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  • mistermuse 1:05 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fats Waller, , , , , Peter Pan, , , , ,   


    My last post featured poetry which one of you commented that you wanted more of. So, it is by popular demand (who am I to deny my adoring readers?) that my Fats friend and I are bound to reply:

    The initials of that reader are mm. No, mistermuse isn’t the mm who asked for more. If you must know, it was magicmermaid, who I assume is a real person (not that mistermuse isn’t real — as real, at least, as magicmermaid….or as you, for that matter). You are real, aren’t you? — if not, just pretend you are, because mistermuse can use the reassurance.


    “Doubt is not a pleasant mental state, but certainty is a ridiculous one.” –Voltaire

    I can live with
    Uncertainty and doubt —
    It’s know-it-alls
    I have my doubts about.


    “I am not young enough to know everything.” –Sir James M. Barrie (author of the play subtitled The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up)

    Sorry that things didn’t quite Pan out
    (except in Neverland….or thereabout).


    “Scholars esteem knowledge not for its use in attaining other values, but as a value in itself.” –Max Eastman




    “If reality wants to get in touch, it knows where I am.” –Phil Proctor

    But if reality says,
    “Hello there, it’s me” —
    How would you know
    Absent a show of real ID?







    • Notes To Ponder 2:14 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Most excellent. 🙂

      Liked by 3 people

    • obbverse 3:03 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the wordplay muchly. May I add an offering on Peter Pan?
      See Ya Late-
      Pity poor pre-adolescent Peter Pan,
      Never fated to become a full grown man-
      Sadly remembered as a smart-mouthed juvenile,
      NOW he’d say ‘kids, don’t ever bait the crocodile.”

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    • Rivergirl 7:15 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “I’m not young enough to know everything” is a wonderful quote!

      Liked by 3 people

    • magickmermaid 10:34 am on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, MisterMuse! I wish everyone would follow my suggestions so readily. 😀
      Yet another reason why I don’t have a webcam. All and sundry would have seen me hopping around the livingroom to the Fats Waller tune! If he can’t make you dance, no one will!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:13 pm on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love them all, MisterMuse, especially “The Faux Pas of Positive Thinking” 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:36 pm on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise, Rosaliene. I was kind of partial to “Know Weigh Hose Say”….but when JosĂ© say “No way!”, I changed my mind.

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    • annieasksyou 11:11 pm on September 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      When magickmermaid, the Siren
      Called mistermuse to play
      The result was a fun environ
      So, “yes way,” I say.

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      • mistermuse 12:47 am on September 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I didn’t know you’re a poet —
        Or should I say, a poetess.,,,
        But any way you weigh it,
        You’re no damsel in distress.

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    • calmkate 2:14 am on September 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      very clever … I’m sure I’ve asked for more overtime … guess I dont have the magic touch!

      Liked by 1 person

    • Elizabeth 4:56 pm on September 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am not sure if I like the first one best or not. Better not be sure!

      Liked by 2 people

    • mistermuse 6:09 pm on September 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure how to respond to that, Elizabeth — but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. 😉


    • masercot 8:45 am on September 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The outcome is most obscure
      unless I’m sure

      When my confidence is at its height
      I probably haven’t done anything right…

      Liked by 2 people

    • mistermuse 11:42 am on September 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Compared to Trump,
      you’re ahead of the game —
      he NEVER does anything right
      and he’s never ever to blame.

      Liked by 1 person

    • arekhill1 10:32 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If there ever was a year that reality got in touch, it’s this one, Sr. Muse.

      Liked by 2 people

    • mistermuse 3:49 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I fear the worst of the year is yet to come after Nov. 3, no matter the election results.


