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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ella Fitzgerald, , , , lemonade out of lemons, , , rain, , Where is the Sun?   

    IT’S RAINING MUSIC, SON 

    He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade stand. –Elbert Hubbard, American author and philosopher, 1915

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    Man can indeed make lemonade out of lemons, but is just as prone to do the reverse — for example, when a relationship turns sour. Such is life, my son. Wait a minute….I don’t have a son. Anyway — whoever you are, nowhere is love-gone-wrong more poignantly expressed than in rainy regrets captured in song, as rendered here by three of the most expressive singers in popular music history:

    In my previous post last week, I might have asked Mother Nature this question:

    Finally, it is right as the rain that the last of our three songs be sung by the one and only Ella Fitzgerald, who was born on this day (April 25, 1918):

    NOTE: Stormy Weather was composed by Harold Arlen, who also composed the 1944 show tune Right as the Rain and many other all-time standards.

     
    • calmkate 1:54 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow three of my favourite performers, well selected!

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      • mistermuse 7:51 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Three great songs sung by three great vocalists, backed by three great bands — it doesn’t get any better, if you’re a lover (of Golden Age music and classic jazz). 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 7:31 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, the great Harold Arlen–how about “Come Rain or Come Shine”?

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      • mistermuse 8:05 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Right on! Speaking of Harold Arlen, he also wrote a little-known song titled SPEAKING OF THE WEATHER (not to mention the very well known OVER THE RAINBOW).

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:47 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful songs. But I could do without the rain!

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    • Don Frankel 9:05 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse you’re three for three today. I didn’t have that particular recording of Billie Holiday but I do now. Thank you.

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    • arekhill1 9:35 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Where’s “Rainy Night in Georgia?” Oh, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFatAWbKow4

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      • mistermuse 10:25 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for this Ray Charles classic, Ricardo. Here’s another outstanding rendition of the song by Brook Benton, one of my favorite singers of the sixties (it was his last major hit):

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    • Garfield Hug 10:15 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mistermuse…thank you! So apt and descriptive of my lemony life thus far😉

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    • BroadBlogs 6:58 pm on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      In California rain is looking more like lemonade than lemons after five years of drought.

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      • mistermuse 8:04 am on April 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The funny thing about California’s weather is that there are enough different climates for half-a-dozen states, due to its length (770 miles from Mexican border to Oregon border) and topography (from 14,500 ft. above sea level at Mt. Whitney to -279 ft. below sea level at Badwater Basin in Death Valley). Thus. there can be a drought in one area at the same time it’s pouring in another.

        But generalizing about California’s weather apparently didn’t bother Lorenz Hart when he wrote this lyric: “hates California — it’s cold and it’s damp; that’s why The Lady Is A Tramp.” He obviously had San Francisco in mind, to the exclusion of LA LA LAND!

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Ella Fitzgerald, , , , , Old Fashioned Love, , ,   

    THIS POST IS FOR THE (LOVE)BIRDS 

    Now that NATIONAL BIRD DAY (see previous post) has come and flown, it’s time to transition from birds and bird song to love and love songs, in preparation for February 14 (VALENTINE’S DAY, aka ‘Woe To Guys Who Ignore It Day’). Let us begin the béguin*, boys and girls, by gauging your romantic wherewithall with this simple question:

    *French for flirtation

    Assuming that dealing with This Thing Called Love leaves you Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (and, if it doesn’t, you must be either a robot or a Republican), I suggest getting back to basics, starting with having that Old Fashioned Love in your heart:

    Relationships are like music: it’s essential to hit the right notes, but man does not live by instruments alone. For example, without lyrics, the title to the above song might just as well be Yabba Dabba Doo. Here is the same song sung with sweet words of undying love:

    I hope that the above is starting to get you guys in a romantic frame of mind. With little more than a month left before V-Day, I have only six more posts to fill your hearts with enough good old-fashioned love to pass muster with your SO. So, mister, rest assured I will work Night And Day to ready you to be in the I’m In The Mood For Love spirit.

