    There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything, or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.Alfred Korzybski

    When men talk, they seldom stop to think; when women talk, they seldom think to stop.Evan Esar (sorry about that, ladies)

    Men can live without air for a few minutes, without water for about two weeks, without food for about two months — and without a new thought for years on end. Kent Ruth

    Many people have eaten and drunk themselves to death. Many people have played themselves to death. Nobody ever thought himself to death.Gilbert Highet

    For God’s sake, don’t let us think. If we did, there would be an end to society.Lucas Cleeve

    But there will be no end to this post without one more song….

    ….or (on second thought) two….

    Here’s thinking of you, kid.

     
    • Rivergirl 4:12 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to comment, but I feel as if I should think about it first…

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 4:58 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        If you were a Donald Trump supporter, I’d say DON’T STRAIN YOURSELF….but since you have more sense than that, I (like you) will go with the flow, River: πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:41 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent quotes!

      Liked by 1 person

    • JosieHolford 6:44 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Useful collection of quotes.
      Here’s one more:
      β€œThere is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so” – Hamlet.

      And it is so true that most of us find thinking for ourselves just too much trouble. We come across a new situation, problem, or event, and off we run to our favorite go-to person or resource to help us with what to think. We then take that opinion or judgment on as our own without actually thinking it through for ourselves.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 7:13 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        You said it, Josie — that’s how Hitler, Trump, and despots throughout history have been able to attract millions of followers who are either unable, or don’t want, to think for themselves. Reminds me of the Oscar Wilde quote, “I think God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated His ability.”

        Liked by 3 people

        • JosieHolford 8:30 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink

          And all the time said alleged “thinkers” believe they are being thoughtful, aware, and sometimes even counter-cultural.

          Liked by 1 person

    • magickmermaid 7:08 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Love the quotes and the tunes! πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

    • annieasksyou 8:26 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Where do AI CHATbot thinkers fit into all this? Those newest bits are apparently byting writers’ efforts. Bloggers beware! They may push our ROM out of the writers’ rooms.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 10:22 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I have zero experience with Chatbox, but even if it’s not a live human being doing the chatting, a live human being created it, so it’s not infallible (unless it was the Pope). πŸ˜€

        Like

    • obbverse 8:29 pm on January 29, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Just like Republicans; I think not.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 12:33 am on January 30, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        If the Tories in your country are even half as vile as the Republicans in America, I applaud your not thinking like them. πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 12:13 am on January 30, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this collection of excellent quotes.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Don Ostertag 12:06 pm on January 30, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      That post was really a lot of food for thought, Mr. Muse, plus some fine music.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 12:41 pm on January 30, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, Don. The first old song was a new one for me. I knew the other two, but both bear repeated listenings.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Elizabeth 1:50 pm on January 30, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Do you live in a Red State on purpose or did it get more conservative recently? Here in my little town I just saw that only 10% of voters are Republicans. Makes it easier for us.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 3:18 pm on January 30, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I live in the state where I was born and have lived most of my life. Over the years, it has gone from blue to swing to red….which only goes to show that people don’t necessarily grow wiser with the passage of time. πŸ˜‰

        Like

  • mistermuse 7:28 pm on January 25, 2023 Permalink | Reply  

    IT’S CRYIN’ TIME 

    Do you cry easily? Or….ever? I could cry every time I think of what Donald Trump has done to the common good and culture of (t)his country….but that’s a crime an’ shame for another time and another blame. I’ve got better things to cry about in this post….so for cryin’ out loud, let’s get to it:

    I’ve heard it sad that one good cry deserves another, so keep that hanky handy:

    Continuing to go with the flow….

    Well, now that you and I have had a good cry, I

     
    • Geo. Raymond 7:41 pm on January 25, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      The Glen Campbell Good-time Hour was a great show. I remember watching as a kid. A lot of great performances on it. A few can be found on youtube.

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 8:11 pm on January 25, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t know Ray Charles was a guest on Glen’s show until I found it on YouTube. To be honest, I’m a much bigger fan of Ray than of Glen, but they were both great in that duet.

        Liked by 2 people

    • Rivergirl 8:12 pm on January 25, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a crybaby and can weep easily if the topic is right… but Trump? He makes me want to scream not cry.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 8:26 pm on January 25, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I’m a groan man (as proven by my puns), but I cry easily too, because as Claude Rains (in CASABLANCA) accused Humphrey Bogart, I’m “a rank sentimentalist.” As for Trump, he makes me want to scream, but cry for our country.

        Liked by 1 person

    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 9:25 pm on January 25, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with Rivergirl on the trump situation. But what about Roy Orbison / Don McLean’s crying? That’s a good one too.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Rosaliene Bacchus 9:57 pm on January 25, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      All crying-worthy selections, Mister Muse. But a special hug for sharing the gem by Glen Campbell and Ray Charles πŸ™‚

      Liked by 3 people

    • Bruce @ walkingoffthechessboard 12:45 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I think the skies are crying from all the rain we’re getting today. All of these songs listed here are quite cry-worthy. If I were to try and sing any of these, I am sure any audience around me would be crying as well…but not because of the lyrics!😊

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 2:21 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        If I tried to sing any of them, the audience would be laughing….which only goes to show that no matter how bad, there’s always someone less talented than you. πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 2:10 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe if you provide Trump with enough onions he will cry you a river and then you can build him a boat. To somewhere. Like Hades. πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 2:46 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I doubt that Trump is capable of crying for any reason, with the possible exception of being convicted for his crimes, sent to prison, and realizing that his lust for further power and adulation is forever doomed to fail.

        Liked by 1 person

    • obbverse 2:20 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      My ma used to like Johnny (Sobby) Ray, but he took the crying thing too far.

      Liked by 1 person

    • jilldennison 2:44 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I was once proud of the fact that I never … NEVER cried. But now? I cry just reading about another’s pain, I cry when I hear of an animal killed, I cry when I read the news. Sigh. 😿 That said, thanks for the great tunes!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 3:01 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate how you feel. Just the thought that Trump may never pay for what he has done is enough to make me cry.
        Glad you like the songs!