    • Ana Daksina 11:41 pm on October 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Really is as really does, so I’m really glad I’m not really sure that I’m real. But here’s some reassurance anyway, for ya: “There, there, dear…” đŸ€€

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  • mistermuse 1:02 am on August 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fats Waller, , , , Leon Redbone, Relax, Relaxation Day, Take It Easy,   


    Today being RELAXATION DAY, I’m of a mind to put as little effort into this post as possible. Now that I think of it, I should probably stop right here….but then, how could I relax, knowing I’d short-changed my countless faithful followers. After all, our President never ceases to model being a ‘word’-class genius, so who am I to act less nobly than he — am I not duty-bound to follow his lead, even if I have to hold my nose? Of course snot.

    In any case, let us proceed….to RELAX:

    Well, that looked more like an example of do as they sing, not as they do. Here’s something a bit more in the spirit of the day:

    Now that we’ve boned up on how to properly relax, we can truly….

    But just in case you’re still not at ease with taking it easy today, I suggest that this demonstration of the lotus position warts — I mean, warrants — serious consideration (if you’re so inclined):


    Now that’s what I call a croaker who knows how to croak — I mean,       relax     .

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


    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 đŸŠ…àł‹áƒŠàźœàź‡ 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 đŸŠ…àł‹áƒŠàźœàź‡ 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!

      Liked by 1 person

    • 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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        • calmkate 4:23 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          lol very valid points once again MrM …
          I do like how your brain works 🙂

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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 đŸ„°

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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:


        • 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.


    • 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).


    • 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.

      Liked by 1 person

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

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

      Liked by 1 person

      • 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..


  • mistermuse 12:19 am on January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fats Waller, , I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, , , ,   


    Part 02 is such sweet sorrow,
    I could not wait till it be morrow
    To bring to you 02 before
    I bring to you Parts 03 and 04.
    Beyond 04 I cannot see,
    But two to one it won’t be 03.

    It’s not every day you see a poem co-authored by Shakespeare and Mistermuse….or a post about a man (Fats Waller) who was born in May and died in December, three days after my previous post featured a man (Spike Jones) who was born in December and died in May. A bit odd, perhaps, but hardly more noteworthy than a May-December romance….so, just for laughs, let’s call it a May-December Much Ado About Nothing.

    Thomas “Fats” Waller, for those whose knowledge of jazz history is thin, was born May 21, 1904 in NYC. His father, a minister, was strict and tried to restrict his son to church music, but Fats was more attracted to popular music, and after his mother died, he moved in with a man who befriended him, stride pianist James P. Johnson. At age 15, Waller was hired by the Lincoln Theatre as house organist, providing improvisational background music for silent movies. Thus began his career as one of the most beloved jazz musicians and prolific song writers of his time, ending with his premature death at age 39.

    Perhaps Waller is best remembered (if at all) for is his jovial personality and humorous way with popular songs such as this….

    ….and this:

    But Fats could do ’em straight, too, as with this 1936 classic:

    It’s only fitting to close with his 1929 composition and most famous song, which he often performed tongue-in-cheek, but took (mostly) seriously here:

    Until the next post in this series, behave yourself.


    • Don Frankel 10:44 am on January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The Muse and The Bard is to me like George and Ira or Oscar and Lorenz. I know I told you that I saw ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ on Broadway and it’s a great musical. There are not too many people whose lives are rich enough to make a musical about but Fats Waller’s was.

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      • mistermuse 12:11 pm on January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Don. Measure for Measure, that’s the best compliment I’ve had since the Twelfth Night of my marriage, which was 49 years ago.

        You did indeed tell me you saw AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ on Broadway, and you’re absolutely right about Fats Waller’s life. To quote jazz author Warren VachĂ©: “Fats Waller died tragically young. Although he left us a priceless heritage of songs that will be appreciated by generations to come, we will never know how much greater that heritage might have been if he had lived longer.”

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    • RMW 1:14 pm on January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Had no idea Fats Waller died so young… considering he was such an American icon and had such an influence on music, I always imagined him living well into old age.

