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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Celine Dion, , Cupid, , , , Kathryn Grayson, , Luciano Pavarotti, , , , ,   


    It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something. –Samuel Butler

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    Eight days from today, much of the civilized world will celebrate Valentine’s Day. Between now and then, the candy kiss and chocolate industry will make nothing short of a mint, selling sweet somethings to buyers to treat lovers….what some might call a vast capitalist conspiracy to take advantage of the lovesick. I* call it, “Bah! Humbug! A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every 14th of February!”

    Therefore and mean-while, I’m proposing to you the need for a date — a day to counterbalance that upcoming day of over-commercialized romance and mushy love with a date which celebrates its opposite: hot-blooded, hard-boiled HATE. And what better way to inspire a hateful frame of mind than appropriate mood music:

    *and Ebenezer Scrooge

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    Still not feeling the hate? All right, ladies, repeat after me: I Hate You, Darling….

    However, being the sensitive soul that I am, I’d rather you not hate me personally. So let’s broad-en the scope and close on this e-gal-itarian note:

    Hold on. We can’t close without a name for this hate date. Down With Love Day? Cupid Sucks Day? Miss Ogamist Day? Better Hate Than Never Day? Wait a sec — now we’re back where we started.

    This is the end.


    • Rakkelle 12:08 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      😂😂😂 You said “picking men’s pockets”. I’ll have you know that women purchase Valentine’s card, candy and even flowers for their men too.

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    • Catherine Haustein 12:28 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I usually don’t like it but I want to send out cards this year if I can find appropriate or maybe inappropriate ones.

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    • calmkate 7:27 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      lol can’t endorse a hate day as it’s too strong a negative emotion … how about a friendship day like the Indian’s celebrate … and agree it’s purely a commercial exercise but that’s an idiot tax :mrgreen:

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      • mistermuse 10:01 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        My ‘excuse’ for this post is that, like all my satirical posts (well, except for those dealing with Trump), it’s written in good fun. As for a Friendship day, my good friend, you’ll be happy to know there already is one — it’s the first Sunday in August in the US and a number of other countries. 🙂

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        • calmkate 6:21 pm on February 6, 2019 Permalink

          aha then we must campaign for it in oz … makes more sense to me until they commercialise that too …

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    • rivergirl1211 9:16 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Tamp down your inner Grinch and enjoy the holiday! Stuff yourself with chocolate and roll naked in the roses… Cupid would approve.

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      • mistermuse 10:16 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I, for one, don’t need Valentine’s Day to stuff myself with chocolate — I need a Willpower Day (at least six days a week) to keep from stuffing myself with chocolate. As for rolling naked in the roses (ouch!), one look at me and Cupid would definitely NOT approve (though I’m sure, in your case, his reaction would be highly favorable). 🙂

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    • scifihammy 9:44 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s called Anti-Valentine’s Day! 😀
      Nice post. 😀

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    • Elizabeth 12:46 pm on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Tina Turner’s wonderful “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” What’s love but a second hand emotion? Not explicitly hate, but the next best thing.

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    • Richard A Cahill 10:02 am on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 1:11 pm on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Love stinks? Not to skunks (speaking of which, I wonder how The Donald is making out?).


    • Silver Screenings 6:55 pm on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, even when I was a kid, so I was glad to read your thoughts on it. 😉 Plus, beautiful music besides. You think of everything!

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      • mistermuse 10:30 pm on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for thinking I think of everything — now if I could only get my wife to come to the same opinion, I’d consider getting her something for Valentine’s Day (like my favorite candy, for instance).

        As for the music — the first song in particular — I was struck by the contrasting styles of Luciano Pavarotti and Celine Dion. He sang to the audience, hardly looked at her, and was ‘all business,’ while she never took her eyes off of him and emoted like ‘nobody’s business.’ Nonetheless, they both sang beautifully and I think the overall effect was quite captivating (but there I go, thinking again).

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    • etiliyle 5:52 am on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply


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    • pjlazos 9:34 am on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, but love (and not necessarily romantic love) is the strongest force in the universe so why would I fight that?

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    • America On Coffee 9:46 am on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Another non available


      • mistermuse 1:57 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You didn’t indicate which of the post’s 3 clips is non-available. If you’ll be specific, I’ll try to find a substitute for the song. Thanks.


