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  • mistermuse 7:30 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Handful Of Stars, Ella Fitzgerald, , The 5th Dimension, The Age of Aquarius, The Starlit Hour, The Stars Will Remember, Vera Lynn, vocalists,   

    LEFTOVER STARS 

    A lot of stars have flown over the bridge since my last stars turn (June 8), which I abandoned mid-post, and which was to be continued when browsers no longer go on the blink and Jupiter aligns with Mars — like, maybe after the dawning of the….

    With so much happening in our wayward world, you’re forgiven if you’ve forgotten my intention to follow up. But that doesn’t mean you’re spared these leftovers — because it dawned on me even back then that….

    Speaking of remembering, I’d like to note the passing eight days ago of Vera Lynn at age 103. I know of no more popular English female vocalist, especially during WW II when she toured Egypt, India, and Burma entertaining British troops, who named her their favorite musical artist. A brilliant new star shines in the heavens this month.

    You may have gathered by now, friends, that the Firefox fix is finally in. Actually (and unbelievably), as I was preparing this post yesterday, I stumbled upon a way to copy music videos to my blog — so, between today’s fix and yesterday’s good fortune (my technological ignorance notwithstanding), I’m feeling so sky high, I could reach up and grab….

    With a shout out of appreciation to those readers who offered possible solutions to my tech problems, I’ll close out this series of star songs with THE star female vocalist of the 20th century:

     
    • Rivergirl 7:40 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad it’s finally fixed on your end. Sadly two of the three videos were unavailable to me. Computers are a strange thing…

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. Actually, I posted four videos: AGE OF AQUARIUS, THE STARS WILL REMEMBER, A HANDFUL OF STARS, and THE STARLIT HOUR. Hopefully, the unavailable (to you) videos will appear when my daughter completes her “fix” later today.

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      • calmkate 8:28 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        all four worked fine for me, they took a while to start but all good!

        Fancy making it to 103, what a legend ❤

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        • mistermuse 10:51 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for advising me that all four worked for you — it’s a relief to know that the ‘no-shows’ aren’t no-shows universally!

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        • calmkate 6:41 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          no occasionally I’m block from videos on d’Verse poetry site but yours always seem to work fine!

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    • calmkate 8:24 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh joy of joy, you sound like the MrM I know … all done and dusted!

      You’ve not only conquered the technology challenges you’ve also brought back some lovely memories with this collection 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:33 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry to temper your joy, Kate, but any “high” I’m on now is strictly short term as long as Trump is Pres..When he goes, we can all thank our lucky stars!

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        • calmkate 6:44 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          we don’t even live there but will feel the same relief … if he stays we will all be trembling in fear!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:25 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Firefox to the rescue!

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      • mistermuse 11:44 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I managed to solve my video clip issue yesterday, but that was only one of my problems. Hopefully the Firefox installation today will “rescue” me from the rest of them.

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    • magickmermaid 1:44 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All the videos worked for me! My grandmother’s favourite stars were Tony Martin and Tyrone Power. 🙂
      I’m wishing on a star that all your internet troubles will be gone today! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:08 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks, mm. I haven’t forgotten your 6/21 comment regarding my “Like” problem, which I said I’d pass on to my daughter when she came to install Foxfire. She’s working on something else at present, but I’ll show it to her later to see if it can help me. Hopefully, by the end of the day, my internet troubles will indeed be gone! .

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        • magickmermaid 4:47 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          The “like” problem was happening to me until I worked out what the problem was.
          Soon you can be over the moon that all your stars are aligned. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 5:36 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          The “fix” is in, and so far, so good — “Like” is working on replies to my comments on various blogs. My daughter said your 6/21 suggestions are incorporated in Firefox, so she didn’t need to do anything extra. It’s all Greek to me, so I’ll take her word for it!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:15 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So happy that you’re back among the stars once again! I was happily able to listen to all four of your video clips. Nostalgia of my father who had records of your featured singers in his large musical collection.

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      • mistermuse 3:16 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, Rosaliene. I too once had a large musical collection including thousands of 78s, but had to sell that part of it and am left with hundreds of LPs. No doubt your father and I would’ve had a ball if we could have checked out each other’s collections!

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    • obbverse 5:02 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All four played, no problems. Hope the Firefox fix sticks.

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    • annieasksyou 10:06 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So how is it that Firefox is your friend and not mine? Can you tell me how you grabbed those videos bc I now can’t do it with the sly singed one.

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      • mistermuse 1:12 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The easiestt way is still the way I “stumbled” upon (as mentioned in my post) the day BEFORE Firefox was installed, which is to bring up the Youtube video you want to use, go to the URL in the address bar at the very top, then copy and paste as you would anything else you want to copy and paste. It’s so simple that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before!

        I hope this works for you as well as it works for me.

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    • masercot 11:13 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Believe it or not, my son and I were talking about Vera Lynn just last night. We were watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall. We both know a lot of her music and about her life.

      Synchronicity…

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      • mistermuse 12:02 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comment. Although I’ve long liked Vera Lynn’s voice, i didn’t know much about her until I was putting this post together and learned of her recent death….which led me to Wikipedia to learn more. I think she was under-appreciated in the U.S., despite her popularity in England.

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    • annieasksyou 1:58 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t want to take up more of your time with this browser stuff, but that was and is precisely what I do with Safari, but freakin’FF won’t comply. So I guess I shall have to remain bibrowsual. No need to respond; there are worse things in life.

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      • mistermuse 2:54 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mind responding again, Annie. If anyone knows it often takes two or more times to ‘get the job done,’ it’s me!

        In any case, here’s how my daughter told me to do it on Firefox: Bring up the music video you want to copy and, after starting to play it, right-click on the right hand side of the clip, which brings up a menu. Left-click the 4th item down, which is “Copy embedded code,” and you’re ready to paste the clip unto your post. I tried it once and it worked, so now I have my choice of two ways to post videos.

