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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: all or nothing, Anything Goes, , , , , liar, mad, , , , , , William Barr,   


    Seeing as how July 26 is ALL OR NOTHING DAY, I realized ALL OR NOTHING is as good a subject as any to post about today. A good thing too, as the only thing that had come to mind was nothing, otherwise this post might be about something, which at this point is something I want nothing to do with, as a post about something would be worth nothing unless nothing is the something I want to post something about nothing about.

    Speaking of ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, I subsequently came upon a dissertation by one Farouk Radwan, MSc, about all-or-nothing thinking, which may explain one way why The King of Self-Trumpeting Liars, Donald Trump, is the way he is. Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, this may be more than you want to know (and certainly more than Trump knows, or would admit if he DID know), but I can stand it if you can:

    “Narcissism is one of the causes of the all or nothing way of thinking. Being a narcissist either devalues people and considers them worthless, or thinks highly of them” [like how The Donald devalues Robert Mueller but thinks highly of his no-bargain Attorney General, William Barr?].

    Anyway — after much ado about nothing — I close with the Trump badministration’s theme song*:

    *composed in the year 1934 B.T. (Before Trump) by Cole Porter, including these oh-so-apt-today lyrics:

    The world has gone mad today
    And good’s bad today
    And black’s white today
    And day’s night today

    So ANYTHING GOES, but TRUMP STAYS? That can’t be good, or my name is Cole Porter.



    • calmkate 5:01 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      nailed it … reminds me of the Abbot and Costello argument about Who’s on third base …

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      • mistermuse 10:04 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kate. For the benefit of those Who Do not know What You are referring to:

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        • Ashley 7:44 am on August 21, 2019 Permalink

          Brilliant! The Who , What and Why of Life! My day is complete!

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    • Rivergirl 7:48 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      And now England has their own Donald. What the hell is happening ?

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      • mistermuse 10:09 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        “THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD TODAY” indeed (MAD because a lot of people are mad, but not for the right reason).

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      • Ashley 7:48 am on August 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hope you’re not refering to B.J. He’s nothing like D.T.

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        • mistermuse 12:50 pm on August 21, 2019 Permalink

          I assume you’re responding to Rivergirl’s comment. I don’t know enough about Boris Johnson to compare him to Donald Trump.

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    • scifihammy 9:14 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      hahaha You are very amusing! 😀

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      • mistermuse 10:14 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That reminds me of this lyric (from the Noel Coward song IF LOVE WERE ALL):

        But I believe that since my life began
        The most I’ve had is just
        A talent to amuse.

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    • arekhill1 12:46 pm on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

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    • America On Coffee 6:09 am on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Songs were so humble in lyrics and expressions. Sinatra looks good. He will always be a classic. I wonder why I would often confuse the Sinatras as Fondas and the Fondas as Sinatras? Hmmm..

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      • mistermuse 11:59 am on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I assume you’re referring to Frank Sinatra and Henry Fonda and their daughters Nancy and Jane. Regarding the first two. I’m ‘admirer’ of Sinatra as a singer, but fonder of Fonda as an actor. As to their daughters, I fancy Frank’s Nancy, but Jane was a pain to Henry (though they reconciled late in Henry’s life).
        Speaking of Nancy….

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    • Elizabeth 4:42 pm on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The post where the man parodies Trump ala H.M.S, Pinafore was the best comeback to Trump madness I have ever seen.

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      • mistermuse 5:40 pm on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely agree, Elizabeth. As I replied to arekhill1 (Ricardo), who posted the comment containing that clip, it made my day. One of my readers (mirover) commented in a previous post that she is a big fan of “the man who parodies Trump” (Randy Rainbow), so I hope she ‘tunes in’ and sees the clip.

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      • literaryeyes 12:28 am on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hadn’t heard of him either. His videos are spot on!

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    • moorezart 8:44 pm on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 10:14 pm on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        mistermuse: “Thank you.”
        moorezart: “THINK NOTHING OF IT”
        mistermuse: “Hey, that’s my line!”


    • mlrover 10:56 am on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This is one of Randy’s that I hadn’t seen yet. I first heard of him from a NPR interview. Randy does his own tech work, (yikes) and is nominated for an Emmy! He also tours but not close to where I live or I’d stand in line, as I did for the late Leon Redbone.

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    • mlrover 11:19 am on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Gilbert had such a way with lyrics and Randy makes one of the most difficult to sing into a clever version of his own. He has a wonderfully snarky way with words, like Cole Porter. One of my favor versions of What a Swell Party:


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      • mistermuse 2:50 pm on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Great clip! As a lover of language and witty words, it doesn’t get any better than Wm. S. Gilbert and Cole Porter (and let’s not forget Lorenz Hart).

