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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Charles Bukowski, Daylight saving time, , , , , Faith Baldwin, Hans Christian Andesen, , , , , Martin Amis, , , , , Vincent Van Gough, William Faulkner   

    IT’S ABOUT TIME AGAIN 

    Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations. –Faith Baldwin

    A year ago today, I published a post titled IT’S ABOUT TIME which, as it happens, was about time. That post featured songs about time, such as TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE (which is all about time playing the role of an impatient gadabout). For this year’s edition, with Daylight Saving Time coming up this upcoming weekend, I thought I’d save myself time by posting quotes, like the Baldwin above, that carry on the time theme (which almost rhymes with crime scene, which is a site where it is suspected a pun has been committed in bad Faith). So, without further ado, it’s time to get down to cases:

    Things money can’t buy: Time. Inner peace. Character. Manners. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Dignity. –Roy T. Bennett [almost identical with ‘Things on Trump’s Top Ten Never To Do list’]

    I have no faith in human perfectibility. Man is now only more active – not more wise – than he was 6,000 years ago. –Edgar Allan Poe [man “more active” in Poe’s time? Of course he was — humans had yet to become Couch Po(e)tatoes]

    Throughout history man’s inventions have been timesavers — then came television [100 years post-Poe]. –Evan Esar

    I’m afraid of time…I mean I’m afraid of not having enough time — time to understand people, how they really are, or to be understood myself. I’m afraid of the quick judgments or mistakes everybody makes. You can’t fix them without time. –Ann Brashares

    It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper meaning. –Vincent Van Gough

    I am almost a hundred years old; waiting for the end, and thinking about the beginning. There are things I need to tell you, but would you listen if I told you how quickly time passes? –Meg Rosoff

    The past is never dead. It’s not even past. –William Faulkner

    It takes a lifetime to die and no time at all. –Charles Bukowski

    And meanwhile time goes about its immemorial work of making everyone look and feel like shit. –Martin Amis

    Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead. –Hans Christian Andersen

    Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time. –Jorge Luis Borges

    Over the silent sands of time they go/lovers come/lovers go/and all that there is to know/lovers know/only lovers know. –“Sands Of Time” lyrics, from 1955 film KISMET

     

     

     
    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 2:02 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Loved the quotes, but I REALLY loved the video. Kismet is one of my favorite scores – only coincidentally the first professional show I ever saw (with Alfred Drake and the original cast!!!) – a gift from my wonderful mother when I was a theatre-obsessed youngster.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
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      • mistermuse 7:06 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I absolutely agree re KISMET. Not only is it one of my favorite scores, but one of my favorite musicals (the film version is highly underappreciated, in my opinion). I own the original Broadway cast album and film sound track album — both Alfred Drake and Howard Keel are magnificent!

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 10:50 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink

          Back in my acting days my dream role was Lalume – but it was never produced during the years I was acting, so I didn’t even get to audition for it.

          I love everything about the show as well – and the Wright & Forrest lyrics for the Borodin source material were delightfully on the money. God bless my mother for insisting that my father pop for the tickets. I’m sure he thought they were a huge waste of money for kids (my next oldest brother was taken as well). In my case, obviously, nothing could have been farther from the truth. I can still recall almost every moment, decades later and can sing along with every song in the entire score.

          I had the original cast album as well, and played it often. Unfortunately, none of my albums made it through one of my many moves (early Beetle albums as well). I actually wept when I unpacked and realized they were missing – didn’t even have a list!
          xx,
          mgh

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        • mistermuse 7:16 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink

          Love your ‘back’ story — thanks for taking time to share it.

          P.S. I dig your “father pop for the tickets” pun. Keep it up and one day you’ll become as notorious a punster as yours too-ly. 😦

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    • scifihammy 5:37 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Seems like everything’s covered here – except Time on your hands. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:18 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re speaking of the song TIME ON MY HANDS, I’ll try to remember to include it in my 3/10/2018 post. It’s not that there wasn’t time to include it here or in my 3/10/16 post — it’s just that there are too many great ‘time’ songs to cover in two posts! 🙂

        P.S. As for “Time on your hands” personally, I don’t have any — at least, none EXTRA!

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        • scifihammy 9:18 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink

          haha I was referring to your PS rather than the song, which I don’t know.
          Most of us don’t have enough Time, let alone any left over for our hands! 😀

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    • Don Frankel 6:37 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Tide doesn’t wait either. But this can’t be complete without.

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      • mistermuse 7:33 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks to CASABLANCA, “As Time Goes By” is probably the most famous ‘time’ song ever written. But I suspect few people know that the song wasn’t written for the movie — it first appeared in the 1931 theater musical EVERYBODY’S WELCOME. The composer, Herman Hupfeld, wrote over 100 songs, but this was his only big hit, and doubtless would have become long forgotten if not for CASABLANCA.