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      • mistermuse 2:42 pm on January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        You might say that Fats ‘lived large’ in his short life, eating and drinking like there’s no tomorrow….until one day in his 39th year, there WAS no tomorrow. But he remains a bigger-than-life figure to this day, and rightly so.

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    • literaryeyes 6:04 pm on January 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The piano work in Ain’t Misbehaving is beautiful. These songs are like jazz and blues waltzing down the avenue. Serious and fun, just like Mr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 6:37 pm on January 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Mary. Not to make Don Frankel jealous, but you just tied (the first sentence in his comment) for best compliment. On second thought, I’ll give you the edge because a gentleman should always defer to a lady (before de fur flies). 🙂


  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Charioteers, , Fats Waller, , , , , , R songs, Red, Rosalie, Rosetta,   


    Although R (Part II) brings the number of posts (18) in this series in line with the corresponding letter of the alphabet, I foresee that after S and T, most of the remaining letters are going to present a challenge to staying on course  — especially X. The only gal I’m aware of whose name starts with X was Xanthippe, wife of Socrates, but as far as I know, no one back then wrote a song about her….and if they did, they left no record — or even sheet music. Papyrus would have been available, though apparently it was used for different ends, which in hindsight was a good idea on paper, but went to waste in practice.

    Meanswhile, back at the R, it’s time to ride:

    Red may have had a head start, but Rosetta and Rosalie have their own tales to tell:

    That’s all four now. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • arekhill1 12:04 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 12:53 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Now you’re “walking the (oldies) walk,” Ricardo. RENEE (1966) is my kind of R & R.


    • Jackie 1:28 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy thanksgiving! 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 6:51 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great selection here Muse. You really out did yourself with the Ink Spots, Fats Waller and Artie Shaw. Can’t beat that.

      X I can see will be a problem. I do know another famous woman whose name started with X, Ximena Diaz wife of Rodrigo Diaz who you may not recognize by that name. He is better known in history as El Cid. But I don’t think there was a song about her either. Hey I’m trying.

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      • mistermuse 10:34 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. After writing this post, I thought of Xenia as a girl’s name, but it’s still a name without a song. However, there’s still a while to go before I get to X, so something may yet turn up. BTW, the Artie Shaw song (ROSALIE) is by Cole Porter, which I think is the first Porter tune I’ve posted in this series. It would’ve been a sacrilege to run the alphabet without at least one Porter song!


    • Don Frankel 7:01 pm on November 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply


      Look what I found.


    • tref 10:59 pm on December 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      All great choices.

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      • mistermuse 12:34 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m particularly pleased that you liked RIDE RED RIDE, as The Charioteers were a very underappreciated quartet in those days, in my opinion.

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        • tref 2:30 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink

          I knew them from Darktown Strutters Ball, when I was a kid. Ezekiel Saw The Wheel, too.

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    • mistermuse 7:47 am on December 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I have dozens of The Charioteers old 78s (on the Columbia label). Considering that they were competing against The Mills Brothers and The Ink Spots, I guess ‘third place’ was nothing to complain about, as they sold a lot of records.


  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 9/11, , Fats Waller, , , , Obama, , , , , robocalls, , Twin Towers, voters, World Trade Center   


    If you’ve ever experienced watching something happen that you found hard to believe was happening — like the shock of seeing the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers burn and collapse as one plane, then another, exploded into them on 9/11 — you get the idea of what many felt watching voting results unfold on election night into the wee hours of 11/9.

    True — heavily-favored Hillary was a flawed candidate whose baggage was picked apart and mega-magnified by Trumped-up claims….and we who aren’t blind Clinton partisans realized that (for all her political experience) she was not a ‘natural’ as a campaigner, nor was she judicious enough to avoid making “deplorable” mistakes that left us wondering how someone so seasoned could make them. But we thought those shortcomings and errors paled in comparison to the narcissistic, knowledge-challenged, scorched-earth shamelessness of P.T. Barnum the Second, aka Donald Trump. Wrong. Disaffected voters sought a savior, and voted their anger, emotions and perceptions…. and now we face four years of BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, beginning January 20, Inauguration Day. It should be interesting.