        Liked by 1 person

    • rawgod 2:57 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, mm, but I mentioned my earlier song was my second favourite crying song. So you know I cannot pass up this opportunity to send you a song about a different kind of crying. And, the title is even a pun of sorts:
      Janis Joplin — Cry Baby

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 3:08 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I was just about to turn off my computer and hit the sack when I saw your comment. Will give your link a listen in the (daylight) morning.

        Like

        • mistermuse 4:03 pm on January 26, 2023 Permalink

          Gave “Cry Baby” a listen. It’s a bit overwrought for my taste, but I like it nonetheless.

          Like

    • Sheree 6:46 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      No, not a crybaby

      Liked by 1 person

    • Don Ostertag 11:43 am on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      For crying out loud, you you sure made your point with some favorite songs, Mr. Muse.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 4:11 pm on January 26, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I thought of including another old favorite “cry” song (I CRIED FOR YOU) in this post, but I decided four is enough, and it ended up on the ‘crying room floor.’

        Liked by 1 person

    • 100 Country Trek 11:13 pm on January 28, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Crying caught my attention from these tragedies. Thanks for sharing these tunes
      Anita

      Like

  • mistermuse 2:01 am on January 23, 2023 Permalink | Reply  

    COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME 

    If, like me, you’re a Hollywood Golden Age film aficionado, you recognize the above title as Mae West’s supposed invitation to Cary Grant in a scene from the 1933 movie SHE DONE HIM WRONG. What she actually said in the film was three-words-longer: “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me” — but, since brevity is the soul of hit (songs), who’s counting?

    Speaking of Upcoming songs: on the grounds that one such ditty deserves another, here’s a 1940s low-brow “Music Lovers” version of a “Come” song composed in 1910 (barely seven years after the Wright Brothers first flying machine got off the ground):

    But far be it from me not to end this flight of fancy on a high note:

    And so ends another diversion past where you might have thought this flight was going. Hope you enjoyed the override. If not, refunds will be cheerfully evaded on a first come, first refused basis.

     
  • mistermuse 2:04 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply  

    HISTORY’S MYTH-STORIES….FACT OR FICTION? 

    The only form of fiction in which real characters are not out of place is history.” —Oscar Wilde

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

    Do you have a sense of history sufficient to know (or venture an educated guess) which of the following legendary characters were creatures of myth, and which were actual people?

    1. JOHNNY APPLESEED
    2. PAUL BUNYAN
    3. DRACULA
    4. LADY GODIVA
    5. ROBIN HOOD
    6. CASEY JONES
    7. MERLIN
    8. MONA LISA
    9. WILLIAM TELL

    I would have included myself in the above list, but even though I’m old, I haven’t yet gone down in history; thus, whether or not I’m real is immaterial at this point. So let’s dissect the list to get to the bottom of who’s fictional, and who was flesh and bled:

    1 Johnny Appleseed (real name John Chapman), born 1774 in Massachusrtts, was real, but stories of him randomly spreading apple seeds everywhere weren’t. Actually, he was an itinerant nurseryman/eccentric missionary who set up a profitable business planting seeds and apple trees in parts of five states and Ontario in the early 1800s, supplying frontier folk with the raw material for hard cider (the then-primary use for apples, as the proverb An apple a day keeps the doctor away had not yet taken root).

    2. Paul Bunyan, the legendary lumberjack, is, like Babe, his blue ox, a lot of bull. No doubt there have been a lot of Pauls beset with Bunions, but none are known to have approached his feats.

    3. Dracula, the fictional character created by Bram Stoker, was based on an actual human monster known as Vlad the Impaler, a 15th century warlord and Prince of Wallachia in southeastern Europe, who may have been the inspiration for the term Off with his head later found in works by the likes of William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll. Nonetheless, not a real person.

    4. Lady Godiva was a real person, but the story of her ride naked through the streets of 11th century Coventry is almost certainly a myth. I could go into further detail, but it would be a coverup.

    5. Robin Hood — What can I say about this legend that hasn’t been said in numerous movies, including ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS and ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES? I humbly defer to those sources of merrie-meant.

    6. Casey Jones — John Luther “Casey” Jones, born 1863, was an American railroad worker and locomotive engineer who was killed when his passenger train ran into a stalled freight train in April 1900. For his valiant actions in mitigating what could have been an even more deadly disaster, he was immortalized in the ballad at the end of this post.

    7. Merlin was an Arthurian myth retold and embellished many times over the centuries, one of the later of which portrayed him as a wizard who turned up in the land of Oz (just kidding about Oz, though I suppose anything is possible in the language of legend).

    8. Mona Lisa was Lisa del Giocondo, an Italian noblewoman (Mona translates to “noble” or “aristocratic” in Italian) whose husband commissioned the famous portrait by Leonardo da Vinci in 1503. It has the distinction of being the most parodied portrait in history, as well as winning an Academy Award for best song (and a big hit for singer and merry old soul Nat “King” Cole) in 1950.

    9.William Tell also had a famous composition named for him (the William Tell Overture), but unlike Mona Lisa, he is a total 14th century myth. The story is told of Tell, an expert marksman with the crossbow, being sentenced to shoot an apple off his son’s head under penalty of both being executed if he didn’t comply (but released if he succeeded, which he did with a single shot, becoming a national hero of Switzerland). There is more to Tell, but my time is limited, so I’m going to call it a day.

     
    • Yernasia Quorelios 4:56 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ’œ If it Can be Sensed by Our Six Plus Senses it is “real” EveryOne; take for example Dreams and Hallucinations EveryBody

      …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™..

      Liked by 1 person

    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 5:30 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      An enjoyable quiz. But what I don’t understand is why Ms Godiva went on to make her name in the chocolate business instead of opening a fashion house and helping the emperor with his new clothes. πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 9:36 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting question. According to Wikipedia, Lady Godiva Chocolates was founded in 1926, so she waited nine centuries to go into business. I guess it was just an “after” thought.