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    • dunnasead.co 10:10 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sometimes you hear such a beauty of voice you just want to listen, irregardless of what the orchestra, arrangements, tap dancers etc are doing. you are focused. this is focus music. thanks.

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      • mistermuse 11:00 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well said. No doubt the orchestral accompaniments to the Vera Lynn and Tony Martin vocals sound hoary to modern ears, but the “beauty of voice” is timeless.

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    • America On Coffee 12:24 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Mistermuse, video does not sow. Vera Lynn has the same occupation simultaneously, as did Edith Piaf!. Cheers and well wishes for a great Summer!💕☕️☕️

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    • mistermuse 12:56 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about the video not showing, AOC. Most of the previous commenters have reported being able to see all four videos, so the problem is apparently at your end. Hope you were able to view the other three.

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  • mistermuse 12:53 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ella Fitzgerald, , , , , Like Someone In Love,   

    LIKE, WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? 

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t liked your posts since about this time yesterday. I haven’t liked them, not because I haven’t liked them, but because I haven’t been able to Like them. All I get where one normally clicks “Like” is “Loading” — and as much as I’d like it to stop Loading, it doesn’t. I can still comment, but if I commented on all the posts I like but can’t Like, I’d spend my whole day writing comments….which isn’t likely, because I also like to eat, sleep, and be merry. So, since I can’t Like you on your posts, I’ll LIKE you musically here.

    Speaking of being merry, today is the birthday (May 21, 1904) of Thomas “Fats” Waller, who was about the merry-makingest singer/songwriter/pianist I know. Here he at the piano with such fellow jazz greats as Jack Teagarden and Gene Krupa playing his own composition I NEED SOMEONE LIKE YOU:

    There’s more “Like” songs where that came from. Here is the First Lady of Song/Queen of Jazz singing a ballad like only she can:

    I’d like to close with something high class, like this:

     

     
    • pendantry 12:56 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I get that ‘interminable loading’ problem with the ‘like’ thingy myself, sometimes. It usually goes away when I reload the page.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I can’t solve the problem come hell or high water, but then I’m in the same boat re most things technological. Hopefully, I can enlist one of my two tech-savvy daughters to help.

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      • Joseph Nebus 2:51 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I have that problem too, though not on every page. If I use the Reader page then usually I can hit the ‘like’ and that works.

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        • mistermuse 8:42 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. I was hoping to get help from my two daughters, but at this time, neither can give me ‘hands-on’ assistance for reasons beyond their control (illness in one case, lives out of town in the other). One tells me that the Reader page (which I never heard of) is too complicated for someone of my all-but-non-existent tech skills….which is undoubtedly true. Such is life in the big city, as they say.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:05 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        Since this is probably due to caching issue (a cache is a temporary memory), close the tab or window and reload the post in a new tab or window.

        If this does not solve the issue, then quit and restart your web browser.

        By the way, mistermuse, thank you for submitting your one-word comment “Like” at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/the-last-rag/

        Therefore, I would like to encourage you to submit another comment there with proper sentences so that I have something much more substantial to reply to.

        Please make sure that you are viewing my blog posts on a desktop or laptop computer because you will see and experience much more of the sophisticated features. Happy reading and happy listening there!

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        • mistermuse 5:42 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          The short answer to your suggestion that I submit a longer comment to your post is that I’m simply unable to submit time-consuming replies to anywhere near the number of posts of the many blogs I follow as I would like to….nor do I expect such comments from any of my followers who don’t have time (which is not to say that I don’t appreciate thoughtful comments when possible). Hence, I use “Like” as a better-than-nothing substitute.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:24 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        If you still have the issue after restarting your web browser, then restart your computer.

        If the issue persists after restarting your computer, then you will need to (partially) delete the cache history stored in your web browser.

        Alternatively, use a different web browser.

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    • Carmen 1:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Like’ – the most over-used word in the dictionary. I am a CBC junkie and nothing makes me sprint for the ‘off’ button any quicker than a person who’s being interviewed using that word at least three times in a sentence. You’ve probably heard them. . “Like, I used to be more introverted, but like I’m older now and like I just feel like talking to, like, more people. . ., you know what I mean?”
      But go ahead, ‘Like’ away! 😉 (at least, you can try!)

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, I don’t know what to say, except…. WHATEVER.

        P.S. That’s probably second only to Like as an over-used word. 😉

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 2:39 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a techie. But I’ve noticed that WordPress sometimes behaves differently depending upon what device I am using (laptop, iPhone, desktop). If you have more than one device, see if the problem exists on all of them.

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    • Rivergirl 4:01 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t like that you can’t like what you like on my page. I don’t like that at all.
      I do like good ole Fats though.
      😉

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You have excellent taste, Rg — Fats is one of my all-time favs, and that is one of my fav (and least-known) Waller songs.

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    • magickmermaid 4:23 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this post! I especially like the Fats Waller tune!

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    • obbverse 5:15 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Had the ‘like’ issue… sigh… If I can’t press Like now I just comment one word Like and hope there’s the understanding. WordPress can be willful and temperamental.

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    • cagedunn 6:02 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The like thingy? That’s why I click the like button before I open the page, otherwise, it just doesn’t happen. Been a thing for a while …

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      • mistermuse 6:48 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the tip, cd, but I’m not sure what you mean, because there’s no Like button (immediately following a post) to click — even on this post, I see only “Loading” where the Like button used to appear on all my posts in the past.

        P.S. I just checked a few of my previous posts, and “Loading” now appears in place of Like on all of them. Something is definitely screwed up.

