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  • mistermuse 12:04 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gershwin, , , , , ,   


    Remember this song from “Fiddler On The Roof?” —

    I bring this up because IF I WERE A RICH MAN made me think of U.S. Senate Majority Leader MITCH McConnell and wonder if there’s a satirical song substituting the word “Mitch” for “Rich” in the song title? So I did a Google, and though the search for IF I WERE A MITCH MAN led nowhere, I did find this:

    Sorry about that. There must be a better song (or at least, a less depressing one) with a politician’s name in the title. In fact, I happen to know of a few such songs, and if I were a pitch man, here’s one I could plug to lead you out of Mitch depression:

    Remember that, as FDR said, we have nothing to fear but fear itself (except, of course, the fear that The Donald could be re-elected). Hence I elect to sing the praises of my candidate to oppose Trump….

    Yes, The Donald will soon find that he has met his match, man. The Wintergreen of his discontent fast approaches. Eat your hearts(?) out, Donald and Mitch man.


    • blindzanygirl 12:30 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Lol I think that the Donald man is with us at the moment (unless he sneaked back to the U.S. without me noticing! He wants to take over our National Health Service by all accounts. Oh well…..it can‚Äôt be much worse than it is already!

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      • mistermuse 1:27 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Believe me, just when you think it can’t get worse, The Donald finds a way. He’s a bottomless pit of the pits.


    • calmkate 12:40 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Dream on … if you follow the world trend the same psychopath will be returned with a sliding majority ūüė¶ ūüė¶ ūüė¶

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      • mistermuse 1:35 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know about a sliding majority, Kate, but I grant you that he’s as slippery as they come. There hasn’t been a single day of his Presidency when his approval rating has reached 50%, but he won the Presidency with less than 50% of the vote, so it’s possible he could pull it off again.

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    • arekhill1 2:16 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mitch is sitting at 19% popularity in Kentucky, Sr. Muse. With any luck they’ll both be gone by 2021.

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      • mistermuse 8:50 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        With any luck AND an honest election, they’ll both be gone….but Trump wouldn’t have won the White House in 2016 in the first place with an honest election. As for Mitch, who would’ve believed he’d become so unpopular in his own state since Trump became Pres? Kentucky’s Republican governor is unpopular too, so hopefully the Bluegrass state has turned from red to blue politically.


    • obbverse 3:57 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Nice wordplay again. As for Don ‘He can sing, he can dance, Oh, you bet he can, But don’t give a second chance to Don the flim flam man’ Sorry. But then he’s one sorry President.

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      • mistermuse 8:54 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        He’s “one sorry President” alright, but we need more Trump voters to be sorry they elected him.


    • equipsblog 10:20 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Love this post. So far the only accolade that the Donald has not yet given himself is the “Most Humble.” Still waiting for that bit of self-aggrandizement.

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      • mistermuse 11:34 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        How this clown could con so many millions into voting for him would be unbelievable if history didn’t prove time and again how easily gullible people can be led to follow any pied piper who can con-vince them he’s their savior.


    • Yeah, Another Blogger 10:22 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Trump and anyone who likes or supports him are bottom dwellers. They are enemies of democracy.

      Neil Scheinin

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      • mistermuse 11:48 am on June 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        To call them “bottom dwellers” and “enemies of democracy” may be either over the top, or giving them too much credit, depending on your point of view. I think many of them (other than Trump & his ‘partners in crime’) are just plain ignorant.

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    • Elizabeth 4:26 pm on June 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I especially loved the animation of Mitch as a running turtle. That is faster than he has ever moved in real life.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 3:26 pm on June 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You need to search out a song about hypocrisy because that man takes top honors in that department. What a horrible person.

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      • mistermuse 3:59 pm on June 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Since Trump became Pres, Mitch & friends no longer even bother to try to deny their hypocrisy — they bask in it. Hopefully he and The Donald will go down in flames in the 2020 election, and then maybe he’ll realize….

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    • blindzanygirl 3:43 pm on June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I absolutely LOVE that song. And the Donald has recently been here, in our country. And he is soon to be joined by The Botis methinks! Hmmmmm. Interesting times!

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      • mistermuse 7:16 pm on June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hope the stench from his visit to your country has worn off by now. Unfortunately, he wasn’t gone long enough from the US for the stench to wear off here.