        As for ANYTHING GOES (the play), my book of THE COMPLETE LYRICS OF COLE PORTER includes no less than six songs that became standards or semi-standards: I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU, ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, THERE’LL ALWAYS BE A LADY FAIR, YOU’RE THE TOP, BLOW GABRIEL BLOW, and, of course, ANYTHING GOES (the song).

        In the book’s introduction, it says “Porter wrote over eight hundred songs. More than half of his songs, however, have never been published.” It makes one wonder how many hidden gems repose among them.

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    • barkinginthedark 5:37 pm on August 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      i think a “song” must have the word “bitch” in it today. it’s a rule. continue…

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Anything Goes, book recommendation, , , , , , , ,   


    The 1920s were an era of great contradictions. After winning WWI, the United States seemed to be (on the surface) a more liberated country than previously, finally shaking off the restrictions of the Victorian era. Dresses became shorter, many more women entered the workforce, dancing became more exciting and sensuous, some movies actually hinted strongly at sex, the economy was prosperous, and jazz seemed to be everywhere as the country experienced something like a decade-long party [known as The Jazz Age and The Roaring 20s].
    But a closer look reveals Republicans ruled the White House, liquor was illegal (even if gangsters and bootleggers made it widely available), the Ku Klux Klan was at the height of its popularity (with lynchings of blacks commonplace), racism was institutionalized, big business had few restrictions, poverty was widespread, and there was no safety net. It was a great era to be rich and white, but the poor and blacks were barely tolerated by average middle-class citizens. –Scott Yanow, author of CLASSIC JAZZ*

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    The above puts Charles Lindbergh’s 1927 nonstop transatlantic flight (see my last post) in broader historical context. ‘Fellow’ aviator Elinor Smith Sullivan later said, “It’s hard to describe the impact Lindbergh had on people. The twenties was such an innocent time.” This helps explain why songs like LINDBERGH, EAGLE OF THE USA and LUCKY LINDY were written by wantwits with words which would make wittier writers wince.

    Thus, the wittiest composer/lyricist this side of the Atlantic, Cole Porter, put the Jazz Age in earthier terms:

    In other words….

    Our flight of fancy, like Lindbergh’s, ends in gay Paree with a song (recorded in 1930) from Porter’s 1929 musical FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN:

    *Kindle edition available online for as low as $17.99 (highly recommended for classic jazz lovers)




    • calmkate 4:48 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      What a great collection … that performer in the first one did it exceptionally well 🙂

      Why don’t you write poetry anymore?

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      • mistermuse 5:41 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kate. Actually, I do still write poetry — just not as often as I used to. Recent posts which include one or more of my poems are those of May 14, April 14 & 11, and March 17 & 12. I’ll probably publish another one by the end of the month, as I haven’t yet decided what to write for my next post.

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        • calmkate 5:57 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink

          thanks I’ll read those as time permits … so do we have a date by the kitchen door?

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        • calmkate 6:01 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink

          Silly me, of course I totally enjoyed some of these already …just looking forward to more 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:10 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you enjoyed them, Kate.
      As for the kitchen door, I don’t have a cow shed for the moon to shine over, so I guess we’re out of luck — as is anyone else who’s trying to figure out what we’re talking about. 🙂


    • restlessjo 4:32 am on May 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Love this version of Let’s Misbehave. What a magnetic personality 🙂 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 11:12 am on May 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Since the booze was flowing the dresses were coming it must have been…

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      • mistermuse 11:45 am on May 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Billie is absolutely Easy To Love on this one, Don….especially when backed by the great Teddy Wilson and his Orchestra. Incidentally, this recording was made three days after I was born — I wonder if they had me in mind when they recorded it?


    • America On Coffee 11:16 pm on May 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyable unique entertainment.

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    • mistermuse 8:47 am on May 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      My pleasure. In my opinion, the music and songs of that era have never been surpassed for pure listening pleasure.


    • Silver Screenings 7:19 pm on June 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love the first performer with her rendition of Let’s Misbehave. She does a terrific job.

      Cole Porter is a gem. The songs are catchy and amusing and smart.

      Thanks for the book recommendation. The Roaring Twenties have certainly been glamourized, but there is the other side of the coin.

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    • mistermuse 8:24 pm on June 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Right you are!

      Cole Porter didn’t have much of a singing voice, but the clip is fascinating nonetheless because it’s interesting to hear how famous songwriters of yesteryear sounded. Several of them (Harold Arlen, for example) actually had very good voices.


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