    Meanwhile, back at the rant, I remember Republicans after the 2008 election vowing to do everything they could to make Obama a failed President. Contrast that with Obama at the White House yesterday saying he hopes Trump (who until recently claimed Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. & shouldn’t even be President) will be a success because “we’re Americans first,” not Republicans or Democrats. But enough about the election and wishful thinking. It’s over, and I’m looking at the bright side:
    No more political robocalls ad infinitum.
    No more political commercials on TV ad absurdum.
    No more mailbox stuffed with political spin ad nauseam.
    No more political campaign speeches which seem to go on ad vitam.
    Need I ad etcetera?

    • Garfield Hug 10:33 am on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You summed it well! 👏👏In my lil red dot we have to get to know Trump. Hopefully he puts his billionaire acumen to work and make America rich again. Good luck America.

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      • mistermuse 12:23 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If Dems give Trump more of a chance than Repubs gave Obama, it may help the country heal. “Good luck” is right!

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    • Cynthia Jobin 11:11 am on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the Fats Waller video…

      Liked by 1 person

    • Don Frankel 12:26 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It seems kind of silly to me for people to get all personally invested in whoever the President is. Maybe it’s having lived this long but as I’ve explained to two of my friends who were all shook up. You’re not going to get a check in the mail or go to jail.

      People used to like the President whoever he was. You can look up the approval ratings of both Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Both had approval ratings in the 60’s on a regular basis and you never saw people getting all choked up or screaming or cursing at them. Perhaps those days are gone. But try to remember if you find yourself getting blue in the face as a lot of people have done over Presidents W. Bush and Obama, they don’t care. You can call them names till the cows come home and they don’t care. And, this guy who has been a New York City landlord all his life, trust me, there’s not a damn thing you could ever say to him or about him that would ever make a dent.

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      • mistermuse 12:56 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Don, now that Trump’s the President-elect, you’re probably right that there’s nothing “you could ever say to or about him that would even make a dent” — however that certainly wasn’t the case during the campaign, when he erupted against practically everyone that rubbed him the wrong way. But maybe that was by design — a tactic to rile up his base and stir up the passions of those who could be pulled in by what others believed was thin-skinned narcissism and bullying.

        As for “you’re not going to go to jail” — that may be true for you and me, but not for Hillary if The Donald makes good on what he said at his campaign rallies. But that might just have been talk, too. We shall see.

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    • Don Frankel 5:00 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I’m not sure how Real Estate works out there in Cincinnati but in New York, yelling, cursing and being how shall we say passionate? is sort of a way of life. I worked in private Real Estate and got yelled at by the tenants. Then I worked in a Housing Agency for the City where I got yelled at by tenants, landlords contractors and anyone else associated with the business. It is not a PC environment.

      It wasn’t uncommon for a landlord to storm into my office, yell, threaten to sue and go all the way to The Supreme Court not because they owed the City money but because of the principle of the thing. I had my ways of dealing with it and it was also not uncommon that ten minutes later the guy was writing out a check for the money owed and then thanking me. Like I said they weren’t putting on an act. They were actually angry but they were also there to negotiate. It’s the way it goes. I’m surprised his routine went over all over the country but it did. But he’s no Ogre.

      Whether people like him or not you have to agree he went from never doing this before to getting elected President in 17 months. He obviously knew something the other 17 republicans and the 4 or 5 democrats that also ran, didn’t. And, most of those people have been running for President all their lives. He is easily the most successful man ever elected President and has to be one of the smartest. We’ll see what happens. But I wouldn’t worry if I were you.