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    • Garfield Hug 8:19 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      👍👍👍

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    • arekhill1 10:59 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      But now the television has been supplanted by the computer, Sr. Muse, a device on which you can work and idle simultaneously.

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      • mistermuse 11:33 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The difference is that I seldom fall asleep at my computer, but frequently do so watching TV. On the other hand, some people probably fall asleep reading my posts — maybe I should market my blog as a cure for insomnia.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 12:25 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the laughs. I get such a kick out of the quotes and the wry take on time. So many good ones, but I have to say the one by Hans Christian Andersen is my favorite. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 2:49 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I must say this is probably one of the best batches of quotes I’ve ever put together…and speaking of “together,” I love the Jorge Luis Borges quote because, in its depth, it is to romance like love is to infatuation.

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    • Carmen 1:54 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      No one could fall asleep reading your posts, Mr. Muse! Too busy thinking! 🙂 Thanks for the music vids. . . I like the one from Casablanca, too.

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    • mistermuse 3:14 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Carmen. If my posts cause people to think, maybe it’s because they’re aimed higher than Trump’s half-cocked tweets….but then, I have an unfair advantage — I have a ‘refined’ (yet down-to-earth) audience.

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    • BroadBlogs 9:02 pm on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      You find the best quotes! Even when they’re a bit depressing.

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    • mistermuse 12:05 am on March 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. Some of the quotes are depressing (and some aren’t), but I always look for the best and wisest quotes relative to the subject matter of my post….and in this case, I wouldn’t have done the subject (TIME) justice if I’d left out the depressing ones.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , clocks, Daylight saving time, Helen Forrest, , , , , , , , , spring forward, ,   

    IT’S ABOUT TIME 

    Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save. –Will Rogers

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    Daylight Saving Time arrives on March 13, when, under penalty of painful death or being forced to watch GOP debate videos every day for the rest of your life (you may find death preferable), by law you must arise at 2 a.m. to set clocks ahead one hour….or, if you don’t wish to get up at 2 a.m., you can simply stay up, which many all-night carousers among my readers do anyway (not naming names, of course, but you know who you are).

    As a retiree, I have neither caroused nor set an alarm clock for years, so this presents a problem. On the one hand — which, by the way, many timepieces no longer have, much less two hands (they now have digitalis or some such new-fangled technology) — I may just ignore Big Bro and risk the consequences. On the other hand, I could drink a gallon of coffee, stay up, and when the time comes, set my clocks ahead –or is it back — one hour?

    Last year, my wife reminded me of an easy way to remember which is which: in spring, spring forward; in fall, fall back….to which I said, “Fine — if it’s so easy, you get up and do it.” Unfortunately, my wife has no sense of humor and cleaned my clock. By the time I came to, it was too past two, so I thought to hell with it, and fell back to sleep. Who needs Daylight Saving Time anyway? If there must be a Saving Time, there ought to be a

    To my fellow earth-and-time-sharing fellow Americans, Mexicans, Franciscans, Anglicans, Wiccans, pelicans, toucans of Cannes who can cancan as too few can….and even Republicans: as you know, these are mean times we’re in. It’s enough to drive you cuckoo. I say it’s time to tune out, take a break, and enjoy some timeless old time songs:

    A note on There’ll Come A Time, played by Frank Trumbauer’s Orchestra featuring the great and legendary 1920s cornetist Bix Beiderbecke: Bix was born on this day, March 10, 1903 (less than two years after his friend, Louis Armstrong), and died tragically young of alcoholism/pneumonia at age 28. Actually, Bix Beiderbecke never died….he just ran out of time. His sound was so transcendent, remembered guitarist Eddie Condon, it hit you where you lived, “like a girl saying yes.”

    I see by ye olde clock on yawnder wall that it’s past midnight. Time to Hit the Road to Dreamland* — but that’s another song for another day.

    *by Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer, 1942

     

     

     

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 6:27 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Losing an hours sleep is a huge deal for my body. My brain thinks its just got sent to another continent with the jet lag I get 😴😩
      I’ll be back to normal in a few weeks. …

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      • mistermuse 8:13 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Never let it be said that mistermuse won’t help a damsel in distress. Here’s a list of countries that have & don’t have Daylight Saving Time:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time_by_country

        As you can see, to escape DST, you could move to Hawaii (but then, who would want to live in paradise? 🙂 ), or even some parts of Canada (if you don’t mind freezing your plants off!). Or you could just stay put and get back to normal in a few weeks (unlike mistermuse, who will never be normal). 😦

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        • Midwestern Plant Girl 8:44 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink

          Normal is sooooo overrated!
          Let’s enjoy our quirkiness 😍😉

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    • linnetmoss 6:35 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I do love my Chevalier! What a great song 🙂 Now MisterMuse, I’m sure Monsieur would agree with me that as a retiree, you ought to be carousing!