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        • blindzanygirl 7:24 pm on June 13, 2019 Permalink

          He went to Ireland and took it there!

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    • Silver Screenings 11:13 pm on June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I know this misses the point of your post, but any day with Ella Fitzgerald is a grand day. Thanks for sharing that song ‚Äď it’s another one I hadn’t heard before.

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      • mistermuse 11:40 pm on June 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hear you, SS….and because of your comment, I will start to work on publishing a June 15 (the date of her death in 1996) remembrance of her passing (including a few more songs you probably haven’t heard before). Thanks for the ‘inspiration’ for my next post!

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    • renxkyoko 1:20 am on June 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I hope I wouldn’t feel again what I felt in 2016…. I was catatonic for about a month, or up until the swearing in.

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  • mistermuse 12:06 am on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexander the Great, , Gershwin, , , , , , pied piper, ,   


    Great” is a great multi-purpose word which can be used in many ways: from¬†prosaically (“Have a great day”), to¬†pompously (Alexander the Great), to — if you follow me —¬†pied piper-ly (“Make America great again!”).*

    *pied piper:¬†1. One who entices others with delusive promises. 2. An appealing but irresponsible leader. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

    In my previous post (GREAT EXPECTORATIONS), I used it playfully. I hope the great writer Charles Dickens would have approved (I hold no Great Expectations that he would have). In any case, in¬†this post, I will¬†play it musically. It’s gonna be a Great Day!

    If a Great Day isn’t enough, how about a Great Life?

    Or, put another way, It’s Great To Be Alive.

    Of course, it’s hard to have a great life without great leaders — men like Napoleon, Disraeli,¬†Alexander the Great, The Pied Piper….contenders, all. But who’s the greatest?

    Sorry about that, Pied Piper. You promised pie in the sky, but¬†Wintergreen said¬†Let ’em Eat Cake. Looks like Pied will be paying the Piper and¬†eating crow before all is said and done….speaking of which, I am.


    • Don Frankel 9:02 am on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Another great one Muse.

      Now this one doesn’t belong here musically but goodness, gracious…

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      • mistermuse 10:56 am on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I didn’t realize this song became the title of a 1989 movie about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis. Obviously I didn’t see it, but I have seen BALL OF FIRE (1941) starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, which was a great BALL OF FIRE.

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    • arekhill1 12:22 pm on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great post.

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    • markscheel1 1:24 pm on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you meant you’re at the end of the piece, and not that you’re eating crow. But, you never know, don’t be too hard on the old piper–he’s actually got the economy roaring and the market blowing the roof off. Ha. As for the previous post, I didn’t get past the title as it precipitated a coughing fit (yeah, got some kind of bug in the pipes now, but the nurse pract. tested me and said it ain’t the killer flu). Anyway, I’d sing along with some of those “great” songs, if I didn’t fear another coughing fit.


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      • mistermuse 8:43 pm on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        If I’m not mistaken, Mark, the economy was already on the upswing when Obama turned the reins over to The Donald. But all Presidents take credit when the economy is going good and blame their predecessor (or other factors) when the economy is bad, so what else is new? If any President deserves some credit for rescuing the economy, think back to the financial crisis that Obama inherited when he was first elected in 2008.

        Sorry about your coughing fit, but don’t blame me — blame Charles Dickens for the title that I merely tinkered with. The Republicans probably had something to do with it too. ūüė¶

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        • markscheel1 1:40 pm on January 23, 2018 Permalink

          Hi muse,

          Well, my sources (such as John Mauldin, the financial guru) would indicate just the opposite. Bush had begun remedial efforts in the last months of his term when he saw the normal and natural downswing in the economic cycle and when Obama got in he instituted policies that were focused on “social justice,” not economic prosperity, and we thus fell into a full recession and continued to lag behind throughout his two terms. When Trump got in, economic optimism began to prevail and as he removed hamstringing regulations and got the tax cut, things began to really take off. So, pick your poison. Where do we go for actual facts today? The major media has surrendered all credibility. I made friends recently with a distinguished Jewish journalist who is an avid Trump supporter. She has written in detail of the accomplishments of his administration in the first year (in spite of everybody working against him) that are never discussed by the big media outlets. And it’s amazing and most encouraging. We have to distinguish between the man and the agenda. While one may dislike the man, the agenda has many positives, if properly understood (and most liberals refuse to properly understand anything, opting instead to run completely on emotion–IMHO). Of course, if one supports a communist philosophy, one will hate the agenda too. But note where that leads–to wit, the breakdown of the socialized medical system in the UK right now with the flu epidemic.