     

     

     
    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 2:16 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Loved the music and the post – and laughed aloud over “a robot or a Republican.” Yabba Dabba Doo got a big grin, and you brought back memories of a particular piano man during my wanton days in grad school — when I rushed to the French Quarter the moment I could, and stayed much later (and drank much more) than made sense, given all.

      I always look forward to visiting your blog, and always leave with a smile.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
      – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • Mél@nie 3:59 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      EXCELLENT, Monsieur Muse! je viens d’avoir le béguin for your post… 🙂

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      avoir le béguin pour = to have a crush on… 🙂

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    • Carmen 6:04 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, of course I must love this post! 🙂 Great music! (as always!)

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      • Carmen 6:08 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Well, Ella Fitzgerald was anyway. The other two were not available (just in my country?) I’ll look ’em up, though.

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        • mistermuse 8:14 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink

          Thanks, Carmen. Sorry to hear that the OLD FASHIONED LOVE clips were unavailable to you, but you can probably find it performed by other artists, as I saw quite a few clips when I Googled it. 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 7:50 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And while we’re on the subject of lovebirds, if you haven’t seen La La Land, you must! I kept asking myself, why can’t the music in today’s Broadway musicals sound more like THAT?

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      • mistermuse 8:22 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve read excellent reviews, and seen the trailer, of La La Land — sounds like my kind of movie! I will indeed have to see it.

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    • Don Frankel 3:37 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Birds do it bees do it…”

      Then there’s. “The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…”

      What’s with all the bees?

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    • mistermuse 5:26 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Good question, Don. Lovers are vulnerable to getting ‘stung,’ but why lay it all on bees? Why not “The birds and the wasps” or “The birds and the mosquitoes” or “The birds and the scorpions?” If I were a bee, I would consider filing a honey of a lawsuit against the Powers that Be for beeing so hurtful.

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      • Don Frankel 8:56 am on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right Muse. In fact the only positive cultural exposition of Bees was in the ‘Bee Movie’ by Seinfeld. Otherwise it’s always negative images of people getting stung and nasty comments like. “Was you ever stung by a dead Bee.” From To Have and Have Not.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:19 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful songs. Ella is a favorite. V-day?? I’m still recovering from Christmas!

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      • mistermuse 10:29 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana — Ella’s a favorite of mine as well. As for recovering from Christmas, think of how poor Santa must be feeling after squeezing down millions of chimneys all night until dawn Christmas morning. 😦

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    • BroadBlogs 6:37 pm on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I see so many birds popping up on blogs lately. I guess spring is on the way.

      And Valentines Day for the love birds. ❤

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    • mistermuse 9:59 pm on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Birds may be popping up on blogs now, but come spring, they’ll be pooping up our windshields and other exposed auto parts. Fortunately I have a garage.

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  • rielyn 12:56 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Ella Fitzgerald,   

    Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Mistermuse: A Birthday Tribute 

    On this day, *ahem* years ago, mistermuse (aka my dad) was born. And so to mark this auspicious occasion, I have compiled a list of little known facts about his life. There are many things we already know about mistermuse – he’s a reader, writer, thinker, jazz aficionado and classic movie buff, and today, in honor of his birthday, here are ten things you didn’t know about the man who aMUSEs us all!

    1. His grandfather came from County Clare, Ireland and could “talk the blarney”. Perhaps this is where mistermuse got his way with words.
    2. As a boy he traded his set of original Superman comics for a BB gun. At least he didn’t shoot his eye out!
    3. He worked for the same company his entire career, starting out in the mailroom and working his way up. How many can say that today?
    4. He met my mom through a “computer dating service” – a newfangled thing in the 60’s. His first matches weren’t so hot and he was going to give up the experiment after his sixth and last match. Thank goodness my mom was the sixth and not the seventh!
    5. When I was five years old he brought home a pet for the family in a cardboard box – no, it wasn’t a puppy, it was a duckling! For the next ten years we had a duck waddling around in our suburban backyard.
    6. In his travels, mistermuse has visited eight countries (Canada, Mexico, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland), all fifty US states, and has taken pictures of covered bridges in every state that had one.
    7. He retired at age 50 with a nice early retirement package and then worked for a couple of years as a building security guard. His favorite part of that job was getting to watch TV while working.
    8. Mistermuse has a sneeze with a decibel level high enough to set off our doorbell sensor. Thankfully, he has not yet blown down the house.
    9. He was always a devoted son and cared for his mother for the last 11 years of her life while she lived with our family.
    10. He is the best dad I could ever ask for. 🙂

    So now you know ten more things about mistermuse than you did before and I hope you all enjoyed reading it too.

