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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Eubie Blake, , , , John Glenn, , , , , , Truman Capote,   

    MAY IS OLDER AMERICANS MONTH (and don’t you forget it!) 

    May is OLDER AMERICANS MONTH. I’m pretty sure I qualify as an older American because, as George Washington told me, “The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves”….or maybe I’m thinkin’ of Lincoln (incidental details, like who said what, can get a bit hazy at my age). No matter — either way, it proves I’ve been around long enough to establish my bona feces.

    As long as I’m quoting bigwigs I have known or could have known (as the case may be), no doubt you will be interested in other memorable quotes that I remember, most of which admittedly weren’t said to me directly, but which I either overheard, or were whiskered to me in confidence by the quotees under their goatees (or beards, as the face may be):

    Old age is no place for sissies. –Bette Davis (whose facial hair at the time was confined to a mustache, as I recall)

    Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. –Truman Capote

    Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened. –Jennifer Yane

    If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself. — variously attributed to  Eubie Blake, Adolph Zukor and Mae West, among others

    There is no cure for the common birthday. —John Glenn

    You’re only as old as the girl that you feel. –Groucho Marx

    Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. –Chili Davis

    Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician. –Anonymous

    Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. –Anonymous

    So there you have the story of my anonymous existence: just when I’m on a roll, I run flush out of time. C’est la vie. Take it on out, Pops (Louis) and Schnoz (Jimmy):






    • Carmen 1:26 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of toilet paper – I don’t know about you mistermuse, but I’m looking forward to forgetting all the stupid sh*t I’ve done. . . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:29 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mean to spoil your hopes, Carmen, but may you have a long time to wait. 🙂


    • scifihammy 7:19 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      haha I like the quotes – and the fact that you knew George Washington! 😀

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      • mistermuse 8:45 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I not only knew him — we were so close, he admitted to me that he didn’t chop down the cherry tree — it was a SLIPPERY ELM (which is why it took him so long to get a handle on it….not to mention that the handle was missing a blade).

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    • GP Cox 8:15 am on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Forget what? (just kidding – I think). It’s about time us old folks got an honorable mention around Blogsville!

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    • Don Frankel 12:27 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      They give us a whole month? Some of us might not use all of it. But when it comes to time sometimes its the same…

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      • mistermuse 3:40 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, this is for those who “might not use all of it”:

        Note: Billie is backed this time by (among others) jazz legends Lester Young on tenor sax, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, and Teddy Wilson on piano.


    • D. Wallace Peach 8:08 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh goodness. I’m among this crowd. At least the sense of humor remains intact! The quote from Chili Davis is my favorite because it’s 100% true! Keep up the laughter. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I almost didn’t use the Chili Davis quote because initially, I couldn’t decide between it and a similar one by Ogden Nash (“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.”). I finally chose the Davis quote because I couldn’t stay undecided indefinitely. 🙂

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    • eths 10:44 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love the quotes!

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      • mistermuse 11:00 pm on May 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I especially liked the Capote, Yane, Glenn and ‘t.p.’ quotes because they were new to me, whereas the others were familiar.


    • Silver Screenings 9:37 am on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never seen this clip with Louis Armstrong and Jimmy Durante. The both of them have SO MUCH CHARISMA!

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      • mistermuse 12:16 pm on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Louis was long past his trumpet-playing prime by the time of that clip, and Jimmy was even older (by 7 years), but they both still had ‘it,’ charisma-wise. Interestingly, Jimmy also started out as a jazzman, playing piano and (in 1916) organizing the Original New Orleans Jazz Band (in New York!).


    • restlessjo 12:58 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All of them true, alas 🙂 🙂 But I won’t let it spoil my weekend.

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      • mistermuse 3:06 pm on May 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Do you know the definition of “weekend?” It’s the shortest distance between Friday and Monday — so enjoy it before it’s over! 🙂

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    • RMW 12:47 pm on May 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A little late commenting but my excuse is I was in Brighton, England (my birthplace) celebrating my birthday on this very day. So, as it was a big number birthday this post was very appropriate. Although I’m getting older, life is getting better. I’ve been saving the best for last. However, I do agree with the toilet paper analogy.

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  • mistermuse 4:48 pm on December 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Eubie Blake, , Lights of New York, , Noble Sissle, talking pictures, The Jazz Singer   


    Even the buffiest of old movie buffs are likely to think of Al Jolson’s THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) as the first sound film, notwithstanding the fact that it is mostly silent (part-talkie with bits of spoken dialogue in addition to musical segments). The first feature-length, all-talking picture was 1928’s LIGHTS OF NEW YORK, a crime drama which cost $28,000 to produce, and grossed over $1,000,000. You couldn’t get most of today’s entertainment prima dons and donnas to turn out the lights for $28,000.

    But neither of those films can hold claim to being the first sound movie. Experimentation with sound film had begun the previous decade, and in 1919 Lee de Forest filed the first patent on his sound-on-film process, calling it the De Forest Phonofilm. After several years of development, private and press demonstrations, de Forest publicly premiered 18 Phonofilm short films on April 15, 1923 at the independent Rivoli Theater in NYC (theater chains were controlled by Hollywood studios, none of which expressed an interest in his invention).

    Two of the 18 films featured the great vaudeville team of Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake (“The Dixie Duo”), who composed the music for SHUFFLE ALONG (the first Broadway hit musical written by African Americans), which included such songs as “I’m Just Wild About Harry” and “Love Will Find A Way.” Here is one of those two historic films:

    Noble Sissle died on this December day in 1975 at the age of 86. Eubie Blake found a way to live to age 96. Together, they live on in film and song.

    • Michaeline Montezinos 7:22 pm on December 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This story about the first actual talkie film by Eubie Blake and Noble Sisle is very interesting, mistermuse. The persistence of these film makers inspire me. Good post amd I am glad you did the research that made it quite enjoyable to read.


    • mistermuse 8:19 pm on December 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When it comes to the movies and music of that era, I’m already pretty well versed, Michaeline. For a post such as this, it’s just a matter of looking up some of the details, which I’m happy to do both for my enjoyment and the enjoyment of readers like you.


    • Don Frankel 11:23 am on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muse this is why you’re here. You keep these things alive.


    • mistermuse 6:15 pm on December 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      IT’S ALIVE!!! (“Love Will Find A Way.”)


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