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        • cagedunn 9:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink

          Sorry, the like button I press is on the reader, not after I click on the post. I haven’t been able to click on like in a post for so long, I don’t even think about it now, and do it before I open to read the contents.

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        • mistermuse 3:35 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks again, cd. I’ve now discovered that, although I get “Loading” on my computer, when I bring up my blog on my wife’s computer, the “Likes” on my posts are there (and she doesn’t even use WordPress). This suggests to me that the problem is either with WordPress or that Windows on my computer needs to be upgraded.

          I see that a new WordPress Editor is going to replace the old one on June 1. If that doesn’t correct the problem, I’ll ask my tech-savvy oldest daughter about upgrading Windows the next time she visits from out of town.

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    • calmkate 4:53 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry you’re having difficulty ‘liking’ anyone, a counsellor might help?

      Ella sure is the queen! And totally enjoyed [not liked] the other two, thanks 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, even a tech counselor couldn’t help me, because the ability to understand technology is simply not in my DNA (not unlike a regular counselor being able to help Trump, because empathy isn’t in his DNA).

        Glad you enjoyed the music!

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    • Garfield Hug 6:01 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I missed your voice and now I know why! I hope they sort it out for you Mistermuse. I thrive on your “LIKES” as it means you enjoyed it LOL!

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, GH. Even though I can’t “Like” your posts, I’ll try to comment on at least one of them every day or two, just so you and Garfield know I’m thinking of you!

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        • Garfield Hug 9:16 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Awww this is really sweet 🥰

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        • mistermuse 11:17 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          At least “Like” is now working on comments, even though I still get nothing but “Loading” immediately below my (and others’) posts. Hopefully that problem will resolve itself when WordPress replaces its old Editor with the new WordPress editor on June 1 (don’t ask me to explain it — all I know is that it’s coming).

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    • annieasksyou 10:38 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “ I like you as you are,” said another mister, last name Rogers. Like it or not, I’m gonna tell you about my techie afternoon. Wanted to add a very important update to my latest look at the Tara Reade accusation against Joe Biden, added it to post, pressed update. Nothing. Six tries, as many happy WP folks, three hours, changed browser. Nada. Must be your computer, they said. I think not. Finally added update to comments, thanking two bloggers who brought it to my attention. Ok. I’m done. I mean like, did that help you feel better about your like dilemma? Your music helped me!

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    • mistermuse 11:13 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to be of musical assistance, Annie. As for “I like you as you are,” could there ever be a greater difference in modeling what should “make America great” than Mister Rogers and Donald Trump?

      And now I’m off to check out your Tara Reade/Joe Biden update.

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    • Elizabeth 12:54 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your last band brought back a memory of a jug band formed by a group of neer-do-wells of my acquaintance! As for “like” all I could think of was Seuss “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am.”

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      • mistermuse 2:35 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Elizabeth, your comment brought back a memory of this song:

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        • Elizabeth 5:14 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          I couldn’t get the link to work. Is there a title for it?

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        • mistermuse 7:53 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          It’s a very old song called LITTLE BROWN JUG, Elizabeth. Sorry you couldn’t get it, but there quite a few versions on YouTube, so I’m sure you can find one that works, if interested.

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    • arekhill1 7:24 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I liked it. Worked right away. The Internet obeys me.

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      • mistermuse 8:34 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll gladly take your word for it, Ricardo, because I’m still seeing “Loading” below the post where “Likes” should be. There could be millions of “Likes” there, for all I know (OK, maybe only thousands — I’m not greedy).

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    • restlessjo 3:53 am on May 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice bit of Ella 🙂 🙂 Don’t worry about the likes or not likes, so long as you’re still around.

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    • Strait,NoChaser 7:23 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks very, very much! It’s great to meet a fellow jazz lover!

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      • mistermuse 9:46 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome….though I must admit to not being a fan of all types of jazz (bebop, for example). Glad you enjoyed the post..

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ball Of Fire, , Dixieland jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, Firehouse 5 + 2, Hotter Than That, , International Jazz Day, , , Old MacDonald Had A Farm, ,   

    INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 

    April 30 is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY. Mistermuse could write a book about jazz, but many books have already been authored by jazz writers more authoritative than he, so mistermuse will settle for doing a post — and on this post, he has a chick who can sing a lick here, scat a lick there, wing a lick everywhere:

    You may think that’s hotter than a chicken wing or a pig on a spit — but here’s a cat who can scat too, and when he blows his bugle, he’s even….

    Is your computer smoking yet? We don’t want to alarm the Firehouse brigade, so before your pc bursts into a

    ….let’s do one number more and stop at four, because….

     

     

     
    • calmkate 2:25 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ah you managed to warm my heart on a cold wet winters day!
      Thanks Mr M … everyday should be jazz day 😎

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    • blindzanygirl 3:37 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful

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    • masercot 12:05 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      • mistermuse 2:59 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the link. Haven’t heard that version, but I know the song — it was recorded by the great Bessie Smith in 1928. I love the vocal on your clip — who is the vocalist?

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    • Don Ostertag 12:22 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      gives me an excuse to play my jazz collection, as if I needed an excuse. Bit of trivia – Firehouse 5 had a day job. The were animators for Disney.

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      • mistermuse 3:18 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Don. Actually, I did know about the Disney connection. I own a few of their record albums, and the notes on one of them say that band founder trombonist Ward Kimball and tin whistle player Walt Kelly (of Pogo fame) first met at Disney Studios in 1934. They’re not my fav Dixieland band, but I still enjoy listening to them.

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    • annieasksyou 7:32 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Who says that’s a plenty? I wouldn’t my have minded several more. And a Happy International Jazz Day to you, mistermuse. Sure glad I got to this today; otherwise it wouldn’t have had the same cachet.