    And finally,

    Happy Birthday, Dad!

    As poet I can’t compare – your wit’s sharpened on a strop,
    but if Daddy I’m the bottom, you’re the top!

     
    • scifihammy 1:25 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday Mistermuse! What a lovely tribute 🙂

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    • Bun Karyudo 2:05 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This was a good post for me to read. This was my first visit to the Mistermuse site, so this post gave me a lot of factual data to be going on with. Incidentally, as a very young person, I do have a question about point number three: What’s mail? 😀

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    • linnetmoss 6:09 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Charming! I knew there was an Irish connection in there somewhere 🙂

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    • Carmen 6:18 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, well! About the Irish descendants – I figured as much! 🙂 I am wondering if he’s got a picture of the famous covered bridge in Hartland, New Brunswick (Canada). It’s supposed to be the longest in the world.

      What a track record! Since he’s always telling us things about everyone else, it was time we learned some things about him – thanks for that, eh? 😉

      Found this Irish blessing-
      “May the winds of fortune sail you
      May you sail a gentle sea.
      May it always be the other guy
      who says, “This drink’s on me!”

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mister (A)muse!!!

      xx

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      • mistermuse 7:01 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, well, I was simply overWELLmed to find this post on my blog when I turned on my computer this morning. Need I add that this was a complete surprise, and appreciated more than I can say. And now Ill tell you a thing or two you don’t know about daughter ‘rielyn’: she and her big sister are the best daughters a dad could wish for, and her ‘real’ name is LITTLE ONE (and oddly enough, we call her older sister ‘Big One’). Love you, Little One!

        Also thanks to scifihammy, Bun Karyudo, linnetmoss, and Carmen for their comments (and yes, Carmen, I have photographed the Hartland Covered Bridge from both sides of the river, although it took me two days to cross over the bridge from one end to the other). 🙂

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        • rielyn 5:39 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink

          You’re very welcome, Dad! I’m glad your readers like it too. 🙂

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    • Carmen 7:15 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The birthday boy makes an appearance, as cheeky as can be,
      Another year older and better at hyperbole. . . 🙂

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    • GP Cox 7:47 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What an outstanding tribute. Funny, one thing that caught my eye was the covered bridges. My own father was drawn to them as well, maybe that’s why I like them so much? My present one year at Easter was 2 duck chicks and yes, he loved his mother dearly.
      (Hey – are we related? haha)

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      • mistermuse 8:41 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks (on behalf of my daughter), GP. Yes, I believe we are related, in the best possible way — our common humanity. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 9:16 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy, Happy, Sr. Muse. And I trust your birthdays will continue to be happy, as long as you stay away from those Dayton girls.

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      • mistermuse 2:57 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I anticipated your advice by deleting the “Dayton girls” reference before I saw your comment, Ricardo, because I’d already forgotten all about them (besides, who outside of Ohio ever heard of Dayton?). “Let sleeping dogs lie” is my motto.

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 6:34 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink

          Come ON, MM! Everybody in the Air Force knows Dayton – the “big city” close to Wright Patterson AFB in Fairborn, of course.

          I don’t know if my Mom was one of those Dayton girls of whom you speak, but – from a story related to me when I was about five years old – she did attend Bath HS (where the football team chant was — “Saturday nite is Bath nite”).

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

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        • mistermuse 9:55 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink

          Well, I don’t know if I have any readers in the Air Force, but if so, I humbly apologize (which is more than I would probably do if those “Dayton girls” had been from Dayton, Tennessee (of Scopes Monkey Trial fame)!

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 10:52 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink

          lol – I doubt they would expect ap0logies – they’d most likely chuckle.

