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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barbra Streisand, , Carole Lombard, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Yoko Ono   

    BEWARE THE BRIDES OF MARCH 

    March 15 being THE IDES OF MARCH (but still winter), I thought I’d work on a post I’d call THE BRRRR-IDES OF MARCH — however, it hasn’t been very winter-like where I live, so it’s no weather for snow jobs. Thus I’ll settle for a post about The Brides of March, of whom there have been some blushing ones, some gushing ones, some rushing ones, and a mother lode of if-at-first-you-don’t-succeed-try-try-again ones….such as singing star Peggy Lee, whose marriage to jazz guitarist Dave Barbour was her first of four such gigs.

    Here are twenty March brides who gave it the old collage (French for to stick together) try, listed by March wedding day (along with the names of the grooms, just for the wreck of it):

    March 1, 1968   JUNE CARTER / Johnny Cash
    March 8, 1952   NANCY DAVIS / Ronald Reagan
    March 8, 1943   PEGGY LEE / Dave Barbour
    March 9, 1796   JOSÉPHINE de BEAUHARNAIS / Napoléon Bonaparte
    March 13, 1946 MARY WELSH / Ernest Hemingway

    March 15, 1964 ELIZABETH TAYLOR / Richard Burton (again)
    March 16, 2002 LIZA MINNELLI / David Gest
    March 17, 1905 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT / Franklin D. Roosevelt
    March 18, 1869 HARRIET TUBMAN / Nelson Davis
    March 19, 1918 DAISY PARKER / Louis Armstrong (who recorded this song 3/2/1932):

    March 20, 1969 YOKO ONO / John Lennon
    March 21, 1945 LAUREN BACALL / Humphrey Bogart
    March 21, 1963 BARBRA STREISAND / Elliott Gould
    March 21, 1984 SARAH BRIGHTMAN / Andrew Lloyd Webber
    March 23, 1985 CHRISTIE BRINKLEY / Billy Joel

    March 24, 1950 INGRID BERGMAN / Roberto Rossellini
    March 27, 1916 GLORIA SWANSON / Wallace Beery
    March 28, 1920 MARY PICKFORD / Douglas Fairbanks
    March 28, 1939 CAROLE LOMBARD / Clark Gable
    March 28, 1957 BILLIE HOLIDAY (LADY DAY) / Louis McKay

    All but three of those ladies married multiple times, and one of the three (Daisy Parker) died soon after her divorce from Louis Armstrong. Lost passion being the fashion, this quote seems a fitting way to call it a day:

    “I guess the only way to stop divorce is to stop marriage.” –Will Rogers

    So ladies, this be your day to be given away. Gents, beware the BRIDES OF MARCH (apologies to Shakespeare) — not to mention, pity your poor (after the divorce) befuddled comrades-in-arms who married them.

     

     

     

     

     
    • calmkate 12:46 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I think some women like the white wedding bit but can’t quite engage in the marriage commitment thing! I took Will’s advice and avoided the whole darned thing … a barrister friend took me to divorce court and that was it 🙂

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      • mistermuse 1:07 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Frankly, it sounds like you could render your gender’s version of Sinatra’s I DID IT MY WAY in grand style, Kate. 😉

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    • obbverse 12:56 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      First ring out the wedding bells then all too soon ring the lawyer. Happily ever nah-ah.

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    • Rivergirl 9:05 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ha! Love it.
      Although Liz Taylor probably hit every month. She was a busy bride.
      😉

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    • Ashley 9:44 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! However, in just a week’s time it will be the Spring Equinox (20th March), the halfway point of spring!

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    • linnetmoss 10:17 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What an amazing list of brides! The ones that caught my eye were June Carter, Yoko Ono, and of course the immortal Liz. But she is in a category by herself as a bride.

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    • Don Ostertag 3:13 pm on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever post,

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      • mistermuse 3:29 pm on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. Nonetheless, I’m not showing it to my wife, because I don’t want to give her any ideas. Who would cook my meals if she divorced me?

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    • Moushmi Radhanpara 10:01 am on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, you gave me a good laugh 🙂

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    • tubularsock 2:23 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Now, now, now. It works two ways.
      So, if you first don’t succeed, try, try, try again.

      But usually one should marry “up” each time because after the first divorce you usually have nothing left!