      And that chick Ella (my feathers were a little ruffled by your so naming her til the song began): anyone who can elevate a children’s nursery rhyme to art…well, she’s one cool scat.
      Such delight!

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      • mistermuse 10:51 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        it was a feather in my cap, not only to have found the Ella clip, but the clip which is my favorite of the four: HOTTER THAN THAT. The “cat who can scat” in that recording is of course Louis Armstrong, and I’ve never heard him scat better than he does starting one minute and twenty seconds into the clip. It doesn’t get any hotter than that!

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        • annieasksyou 8:15 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink

          At a high school reunion years ago, I was talking with the guy who was my senior prom date. He insisted that after the dance, we went into New York and saw Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. I was appalled at myself: how could I have NO recollection of such a significant event? Just months ago, I found an old scrapbook I’d made (we did that in those days), and I’d written how awful my date was and noted the performers we’d seen: much lesser lights than those two musical giants.
          I shall revisit your Satch video to see if I’ll be further tickled by his scats.

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        • mistermuse 8:54 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for that interesting remembrance.

          For decades, I’ve owned well over a dozen Louis LPs, at least one of which includes HOTTER THAN THAT….and I’M appalled at myself that I didn’t recollect how great his scatting was on that 1920s recording (until I found the video). Of course, he was at the peak of his creative power (both playing and scatting) back then, and that was only one of many unbelievable performances, so I suppose I should forgive myself for forgetting one of them.

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    • annieasksyou 9:01 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Right—I think we both have to stop being appalled at ourselves…

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    • Elizabeth 6:32 pm on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It would have been wonderful to have had Ella as a grandmother entertaining us with that version. I wonder what she could do with the other standard nursery rhymes.

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      • mistermuse 12:11 am on May 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Wonder no more, Elizabeth. As a matter of fact, her first big hit record was a song she co-wrote in 1938 based on the nursery rhyme A-TISKET A-TASKET. Here, she sings it in a clip from the 1942 Abbot & Costello film RIDE ‘EM COWBOY:

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    • moorezart 9:19 pm on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • mistermuse 12:14 am on May 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Moorezart for more jazz, and more jazz for moorezart. I dig it!

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    • Silver Screenings 10:14 pm on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for including that great scene from Ball of Fire! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:28 pm on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Any scene with Barbara Stanwyck is a pleasure to watch — though I must say (when it comes to screwball comedies) that I liked THE LADY EVE (with her and Henry Fonda) better than BALL OF FIRE.

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        • Silver Screenings 8:39 am on May 5, 2020 Permalink

          Agreed. I prefer The Lady Eve, too. Stanwyck is perfectly cast in that film – I can’t imagine anyone else in that role.

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    • America On Coffee 8:49 pm on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love jazz covers today which are going in many directions and genre incorporations. I wonder too,if Scat is the grandparent of rap…🤔

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    • lorraineanne 11:10 am on May 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      this is amazing~ thank you for sharing.
      If you get a chance, I’d really appreciate if you can check out my music/ art blog.
      It would mean a lot!
      https://thehighsnlows.com

      lo

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      • mistermuse 12:47 pm on May 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment. I read your latest (Jazz Festivals) post, but currently have too much on my plate to read more. At this point, I can only say I liked what I saw and will try to check out a few more of your posts when I have time.

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  • mistermuse 12:03 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ella Fitzgerald, , , , , The Love I Long For,   

    TWO IN ONE 

    April 23 is both LOVER’S DAY and TAKE A CHANCE DAY. As it happens, one of my favorite composers wrote a song which encompasses both of those gambols/gambles in one title:

    The name of that composer is Vladimir Dukelsky, better known to lovers (of The Golden Age of Popular Music) as VERNON DUKE, writer of such all-time standards as APRIL IN PARIS and AUTUMN IN NEW YORK. Here, in keeping with our ‘double take’ on this occasion, is one of his lesser known songs:

    On this April day, I will keep our celebration short and bittersweet by closing with the above-noted ‘song of the month’:

     
    • calmkate 1:29 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      absolutely loved Ethels voice and that young dancer would be up there with Fred!

      As for Ella, what a legend, thanks for such a cheerful musical interlude 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:51 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You mean Mister (Fred) Rogers, of course! (Just kidding — thanks for stopping by my neighborhood.)

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        • calmkate 6:22 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          yes it’s getting a bit dangerous over there … guns, viral deaths, rallies, no foreigners … you take care 🙂

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    • masercot 4:52 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Watching Ethel Waters gives me another three and a half hours of hope…

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      • mistermuse 10:36 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s not settle for just 3 1/2 hours of hope. Here, courtesy of Ethel, is what I’m hoping for on Nov. 3:

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        • masercot 11:48 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          When Esso changed to Exxon, there were commercials with the Esso tiger singing just that song. Not as well as Waters, but pretty good for a tiger…

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        • magickmermaid 5:46 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          Great tunes and dancing! 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 8:04 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fascinated with Ella’s scat when I was a child. I’d watch an old movie and skip around the house scatting. My parents were very tolerant people…
      😉

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      • mistermuse 10:43 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The first to scat may have been Satchmo, but Ella certainly did scat mo’ (never miss a chance to make a bad pun, I always say). 😉

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    • Ashley 8:14 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My oh my! What a joy to watch and listen to Ethel Waters! A delight. I smiled all the way through and I’m playing it again as I write. (Also the 2 dancers are amazing!) There’s so much missing in our lives these days that I’m glad you’re there to remind us of happiness.

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      • mistermuse 10:53 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. That clip is from the 1943 film CABIN IN THE SKY, one of the few Hollywood films of that era with an all-black cast, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. It was also the first movie directed by Vincente Minnelli (future husband of Judy Garland and father of Liza Minnelli).