    • America On Coffee 2:19 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My mistake. Luciano pavarotti does not show.

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      • mistermuse 6:15 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        AOC, there are a number of clips of this performance, so if this one doesn’t take, you can Google Luciano Pavarotti Celine Dion I Love You Then I Hate You for others to choose from. It would be worth the effort because it’s a powerful emotional performance which gave me a new appreciation of Dion’s voice (of course, Pavarotti’s voice ‘speaks for itself’):


    • America On Coffee 12:32 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Got it. Thanks. Love Pavarotti, he is so opera I love Celine too, she is so modern classic. Unique combo.

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    • moorezart 10:54 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 11:49 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hate to tell you, but I love you when you reblog my posts (strictly platonically, you understand).


    • America On Coffee 7:10 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Listening to Jane Walsh and Kathryn Grayson’s version, i cannot imagine how the song has remained a classic. My guess, it has to be because of the lyrics.

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      • mistermuse 10:21 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, they are three different songs. The first is a 1997 adaptation by Celine Dion of an earlier song titled NEVER, NEVER, NEVER by Shirley Bassey. The other two were composed (both music and lyrics) by the great Cole Porter: I HATE YOU DARLING (1941) is from his musical “Let’s Face It” and I HATE MEN (1948) is from one of my favorite musicals, “Kiss Me Kate,” which was made in 1953 into a film starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Pardon me if I disagree, but I like both the music and lyrics of his songs — it doesn’t get much better than Cole Porter!


    • America On Coffee 9:16 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mistermuse you’ve really hit on some memories here. Kiss Me Kate… I love it. Mistermuse, you are classic!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Battle of the sexes, Cupid, , , , , , , , , , , ,   


    To a romantic girl, all roads lead to Romeo. –Evan Esar

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    August is ROMANCE AWARENESS MONTH. I’m not sure why a month is needed to raise awareness of romance (a week, or even a day, seems more than sufficient to awaken all but the most world-weary of libidos)….however, if it must take a month, I suppose August will do as well as any other. But then who needs Valentine’s Day  — enough is enough!

    That may sound tantamount to telling Cupid to take a hike, but before you Romeos and Juliets go Roman off in a huff, be aware I have nothing against romance so long as it doesn’t get out of hand….which, as it happens, makes the title of my previous post (DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD) appear as if I’d simultaneously had today’s post in mind. Alas, I am not that far-sighted, but as a killer of two birds with one stone, and as a preview of coming attractions, I must admit the title was prescient (and I assure you that the two birds killed weren’t lovebirds).

    Anyway, what can I say about romance that hasn’t already been intimated by many others? Not much, I’m happy to say, because it comports with my creative energy level in these dog days of August. Therefore, I shall turn to those others who have already waxed eloquent about puppy love and the like, and relieve myself of further arduous cogitation:

    Love is the emotion that a woman always feels for a poodle, and sometimes for a man. –George Jean Nathan

    Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love. –Disraeli

    Marriage is a romance in which the heroine dies in the first chapter. –Cecelia Egan

    This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, Doc, my brother’s crazy! He thinks he’s a chicken. The doc says, Well, why don’t you turn him in? And the guy says, I would but I need the eggs. I guess that’s how I feel about relationships. They’re totally irrational, crazy and absurd, but we keep going through it because we need the eggs. –Woody Allen

    Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties. –Jules Renard

    The realist always falls in love with a girl he has grown up with, the romanticist with a girl from “off somewhere.” –Robert Frost

    Fools rush in where bachelors fear to wed. –Evan Esar

    Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. Women have a more subtle instinct: what they like is to be a man’s last romance. –Oscar Wilde

    By the time you swear you’re his, shivering and sighing,
    And he vows his passion is infinite, undying —
    Lady, make a note of this: One of you is lying.

    –Dorothy Parker

    Nobody will ever win the battle of the sexes. There’s too much fraternizing with the enemy. –Henry Kissinger

    In as much as we began this romantic excursion with several punning allusions to Rome, it seems fitting to close with scenes from one of my favorite films, the Audrey Hepburn-Gregory Peck romantic comedy, ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953):

    • arekhill1 10:56 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “You can tell if you’re in love if all of your emotions can be described exactly by the lyrics of popular songs.”


