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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    THE OLD MAN AND THE SEASON 

     

    In the unscheduled post which appeared here on my birthday (October 18th), my youngest daughter let the cat out of the bag — her old dog of a dad had just turned certifiably ancient, though I didn’t feel more than a day older than I did on October 17 as a young pup of 79. More’s the pity. Some say age is only a number….but it goes without saying that October is autumn. Yes, if you look at the calendar, September and November lay claim to autumn as well, but let’s be clear — nobody does autumn as well as October. So this will be a post of poems and quotes about aging and autumn, in that order (age before beauty).

    AGE DEPLORE(s) BEAUTY

    What passed for time
    Before time was invented?
    Before there was time,
    How was time prevented?

    If time had a beginning,
    When did time start?
    When it’s time that time end,
    How will time depart?

    Why are there times
    When time frustrates and vexes….
    And last, why must time
    Do its thing to the sexes?

    THE BIG FIX

    While passing through,
    I noticed that
    this world is too much.
    What big teeth it has.
    What big eyes you need.
    What big talk is heard.
    Speak to me.
    But not big.

    I OF THE BE OLDER

    If you think
    I take life
    too seriously you

    are either

    a night and
    day younger than
    I am or

    I do.

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    I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. –L.M. Montgomery

    Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves;
    we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves.
    –Humbert Wolfe

    Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day. –Shira Tamir

    The tints of autumn … a mighty flower garden blossoming under the spell of the enchanter frost. –John Greenleaf Whittier

    For anyone who lives in the oak-and-maple area of New England, there is a perennial temptation to plunge into a purple sea of adjectives about October. –Hal Borland  

    Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower. –Albert Camus

    Spring is too rainy and summer’s too hot;
    fall is soon over and winter is not.
    –Evan Esar

    Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. –George Eliot

    Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying. –Langston Hughes

    Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods and day by day the dead leaves fall and melt. –William Allingham

    NOTE: There have been many recordings of AUTUMN LEAVES over the years; I chose the French chanteuse Edith Piaf’s version because it was originally a 1945 French song titled “Les Feuilles Mortes”  (“The Dead Leaves”), and because October (1963) is the month Edith Piaf died and drifted by the window.

     

     

     

     

     
    • painkills2 1:43 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I searched and searched the internet for just the right Happy Birthday video. Enjoy 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:38 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday. Autumn is a wonderful time of year and life. 🙂 Enjoy.

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    • arekhill1 11:18 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Tis the season of big talk, Sr. Muse, so one of your efforts is well said and particularly well-timed.

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    • mistermuse 11:55 am on October 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t wait for the voters to turn the biggest talker into the biggest loser. But of course The Donald hates losers, so rather than admit he lost, he’ll claim (as he’s already doing) that the election was rigged. What a guy!

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    • Don Frankel 10:05 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The Fix is in Muse. The Fix is in. Nothing we can do about it except squeeze every last drop out of it.
      BTW your daughter did a helluva job there.

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      • mistermuse 11:59 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        All the more “helluva job” when you take into consideration that she has Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, an incurable disease by which physical and/or mental exertion cause extreme fatigue and ‘knock her for a loop’ for several days.

        As for the “Fix is in,” The Donald’s antics would be laughable if they didn’t exacerbate an already over-polarized atmosphere in this country. The immediate aftermath of the election could be very interesting, to say the least.

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    • Mél@nie 11:53 am on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      mille merci for Edith Piaf… ❤ here's the most popular version performed by Yves Montand who first recites Jacques Prévert's famous poem:"les feuilles mortes…"

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    • Cynthia Jobin 12:58 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Prévert est un poète que j”aime bien…

      “…Et la vie sépare ceux qui s’aiment,
      Tout doucement, sans faire de bruit.
      Et la mer efface sur le sable,
      Les pas des amants désunis…”

      merci bien d”avoir présenter ce “video”….

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    • Mark Scheel 7:31 pm on October 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse,

      Wonderful tribute–and most educational–by your daughter. And you certainly outdid yourself with the punning poems. Well, that’s your forte. Oh, and yes, belatedly here’s a very happy birthday wish. 🙂

      Mark

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

      Thanks to all for your comments. May you all age as beautifully as the autumn leaves. 🙂

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    • inesephoto 6:33 pm on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy belated birthday! I am sure nothing changed two weeks later 🙂
      Love the song Autumn leaves.

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    • mistermuse 12:02 am on October 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just as an aside, the English lyrics for AUTUMN LEAVES (originally a French song) were written by Johnny Mercer, who you no doubt know from his many hit songs such as MOON RIVER, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, and BLUES IN THE NIGHT (which gave me the idea for the title of my latest post, BOOS IN THE NIGHT).