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    • arekhill1 11:33 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s the Apocalypse, too, Sr. Muse…https://www.richardcahill.net/home/the-rapture-is-today

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      • mistermuse 12:32 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope it holds off until after the NFL draft tonight, Ricardo, because I’m so starved for sports, I wouldn’t mind if my Cincinnati Bengals drafted Donald Trump. Hey, if he can make America great again, think what he could do for the Bengals.

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    • willedare 1:01 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful post — Vernon Duke and Ethel Waters and Eddie Anderson (and one other great dancer!) and Ella and then another Ethel Waters song in the comments! I have long loved and been astounded by Ella’s musical gifts, but only recently begun appreciating the wonderful Ms. Waters. Turns out a bunch of great songs were written for her to debut in clubs, on Broadway, and in the movies — and she sang (or in the case of movies sang and then lip-synched) them so well! I saw a video recently of her performing Irving Berlin’s “Suppertime” on a TV show hosted by Diana Ross. Ms. Waters had debuted the song many years before in a hit Irving Berlin revue — and her performance on TV many years later was still masterful and heart-breaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Zvjjbc-Hk

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      • mistermuse 3:00 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you on both Ella and Ethel, as shown by the many LPs of both in my record collection. The clip of Ethel (in the comments) is particularly interesting because the record was made in 1921 when recording equipment was primitive and the band behind her was rather primitive also….yet her voice cones through beautifully.

        I’ve read quite a bit about her, including in a bio (of her contemporary, lyricist Andy Razaf) titled BLACK AND BLUE which I’ve just finished. It seems she was a bit of a prima donna until she “got religion” late in life. But who can blame her — black artists had it rough in those days, to say the least.

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    • Don Ostertag 2:34 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for bringing this wonderful, talented group of old time greats to the attention of many who weren’t familiar with them.

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      • mistermuse 3:25 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I do this kind of post fairly often, and would do them even more often if I thought there was a sufficient ‘audience’ for that era among my readers. Perhaps there is, and maybe I’ve underestimated it (in any case, “sufficient” is in the eye of the beholder), so look for more “as time goes by.”

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        • Don Ostertag 3:35 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          I would hope there would be a lot of interest in your blogs of this type. Our youngsters should not live by rap alone.

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    • annieasksyou 5:03 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was a loverly trio—and encore—and I’m happy I dropped in by chance (not!) The Ethel Waters recording was tip-tap, and Ella never fails to delight me. I’ve heard April in Paris a zillion times, but I don’t ever remember the singer enunciating WHOM can I run to? So viva la grammariana!
      When you responded to a comment by enriching your Nov 3 response with an Ethel reprieve, I thought of you as a Harpo Marxist—making a point with a recorded song instead of a horn.
      While I’m here, I thank you for your like of my women and successful leadership in pandemic post. Unlike your previous likes, that like did go through. I’m assuming you didn’t comment, but since I just read an entire post of people complaining that WP was swallowing their comments, I wanted to make sure.
      I did respond to one of my respondents on that post with a triple pun, which I feel obliged to report to you due to our shared pun-y weakness.

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t remember commenting on that post, but I see you commented there on Nov. 12 that you “LOVE bad puns” — which leads me to think your comment may have been in response to a comment of mine that WP subsequently “swallowed.” In any case, that seems like an eternity ago, so (moving on) I’m glad you enjoyed the ‘Ethel and Ella’ show and noticed the to “WHOM” it may concern — namely, us.

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    • Elizabeth 4:52 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hadn’t heard from Waters in a long time and was glad to have a chance to listen to her again.

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      • mistermuse 5:28 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Ethel was born in poverty, but went on to become a great vocalist, and the first black woman to integrate Broadway’s theater district and have her own TV show. What a woman!

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        • Elizabeth 6:16 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink

          Did she have any roles where she didn’t have to dress down as in “Cabin in the Sky?”

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        • mistermuse 6:54 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink

          Female blues singers were the rage in the 1920s, which is how she became famous. There were few opportunities for black women in film then (and for years to come) other than as maids and housekeepers, so dressing up was ‘out of the picture,’ if you’ll pardon the pun. Here’s more info:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethel_Waters

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  • mistermuse 7:11 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ella Fitzgerald, Fine and Dandy, , Kay Swift, ,   

    SWIFT, UP AMONG THE CHIMNEY POTS 

    chimney pot, a pipe of earthenware or metal fitted on top of a chimney to increase the draft and carry off the smoke. –The World Book Dictionary

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    Today I’d like to tell you about a classy dame by the name of KAY SWIFT, who was the first woman to write the complete score for an American musical (FINE AND DANDY, in 1930). To be honest, though, that wasn’t what prompted me to write this post — the real trigger was that, although I’ve long been a fan of her music, today I came across a song of hers I hadn’t heard before, and I liked it so much that I’d like to share it with you (along, while I’m at it, with two other Swift favorites).

    The song I hadn’t heard before (with the curious title UP AMONG THE CHIMNEY POTS) is sung here by jazz vocalist Louise Carlyle, with the composer at the piano:

    SWIFT was born in NYC in 1897. She trained as a classical musician and composer at what is now called the Julliard School, but was a great fan of popular songwriter Irving Berlin and, later, George Gershwin, with whom she became intimately involved (for more, go to this link, then click BIOGRAPHY (upper left below the word SWIFT):

    http://www.kayswift.com/

    Swift married her first husband, banker James Warburg, in 1918. A banker might be the last person you think of as a writer of lyrics to romantic songs, but’s that’s exactly what he was (under the name Paul James) to the music of his composer wife….until they divorced in 1934 — the same year he resigned as financial advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt.

    I turn now to the first-written (1929) of my favorite Kay Swift/Paul James songs:

    Let’s close with the title song from the aforementioned 1930 musical FINE AND DANDY:

     
    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:03 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for bringing her to my and other people’s attention. Don’t think I heard of her before.