        Liked by 1 person

    • rawgod 6:30 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Well, mm, I shall have to remonsteate my history teachers, who taught us the legends of Robin Hood and William Tell were real stories greatly exaggerated (no merry men, no apple)! Everyone 3oee was as you said they were. Again, greatly exaggerated in some cases.

      Like

    • rawgod 6:31 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      3oee translates through secret code to “else.”

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 9:47 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the translation, or “else” I would have been ‘flummoxed’ (apologies to Paul Bunyan, Babe, and you). πŸ˜‰

        Like

    • Rivergirl 8:42 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      No Paul Bunyan? Don’t say that in Bangor, Maine.

      https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/10327

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 10:13 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        The competing Paul Bunyan claim and statue in Minnesota may have a stronger case, but for now, Maine has a bigger claim to fame: the recent Mega Millions lottery winner in Lebanon, Maine. I assume it wasn’t you, but if it was, could you spare a few million to repair my ceiling (I can’t afford it, what with inflation going through the roof)?

        Liked by 1 person

        • Rivergirl 10:57 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink

          Our roof and ceiling need replacing as well so I’m afraid you’d have to get in line if we’d won. But I’ve never bought a lottery ticket in my life so don’t hold your breath…
          πŸ˜‰

          Liked by 1 person

    • luisa zambrotta 8:47 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      An interesting and fascinating article! I thought William Tell really existed πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

    • Don Ostertag 11:45 am on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Wm Tell is a myth! I suppose then the Lone Ranger is to.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 1:42 pm on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        As a kid, I listened to the Lone Ranger regularly on the radio, so he must have been real. Nowadays there are Loan Arrangers, but they don’t interest me…and with that, I’ll stop before I think of more bad puns.

        Liked by 1 person

    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 12:14 pm on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for clarifying these tall tales!

      Liked by 1 person

    • rawgod 3:18 pm on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Johnny Cash loved train wrecks, I guess. And he was a real legend, no doubts there.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 4:40 pm on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely. I’m not a fan of country music in general, but I dig Johnny Cash (both solo and with June Carter Cash).

        Like

    • magickmermaid 6:54 pm on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I also thought William Tell was a true story. Of course, in my world, Merlin is definitely real! πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

    • JosieHolford 11:36 pm on January 15, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      And how about John Henry – that steel-driving man?

      Liked by 1 person

    • jilldennison 1:09 pm on January 16, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Fascinating!!!

      Liked by 1 person

    • selizabryangmailcom 1:29 am on January 17, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, my knee-jerk reaction was William Tell was real and Johnny Appleseed was fake. Completely backwards!
      Interesting…..!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 11:31 am on January 17, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I too ‘got an education’ in researching this post, though I knew Johnny Appleseed was real, and I wasn’t sure about William Tell. I should probably do another post of this kind one of these days.

        Liked by 1 person

    • selizabryangmailcom 5:23 pm on January 18, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, do another one! They’re very informative. And/or jar the memory to wakefulness….which is always good.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Bruce @ walkingoffthechessboard 2:40 pm on January 19, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful list, although I’d like to think all of them were real. I don’t know what that says about me. 😁

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 4:44 pm on January 19, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise, except for Dracula — I wouldn’t wish him on any body, except maybe the Headless Horseman, who had nothing left but his body (which probably made it hard to see where he was going). πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

    • Bruce @ walkingoffthechessboard 1:54 am on January 20, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I can almost hear his head singing, “I…ain’t got no body.”πŸ˜€

      Liked by 1 person

    • D. Wallace Peach 12:05 pm on January 22, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      That was super fun, Mr. M. I knew most of them (or guessed well) but wasn’t familiar with the story of Casey Jones. I’m so glad you shared the ballad. That was perfect. Thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Petruska 1:27 pm on January 22, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I got them all right but William Tell. Sad to hear Lady Godiva didn’t actually ride naked, though!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 3:05 pm on January 22, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Me too –especially since I am only an ocean away and eleven centuries past witnessing her ride.

        Like

  • mistermuse 5:20 pm on January 10, 2023 Permalink | Reply  

    HARK THE HAROLD ANGELS SWING 

    A month and five days from today, how fitting it would be if we were off to sing the praises of the wonderful wizard of song, Harold Arlen (born Feb. 15, 1905). I bring this up now because he is/was the answer to my question (“witch” no one was able to answer) at the end of my last post (Jan. 1). My fault: my clues obviously weren’t enough to ring a bell with readers who aren’t into the music of the 1930s-40s, when Arlen (born Hyman Arluck) was among the top composers of “The Great American Songbook”:

    https://www.npr.org/2015/11/07/455017504/remembering-harold-arlen-the-mystery-man-behind-over-the-rainbow .

    I daresay that if I tried to include clips in this post of all the Harold Arlen songs I love, I might be here….

    You gotta love those lyrics by lyricist Ted Koehler, who combined with composer Arlen to write many hit songs in the first half of the 1930s. Later, Arlen collaborated with other great lyricists like Johnny Mercer in the 1940s on such standards as this oldie:

    Back to Arlen-Koehler classics, this one from one of their Harlem Cotton Club collaborations:

    Speak of The Devil, it behooves me to be content to make no more than a dent in this post of great Arlen tunes to choose from — but there are so many, I’m having a devil of a time refraining from posting more than three. So, I’m going to make a deal with the devil: I’ll settle for three for now, and make this celebration a two part-er, with three more songs to follow on Arlen’s actual birthday on Feb. 15 (under the post title OZ WELL THAT ENDS WELL) bringing the grand total to six songs IN TOTO.

    In the interim, just to keep you from missing me too doggone much over the next 35 days (as if you could be that lucky), I’ll fill in with an undetermined number (or thereabouts) of indeterminate posts. I thank you.

     
    • Rivergirl 7:04 pm on January 10, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I would have loved to visit the Cotton Club in its heyday…

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 7:32 pm on January 10, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Likewise. What a scene and time that must have been!