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      • mistermuse 5:26 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Divorce is a legal separation when a man stops bringing the money home to his wife and starts mailing it.” –Evan Esar
        In that scenario, a man would have to marry WAY up because, unless the next wife is independently wealthy, he’d probably still have to send her his money after the second divorce. 😉

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    • mlrover 11:21 am on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never planned to marry again after divorcing the first one, who was and is a horrible person. There was no resisting my second marriage, and even with all its ups, downs, and difficulties, it was wonderful. The “Second Time Around” turned out to be true for me.

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      • mistermuse 12:13 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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        • mlrover 7:44 am on March 19, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. It was Frankie’s rendition that came to mind. And my “.second time” happened on St. Patty’s Day. And we married in March. Forgot to mention that.

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    • arekhill1 1:56 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Just missed being a March groom myself, Sr. Muse. Married on my birthday, April 12th. Bride insisted on the date so I would remember our wedding anniversary. Only had to remember it once, though.

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    • mistermuse 6:02 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      At least you can be thankful your birthday isn’t on April 1st, Ricardo — you don’t need that kind of reminder every April Fools Day. 😉

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    • Rebecca Wallick 8:53 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great post!
      Thankfully I got my starter marriage out of the way between the ages of 18-20.
      I then went to college and law school. I became a divorce lawyer.
      Oh, the horrors. No more marriages for me!
      Just wish I’d known of the Will Rogers quote when I was still practicing law. I would have turned it into a big sign to hang in my office. Maybe some of my clients would have resisted walking down the aisle a second (or third) time. Maybe, but probably not.
      I did appreciate the repeat business 😉

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      • mistermuse 9:41 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I like your term “starter marriage,” Rebecca. Wouldn’t it be great if, like a starter home, you could sell it when you ‘outgrow’ it and use the proceeds to acquire a better fit for your current needs?

        Hmmm. “Maybe, but probably not.” 😉

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    • Bryntin 4:49 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, I’m not commenting on your post exactly, just letting you know I visited here – and so might others who hadn’t before now – on my latest BLT (Blog Leap Tour). You may see a pingback link if you want to see how it went.
      Anyway, sorry to intrude.
      Carry on… 🙂

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      • mistermuse 6:06 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I was about to “carry on” (recalling the old British “Carry On…” film series) when I noticed a follow-up Bryntin comment (something about a virus) which gave me pause. I’m therefore refraining from approving the second comment pending clarification, as I’m not presently in the mood for a virus…even of the “carry on” kind.

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        • Bryntin 6:09 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink

          Ah, that was probably in the text of my post and carried into the link… and of course at the moment a lot of posts encompass the word ‘virus’. Sorry to give you the squeaky bottom but I am real and safe as far as I know… as far as any of us knows even.

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      • mistermuse 10:04 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        As you can see, your “carry on” has now passed inspection — but my post is under quarantine, along with everyone who has been in contact with it since 4:49 pm today, until further notice (or until that certain everyone sends my inspection fee — preferably sanitized — whichever comes first). 😉

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    • equipsblog 8:53 am on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever post. Maybe next you can actually riff you way through the Brrrr-ides of March.

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    • mistermuse 12:17 pm on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My bride and I tied the knot in the month of September, so I’m not rife for a riff (or a raff, for that matter) through the Brrr-ides of March….but since we’re heading from March into April, here’s a jazzman’s riff on the transition:

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Barbra Streisand, , ghosts of the past, Jean Negulesco, knowing yourself, memoir, , , , , , The Way We Were   

    THE WAY WE WEREN’T 

    The trouble with turning memories into memoirs is that when one is finished, a sneaky feeling comes along: “Things never were that way, anyway.” –Jean Negulesco (1900-93), Academy Award-winning movie director

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    I’ve just finished reading Jean Negulesco’s memoir (coincidentally, he died 25 years ago today) titled THINGS I DID AND THINGS I THINK I DID. The above quote is from that book–as is his reflection on having raised, with his wife, two adopted daughters from war-torn, post-WWII Germany:

    And so it starts, and so it ends. And we see ourselves in them. There is no sense in telling them, “When I was your age….” We never were their age. 

    “We never were their age.” And so it is with us. We’ve never been ‘inside’ them–even our own children. When all is said and done, we’re lucky if we know ourselves–now, then or in-between–which is not to say that, along the way, we were not open to wanting whatever knowledge romance promised….

    They say “You can’t go home again”–even if your old haunts still exist, your past and its ghosts stay with you, not with where you were….not so? So, where do we go?

