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

    KKK — SHEET MUSIC TO DRY FOR* 

    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. 🙂

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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 🙂
          – 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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  • mistermuse 3:13 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Irish coleen, , Kathleen, Maureen O'Hara, , , The Quiet Man   

    YOU CAN NEVER BE IRISH EEN-OUGH 

    If you’re lucky enough to be Irish….you’re lucky enough! —Irish proverb

    On St. Patrick’s Day, every man is an Irishman — if you disagree, get out of me sight and don’t come back until tomorrow! Besides, today me mind is not on Irish men, but on Irish lasses — coleens (or colleens), a word of Gaelic origin — specifically, coleens whose first name ends in een, as does me wife’s (Maureen).

    One of the most famous Maureens is Irish-born Maureen O’Hara, the lovely red-headed actress who co-starred in my favorite John Wayne movie, THE QUIET MAN. This Academy Award-winning film, directed by Irish-born John Ford, is set in the fictional Irish village of Innisfree (the ending word in my last post SANCTUARY, from Wm. Butler Yeats’ poem LAKE ISLE OF INNISFREE).

    To me, the most Irish-sounding girl’s first name ending in een is Pegeen, a name I first heard of in Irish playwright John Millington Synge’s great THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, a wickedly funny play (later filmed in 1962) which, at its first performance in Dublin in 1907, caused a riot. Synge’s contemporary, W.B. Yeats, later wrote of the play, “It is never played before any Irish audience for the first time without something or other being flung at the players.” Pegeen is the name of the village barmaid, the heroine with “the divil’s own temper,” who is courted — and lost — by Christy Mahon, the “Playboy of the Western World.”

    Another Irish een name I am fond of is Kathleen, heard in several Irish ballads, including KATHLEEN MAVOURNEEN and the beautifully poignant I’LL TAKE YOU HOME AGAIN, KATHLEEN:

    Happy March seventeen!

     
    • ladysighs 4:49 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It is a beautiful song. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:30 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        It is indeed, ladysighs — and if you promise not to tell anyone, I’ll confess it brings a tear to me eye whenever I hear it. 😦

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        • ladysighs 5:07 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink

          I guess you mean not to tell anyone about Kathleen? Especially not your Maureen?? 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 5:48 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “May your glass ever be full. May the roof over your head ever be strong.”
      And may we both be heaven for a half an hour before the Devil knows were dead.

      Happy St. Patrick’s Day Muse.

      Did I ever tell you that I marched up 5th Avenue in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?

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    • mistermuse 7:40 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Same to ya, Don. I think you did mention marching in the Parade once, though I’m not sure I recall the details – was that when you went by the name Don O’Frankel?

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    • arekhill1 9:01 pm on March 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      For some reason my mother had a copy of a compilation titled “Great Irish Plays” and it included “The Playboy of the Western World.” II must have read it when I was twelve or thirteen. I thought it was the funniest thing I had ever read.

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      • mistermuse 6:35 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I mentioned that the play was filmed (in Ireland) in 1962. I saw it once many years ago, but I don’t know if it’s still available. If it is, it’s well worth seeing.

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    • mistermuse 6:27 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ladysighs, though that song about Kathleen brings a tear to me eye whenever I hear it, I have an old 78 rpm record titled MAUREEN that brings TWO tears to me eye (sometimes even three, if she happens to read this). So, no problem.

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    • Don Frankel 7:35 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse when I was a kid I peddled balloons in the streets and at all the Parades. The Macy’s is the most magical and the St. Patrick’s by far the happiest. Everyone is having a good time and no not because everyone is drinking most people are not. It’s just that everyone gets to be Irish.

      Long story short I tell my wife about this and I wished I could have marched in that Parade rather than any of the others. Well she’s not Irish either but she is a graduate of St. John’s and she belonged to a fraternal society there and well one day we get invited to march. So it was Hungarian Irish O’Frankel and Haitian Irish O’Belmar M.D. marching up 5th Avenue. It was awesome.

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      • mistermuse 12:36 pm on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        It does indeed sound like it was awesome, Don. As mentioned in my post, on St. Patrick’s day, every man (and woman) is an Irishman. But now it’s the day after, and I don’t know what you’re going to do for the next 364 days of Irishlessness. I guess you’ll just have to make the best of it.

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 10:04 am on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think Maureen and Pegeen and Kathleen are very sweet names but how about “Michaeleen?” I liked your posting and my daughter and her friend arrived for a visit on St. Patty’s Day. Sam is part Irish so I bought shamrock cupcakes for them. I marched in one parade in my hometown of Hatramck. It was sponsored by the Polish Alliance group. I was with my Girl Scout Troop #563. The parade route was several miles down the main street of Joseph Campau. I doubt if we had any Irish in our little town of about 25,000 people but they would have been very welcome if they were there.

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    • mistermuse 12:26 pm on March 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I called you “me fine Mickaleen colleen” in my Monday morning (March 16) reply to one of your comments to my ABOUT THE BEGINNING post, so I trust that makes up for its absence in this post. After all, you’re of Polish descent, though I must admit Mickaleen sounds like an Irish name.

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