      Like

    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 11:28 pm on January 10, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      So much fun Love Louis Prima πŸ€£πŸ˜ŽπŸ™ƒ

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 11:42 pm on January 10, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        He and Keely made a great entertainment team, but if I recall correctly, their marriage didn’t fare as well and ended in divorce. Still, they made a lot of us happy while it lasted!

        Liked by 1 person

    • Jack Shalom 10:38 am on January 11, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Stormy Weather, Blues in the Night, Get Happy, One for my Baby, It’s Only A Paper Moon, Lydia the Tattooed Lady, The Man That Got Away…Gosh there are just so many great ones he wrote, but I think it’s true that other than the Wizard of Oz, he is overlooked as the composer of so many “standards.”

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 1:38 pm on January 11, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely. Even many of his songs that weren’t big hits are “standards” in my book (like the first song above, AS LONG AS I LIVE). I must remember to include at least one more “hidden gem” in my next Arlen post on Feb. 15.

        Like

    • magickmermaid 6:37 pm on January 11, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! Love the songs!

      Liked by 1 person

    • 100 Country Trek 10:55 pm on January 11, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      These musicians caught my attention..
      Thanks Anita

      Liked by 1 person

  • mistermuse 3:05 am on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply  

    A PENNY FOR YORE THOUGHTS…. 

    ….or, I could have gone with a more prosaic title: A PENNY FOR THOUGHTS OF YORE. Either way, my penny-wise-and-pound-foolish friends, I propose to start the New Year with some ancient wisdom….keeping in mind the axiom that “Those that fail to learn from [even ancient] history are doomed to repeat it.” –Winston Churchill (by way of George Santayana). Or, put another way, those who fail to formulate future foresight from foregone experience may find their penny-wise and pound-foolish fate forever firmly fixed.

    Ere I forget: before posting yore thoughts, I would be remiss if I neglected to offer you the posted title’s proffered penny. It’s yours for a song:

    Now let us turn to the wisdom of my fellow ancients, whom I have long outlived time-wise, but for some penny-dreadful reason, am doomed not to outlive, immortality-wise. Why, heaven only knows, as I, too, am a wise guy….so, to counter this injustice, I’ll follow each of their thoughts of yore with a thought of my own, and, like pennies from heaven, let the chits fall where they may.

    PLATO:Philosophy begins in wonder.” (and ends in no end of loose ends)

    If anyone at all is to have the privilege of lying, the rulers of the state should be such persons.” (Who knew Trump read Plato?)

    ARISTOTLE:Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think, as others are of what they know.” (I think, therefore I know?)

    CONFUCIUS:If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.” (Unless you are Trump, then you are in the wrong country (if not planet)

    AUGUSTINE:The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.” (Now that’s a novel idea….though I suspect Augustine had in mind a more encylopedic tract — World Book, perchance?)

    MACHIAVELLI: It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.” (It is better you speak for yourself, if you ask me.)

    I think I’ll close with a (Red) Nichols worth of pennies — one for each of the five wise men quoted above. Keep a penny for your thoughts, and spend the rest wisely — you never know when your ass(ets) may not be worth a plug nickel.

    P.S. If I only had a brain, I’d quit while I’m ahead….but I got a brainstorm: This could be ARlucky (or at least, YOURlucky) day that is, if you can identify the vocalist in the above clip. Your prize, if you know the answer, will be the satisfaction of realizing that, in the end, you’re a genius….and, of course, it goes without singing that Oz well that ends well.

     
    • luisa zambrotta 8:17 am on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Wish you happiness and hope πŸ’

      Liked by 1 person

    • Rivergirl 8:33 am on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Anytime someone mentions pennies I hum Pennies From Heaven in my head. Can’t help it. Happens every time.
      πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 10:40 am on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Catherine Haustein 12:50 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      But Machiavelli, fear is easy. Love is difficult.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Geo. Raymond 2:58 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      HAPPY NEW Y’AR, MM!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 5:13 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. “Y’AR” comment offers an opportunity to spotlight the clues to the identity of the vocalist in the P.S. beneath the post’s last clip (inasmuch as apparently, no one has figured it out — admittedly, unless you are really into the “Golden Age of popular music,” even these clues probably won’t help).

        First of all, ARlucky (minus the “y”) is the vocalist’s birth name, which closely resembles the name by which he is known.
        Second, “Oz” is in the title of the movie for which he composed the songs (including the song “If I Only Had a Brain”).

        With that info, I can think of at least one of my followers who I’m sure knows who I’m talking about.

        Like

    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:59 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Couldn’t help laughing out loud at the Confucius quote and your personal take πŸ˜€ Was that a Michael Jackson move I saw in the “Pennies from Heaven” video clip?

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 5:25 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t say for sure, Rosaliene, but I doubt it. because the movie is set in the 1930s, and the movie’s title song (and indeed all the movie’s songs) are from that depression era. The film is a stylistically bittersweet reflection of those times, and very faithful to them.

        Liked by 1 person

    • obbverse 5:07 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      A happy new year. Perhaps this year the debt collectors might turn up at a certain golf course in Florida and demand more than a penny in back dues too!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 5:36 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        I’d rather see a warrant for Trump’s arrest for treason show up at Trump’s Florida digs, but anything that gives him grief is warranted, IMHO.

        Liked by 1 person

    • obbverse 5:44 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. All the ego and money in the world, yet on a personal level, worthless.

      Liked by 1 person

    • magickmermaid 5:52 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      “Those who fail to formulate future foresight from foregone experience may find their penny-wise and pound-foolish fate forever firmly fixed.” Priceless alliteration and advice! Love the tunes! Wishing you and your family Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 8:18 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, mm. I re-composed that line about half-a-dozen times before settling for the final version well after midnight. I’d probably still be re-writing it if I could have kept mu eyes open any longer.

      Happy New Year to you too!

      Liked by 1 person

    • 100 Country Trek 11:20 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Have a wonderful New Year. But this made me smile. Anita

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 11:45 pm on January 1, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Likewise. I hope the new year brings you lots more to smile about.