    Now, I’m as nostalgic as the next old geezer, but as my past recedes further into the past, I look at old photos, see the images of faces and places I knew, and there’s no avoiding the sense that the road between THINGS I DID AND THINGS I WISH I DID leads to a place where the sun sets before we get there.

    Sooner or later, it’s all over but the doubting. It’s the place where (to paraphrase a phrase) OLD GHOSTS NEVER DIE, they….just….fade….a w a y

    Still….

     
    • Lisa R. Palmer 1:05 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Profound thoughts and deep reflection – a wellspring for the humor that is your trademark here at WordPress. For it is only that level of understanding and the wisdom that grows from it that can fuel a true sense of irony laced with compassion…

      Oh, and I’m taking this quote with me, as it moves me to ponder my own deep thoughts: “and there’s no avoiding the sense that the road between THINGS I DID AND THINGS I WISH I DID leads to a place where the sun sets before we get there.”

      Great stuff here, mistermuse!

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      • mistermuse 1:33 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Lisa, for taking time to comment in such a thoughtful way. I wrote this post not expecting it to appeal to all tastes, but a man does not live by humor alone–if I did, my wife would kill me (just kidding–I brought home enough bacon before I retired to keep her fat and happily recumbent most of the time).

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        • Lisa R. Palmer 2:45 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink

          The “happy” part is the only one that truly matters, so whatever you did, or do, to achieve and maintain that state is goodness in itself. Lol!

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    • calmkate 3:51 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Agree with Lisa’s comment but fortunately I have few regrets, I tended to do what I wanted when I wanted 🙂

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    • Carmen 6:06 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That Annabelle – what a charmer! And only ten! Wow! Can definitely detect a great personality. Apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree, eh? 😉

      Speaking of such things, my husband was at a gathering one time to discuss the passing of a friend. Some comment was made about this guy having ‘climbed the ladder to a better place’. . . Or some such thing. Hubby said, “I figure where I’m going, the only thing I’ll need is a hand sled!” Ha, ha!

      Wherever it is, I’ll worry about it after I get there (although I don’t think there’ll be any ‘think’ left). 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:42 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Well, Carmen, at least your hubby thinks he’s going SOMEPLACE! 🙂

        As for me: I think–therefore I don’t know what to think. 😦

        As for Annabelle, talent like that needs and deserves to soar. Destination Broadway (I hope)….speaking of which, The Unsinkable Molly Brown was a Broadway show which was made into a movie starring Debbie Reynolds. Here is her “I Ain’t Down Yet” from the film:

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    • Don Frankel 8:13 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “The past is always with us.” Or as I like to say we are the things we did. No getting around it.

      But I do think we experience life in the past, the present and with a slight anticipation of the future. It’s just the way our minds work.

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      • mistermuse 5:09 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps that’s generally true, Don–but I think with politicians, there’s more than a slight anticipation of the future. No sooner is one election over than they start calculating for the next one, even if it’s as much as six years away (in the case of U.S. senators).

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        • Don Frankel 7:11 am on July 19, 2018 Permalink

          Muse, at the end of the rainbow is a pot of gold.

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        • mistermuse 8:36 am on July 19, 2018 Permalink

          Don, I’ve already got the pot, and even if I get the gold at the end of the rainbow, I can’t take it with me where I’m going.

          On second thought, I’d better mend my ways so I can go to the other place — who wants to spend eternity roasting with the boasting Orange Man?

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    • America On Coffee 8:18 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Always there are two sides to every story. Sometimes there is no glory!! You shared it so well!!

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    • scifihammy 11:05 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A very thoughtful post – thank you. 🙂
      It doesn’t bother me if I’m not remembering something ‘correctly’ because the memory is what I have now. And I never go back to old places, preferring my memory of them as they were. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 12:00 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I always thought Hardy’s words meant your home has changed from the way you remember it, so it is never the home you left, but your interpretation works as well, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 12:51 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I take “You can’t go home again” to mean that, though your old home may still be there, what you left of yourself there is gone forever….and one goes “home again” hoping in some amorphous way to recapture a piece of it. That may be ‘a bit much,’ but I prefer to think (without knowing) that it’s close(r) to what Hardy had in mind. In any case, I’m at home with your interpretation as well, Ricardo.

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    • restlessjo 3:40 am on July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I like that quote too., and I like you being thoughtful. Often when I write posts such as yesterdays I wonder if I’m being really truthful, if I’m giving the ‘right’ impression, and if indeed, I know what the ‘right’ impression is. This can go on and on, can’t it? I’ve often thought of writing Dad’s story but reporting it accurately worries me. And no, we can’t go back but I loved that film… 🙂 🙂
      Mam was a wise old bird and she used to say ‘can’t put an old head on young shoulders’.