      Neil Scheinin

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      • mistermuse 11:27 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        My pleasure, Neil. There were relatively few female songwriters in the 1920s & 30s. The most well-known one was Dorothy Fields, and even she has been largely forgotten. I should do a series on them because they wrote some great songs which deserve to be heard again.

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    • calmkate 9:17 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      wow great tunes, great musos and favourite Jazz singers … all hoppin good 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:40 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kate. I love sophisticated songs with popular appeal such as those of Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Noel Coward and other “Golden Era of Popular Music” song writers. I think the three Kay Swift songs above are in and of that class

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        • calmkate 11:47 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink

          indeed that are classy and talented … a banker writing songs, who’d have guessed 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 10:10 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Video unavailable… but was that Ella? I just saw a documentary on the Apollo Theater in Harlem that told the story of a young Ella Fitzgerald who forgot the words to a song during her first performance. The result? Scat.
      😊

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      • mistermuse 11:18 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry about the unavailable Ella video, Rg (actually, it’s Ella AND Louis Armstrong singing Can’t We Be Friends?). Here’s a different clip of the same singers and song — if this one is also unavailable, let me know, as there are other similar clips.

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    • Elizabeth 10:15 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That dreaded line “can’t we be friends?” Great post. Never heard of her or her “long involvement with Gershwin” as that biography puts it. Maybe they should have just been friends!

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      • mistermuse 11:50 pm on December 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        According to Wikipedia’s article on Kay Swift, “Gershwin and Swift’s affair lasted over ten years until his death in 1937. Despite their long relationship, Kay and George never married” — even after Kay’s divorce from Paul Warburg in 1934. So I suppose you could say that they were “just friends!”

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    • masercot 5:32 am on December 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Every time I learn something I did not know before, I become a little stronger and the end of the world draws nearer. Thank you for bringing Armageddon just a little closer.

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      • mistermuse 9:05 am on December 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I doubt that we’re going to see Armageddon in our lifetime (unless Trump is reelected next year). Nonetheless, I’m happy to take credit for helping make you a little stronger.

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    • Ashley 11:44 am on December 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! I will be listening to these over and over which is fine and dandy! Thanks for posting!

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    • Silver Screenings 7:09 pm on December 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You always treat us readers to terrific music. Thank you!

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      • mistermuse 12:58 am on December 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You’re most welcome, SS. I think it’s terrific too, so the old saying must be true that “Great minds think alike”!

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    • magickmermaid 12:17 pm on December 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Love these tunes!

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  • mistermuse 12:09 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blowin' In The Wind, Ella Fitzgerald, , Gone With The Wind, Gordon MacRae, High On A Windy Hill, , , , When I Get Low I Get High   

    JUST BECAUSE 

    Four days after RIDE THE WIND DAY comes JUST BECAUSE DAY. Because Aug. 27 is JUST BECAUSE DAY — and because some solid* would-be-gone-with-the wind songs didn’t make my RIDE THE WIND DAY post — today conveniently provides an excuse to rewind and take up where I left off. As it happens, I have just the appropriate song:

    Of all the wind songs I failed to include in my last post, perhaps I blew it the most with….

    If you’re feeling a bit low from on high,
    don’t end up on the downside like this guy….

    Be like Ella. Tell a fella….

    *Swing era slang for great, wonderful, sensational, far-out

     

     
    • emergingfromthedarknight 3:18 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You can never have too much wind or fresh air. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:31 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hurricane and tornado prone areas might take exception to “You can never have too much wind,” but I take your comment in the ‘breath of fresh air’ spirit in which it was intended. 🙂

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    • restlessjo 3:59 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Stunning track from Sinatra. Glad I stopped by! Have a great week 🙂 🙂

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    • Ashley 5:36 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh, you can’t beat old blue eyes!

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    • masercot 6:19 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I saw the Peter, Paul and Mary at Wolf Trap… with the Smothers Brothers…

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    • calmkate 7:07 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ella wins hands down, Peter Bald and Hairy 2nd … a bit breezy around here ❤

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      • mistermuse 9:01 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know about Peter, but I’m Bald and Hairy. Problem is, I’m bald where I should be hairy, and hairy where I should be bald.

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        • calmkate 9:03 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink

          ah gross that has totally destroyed the fantasy I had of you 😦

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        • mistermuse 9:38 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink

          Sorry about the destroyed fantasy, but that’s how it goes: Hair today, gone tomorrow.

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    • Rivergirl 8:30 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      There’s one type of wind I don’t see represented…. but that’s probably a good thing.
      🤣

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      • mistermuse 9:06 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Aug. 27 also happens to be Global Forgiveness Day, so I forgive you for that ‘muse-like’ quip. 😉

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    • mlrover 9:02 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Was lucky to meet Gordon Mcrae when in my teens, when I knew his mother-in-law, a delightful British lady. He would visit her with roses and candies and that big beautiful smile. What a wonderful personality. Apparently the story about how he was discovered for movies is true, overheard singing in the showers, mostly likely at Warner Bros. Before that he’d worked on stage and in radio. At least the shower story is what Sheila told and that she’d met him when he “carried a spear” in a movie. A family story, so who knows if it was a joke. Never met Sheila but the grandkids were good about visiting their grandmother.

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      • mistermuse 9:11 am on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        How interesting! I’ve always liked Gordon MacRae as a singer, and it’s good to know that he was a good guy as well.

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    • Elizabeth 4:41 pm on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      “Just because my composure sort of slips..” Plus it is an invaluable phrase for a parent. I probably should have had it imprinted on a t-shirt.

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      • mistermuse 5:22 pm on August 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I think “Because I say so” is the old standby phrase for a parent, though I’m not sure how invaluable it is. I am surprised that it’s not one of Trump’s favorite phrases, because it’s obviously his modus operandi.