          I’m with you on Dayton, Tn. btw- apologies would, no doubt, be lost on them. Most folks with any sense are long-since gone, I imagine, and the rest – well, genetics will out?

          xx,
          mgh

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    • Carmen 9:26 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “stay away from those Dayton girls.” says the ‘sex magnet’. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:04 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I see that I didn’t delete the “Dayton girls” reference quick enough, Carmen. I hope this doesn’t change things between us. 🙂

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        • Carmen 3:21 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink

          Ha, ha. No chance, Mister!

          It might change things between myself and everyone else, though, because they might not have seen what I saw – arkehill’s hovercard. . . 🙂

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    • Cynthia Jobin 11:30 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Two literary giants in one family….who knew? Happy Birthday to you!

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      • mistermuse 2:46 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        One of those “literary giants” is a Little One, and the other is shrinking from old age — none the ‘less,’ all accolades are gratefully accepted. 🙂 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 8:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy birthday to your dad!

      I had no idea that there was computer dating in the 60s. Your parents were ahead of their time.

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    • mistermuse 9:17 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      And now we old-geezer parents are behind the times….and I have an idea the computer is behind that too.

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      • Cynthia Jobin 9:44 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I was in college in 1965 and I remember Operation Match. This sent me to Google which tells me:

        Operation Match was the first computer dating service in the United States, begun in 1965. Users filled out a paper questionnaire which they mailed in with a $3 fee. The questionnaire was geared to young college students seeking a date, not a marriage partner. Questions included “Do you believe in a God who answers prayer?” and “Is extensive sexual activity in preparation for marriage part of ‘growing up?’”[1] The questionnaires were transferred to punched cards[2] and processed on an IBM 7090 computer at the Avco service bureau in Wilmington, Massachusetts.[3] A week or two later, the user received an IBM 1401 print out in the mail listing the names and telephone numbers of their matches.[4]

        Operation Match was started by Harvard University undergraduate students Jeffrey C. Tarr, David L. Crump and Vaughan Morrill, with help from Douglas H. Ginsburg, then a student at Cornell[3] who later became Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. [5] Tarr, Crump and Ginsburg formed a company called Compatibility Research, Inc. and rolled out the service in several cities.

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        • mistermuse 12:16 am on October 19, 2016 Permalink

          I appreciate your taking the time to find and pass along that very interesting info, Cynthia. I don’t remember the name of the computer dating service which brought my wife and I together, nor do I remember the specific questions….which I suppose is typical of a man, but I make up for it by being the sexiest husband my wife ever had (not to mention the only one she ever had, but who’s counting?).

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    • Michaelinw Montezinos 11:33 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy birthday to a wonderful gentleman. Rielyn wrote a greeting that lets us know more about mistermuse. I hope you keep on writing and may the good luck of Ireland be with you always.

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    • Enigma 8:12 am on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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    • Don Frankel 10:02 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      And now we know the rest of the story. Well done Rielyn and you picked the perfect song.

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY MISTERMUSE!

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    • eths 7:52 pm on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely tribute!

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  • mistermuse 1:28 pm on July 27, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ella Fitzgerald, , ,   

    POETRY PLAYS JAZZ 

    My gig this time around is to do homage to old-fashioned jazz by way of verse, starting with musing about what impact jazz would have had on Shakespeare had it prospered in 1920s-30s fashion during his lifetime. And so, without further ado….

    GOTTA WRITE TO SING THE BLUES

    What would William
    have done with jazz?
    Would he take jazz
    where no one has?

    Would jazz-you-like-
    it, he accost?
    Would he find jazz
    love’s labour lost?

    Would he have played
    jazz instrument
    measure for meas-
    ure, or hell bent?

    Or would he have
    a vocalist been –
    the ‘King of Sing’
    of noted men?

    No! Peerless bard,
    writer of wrongs –
    If you dug jazz….
    you’d write the songs.

    JAZZ MAN

    doesn’t have
    to say it
    in words.

    ANTICIPATING ELLA

    You never knew where Ella
    would go with the next note….
    and even when it would be
    the note you thought it would be,
    it would surprise, because how could
    it be what you thought it would be?
    So it is, with the real greats –
    before they got jazz, jazz got them.

     
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