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  • mistermuse 9:04 am on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , George Pal, Hildegard, , , Langston Hughes, , Puppetoons, , Victor Herbert   

    THE PASSING GAME 

    How do you do?  Glad to see you. It’s game day, guys and gals, so let’s get right to it. No, this isn’t about football (whatever gave you that idea?). This is a game about how many of the following ten names ring a bell, and what do they have in common (other than the fact that none were football players)?

    Victor Herbert, James P. Johnson, John Ford, Clark Gable, Langston Hughes, S. J. Perelman, Hildegard, George Pal, Muriel Spark, Boris Yeltsin.

    How did you do? You say there’s several you didn’t recognize? That will never do. There are no passes here, so before we proceed to what they have in common, here are the names again, followed by year of birth and claim to fame:

    1. VICTOR HERBERT, 1859, composer (father of the operetta style Broadway musical, including Babes in Toyland, Naughty Marietta and Sweethearts)

    2. JAMES P. JOHNSON, 1891, composer and jazz pianist (king of Harlem stride piano & composer of such standards as The Charleston, Old Fashioned Love and If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight)

    3. JOHN FORD, 1894, movie director (famous for westerns and winner of four Academy Awards for best director: The Informer, Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley and The Quiet Man, none of which were westerns)

    4. CLARK GABLE, 1901, actor (Frankly, my dear, I don’t think I need say more)

    5. LANGSTON HUGHES, 1902, poet, playwright and social activist (leader of the Harlem Renaissance and pioneer of literary art form known as jazz poetry)

    6. S. J. PERELMAN, 1904, humorist, screenwriter and playwright (credits include humor for the New Yorker, scripts for Marx Brothers films Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, and Academy Award for screenplay for Around the World in Eighty Days)

    7. HILDEGARD, 1906, American cabaret singer and most elegant, well-known female supper club entertainer of her time; #1 song Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup. Longest-lived (to age 99) of the ten.

    8. GEORGE PAL, 1908, film director, producer and innovator of stop-motion animation (Puppetoons); probably the least familiar name here, thus this 1994 biographical documentary (narrated by Pal’s widow Zsoka) should be both edifying and interesting:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlRyE4U-dDM

    9. MURIEL SPARK, 1918, novelist and writer (most famous work The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie)

    10. BORIS YELTSIN, 1931, Russian politician. First President of Soviet Federative Socialist Republic.

    OK, I’ll keep you in suspense no longer. What the above have in common is their birthday: February 1.

    But wait — there’s more! What do the following have in common?

    Rene Descartes, philosopher; Mary Shelley, novelist; Buster Keaton, comic actor; George Abbot, director; and Gian Carlo Menotti, composer.

    They all passed away on February 1.

    Today, on this notable day in history, The Observation Post has them coming and going. I hope you had a ball.

    Gotta run.

     
    • arekhill1 11:31 am on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Langston Hughes, at least, is noted elsewhere on the Net today–he’s in AOL’s Search Spotlight, where notables like Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber usually romp. Had no idea why, until you elucidated me. Happy Groundhog Day Eve!

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    • mistermuse 1:13 pm on February 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Same to you, Ricardo, and may I recommend for tomorrow’s viewing pleasure the great Bill Murray film “Groundhog Day” (on AMC at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time). I predict you’ll dig it even if you’ve seen it before, which you probably have.

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    • Don Frankel 11:14 am on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Good one Muse, quite a few smiles here. I knew six which is barely passing. But today is Groundhog Day and Staten Island Chuck is not coming out. He doesn’t want to sleep with the fishes.

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    • mistermuse 11:36 am on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I’m guessing the six you knew are 2,3,4,5,7 & 10. If I’m right, you owe me free advice from Dr. Don (I’ll let you know when I need it).

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 2:31 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Fine posting for Ground Hog Day. To avoid repeating myself like the Bill Murray film, I actually knew 9 of the 10 posted. Honestly, I guess it comes from what I’ve learned from watching Turner Classic Movies.

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    • mistermuse 4:37 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats, Michaeline. I doubt if anyone will top your 90%. If I had to guess which one you didn’t know, it would be either #6 or #9. As for me, I “missed” #9 (the name sounded familiar, but I couldn’t place her until I looked her up).

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    • arekhill1 7:03 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Have it on disc, Sr. Muse, so no need to let AMC interrupt it with commercials. When the security question is “What is your favorite movie?” that’s my answer. Although “The Wizard of Oz” is close.

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      • mistermuse 9:53 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I have too many favorite movies to name one, but both of those would be on my list.

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 8:27 pm on February 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Muse you were close since I missed #5, the one about Langston Hughes. My security answer involves an actor but I don’t think anyone would know that. The first question, arekhill!, is about my best friend from childhood. We were sent to different schools after a certain grade. So she is not in my yearbook either. I hope I didn’t blow my cover…

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 2:47 am on February 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Since I am a night owl I want to wish everyone here a post Happy Ground Hog Day.
      February 3 is the night of the Full Moon so be forewarned and watch out for lunatics!

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