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    • mistermuse 6:29 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, you’ve certainly educated me regarding how people interact with each other in NYC. That’s certainly not how it’s done here in Ohio or anywhere else I’ve been in the so-called Rust Belt — which makes me wonder all the more about Trump’s appeal here where people generally treat each other in a respectful manner (or what New Yorkers would call a PC environment — which to me is nothing more than their way of justifying their inability to relate without being rude). I believe Trump is a bully anywhere, whether he’s given a pass for it or not.

      As for ‘not to worry,’ I don’t worry for myself, but for the tone and example he set for the rest of the country during his campaign. That was about as ugly as it gets, and I’m just glad my daughters are old enough to see his conduct for what it was.

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    • arekhill1 8:07 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Idiocracy looms, Sr. Muse. If you haven’t seen the movie, make sure you do. The producers meant it to be a guide to the distant future, but we’ve made the leap already.

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    • mistermuse 9:38 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t seen it, but I see what you mean, judging from the reviews and description (the idea being that stupid people procreate at a much greater rate than smart people — definitely (speaking of PC) not a PC premise for a movie). Apparently it can be viewed in its entirety (84 min.) online — short enough to squeeze it into my day, one of these days.


    • Barney 2:05 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe, at this point, Benghazi did matter? Perhaps it was the emails, the lying or the influence peddling?

      I have to admit though, that I did expect Hillary to win. I guess it wasn’t ‘fixed’ afterall?

      Hope Trump does a good job; either way we will bear the results just as we have the last 40+ Presidents.


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    • mistermuse 7:16 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, if it isn’t my old pal, Barney Google Ben Ghazi Crumling — long time, no here. For the love of Mike, what have you been up to since your last visit? I miss your tales, both tall and short, of your ramblings deep in the heart of Texas, where the stars at night are big and bright.

      Thanks for dropping in.


    • MĂ©l@nie 12:46 pm on November 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      speakin’ of Prez-Obama & the other one ‘elect’, here’s a joke, translated from Romanian:

      Bush, Obama and Trump meet God who asks each of them the same question:
      – Bush, what do you believe in? – he answers slowly: progress and economic development! God shows him to sit at his right, and goes on with Obama who states clearly: democracy and action against global warming. God invites him to sit at his left, and eventually asks Trump – who ‘casts’ his reply right away: hey dude, I do believe you’re sittin’ on my seat!!! 😀

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    • mistermuse 12:47 am on November 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that joke is on the money! 🙂


  • mistermuse 5:01 pm on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fats Waller, , music history. WLW radio, Una Mae Carlisle   


    If you answered “yes” to the title question, this is not for you. This is going to be a post I’ll write almost entirely for my own enjoyment, about a musical artist you’ve never heard of, whose era and style have been out of fashion since the day she died on this date in 1956. But I love the music and I love the artist and it’s my blog, so there!

    The artist in question is Una Mae Carlisle (12/26/15 – 11/7/56), a local (Cincinnati) area gal born in nearby Xenia, Ohio, who played as a pianist in Cincinnati while still a youngster. As it happens, Fats Waller, who was the staff pianist/organist at radio station WLW in Cincinnati in the early 1930s, was in New York to make records, concluding with a session with Billy Banks Rhythmakers on July 26, 1932. Fats’ son, Maurice, picks up the story from there in his bio titled simply FATS WALLER:

    In Dad’s last recording session before coming [back] to Cincinnati, Una Mae Carlisle had done the vocals on “Mean Old Bed Bug Blues.” Una Mae, an exceptionally gifted pianist, was in New York during her summer vacation when she cut that record. I don’t know why she was picked to sing if she was a pianist, but she must have made a lasting impression on my father, because he remembered her in December [when he invited her to Cincinnati to perform with him on radio].