      Like

    • D. Wallace Peach 10:38 am on January 3, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      A fun post, Mr. M. But those quotes! Some truth in there and lots of Trump! I guess his personality type has been around a long time. Happy New Year!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 4:32 pm on January 3, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana — it was a fun post to write (especially coming up with my parenthetical take on each of the quotes). As for Trump, he’s an abomination whose political domination is undergoing deflation, and from whom the nation needs a vacation. Enough said (for now).

        Liked by 1 person

    • walkingoffthechessboard 1:36 pm on January 5, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Nice to see some Pennies From Heaven love here. MM, all the best for you and yours in 2023! Bruce (aka WOTC)

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 1:52 pm on January 5, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      Many thanks, and be careful — it’s a crazy world out there once you step off the chessboard. πŸ˜€

      Like

    • selizabryangmailcom 4:37 pm on January 7, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      I had to see for myself if the dancer was doing some misappropriated Michael Jackson moves in the Pennies from Heaven clip, lol. But no, they were all very unique movies. Then I had to look the dancer up, ’cause he was amazing. What an interesting guy. THEN I had to see the Christopher Walken dancing clip, too, because I began to feel nostalgic, haha….
      Nice way to start the year, with some music and dancing.
      2023…let’s see some magic!

      Liked by 1 person

      • selizabryangmailcom 4:40 pm on January 7, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        And of course, I meant “moves” not movies.
        I’ve been seeing a TON of typos in everything I do lately. Even, maddeningly, in a query letter I sent out recently to a prospective publisher. Ugggggghhhhhhh…………

        Liked by 1 person

        • mistermuse 6:31 pm on January 7, 2023 Permalink

          I know the feeling — but I have an excuse for my typos: I’m old and decrepit, whereas you’re young and in disgustingly good health (at least in your dreams, right?) πŸ™‚

          Liked by 1 person

    • selizabryangmailcom 2:15 am on January 8, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      No dreams here, lol ! So I have the same excuse as you, haha. πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  • mistermuse 7:52 pm on December 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    CELEBRITY RESOLUTIONS 

    Taking up where my last post (CELEBRITY CRAZY) left off, this post will feature NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS of the heinous and famous, fabricated by me on their behalf. Knowing how they thrive on attention, I’m confident that my chosen celebs will appreciate such puffery on their behalfery when they see that their resolutions will be read and admired by my VAST audience, thus making them even more famous. After all — like Frenchmen, fifty million followers can’t be wrong (fifty million and one, if you count my Dutch uncle).

    Before making with the resolutions, how about a little transition music to take us sanelessly from the previous post into this one:

    “I will overturn the stolen 2020 election in 2023, or my middle name isn’t KING JOHN ” –Donald J. Trump

    “I will prosecute Donald J. Trump in 2023, or my game isn’t….what’s-his-name….Jack Smith.” –Merrick Garland

    “I will change my name back to Kanye West in 2023 or Ye may see me pee in my PJ’s.” –Ye (To pee or not to pee, that is the ?)

    “In order to advance women’s right to be just as obnoxious and unhinged as our male GOP counterparts, we resolve to be even more so in 2023 than in 2022.” –Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Kari Lake

    “I will take Ukraine in 2023 if I have to bomb it back into the dark ages.” –Vladimir Putin (Ye and who’s army?)

    SO ENDS MY FINAL 2022 POST. HAPPY 2023!

     
    • Rivergirl 8:54 pm on December 26, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s to another great blogging year!
      πŸ˜€

      Liked by 2 people

    • jilldennison 4:11 am on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Makes my own resolution, to try to be just a little less grumpy, seem petty by comparison! Good fun … keep up the good work throughout the new year, my friend!

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 9:49 am on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Even a little less Grumpy than one of the seven dwarfs would make you a very small person…. so, when it comes to standing up to the GOP and the powers that would-be, keep up the good grumpy work, Jill! πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

    • obbverse 5:25 am on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Another crazy year has come and gone, MM. Passing thought for the year; There are none so dumbly blind as they who see conspiracy.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 9:59 am on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Crazy people, indeed….
        Just what we don’t need,
        But will keep getting us in a mess.
        How sad. Happy New Year nonetheless.
        πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

    • masercot 11:54 am on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Have a happy New Year. I was going to ask if you had any experience with Joan Blondell or any stories you knew about. Oddly enough, I prefer the more mature Blondell from Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter and Desk Set…

      Liked by 2 people

    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:07 pm on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy 2023 to you, too, MisterMuse!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Mark Petruska 5:43 pm on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve often wondered, is (Kan)Ye pronounced “Yee” or “Yay”? I’m assuming the former, because he isn’t exactly Mr. Popular lighting up rooms when he walks in nowadays!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 6:11 pm on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t so much wonder about the pronunciation, as the reason for the name change in the first place (not that I care enough to pursue the matter, though I assume ego is involved). No doubt he still has millions of followers, which reflects today’s culture and is of far greater concern than one man’s self-importance.

        Liked by 1 person

    • mlrover 1:31 pm on December 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The Boswell ladies make it sound so easy when it takes so much work to be that good. Happy and blessed New Year to all.

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 3:25 pm on December 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The Boswells were from New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, so their ‘jazz sense’ was inborn, and what seems like hard work came naturally to them (though they undoubtedly worked at their vocalizations until they got the result they wanted).

      Thank you for the Happy New Year wishes….and speaking of work, I invite you to ‘stay tuned’ for the New Year’s Day post I’m already working on.

      Liked by 1 person

    • calmkate 5:56 pm on January 10, 2023 Permalink | Reply

      all the best for 2023 MrM … your blog is a great outlet for wit sarcasm and truisms πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 6:28 pm on January 10, 2023 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kate. The older I get, the more cynical I get — thus the sarcasm. So you can blame either me growing older, or the world growing ‘colder’ (or both). πŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

  • mistermuse 11:48 am on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    CELEBRITY CRAZY 

    “In the past if someone was famous or notorious, it was for somethingas a writer or an actor or a criminal, for some talent or distinction or abomination. Today one is famous for being famous.” –Malcolm Muggeridge (1967)

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

    Much has changed in our culture since 1967, but without a doubt, the above quote is even more true in recent years than it was 55 years ago. Now we not only have celebrities famous for being famous, but celebrity TV shows famous for being celebrity TV shows — like CELEBRITY LEGO MASTERS, CELEBRITY IOU, and (for the more discriminating viewer) CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP. No doubt coming soon (or maybe already here, for all I know), we can expect to see sophomoric class acts along the lines of CELEBRITY TRUMP LOVERS, CELEBRITY ELECTION DENIERS and CELEBRITY FRUITCAKES.