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    • Garfield Hug 11:32 am on August 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the songs. Cheered me up!👍😃

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    • moorezart 5:33 pm on August 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 5:57 pm on August 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! I can’t think of a more appropriate post for you to reblog, Just Because. Hahahaha.

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    • America On Coffee 12:12 pm on September 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Video is not available.😰

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      • mistermuse 5:42 pm on September 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry, but I don’t know which video you’re referring to: GONE WITH THE WIND, BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND, HIGH ON A WINDY HILL, or WHEN I GET LOW I GET HIGH.

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        • America On Coffee 5:48 pm on September 10, 2019 Permalink

          Sorry the unavailable is Gone With The Wind.

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        • mistermuse 9:28 pm on September 10, 2019 Permalink

          Here is a different video of GONE WITH THE WIND (this one by Ella Fitzgerald) which I hope is available to you. The song was written two years before the film of the same name came out in 1939, and should not be confused with the movie’s theme song (aka Tara’s Theme):

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  • mistermuse 12:05 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Don't call me Shirley, , Ella Fitzgerald, , INTERNATIONAL KISSING DAY, , Kim Jong Un, , , LOVER COME BACK TO ME, , ,   

    DON’T FORGET TO KISS AND MAKE UP 

    First, I want to beg your forgiveness for forgetting to publish a post for you on July 2nd (I FORGOT DAY), for I forgot it was I FORGOT DAY….but even if I hadn’t forgotten it was I FORGOT DAY,  I might have forgotten to forget what I forgot. In any case, my bad.

    If memory serves me right, friends, they say you never get a second chance to make a worst impression. But now it’s July 6th (INTERNATIONAL KISSING DAY), so let us let bygones be bygones, kiss and make up. After all, if Trump and North Korean dicktator Kim Jong Un can rise above it all on the world stage, you can see that you and I, surely, should be able to get down to a measure of serendipity on this piddling platform (albeit a bit less passionately than The Donald embracing Un). Of course, it would surely help if you….

    And just in case you forgot how Trump and Un have come to feel about each other….

    Surly friends, it’s TIME to bury the hatchet, forget that I forgot, dig our differences, and pucker up. However, since kissing can transmit 80 million microbes of bacteria in a single buss, I suggest we get off the buss and blow each other kisses electronically. Ready. Set. Blow. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    I’d blow more, but I don’t want this post to be X-rated. Besides, I want to leave space for you to return the love….

    I’m waiting.

     

     
    • calmkate 1:56 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      you clown! xxxxx

      loves his enemies who may well be lining his pockets and hates his allies …
      fighting UK for airports in 1770 .. what an insane accusation!

      Clearly demonstrates his keenness to suspend believability in order to brainwash us … maybe war with Iran isn’t enough, maybe he’d prefer to fight the Brits 😦

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      • mistermuse 7:50 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

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        • calmkate 7:08 pm on July 6, 2019 Permalink

          lol very good!

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        • mistermuse 8:18 pm on July 6, 2019 Permalink

          In case you didn’t recognize the clown opposite Judy Garland, that’s Gene Kelly (in a scene from the underrated 1948 film THE PIRATE). As for BE A CLOWN, it was composed by Cole Porter, who didn’t clown around when it came to writing good songs!

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    • Rachel McAlpine 2:58 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Xxx-ish

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 7:52 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      All is forgiven.

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    • Rivergirl 7:57 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t pick on poor Donald. His TelePrompTer died during his speech and he had to think for himself. We know that never ends well…

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      • mistermuse 8:13 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Apparently the rain prompted his TelePrompTer to quit. I’m amazed that he didn’t order Mother Nature to cease and desist (or maybe he did, but Mother Nature said Up yours, Almighty One!).

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    • masercot 9:11 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      It’s okay to bury the hatchet… but way better to bury it while your enemy is holding it…

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      • mistermuse 9:37 am on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        According to some Dems, Repubs aren’t the enemy, they’re just opponents. In that case, it’s better to bury the hatchet while your opponent is holding it.

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    • Elizabeth 5:12 pm on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe he is admitting his sexual preference after all these years!

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      • mistermuse 8:24 pm on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        One might think so, Elizabeth, the way he gushed his love for Kim Jong Un in that clip. But deep down, we all know that the only person Donald Trump really loves is Donald Trump.

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    • arekhill1 11:43 am on July 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Spent the 4th in Ensenada, Sr. Muse, practicing for my future in an entirely different country than Trump.

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    • mistermuse 12:51 pm on July 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Might as well seek your ‘ensalada days’ in Ensenada, Ricardo — our ‘salad days’ in America are in the past, thanks to Trump.

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    • thelonelyauthorblog 3:34 pm on July 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t worry, it’s all forgotten.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ella Fitzgerald, , , , , , THE FIRST LADY OF SONG, ,   

    SCREENINGS FOR ELLA 

    “….any day with Ella Fitzgerald is a grand day. ….that song [is] another one I hadn’t heard before.” –from a June 13 comment to my last (June 6th) post by Silver Screenings (a blog published by ‘Ruth’)

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    In my reply to Ruth, I noted that with June 15 nearing (the 23rd anniversary of Ella’s death), I’d use the occasion to post a remembrance, including clips of other songs she may not have heard Ella sing. Over the years, I’ve probably done over a dozen Ella clips, including a half dozen in my April 25th post titled THE FIRST LADY OF SONG. After screening a few previous Ella posts to try to avoid repetition, hopefully the songs that follow will fall fresh on Ruth’s ‘Ella-fan-true’ ears (as opposed to mistermuse’s Elephant ears).