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      • mistermuse 8:27 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, that depends on whether you mean Monsieur Chevalier or Monsieur Muse who would agree. If it’s the latter, Mademoiselle Muse might not only clean my clock, but make my remaining time on earth a lot shorter than I was hoping for. 😦 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 9:57 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      While a lot of my clocks are computerized and they switch automatically some are still in the 20th Century and well the next day I never quite know what time is, it as it goes by…

      Which of course leads me to this one and no musical rendition of time would be complete without it.

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      • mistermuse 2:07 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Don – but as much as I dig As Time Goes By (and get pretty tired doing it, ha ha), there are time songs I like even more, including this one:

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    • arekhill1 11:38 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Some idiot politician out here wants to eliminate DST out here, on the grounds that the one hour life-lag it induces is too dangerous for Californians to endure. The nanny state would rather the sun start streaming through the blinds at 5 AM in San Diego in June.

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    • mistermuse 2:31 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s safe to say that most Californians (& Americans) would find it much more dangerous if voters don’t eliminate DJT (Donald J. Trump) from becoming Pres. Nonetheless, if that idiot politician wants more daylight, maybe he should get behind a Sunshine Law to make the political process more transparent.

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    • Don Frankel 6:05 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great recording Muse and well she’s just the best.

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    • mistermuse 9:56 pm on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, when you have a great song (written by Vincent Youmans, Harold Adamson & Mack Gordon) sung by a great vocalist (Billie Holiday) accompanied by great musicians (including Lester Young, Roy Eldridge & Teddy Wilson), it’s time to say it doesn’t get any better than this.

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    • Jane 8:02 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love the Will Rogers quote. I often reflect on how many time saving devices we have and yet our days seem so, so busy still! Now that we have email and mobile phones, people expect immediate responses. So while I am very thankful that I’m not slaving over a fire to cook or having to grind and bake my own bread by hand (or am dying of infection from lack of antibiotics), I do wonder why we seem to still be filling up our days with stuff meant to make our lives more efficient but that in reality don’t. That’s why I love walking in the wild – it’s peaceful and being disconnected from the modern world is soothing to the mind. I end up being more productive mentally. In this way, slowing down help me work better in the end. Am I making sense? As for daylight saving, we don’t have it in Queensland. I prefer not to have it, but I guess I am influenced by all the years living on farms where the animals have their own routine based on when the sun rises, not on an artificial time piece. We have plenty of daylight hours here though. I expect it is more useful for people in other parts of the world, who don’t? I always enjoy your posts, even if I don’t get the chance to comment. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:02 am on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Jane, if anyone ever calls you “Plain Jane,” take it as a compliment, because you know how to lead the good life….and thank you for the kind words at the end. 🙂

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    • tomorrowdefinitely 5:13 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      timely musings and great comments as always 🙂 I have to add my own favourite time song:

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    • mistermuse 5:45 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I thought I had a few Charles Aznavour records in my collection, but in checking, I do not (though I do own a number of Jean Sablon & other French male vocalists). In any case, I like the song and thank you very much for the clip.

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    • BroadBlogs 6:15 pm on March 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Look forward to DST! Nice to have tunes to accompany it.

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    • restlessjo 2:52 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We could write a book about time or the lack of, couldn’t we? Thanks for the smiles 🙂

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    • mistermuse 5:38 am on March 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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  • mistermuse 7:24 am on March 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Daylight saving time, , , ,   

    ME LOSE SLEEP OVER DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME? 

    BORN TO SNOOZE

    To be prolific
    May be terrific,
    But I would rather
    Find dreams to gather.

    I soar above things;
    Aside I shove things.
    My destination:
    Procrastination.

    Though I know it’s the season,
    I don’t “spring forward.” Treason!
    So I’ll take the rap….
    Only first, my nap.

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 12:33 pm on March 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      As someone who lives by my personal slogan,
      That apathy is the king of emotion
      And procrastination is the only worthwhile labor
      This Sunday ditty I do favor.

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    • mistermuse 1:41 pm on March 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ricardo, I applaud your most poetic junket.
      I’m impressed, ’cause I wouldn’t have thunk it.

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 11:16 pm on March 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well done, Mr. Muse and Sir Ricardo. I don’t think I can top these wonderful tomes.

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    • mistermuse 7:02 am on March 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You are an excellent judge of characters, Michaeline.

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    • Don Frankel 7:01 am on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I read this on March 8th. I finally got around to posting a comment.

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    • mistermuse 8:02 am on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s the spirit, Don!

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 7:48 am on March 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I reread the comments here. I finally got the pun from Mr. Muse about me being an excellent judge of characterS…Hee! Hee! That was a kind of a sniglet, right?

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