    I can also envision large potential audiences for such sure-fire winners as CELEBRITY ARSONISTS and CELEBRITY IDIOTS….speaking of which (despite Donald Trump having fired CELEBRITY APPRENTICE), he apparently plans to re-run for CELEBRITY PRESIDENT. No doubt, CELEBRITY OATH KEEPERS and CELEBRITY PROUD BOYS are also waiting in the wings. Can CELEBRITY ASSHOLES be far behind?

    Yes, friends, America has long been celebrity crazy, but manifestly now so more so than ever. Why is this so? Who is to blame?

    OK, if we can’t blame an individual, is it the class of Americans who largely determine and dominate our pop culture?

    I leave it to you to decide

    P.S. The first clip inexplicably popped up twice and I don’t know how to delete the duplicate (below), so simply disregard it.

     
    • Ashley 11:57 am on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I BLAME THE CELEBRITIES and the owners of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram….et al. They sold the world a poisonous pen and take no responsibility for the outcome except the profit.
      PS. What’s this I hear about not using words like “American”?

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 1:31 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I haven’t heard about not using the word “American,” and I wonder who’s and what’s behind it. I doubt that it’s Native Americans, because I understand that they don’t want to be called Indians.

        Liked by 2 people

      • JosieHolford 9:10 pm on December 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds a bit like one of those faux outrages like the so-called “war on Christmas”.

        That said it is true that American academia seems just as capable of promoting dangerous nonsense as Fox “News” these last few years. It’s just that faux academics warp it up in impenetrable prose and reduce everything to something simple like oppressed/ oppressor.

        Liked by 1 person

        • mistermuse 12:53 am on December 25, 2022 Permalink

          I agree. Academia’s “ivory tower” thinking may be a clichΓ©, but (to paraphrase another clichΓ©) if the tower fits, wear it.

          Liked by 1 person

    • Don Ostertag 12:06 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      It is a big turn-off for me when I the title Celebrity. I read no more of the article.,

      Liked by 1 person

    • rawgod 12:29 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Tap the video box once. A red line should appear around it, with tiny circles at the midpoints of each line. Then hit DELETE. At least, this worked for me yesterday. Good luck.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 1:44 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate the Tap tip. Unfortunately, a red line didn’t appear when I tapped the video box, and since it’s no big deal, I’m just going to let it go (not that I have the tech know-how to do anything about it even if I wanted to). Thanks again.

        Like

        • rawgod 4:38 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink

          Just a thought, did you have the page on Edit? I did the tap before I published the post when I put the same photo on twice, so I wasn’t thinking about editting when I deleted it. I just tried it, and it worked.

          Liked by 1 person

        • mistermuse 8:23 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink

          Thank you again, but I still can’t get it to work, and I don’t want to ‘push it’, as I might delete the whole post out of technological ignorance.

          Liked by 1 person

    • equipsblog 12:33 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Good riff, Mistermuse. The Kardashians and Paris Hilton come to mind as well as the Trump family.

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 1:56 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Excellent examples of the “famous for being famous” syndrome….but they wouldn’t be famous if millions of (mostly) young people didn’t have anything better to do with their time than make them famous. I suppose I shouldn’t judge young people too harshly, because there’s nothing that can be done about immaturity except grow out of it….but unfortunately, it seems many of them never do.

        Liked by 3 people

    • equipsblog 2:37 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Some doni even outgrow bring an emotional toddler. Tantrums RUs.

      Liked by 2 people

    • magickmermaid 5:54 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      No doubt Celebrity Morons will be vying for ratings along with all the other new shows you mentioned. πŸ˜€

      Liked by 2 people

    • mistermuse 8:11 pm on December 23, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      No doubt there is no shortage of would-be candidates for such a show, and the ratings would be higher than their IQ. πŸ˜‰

      Liked by 1 person

    • 100 Country Trek 8:35 am on December 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      It is difficult to Blame these Celebrities..They all are very talented.
      I found your Blog and let’s follow each other. Thanks for sharing this Anita

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 12:00 pm on December 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comment. Any difference of opinion is probably generational and philosophical. I’m an old codger who isn’t impressed by all the flash, noise, and pyrotechnics surrounding today’s performances, rather than denying the celebs “all are very talented.” We all have talent of one kind or another, but if it’s ‘drowned out’ and overshadowed by how it’s presented, that’s a turn-off for me.

        P.S. I took a look at your blog, “Like” your most recent post, and clicked “Follow” (thanks for the ‘invite’).

        Liked by 1 person

    • 100 Country Trek 12:50 pm on December 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks so much. So happy to follow each other. And I love your writing. Thanks Anita

      Liked by 1 person

    • JosieHolford 9:05 pm on December 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Fantastic entertaining stuff. As always.
      It did bring to mind this video about the destructive force of “influence” “celebrities” who turn into the monsters/ creatures their audience demands them to be.

      But on to the festive season!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 1:49 am on December 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the extremely interesting video. If it could be ‘nutshelled’ in a few of its own words, the “rampant appetite for attention” pretty much says it all. We all appreciate having our talent or creativity recognized, but if it’s at the expense of “To thine own self be true,” we sell our soul to the devil of fame at any cost. How very sad.

        Happy “festive season!”