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      • mistermuse 9:42 am on July 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Jo, your post yesterday rang true to me and, I’m sure, to everyone who read it. I hope anyone who reads this will go to it and see for themselves.

        Thanks for quoting your mam’s wise words. It’s been a long time since I heard that quote, and it was good to hear it again.

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    • katsobservations 1:54 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very powerful post. For me though, nostalgia represents not appreciating the past instead of wishing I did something differently. I guess nostalgia has a different meaning for each person.

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      • mistermuse 7:11 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Well put, Kat. Perhaps one reason for a ‘different take’ on the past by another person would be if that person had one or more bitter experiences as a child that would make revisiting his or her childhood haunts a return to mixed memories. As you say, different meanings for different persons.

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    • Rachel McAlpine 5:58 pm on July 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      When those moments arise the best I can do is to tell myself I did the best I could with the me I was at the time. And don’t worry, your memoirs will be “corrected” by those who disagree. My friends write their own memoirs in revenge,

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      • mistermuse 12:35 am on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Rachel, there is much wisdom in your first sentence. No one is the same person they were when they were young–or if they are the same, they haven’t matured–and therefore, you have to let go of the regret you feel that you would do something differently if you had it to do over again.

        Regarding memoirs, I don’t plan on writing any, so there won’t be any to correct….and as for my friends, I plan on outliving them. Good luck with that, right? 🙂

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    • moorezart 1:26 pm on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 5:14 pm on July 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Once again I am in your debt, sir. I shall REMEMBER you in my prayers (in lieu of in my will). 😦

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        • moorezart 5:17 pm on July 24, 2018 Permalink

          Wonderful post sir, consider all debts cancelled in payment for being gifted by your lofty thoughts.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:11 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That girl, from the video you posted, is a true entertainer!

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      • mistermuse 11:42 am on August 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I just watched the video again, and she’s just as good as the last time I watched her! 🙂
        But seriously, that is one talented girl, and I hope she grows up to reach her full potential.

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    • etiliyle 11:31 am on September 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      💞❤💞

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barbra Streisand, Fanny Brice, , , Only A Rose, Rose of Washington Square, Second Hand Rose,   

    THEY’RE PLAYING R SONG (PART I) 

    After combining P and Q in my last post, I’m again looking to bring the number of posts in this series up to its corresponding letter….and, as luck would have it, the next letter (which is R, for the benefit of the alphabetically challenged) is replete with girl’s name-song titles. Thus R will be divided in two parts, with Track I being a run for the Roses.

    First out of the gate is SECOND HAND ROSE, made famous by Fanny Brice in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921, but sung here by someone else because it’s only fitting that someone else sing a second hand song someone else sang first:

    Second, we have the first Rose song from a Ziegfeld show (Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic, 1920):

    Selecting my last pick for Part One could have gotten a bit thorny because a number of good Rose songs remain to vie for my favor, so I made an arbitrary choice in order to avoid — are you ready for this — the War of the Roses. After all, it’s Only A Rose:

     
    • scifihammy 5:30 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not surprised there are many rose songs to choose from. You give a good selection – I’ve never heard that last one. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:37 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The last song is almost as old (from a 1925 operetta called THE VAGABOND KING) as the other two, but unlike them, has hardly been heard since THE V. K. was last filmed in 1956.

      Part II will have no Rose songs, but one or two will be close (ROSETTA, for example).

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    • arekhill1 10:54 am on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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    • mistermuse 1:03 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the ‘rocks-anne’ clip, Ricardo. I’ve never been a fan of these overly-glitzy performances that characterized much of rock ‘n’ roll musicianship in those days. Unfortunately, I’m in the non-vast minority, so I can’t call The Police (for relief).

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    • Don Frankel 1:14 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      R is mega rich in songs. In fact you could have just done an article on Rose. In that spirit here’s one more from the late great Nat King Cole.

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      • mistermuse 2:21 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. Although R’s upcoming Part II won’t have additional “Rose” songs, you’re right that I could easily post many more, such as Rose of San Antone, Lida Rose and Rose Room.