          Yes, the “establishment” Republicans do precipitate fits on my part at times, why not coughing spasms too? LOL Now, do you see why I’m opting to quit writing about politics today on my blog and go back to times and places that make sense? Thanks for sticking with me.



    • Madame Vintage 3:00 pm on January 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I would protest as i am sure many will, that Donald Trump can make anything ‘good’ in America let alone great so let me put that in the shadows of pretence. Moving along this is indeed a great post with a great set of tunes.

      Sincerely Sonea

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    • mistermuse 4:09 pm on January 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well, Trump is certainly great at turning aside questions about his behavior and trying to divert attention elsewhere. America once suffered through the Great Depression; now we’re going through the Great Diversion.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:08 am on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A wonderful selection of music! A perfect way to start the day. Thanks!

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gershwin, , Irish ballad, , , Katinka, Kay, KKK, , musical history, sheet music, show tunes   


    So far in this feminine song series, we haven’t embraced a single Gershwin tune. Let us¬†korrect that egregious omission right now with the title song¬†from the 1926 Broadway musical¬†OH, KAY! OK, it’s true that the hit song to come out¬†of that show¬†wasn’t Oh, Kay!, but¬†SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME….unfortunately, George and Ira didn’t title that¬†hit song¬†Someone To Watch Over Kay, so¬†this selection¬†is what it is —¬†Oh, Kay?

    Next, we have¬†a¬†78 rpm record that¬†I’ve had for many years; ¬†I’ve long gotten such a¬†Kick out of it that¬†my Kazatski is¬†Kaputski. Oy vey! That hotski music is too much for me:

    From the ridiculous to the sublime,¬†our third (and final) K¬†song is so beautifully sad¬†that you’d swear it’s an Irish ballad….but it was actually written by an American of German ancestry in 1875, when, I might note,¬†sheet music was the only way of taking songs home (even player piano rolls hadn’t been invented yet). Anyway, if you cry easily* —¬†faith and begorrah, there be nothing¬†wrong with¬†that — keep the Kleenex Klose by.

    *You may now dry your eyes (I will discretely pretend not to notice).

    • scifihammy 8:26 am on October 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Fun songs (tho the first won’t play for me here). I loved my Dad’s old 78 records. ūüôā

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      • mistermuse 8:46 am on October 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        How about this Gershwin substitute for the one you can’t get:

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        • scifihammy 9:49 am on October 27, 2017 Permalink

          Oh how lovely! Two of my favourite singers! Thank you ūüôā
          – and why is it no-one can sing like this any more?

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        • mistermuse 1:55 pm on October 27, 2017 Permalink

          No one sings like that anymore because that type of singing has been lost in translation (from that generation to succeeding generations). But all is not lost — we can still hope that Trump will make singing great again.

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      • SoundEagle 12:30 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Hi scifihammy,

        Are you from Australia? The first video does plays for SoundEagle. It brings back a lot of nostalgia.

        Thank you, Mister Muse, for the music. Happy November to all of you!

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    • BroadBlogs 6:31 pm on October 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Needed this in Charlottesville, Ok, Ok, Ok.

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      • mistermuse 8:31 pm on October 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe it’s just me, BroadBlogs, but I don’t get the connection between this post and Charlottesville….though I’m sure we agree that what happened there was far from “Ok.”

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    • Don Frankel 6:58 pm on October 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Years ago my wife and I went to a re-production of Oh Kay. Not the original I’m not that old but the dancing and the music were out of this world. Like any great theater experience, if I close my eyes I can even see it.

      And I always thought I’ve Come to Take You Home Again Kathleen was as Irish as any song ever. And, a nice addition there with Sinatra and Judy Garland. So let me add a little something too. And, while everyone who is everyone has recorded this song this is my favorite.

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      • mistermuse 11:42 pm on October 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate hearing about your “Oh Kay” experience, Don. Living in NYC, you’ve probably had a number of such experiences. Thanks also for the Nancy Wilson clip — her rendition of “Someone To Watch Over Me” is indeed one of the best I’ve heard.

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