        Like

    • Ricardo 5:45 pm on December 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

    • selizabryangmailcom 5:32 pm on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve long espoused that the fall of society in the US (in earnest)began with reality TV, in my opinion! I think there’s a difference between the old-timey definition of celebrity and this new mutated thing that has to do with strangers coming out of nowhere who actually know nothing and do nothing except exist, lol. Everyone wants to leave their mark on the world in some way, right? But all these new people seem to need attention and worship while they do it–whatever that is!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 6:23 pm on December 27, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I think you pretty much nailed it, young lady (younger than me, at any rate — but then, who isn’t?)! πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

        • selizabryangmailcom 11:02 pm on December 27, 2022 Permalink

          Haha. Thank you! And that’s the way I’ve been feeling lately, especially at work. When did I get older than everyone who works there except a handful of people?! Eeeesh, lol

          Liked by 1 person

    • Carmen 9:06 am on December 31, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I consider most of my blogging buddies famous, by the way. At least, my kind of famous. So here’s to ya! Happy New Year!

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 10:48 am on December 31, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you on that score
        And couldn’t ask for more
        Because it pleases me no end
        To be famous to such a friend.

        All the best in 2023, Carmen! πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

  • mistermuse 5:16 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    OWL SAY 

    A wise old owl sat in an oak,
    The more he heard, the less he spoke;
    The less he spoke, the more he heard;
    Why aren’t we all be like that wise old bird?

    This wise old nursery rhyme poses a question which most humans, being social animals, might say is anti-ethical — make that antithetical — to their nature. Be that as it may, it’s in my nature as a wise guy to wink and sigh and blink an eye at human foibles, because I give a hoot:

    As the above New Owleans jazz classic shows, music can be instrumental in the instancing of ‘no or less is more’ (words, that is). I consider myself a man of few words, but that’s not to say I’m adverse to poems and quotes in delight of a wise old owl’s insight.

    “Revolutions are not made by men in spectacles.” –Owliver Wendell Holmes

    There was an Old Man with an owl / Who continued to bother and howl / He sat on a rail / And imbibed bitter ale / Which refreshed that Old Man and his owl. –Edward Lear

    “No man goes further than the man who doesn’t know where he is going.” –Owliver Cromwell

    “That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.” –Owliver Hardy (to Stan Laurel)

    Mused the owl roosting on a pine tree shoot / My Colleagues think I’m not very astute / But I wisely perch in pines / Not on hot transmission lines / If they singe their butts, I don’t give a hoot! –Robert L. Hinshaw

    “Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.” –Owliver Herford

    A scholarly old owl in a tree sat high / Calling out to all, Is any wiser than I? / He’d read his book / From his overlook / Whoo whoo ha hoo, was his airy cry. –Tom Wright

    “Please, sir, I want some more,” –from Owliver Twist, by Charles Dickens

    Sorry, Owliver, but that’s all there is. Merry Christmas to owl, and to owl a good night.

     
    • Rivergirl 5:24 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I have never imbibed ale with an owl, but now I really want to.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 6:08 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I was going to say I never imbibed beer with a deer, however I’ve imbibed beer with a dear wife. Sorry about that, but it behooves me to make bad puns whenever I can (or bottle).

        Liked by 1 person

    • equipsblog 5:27 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wahoos are a fish that can drink its weight in be alcohol. It’s also the nickname for the Virginia Cavaliers.
      Wahoo are you? Who who who who?

      Liked by 1 person

    • magickmermaid 5:28 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Owl bet owls everywhere are dancing to that tune! πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 6:20 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Barn owls already know how to barn dance, so they can probably dance to jazz without missing a beat!

        Liked by 1 person

    • The Coastal Crone 5:32 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Some good quotes in there!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Catherine Haustein 6:34 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Owl say–that was enjoyable.

      Liked by 1 person

    • obbverse 7:59 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      A nice night flight of fantasy, MM.

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 9:06 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, obbv.

        Owls on the wing at night
        Must be a fantastic sight —
        Though I can’t attest with precision
        Because I don’t have night vision.

        Liked by 1 person

    • walkingoffthechessboard 10:29 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      At our prior residence, we had an owl who lived in a large tree on our property. It did its owl thing, and we did our human thing. It didn’t give a hoot about us, but we loved seeing it. Great music selection for owl of us to listen to!

      Like

    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 10:33 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      For us night pilots, owls rock.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 11:08 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Where you live, they must be snowy owls. This time of year, they’re probably grooving to JINGLE BELL ROCK!

        Liked by 1 person

        • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 1:33 am on December 15, 2022 Permalink

          Hahaha! Nicely done. Where I live, it’s much more temperate. No snowy owls. But I work in the subarctic where snowy owls (and pilots) rule!

          Liked by 1 person

    • Yernasia Quorelios 11:12 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ’œ Why do words speak louder than actions EveryOne, AnyOne; as ever embarrassed silence Everybody πŸ€” ?

      nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🀭🀫🀐

      http://www.ericberne.com

      …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

      Liked by 1 person

    • Yernasia Quorelios 11:53 pm on December 14, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ’œ Personally EveryOne I talk more; others don’t like it, that’s their problem EveryBody

      nisi mortuus nec neque nolite vicit 🀭🀫🀐
      …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

      Liked by 1 person

    • D. Wallace Peach 1:23 pm on December 16, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ™‚ Thanks for the fun, Mr. M. Enjoy your holidays! “Happy Christmas to owl, and to owl a good night.”

      Liked by 1 person

    • annieasksyou 6:12 pm on December 16, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      While sitting on my comfy couch,
      Reading these puns, I whisper “Owlch!)
      So bad, they’re good–and so I send
      Cheers to both you and your tree-based friend.

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 8:05 pm on December 16, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Annie, I thank you for your backing,
        However I think this post be lacking
        Many puns of my own making
        In this hOWLish undertaking….
        Though I wish I could take credit for
        The nursery rhyme that’s at the fore.

        Like

    • Silver Screenings 4:16 pm on December 17, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I love that you included Laurel & Hardy, but that you also included Edward Lear! He doesn’t get a lot of love or attention these days, does he? It’s only natural he should appear here, on your site, because you curate the unexpected.

      And: Loved “The Owl’s Hoot”. I don’t listen to nearly enough New Orleans jazz.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 8:11 pm on December 17, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, SS! I also love “The Owl’s Hoot.” I hadn’t heard it before, though I’m a bog fan of New Orleans jazz. I expect to listen to it several more times before moving on to my next post.

