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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , girl's names, hocus-pocus, , , , LAURA, Lindy Hop, , , SWEET LORRAINE,   


    The above title (a contraction of HELLZAPOPPIN, a 1941 movie based on a long-running Broadway show of the same name) sets the stage for letter L in our fem song series. Ere we proceed, just for the L of it, let’s pop in on the film’s frenetic LINDY HOP dance number:

    Speaking of numbers, I’m breaking L up into two parts — due, not just to an abundance of Lady L songs to choose from, but to previously needing to combine two letters (H-I) into one post. Part II will get the focus back on locus, becoming opus #12 of this hocus-pocus, once again matching the post with the corresponding letter of the alphabet.

    Our first Lady L is the title song of the 1944 film noir classic LAURA, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, who Must Have Been A Beautiful (November) Baby*. Believe it or not, Mercer wrote what has to be a record 20+ songs with a girl’s name* in the title — none more haunting than….

    We conclude Part One with the indelible SWEET LORRAINE (instrumental version):

    If you want to ‘sing along’ with the song (assuming your family and/or neighbors won’t object/protest), here are the lyrics:


    • * * * * * * *  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    • Johnny Mercer was born November 18, 1909. YOU MUST HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL BABY was one of his many hit songs.
    • Mercer “girl’s name” list (#2 after Cinderella signifies two songs with that name in the title):

    Cinderella (2)








    • arekhill1 1:48 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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    • Don Frankel 7:39 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “the face in the misty light. Footsteps that you hear down the hallway.” Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, the very beautiful Gene Tierney, the great portrait and that haunting refrain.

      Laura. “I’m going to call the police.”
      Detective MacPherson. “But I am the police.”

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      • mistermuse 8:23 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Great song. Great film (with a GREAT cast). Here’s another quote I like from the film: “For a charming, intelligent girl, you’ve certainly surrounded yourself with a remarkable collection of dopes.” –Dana Andrews (as Detective McPherson)


    • scifihammy 9:15 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And the kids today think they can dance? I bet they couldn’t do half the things in that first clip!
      Lovely collection of L songs 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:27 am on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I get out of breath just watching that Lindy Hop clip. But SWEET LORRAINE (as played by the Jimmy Noone Orchestra) is the calm after the storm, in a manner of speaking — ‘liquid’ notes for the soul.

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        • scifihammy 2:12 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink

          I have a record of Nat King Cole singing it beautifully and I also like Frank Sinatra’s version. 🙂 Liquid notes for the soul indeed 🙂

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    • Mark Scheel 10:47 pm on November 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse–whatever happened to those good ol’ days of song and dance? While waiting in the doctor’s office reception area, I watched three graphic, bloody, brutal murders on a big screen (some police procedural show). That’s today’s entertainment? Since it’s oldsters in the urology clinic, why couldn’t they show clips from Hellzapoppin?


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      • mistermuse 8:18 am on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        One of the things I like about most old movies is the great character actors, whose names (and faces) are still familiar to Golden Age film buffs. In HELLZAPOPPIN’, these include the likes of Mischa Auer, Hugh Herbert, Elisha Cook Jr., and even Shemp Howard (of Three Stooges fame).

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    • Joseph Nebus 10:57 pm on November 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am delighted by this roster of women’s names in Johnny Mercer songs.

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      • mistermuse 7:39 am on November 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, Joseph, because it took some time to compile that roster. By the way, I ‘refrained’ from including MAY and JUNE in the list because, although they are girl’s names, Mercer didn’t use them as such in his songs QUEEN OF THE MAY, JUNE BRIDE, and JUNE COMES AROUND EVERY YEAR.


    • tref 2:08 am on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I am watching Laura on TCM at this very moment! Great movie. Beautiful song.

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    • mistermuse 8:31 am on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve seen LAURA, but didn’t stay up last night to watch it again because I had to get my beauty rest. It IS a great movie, as is the movie which preceded it on TCM which I’ve seen at least five times, DODSWORTH. I did stay up for that one, because if I got too much beauty rest, my wife might swoon at the sight of me (she can barely stand to look at me as it is).


  • mistermuse 9:54 am on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , C notes, , Cindy, girl's names, , , , ,   

    C NOTES 

    In American slang, C notes are $100 bills. In this, the third in our song series of girl’s names in alphabetical order, C notes are the sound of music recalling the Cins of our past….such as this scintillating folk song sung by Johnny Cash (sharing credit with Cave):

    From toe-tapping folk song to glass-slippered fairy tale, Cin is transported 78 rpm, perchance to dance with a smitten Prince Charming imploring her….

    When the two sisters returned from the ball, Cinderella asked if they had been well diverted, and if the fine lady had been there. They told her: Yes, but that she hurried away immediately when it struck twelve, and with so much haste that she dropped one of her little glass slippers, the prettiest in the world, which the King’s son had taken up; that he had done nothing but look at her all the time at the ball, and that most certainly he was very much in love with the beautiful person who owned the glass slipper.

    And so you see, young ladies, all you need is a fairy tale fairy godmother and you too can meet a Prince of a fella!