    My own speculation is that Fats already knew, or at least knew of, Una Mae, and was instrumental in getting her the “Mean Old Bedbug Blues” gig, on which Fats was the pianist and Una Mae shared the vocals with Billy Banks. Fats, after all, had been the organist in 1931-32 on “Moon River,” a popular radio program on Cincinnati’s WLW (not WWL, as Maurice erroneously states in his book). How else could an unknown 16 year old Ohio high school girl on vacation in NYC have gotten such a gig? Whatever the case, here is that recording (Billy Banks takes the first chorus, Una Mae the second):

    Continuing from son Maurice Waller’s book: Una Mae lived with her family in Xenia, Ohio. Dad knew that she was still attending school, so he waited until Christmas vacation to invite her to Cincinnati to appear on his holiday-week shows. Her parents were reluctant to let her go, but eventually they gave in. In short order Una Mae became Dad’s shadow. Everywhere he was, she was close behind. Pop taught her to drink and stay up late and party. Their relationship soon went far beyond the protege-master level.

    You’ll have to buy the book to learn how that turned out. Suffice it for my purposes to close with an audio of an Una Mae/Fats duet, followed by a video of Una solo:

    • Sing Better English 5:20 pm on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for posting this.

      I had never heard of Una Mae but I’ve just been sending links to her on YouTube for a couple of young jazz vocalists in France and Spain. I think they’ll find her inspiring. It’s strange the way that talented people get forgotten. Maybe you’ve just thrown a pebble into the pool and the ripples will mean that she’ll get the attention she deserves.


      • mistermuse 7:30 pm on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I hope you’re right, S.B.E. – and there are many other now-obscure but great vocalists and musicians from jazz’s golden age. Maybe I’ll spotlight others from time to time.
        Thanks for commenting.

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    • ladysighs 5:37 pm on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Definitely didn’t hear me saying NO! Would have missed the chance to hear ‘mean old bed bug blues’. 🙂
      Enjoyed all the videos. Thanks!


    • mistermuse 7:15 pm on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Ya gotta love MEAN OLD BEDBUG BLUES – even the bedbugs are probably jumping out of bed to swing to that one !

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    • scifihammy 1:45 am on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What a treat 🙂 My Dad played jazz 🙂


      • mistermuse 7:42 am on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        So glad you enjoyed it. If you’d like to talk about your dad’s jazz playing days in detail, I’d be most interested in reading it.

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    • arekhill1 11:17 am on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      worth just knowing the name of that particular number


    • mistermuse 3:24 pm on November 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      ….and then there’s the one about the two bedbugs who met in a mattress. They got married in the spring.


    • Don Frankel 5:28 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I never heard of her till now Muse. That’s why you’re here.


    • mistermuse 10:11 am on November 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My wife says the same thing, Don. It’s good to be loved.


    • Thom Hickey 8:40 am on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks – very interesting. Regards Thom.


    • mistermuse 9:26 am on December 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      They truly “don’t make ’em like that anymore” – and more’s the pity. Thanks, Thom.


  • mistermuse 1:32 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cyd Charisse, , , Fats Waller, If I Didn't Care, , , Les Brown, , Modernaires, Nat King Cole Dorothy Dandridge, Ricardo Montalban, , , Stan Kenton   


    For those who watched the Jukebox Saturday Night clip in my first SOUNDIES post and may not be familiar with The Ink Spots (the great 1930s-40s vocal quartet which was so humorously spoofed by the Modernaires in that clip), here is a clip of “the real thing”:


    When the previously mentioned James Roosevelt became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941, Tin Pan Alley great Sam Coslow (composer of many 1930s-40s hit songs) took charge of Soundies operations. As Coslow tells it in his autobiography COCKTAILS FOR TWO:

    “Panoram was a glorified juke box that ran films instead of records. Roosevelt decided to find someone who could produce a regular program of short musical films [and] decided that my background was right for the post. I had twelve years experience with musicals, writing songs and special material, recording and scoring, and, more recently, producing a feature film.”
    “Jimmy’s office was down the hall from mine in the Goldwyn studios, and we had a number of talks. He finally arranged for me to fly to Chicago to meet with [the] president of the Mills outfit. We agreed to set up a new production company called Roosevelt, Coslow and Mills, Inc., later shortened to R.C.M., Inc.”
    “I was named as production head….to turn out three shorts a week in Hollywood, plus another three a week at a studio in New York. One of the first things we did was a series with Louis Armstrong. At first I played it safe by using established musical names who happened to be around Hollywood or New York. Besides Armstrong, I hired Duke Ellington & his Orchestra, Spike Jones, and bands like Les Brown’s and Stan Kenton’s.”
    “What was more notable about the talent used in the Soundies, however, was an array of great performers who were destined to become top names in the entertainment world.  Like Doris Day, for instance….Nat King Cole….Cyd Charisse….Dorothy Dandridge….Gale Storm….Ricardo Montalban….Liberace.”
    “The concept of seeing as well as hearing popular performers had great novelty value for audiences of the day. Television was still in its experimental stage, and Soundies had the same kind of exotic appeal. The machine even makes a gag appearance in a Hollywood feature film, Hi Diddle Diddle (1943).”
    “But the machine was no joke to movie theater owners. People were spending their dimes in the Panoram, not at the box office. Theater operators banded together to combat the movie-machine menace. Several states proposed severe licensing and taxation measures to discourage the proliferation of film jukeboxes. Fortunately for Panoram owners, the proposed legislation was tabled upon the outbreak of World War II.”

    I could of course go on “Soundie-ing off,” but I need to wrap this up sooner or later, and found a clip that does so nicely:



    • Don Frankel 6:41 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When I started to read part one, I’m thinking James Roosevelt Marine Raider? Yup that was him.

      Now I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Soundies. I know I’ve seen a lot of them but I never knew much about them. You’ve uncovered another gem. Great article.


    • mistermuse 7:35 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Don.
      My large collection of old books often proves invaluable when writing on a subject such as Soundies, providing more material than I could ever find online. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love it when that happens, because I can pass along interesting, little known story-behind-the-story stuff to readers who might appreciate it, such as yourself.


  • mistermuse 12:15 am on May 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fats Waller, , Living in A Great Big Way   


    May 24th is International Jazz Day, a fitting day to wind up our four-part series and documentary of the “Living In A Great Big Way” jazz legend, Fats Waller….and live in a great big way, he definetly did:


    They say all good things must come to an end. Though there is much more that could be said of Fats, there is admittedly much less interest in hearing much more (judging by the few views this series has generated)….and so we yield to the reality of generational evolution. Enough. Ours is not to reason why, ours is but to do or die. Fats did and died –much too young, but if he had it to do over, would he change his life-shortening ways? As Fats himself famously observed, One never knows, do one?

    And so we wind down to Documentary Part 4,  the last (and shortest) of the series:


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Broadway cast album, Fats Waller   


    In a comment to Part Two of this series, Don Frankel spoke of the lucky day he saw the Tony Award-winning musical AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, a joyous celebration of the world and music of Fats Waller. I replied that I am lucky enough to own the Original Broadway Cast album. From the cover notes to that album come this quote:
    The portrait of the man that emerges from the show is as complete as any fully drawn character in a play. We come to know Fats’ philosophy of life, the world that produced him and his artistry, and the source of the clown mask he used so effectively. Indeed, in the show’s most affecting moment, near the end of the evening, the jiving stops for a brief middle-of-the-night instant, the clown mask falls, and the entire cast sings Fats’ haunting Black and Blue.
    The song’s composers were Waller and Harry Brooks, with lyrics by Andy Razaf:


    We close with Part Three of the Fats Waller Documentary narrated by his son:


    • Don Frankel 6:49 am on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muse while I did see a revival they billed it as “With the Original Cast”. So I’m pretty sure I saw the real thing.


    • mistermuse 12:04 pm on May 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I’m more than sure you’re “the real thing” – thanks for the comment.


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