        Like

  • mistermuse 2:25 am on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE MAN WHO…. 

    Who knows when or where an idea for a new post will come from? The other day, after watching a movie on TCM, I was about to turn off the TV when a trailer appeared for a coming film titled RIDE, VAQUERO! (1953). The trailer included a scene in which one character speaks of another as “a man who cannot live without power.” My immediate reaction: HOW PERFECTLY THAT MAN DESCRIBES DONALD TRUMP. Then I started to think about how many old movie titles begin with the words THE MAN WHO….and this post began to begin.

    One such film is THE MAN WHO BROKE THE BANK AT MONTE CAROL (1935), which film critic Leonard Maltin sums up as “translating a famous [19th century British music hall] title song into the story of a man who calculates to clean out the treasury of a Riviera gambling establishment.” As you see below, the song was evidently of a piece with “James Joyce’s Musical Dublin”:

    A list of “The Man Who….” films is probably too long for those who have no particular interest in such things, but here is a representative sampling:

    THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER (1941)
    THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF (1950)
    THE MAN WHO COULD WORK MIRACLES (1936)
    THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1934 & 1956 Hitchcock remake)
    THE MAN WHO TALKED TOO MUCH (1940) (maybe the same MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH, thus the 1956 revival?)
    THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928) (but no one heard him — this adaptation of a Victor Hugo novel was a silent film)

    THE MAN WHO LIVED AGAIN (original British title THE MAN WHO CHANGED HIS MIND) (1936)
    THE MAN WHO PLAYED GOD (1932) (another description redolent of Donald Trump)
    THE MAN WHO RECLAIMED HIS HEAD (1934)
    THE MAN WHO UNDERSTOOD WOMEN (1959) (now that’s a fictional character if ever there was one)
    THE MAN WITH MY FACE (1951) (poor guy!)
    THE MAN WITH TWO FACES (1934) (a film wherein an actor plays an actor; you thought it was about a politician, didn’t you?)

    We close with THE MAN WHO COMES AROUND, a title they never got around to making a film of, but seriously, who could base a film on such a sophisticated song?

     
    • Rivergirl 8:57 am on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      We just watched The Man Who Came To Dinner with Monty Woolley and Bette Davis the other day. Love that one!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 9:47 am on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I do too! I also love Hitchcock’s original 1934 THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH. He should have left well enough alone — his 1956 remake isn’t nearly as good, IMHO.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Don Ostertag 10:57 am on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Nice list, Mr Muse. You da man!

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 11:42 am on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. You too (if for no other reason than your last name isn’t Trump)! πŸ˜€

        Like

    • walkingoffthechessboard 1:29 pm on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Good list. Don stole my “you da man!” so I won’t repeat that here. U da man!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Janet McKee 2:48 pm on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Janet's Thread 2.

      Liked by 1 person

    • obbverse 4:12 pm on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      There’s also ‘The Man Who Would Be King’- its old enough now, having come out in ’75- where a blond con man (Michael Caine) fools enough of the deluded people enough of the time into thinking he is a God. Luckily for him and his fellow con artist Sean Connery it ends in their/his bloody comeuppance. Let’s hope life can follow art and Trump the previous story.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 5:07 pm on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        My sentiments exactly. I think Trump’s con job and delaying tactics are finally failing, and the time is coming for him to pay the piper. Better late than never, as they say.

        Liked by 2 people

    • magickmermaid 7:06 pm on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with your assessment of The Man Who Understood Women. πŸ™‚ I have the seen The Man Who Came to Dinner a few times.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 11:45 pm on December 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I’ve been married for 54 years and still don’t understand women….which makes me wonder if THE MAN WHO RECLAIMED HIS HEAD was able to do so because he got divorced. πŸ˜€

        Liked by 2 people

    • masercot 12:06 pm on December 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’m partial to The Man Who Knew Too Little. I thought the premise was impossible but Bill Murray charisma’d his way through it.

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 12:32 pm on December 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I haven’t seen that one — actually, I’ve seen hardly any movies made in the last 30+ years — but film critic Leonard Maltin shares your opinion. For me, any movie Bill Murray was in after GROUNDHOG DAY would probably suffer in comparison.

        Liked by 2 people

    • snakesinthegrass2014 2:21 pm on December 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, you’re right. There *are* a lot of those movies that have been made. Another one is “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.”

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 3:48 pm on December 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I haven’t seen many of “The Man Who” movies, but that’s one of them. It’s a good movie, but I didn’t list it because I only included pre-1960 films. All told, there are more “The Man Who” films I didn’t list than I did list.

        Liked by 1 person

        • snakesinthegrass2014 3:55 pm on December 10, 2022 Permalink

          I’m embarrassed to admit that it wasn’t the movie that reminded me, but the James Taylor version of the song from the movie. 🀣

          Liked by 1 person

    • jilldennison 11:01 pm on December 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wow … who knew??? Like you, the first person that comes to mind when I hear “The Man Who Cannot Live Without Power” would be the former guy. I’ve seen only a couple of those movies, heard of a few more, but most are news to me!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 11:42 pm on December 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Most were news to me too, but several sound very intriguing, like THE MAN WHO RECLAIMED HIS HEAD and THE MAN WHO UNDERSTOOD WOMEN… . though a more accurate title for the latter probably would’ve been THE DELUDED MAN WHO THOUGHT HE UNDERSTOOD WOMEN. πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

    • selizabryangmailcom 4:42 pm on December 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, man! What a list, lol !!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 7:35 pm on December 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Oddly enough, I could find only one “woman who” movie: THE WOMAN WHO CAME BACK (1945), about a woman who is convinced she received a witch’s curse from an ancient ancestor. Oh, woman, what can I say! πŸ˜€

        Liked by 1 person

c
Compose new post
j
Next post/Next comment
k
Previous post/Previous comment
r
Reply
e
Edit
o
Show/Hide comments
t
Go to top
l
Go to login
h
Show/Hide help
shift + esc
Cancel