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    • RMW 2:02 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Rose” is the pseudonym I am forced to use when waiting for a table at a restaurant or for a latte or any other time my name will be called out. When I use my real name, 90% of the time it gets mangled to something so unrecognizable I don’t even know my name has been called. Rose has saved a lot of confusion over the years. You wouldn’t think “Roslyn” would be so difficult to spell or pronounce but it is what it is and I gave up trying… Barbara Streisand’s half-sister is also named Roslyn so she may be capable of singing it out correctly! But I like her rendition of Second Hand Rose (Roslyn) anyway!!!!

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      • mistermuse 2:45 pm on November 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Interesting! I wonder if former first lady Roslyn Carter ran into the same problem!
        I’ve always liked Streisand’s rendition of Second Hand Rose and am glad you do too.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Barbra Streisand, , Do You Hear What I Hear?, , , , Santa, Scrooge, The Carpenters   

    FOR THE RECORD, AND THE LIKE 

    Either heaven or hell has continuous background music piped in; which one you think it is tells a lot about your personality. –Bill Vaughan

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    I rarely listen to radio, and spend as little time Christmas shopping in stores as possible. Even so, I hear Christmas music almost everywhere I go, from dentist office to automobile service waiting rooms. If my reaction to much of this music makes me seem ‘ear-itably’ Scrooge-like, my reaction to that characterization is “Bah! Humbug!”

    For example, after hearing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” (not one of my favorite Christmas songs to begin with) for the umpteenth time this month (and a million times over the years), I’m dreaming of receiving ear plugs for Christmas (or sooner, if Santa wants to get a head start). I admit I once owned a recording of the song, but I evicted it from my record collection long ago….unfortunately, to no apparent avail.

    Nevertheless, there are far worse outrages in the world, and there are a number of numinous Christmas songs which earn “Likes” from the likes of mistermuse. You won’t be hearing from me again until Dec. 30 (no post on Dec. 25), so I thought I’d include a few of those songs (with a little help from YuleTube) in my early Merry Christmas wishes to you:

     
    • painkills2 2:01 am on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:50 am on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Love it!

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      • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 9:53 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Crazy about Bailey the unknown reindeer, and love the orchestra – but I am at least one of “the females in the room” who is NOT crazy about Harry Connick, Jr. – or at least his choice of arrangements like this one and his Sinatra-like styling. MUCH prefer the original.

        I wish everyone a very Merry anyway, no matter what you love to play in the background.
        xx,
        mgh

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        • painkills2 4:59 am on December 25, 2016 Permalink

          Boy, you sure are picky. I’m not a fan of Harry Connick, Jr., but you can’t deny that the man is sexy personified. However, the video is really about the dog. When was the last time you had so much fun? And a Merry Christmas to you. 🙂

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 11:54 am on December 25, 2016 Permalink

          lol – Watching that dog play in the snow made my night! I love the sheer joy with which puppies play. My little guy would be totally buried in a foot of snow, however – I’m not sure I could find him in that much. Merry Christmas (sorry we disagree about Harry – more for you!)
          xx,
          mgh

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    • Don Frankel 7:49 am on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my favorite.

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    • mistermuse 7:49 am on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love it!

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    • arekhill1 1:16 pm on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I have gone on enough about the assault on our eardrums by Christmas music every year so that my views on the subject are well known. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be “Greensleaves,” because the lyrics don’t mention Christmas at all and additionally, it is usually rendered as an instrumental.

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    • mistermuse 5:52 pm on December 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Some might question how I don’t like “I’m Dreaming of A White Christmas” while a song in a similar vein (“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”) is one of my favorites. The answer is that (to me) the former is banal and the latter is bittersweet (especially considering that it was written during WW II and must have struck a chord with many a soldier overseas — same with “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”). So I guess taste in music (Christmas or otherwise) is all in the ear of the beholder.

      P.S. “Greensleeves” is one of my favorites too.

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    • BroadBlogs 8:36 pm on December 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You picked up some great ones! Merry Christmas!

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    • mistermuse 9:49 pm on December 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. May Santa be as good to you as I hope he is to me. 🙂

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    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 3:00 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      LOL – Even though I have collected Christmas music for decades, the kind I call “Mall Music” is pretty dreadful, IMHO (i.e., the kind of Christmas tapes that loop endlessly, even in small local stores – it must drive the employees MAD!).

      Even worse are the insipid offerings that I’ve heard on more than a few “all Christmas on Christmas Day” Radio stations that want to give their employees the day off. They have turned me off to anybody’s version of Frosty the Snowman – forever. I hope a few station managers will see this comment and use it to up their game.