    • Garfield Hug 10:42 am on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ya right! My prince is rather lost haha😂💕😂

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      • mistermuse 11:02 am on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Have you tried the LOST AND FOUND? Someone may have turned him in and he’s just waiting to be claimed (if you don’t mind ‘seconds’)! 🙂


        • Garfield Hug 11:07 am on October 6, 2017 Permalink

          Hmm LOST & FOUND….🤔? Seconds…😂😂Now I have to find the fella??😣

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        • mistermuse 2:13 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink

          I was thinking of your giving Mr. Ex a second chance after you lost him the first time, but that would probably make Garfield jealous….and why give a loser a second chance when Garfield is a winner who appreciates you? 🙂


    • Richard Cahill 10:46 am on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I remain envious of your foreknowledge of your post subjects for the next 23 weeks, Sr. Muse. I wander in the wilderness from day to day myself. But I rest secure in my faith that Trump will provide.

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      • mistermuse 1:56 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ricardo, but I’m just taking ’em one post at a time without looking too far ahead, because at some point a letter is going to give me a hard time, and I don’t think Trump is going to provide any song help until the letter T, for which he has provided daughter Tiffany, which I will avoid using even if she invites me to breakfast.


    • Carmen 2:56 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, here’s one person (nowhere near a princess, I might add) whose name begins with the right letter and has already met a Prince of a fella – you, Mister Muse!!

      *and on that note, I must ‘sign off’ for the next couple of months, as me and my #1 ‘Prince’ (the one with the tarnished crown) are going off to see a couple of the daughters . . .you take care while I’m away, hear?? 😉

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      • mistermuse 6:08 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not so sure I’m a Prince of a fella,
        But I know that Carmen is bella bella.
        Bella means beautiful, in Italian they say,
        But in any language or place, bella bella you stay.
        So have a great trip over land and sea….
        I know when you return, bella bella you’ll still be.


        • Carmen 6:22 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink

          Awww. . . you just got elevated to KINGly status, and a more marvellous poem I can’t muster, mister! 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 11:17 am on October 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Or a King Muse. I got curious about songs with the name Cindy in them and found this one.

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      • mistermuse 5:12 pm on October 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Don, this strikes me as Elvis putting his own spin and style on the folk song CINDY sung in my post clip by Johnny Cash & Nick Cave. The lyrics are different, but ‘re-working’ the song wasn’t a problem because old folk songs are in the public domain — therefore I don’t have a problem with it either, although I’m not a big Elvis fan (a few songs excepted). In any case, I appreciate your time and trouble.


    • moorezart 12:24 pm on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 4:18 pm on October 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You are Commendable beyond Compare, sir.
        A veritable saint, I do declare, sir.
        To wish for more, I do not dare, sir….
        Except I hope your readers will care, sir.



  • mistermuse 12:00 am on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A-B-C, , girl's names, , , , , , ,   

    B C-ING YOU (NO B S) 

    What do Bonnie and Clyde do?

    What do mistermuse do?

    He posits posts you can bank on for interest, though short term in sum cases (sumtimes as little as two seconds). If you’re thinking in terms of interest that goes on and on, read The Bard or The Donald (depending on whether you’re more attuned to Bill Shakespeare or Bull Shit).

    For this particular caper, we stick up — I mean pick up — from the initial A, where our girl’s-name songs left off….this time killing two letters (B and C) with one post. For our B song, off to BONNIE SCOTLAND we go:

    As long as we B in Scotland, we might as well C in Scotland:

    OK, so CLYDE isn’t a girl’s name — not a minor detail, I confess. I am thus forced to acknowledge that selecting the ideal song isn’t as simple as A-B-C — our girl C will have to wait until my next post after all. I Be C-ing you then (Lord willing and the river don’t rise).

    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 1:46 am on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Clever intro to a clever post, Muse. I’ll pass on The Donald myself – I’m NOT interested in any more BS from him if I can possibly avoid it.

      Clyde may not be a girl’s name, but I loved the River song – especially the beautiful visuals. Thanks for sharing. C you next time.
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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      • mistermuse 5:57 am on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I thank you a wee bonnie bit and then sum, Madelyn. I too dig the River Clyde song — I’d ne’er heard it before and was glad to stumble upon it (who knew you could stumble upon a river?).

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    • Don Frankel 3:45 pm on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah I see where you got stuck with Clyde there. But maybe you could have used these guys as probably some of them are girls.

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      • mistermuse 7:28 pm on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re right, Don — even a few human “Clydes” may have started out as girls. As for the “Dale” part, remember Dale Evans (wife of Roy Rogers)? I’m pretty sure she was a girl from start to finish. (That’s intended to be humorous, is case anyone takes that seriously.)


    • restlessjo 3:59 pm on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Aside from the violence I did enjoy the Bonnie and Clyde film. Two great characters, beautifully portrayed. 🙂 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:20 pm on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great characters and great film. In my opinion, the violence wasn’t gratuitous, although at the time it came out (1967), some considered it so. Of course, it pales in comparison to the violence in modern movies, but even back in the 1960s, I didn’t think it was as violent as the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO.


    • Richard Cahill 1:29 am on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      We little Catholics weren’t permitted to see it, Sr. Muse, so I have to admit I’ve only watched cleaned-up versions on TV. Commercials, too.

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      • mistermuse 7:20 am on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ricardo, that brings back all-but-forgotten memories of the Legion of Decency pledge renewed annually at Sunday Mass which forbid Catholics from watching movies with too much sex and/or violence (which in those days meant almost any sex or violence). As I recall, violation was under pain of mortal sin, but that just made such forbidden pleasures all the more enticing for some of us.


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