    Let’s start with an early Ella (as ‘girl’ vocalist with Chick Webb’s Orchestra in April 1936):

    Next, we turn from the swinging Ella to a more dreamy Ella:

    Before you tune out, I know some of you guys aren’t fans of my kind of music (or the songbirds who warble it), so next time I’ll consider a return to posting about your (and Mexico’s) favorite tweeter of note, Donaldo el Trumpo — mean-o-while, I bid you a fond….

     
    • blindzanygirl 1:26 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      SUCH a Lady!

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    • calmkate 3:18 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      What a Woman, What a Voice … love your choice of song!

      Assassination is the only option … and I don’t mean Ella, she’s moved on

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      • mistermuse 7:52 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        As much as I’d like to sing “That’s All, Brother” to Donaldo El Trumpo, assassinating a human being is against the law — not that Donaldo is human, or that he has a problem with breaking the law whenever it’s in the way of what he wants.

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    • Rivergirl 7:26 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ella was before my time… but it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the talent.

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    • Elizabeth 4:36 pm on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Funny how often Ella is an answer in a crossword puzzle. Thanks for sharing some music.

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    • masercot 1:10 pm on June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Band leaders back then wanted eye-candy. Ella was NOT that. But, talent will come out in the end.

      She sang a number in an Abbott and Costello movie (Tisket a Tasket, I think). It was fun seeing her so young.

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      • mistermuse 4:30 pm on June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, Chick Webb’s was one of the better jazz bands of the Swing era, and while it didn’t hurt to be good-looking, I don’t think Chick or most of the top jazz leaders hired mediocre vocalists (though I grant you that wasn’t the case with some of the ‘sweet’ bands back then).

        At any rate, I’m glad you enjoyed the clips, and you’re right about Ella singing that song in an Abbott and Costello movie (it was RIDE ‘EM COWBOY, 1942).

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    • Don Ostertag 1:26 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      She was so great, both as a singer and a person. I had the good luck to have worked her many times. When she was on stage I never left the wings. I listen to her darn near every day. Doesn’t seem like it has been 23 years since she died.

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      • mistermuse 4:15 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comment, Don.

        I only saw her once in person (at a hotel in San Francisco almost 40 years ago). She of course sang great, but my most vivid memory of that night was when she paused in the middle of a song and asked a smoker (who was seated right in front of the stage) to put out his cigarette because the smoke was drifting up into her face and throat. You probably have some ‘unscripted’ moments of Ella as well — if you’d care to share one of them, I invite you to do so.

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        • Don Ostertag 5:06 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink

          No stories actually because she was so easy to work and so polite to every one. The first time I ever saw her was at a jazz club shortly after I got out of the service. I was sitting next to a ‘cat’ and we got to talking, waiting for her to come on. She came on, smiled at my new friend and after her first song introduced him. He had told me his name was Joe, but not that he was Philly Joe Jones, the drummer with the Miles Davis Quintet. Then later he introduced me to Ella and told her that I was in love with her. I didn’t deny it.

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    • mistermuse 6:55 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a great story in itself, Don. I wouldn’t have denied I was in love with her either.

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    • Silver Screenings 5:06 pm on June 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this treat. I listened to all these songs as I’m catching up on my blog reading, and I’m about to listen to them all again. These are wonderful.

      And thanks for the shout-out too! 🙂

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    • Ética Hoje 6:00 pm on July 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Olá
      Muito bom ler sobre música
      Tudo de bom
      Um abraço

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  • mistermuse 12:03 am on April 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dedicated To You, Ella Fitzgerald, , It's All Right With Me, It's Wonderful, , ,   

    THE FIRST LADY OF SONG 

    The only thing better than singing is more singing. –Ella Fitzgerald

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

    Today marks the birthday (4/25/1917) of one of my all-time favorite female jazz vocalists, Ella Fitzgerald. Nearly forty years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing/hearing The First Lady of Song (as she was fittingly known) when she was appearing in San Francisco at a time I happened to be there. Her performance that night confirmed what I’d dug from decades of collecting her records and listening to her sing and interpret lyrics as only she could.

    Ella, my musical muse and soulmate in song, for all the ‘spiritual’ pleasure you brought (and continue to bring) me and countless other fans over the years, this post is….

    Like the Lady said at the start, the only thing better than singing is more singing (especially when It’s Wonderful singing):

    I first got hooked on (and continue to love) Ella’s feel for a song as the ‘girl’ vocalist with Chick Webb’s Band in the mid-to-late 1930s. Even before reaching stardom, there was little doubt she meant it when she expressed….

    ….and then she became the band’s BIG attraction when her rendition of A-TISKET, A TASKET became a #1 hit in 1938. Later in her career, Ella’s vocals evolved into more of a scat-singing style, but I didn’t scat from evolving with her and echoing….

    ….and I hope it’s all right with you.

     

     
  • mistermuse 12:20 am on September 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ella Fitzgerald, , improvisation, , , , , , Tony Jacobs, , , Vince Giordano and His Nighthawks   

    SCAT! 

    Wait — don’t scat! Stay where you are and let scat come to you — scat singing, that is — and who better to lay the scat on you than two of the best: Mel Tormé, whose birthday (9/13/25) we celebrate this month, and the First Lady of Scat, Ella Fitzgerald:

    Man, if that didn’t knock your socks off, you’d better put your shoes on and scat back to Squaresville, because you’re just not with it! To say scat singing is little more than vocal jazz improvisation with nonsense words is like saying The Donald is just improvising when he lets loose with nonsense tweets (to use a reverse perverse metaphor).

    So, who was the cat who ‘invented’ scat? There seems to be no definitive answer, but some say it began 2/26/26 when Louis Armstrong supposedly forgot the words to this song and began improvising a little more than halfway through the recording:

    Let’s wrap it up with this recent scat-iteration (which, I kid you not, ends with tweets):

    And now you can scat! Come back any time.

     
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