      Personally, I have jazz favorites (like the score to A Charlie Brown Christmas Special as well as some from jazz cats with a more traditional jazz bent), chorale favorites (like the almost boy choir sound of Christmas from Clare), Renaissance favorites, even a few “style” favorites (like the Temptations’ version of Rudolf the Red – which always makes everybody over 40 or so smile).

      I like to separate the instrumentals that serve as a festive background in December at my house (like the beautiful renditions by The Piano Guys and a few of my favorites from Mannheim Steamroller) from *anything* with lyrics. I don’t want to hear more than a few of those more than once. They get rapidly tiresome, and I don’t drive my guests mad. In fact, most people have usually requested the sources. There are a ton of interesting Christmas offerings I wish got more play in public. BUT, as you say, “lovely” is in the ear of the beholder.

      Great idea for a post. When I return from tonight’s Candlelight Service, I’ll go back to add it to my most recent Christmas post (unless I have a moment while waiting for my ride to arrive – but must jump into the bath NOW).

      Merry Christmas to you and yours.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
      – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • inesephoto 5:06 pm on December 24, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, never too much of a good Christmas music 🙂 Wishing you peace and joy, and all the wonderful thing for 2017!

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    • Lavinia Ross 4:46 pm on December 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bailey is great!

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  • mistermuse 12:25 pm on August 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: angst, Barbra Streisand, , , Kermit the Frog, Lazy Afternoon, , libido, , , ,   

    LAZY DAY 

    This post marks the second mile, as the frog jumps (or as the crow flies, if you’re a traditionalist), on my post-every-five-days trial run, and already the timetable is beginning to seem unnatural and formulaic — not unlike having sex on a rigid schedule, instead of spontaneously (although there is something to be said for libidinal regularity, if you can keep it up).

    At any rate, a palpable angst is creeping over me, as if I’m a character in a Woody Allen film, torn between conflicted and competing neuroses. Not exactly the optimum scenario for a writer of my non compos mentis….or for a Casanova wannabe, for that matter.

    Be that as it may or may not be, now is not the time to dwell on second thoughts, ere this noble experiment hath run its allotted August course. Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their…. Oops! Wrong speech!

    Anyway, as you’ll recall from my August 5 post, August 10 is LAZY DAY, so my duty today is clear: punt, get out of the way, and let Lazy have its day….and then some:

    P.S. Although Kermit the Frog said time’s fun when you’re having flies, he probably never had to eat crow flies….and he’s too slow to catch horseflies.

     
    • scifihammy 1:20 pm on August 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Nice music clips 🙂 I hope you enjoy your lazy day 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on August 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        If I weren’t so lazy today, I could’ve posted at least 3 more such clips: LAZYBONES, LAZY MOOD and LAZY RIVER – all “oldies but goodies” (just like me – ha ha).

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    • arekhill1 1:20 pm on August 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I had planned to do as little as possible today, but that little is turning out to be a lot, so I don’t know if your post has its usual comforting qualities for me, Sr. Muse. I would make a resolution to be less productive in the future, except that also seems like taking on another obligation.

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    • mistermuse 3:32 pm on August 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like the old Catch 22, Ricardo. Good luck.

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 3:54 pm on August 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever post worthy of reading, mistermuse, Loved the music, too.

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    • mistermuse 4:25 pm on August 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I know you’re a big Barbra Streisand fan, Michaeline, so when I came across her LAZY AFTERNOON clip, I thought, “This Barb’s for you!”

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    • Don Frankel 7:02 am on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Perfectly timed Muse and since it is still Summer let’s

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    • mistermuse 8:46 am on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Watched the clip on YouTube, Don, and I remember the song well. It’s a rather lightweight tune, but perfect for the season….and Nat King Cole is always a pleasure to listen to.

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    • BroadBlogs 2:15 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I wish I’d been more lazy on lazy day. It’ll be interesting to see how your new schedule goes.

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    • mistermuse 5:01 pm on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I’m already beginning to give some thought as to whether I want to continue the schedule beyond August.

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    • sonniq 10:36 am on August 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great selection of tunes! Spanky takes me back to puberty. I know it’s hard to write on a schedule for me. Inspiration isn’t usually that clockwork and life gets in the way! Good luck to you!

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    • mistermuse 1:45 pm on August 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m finding that a schedule isn’t an inspiration-blocker for me, though it probably would be if I waited until the last minute to come up with an idea of what I wanted to write about. I start thinking about the next post a few days in advance and write a rough draft ahead of time, so I can polish it at my leisure.

      Thanks for commenting.

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