      • mistermuse 11:54 am on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know who whose quote that is, but perhaps the last person you’d think it applies to was the acerbic satirist Dorothy Parker….and yet she wrote the lyrics to this love song sung by Billie Holiday, backed by the great Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra:


    • Don Frankel 6:47 pm on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes and a great clip of Roman Holiday. Love that Song too.

      Acerbic one minute dreaming the next, sounds like maybe somebody was in love.


      • mistermuse 8:39 pm on August 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. It sounds as if you’ve seen ROMAN HOLIDAY, but if not, I highly recommend it — it’s a great movie.
        Dorothy Parker was married to her second husband (Alan Campbell, a bisexual) from 1934 to 1947, so when she wrote I WISHED ON THE MOON in 1935, she may well have been in love, even though (according to Wikipedia) she said he was “queer as a billy goat” (or maybe she just had a fondness for goats).

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    • linnetmoss 8:44 am on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love these, especially the Oscar Wilde quote 🙂

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    • Jane 9:44 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always been a bit of an Audrey Hepburn fan (OK, maybe a big fan) and I’ve watched Roman Holiday many times. Gregory Peck is a favourite too. I can’t help being sad at the end of watching it though. Love, responsibility…it’s not easy. A lot in life is all about compromise. Romance is delightful. Real life gets tricky. I think the Dorothy Parker quote probably struck a chord with me most! Now that I’m approaching 50, I think I appreciate Joni Mitchell’s song, “Both Sides Now.” 😉

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      • mistermuse 6:57 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Jane, your well-observed comment deserves a more complete response than the rather hasty one I dashed off last night. I agree (although many politicians sadly think otherwise) that “A lot of life is all about compromise.” And I equally agree (my humorous/satirical post to the contrary) that “Romance is delightful” and there are few better movies that exemplify that than ROMAN HOLIDAY. Real life indeed gets tricky, as is so bittersweetly depicted in that film.

        And speaking of “delightful,” your thoughtful reply certainly qualifies. 🙂

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        • Jane 7:23 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink

          Thank you, Mistermuse, for the equally thoughtful and delightful responses. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:05 pm on August 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t go wrong with a Dorothy Parker quote. I written about her and/or the Algonquin Round Table (of which she was a big part) several times, and may do so again before long (she has a birthday coming up on Aug. 22).

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    • inesephoto 9:11 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, and I love the quotes and the video – Italian cinematography is exquisite.

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    • inesephoto 9:22 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, half of my comment just got posted, but I haven’t finished yet 🙂 Audrey Hepburn is an exquisite actress, and she fits in Italian settings like no one other non-Italian actress. Still, my favorite romantic movies are Italian, and I love the music from these movies. Old timer I am 😉

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    • mistermuse 10:40 am on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Another romantic American film set in Italy that you might like is SUMMERTIME (1955), starring Katherine (rather than Audrey) Hepburn as an American on holiday in Venice, co-starring Rossano Brazzi. 🙂


    • D. Wallace Peach 10:16 pm on August 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pretty funny. Who knew Kissinger was such a wit! Happy romancing 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:37 am on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. We’ve both spoken of Kissinger in the past tense (“WAS such a wit”), but he’s still alive at age 93. Let’s hope people don’t speak of us in the past tense when we’ve seen better days! 🙂

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      • D. Wallace Peach 8:27 am on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, he was a wit when he said it. Didn’t mean to imply he was dead. Hopefully, he’s still just as sharp-witted today. 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 9:35 pm on August 8, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It seems strange to need romance awareness month, and yet we do have February 14 as a day devoted to romance. And I always wished there were nicer weather for that day. I guess now there is — for a whole month!

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    • mistermuse 7:16 am on August 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Where I live, August is too much of a ‘nice weather’ thing (heat & humidity). I vote for May (meeting halfway between Feb. & August) to celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Romance Awareness Month.


  • mistermuse 6:29 am on February 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cupid, , Valentine poem,   


    I wish I could cast a magic spell

    Or push Cupid to get real and make you well

    But, since Cupid’s a myth and can’t be shoved,

    What IS real is that you are loved.



    *with Myalgic Encephalomelitis

    • carmen 5:12 am on December 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Oh. ..I am so sorry mistermuse. Virtual hugs aren’t real, but I’m sending you one anyway.

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    • mistermuse 7:47 am on December 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that (but at least I tried). 🙂


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