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  • mistermuse 8:58 pm on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , La Vie en Rose, Mack David,   


    It isn’t often that I have more than one inducement to write a post, but today I have four:

    1. In the last paragraph of my June 20 post (DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SANTA FE?), I mentioned the name of lyricist MACK DAVID and promised “more on him later” [like maybe on his birthday].

    2. Wikipedia’s post on Mack David has several errors/muddled statements which call for clarification.

    3. Today, July 5, is his birthday.

    4. Today is my unbirthday. This, being the most important of the four, calls for a celebration (lyrics by Mack David):

    As for the rest, Mack David was born July 5, 1912, in NYC. According to Wikipedia, “in the mid-1940s, David began writing songs for New York’s Tin Pan Alley.” But then Wikipedia lists some of his hit songs, including “Rain, Rain, Go Away” (1932) and “I’m Just a Lucky So-and-So” (1939) — an obvious contradiction (he began writing in the early 1930s). There is also a confusing entry that David wrote lyrics for La Vie en Rose, “a French song with lyrics by  Edith Piaf.” In 1950, David wrote English lyrics (not a literal translation) to a mid-1940s French song originally written by Piaf. With David’s lyrics, the song became a hit all over again in America with recordings by Louis Armstrong and others. Her recording was an international best-seller and became her signature song:

    That’s all four now.

    • Joseph Nebus 11:37 pm on July 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ooh, well, hey, happy unbirthday. And thanks for writing this.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 1:41 am on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I wanted to tell you that the angels all sang a sweet lullaby when you were unborn on your unbirthday, mistermuse. Many happy returns and best wishes so that you may enjoy all that you have today and always.

        “Sto Lat!” this is a song that most Polish people sing at another’s birthday. Basically it means may you have a long and happy life. And may you live 100 years.

        {I am not making this up; it is absolutely true, mistermuse.]


        • mistermuse 6:26 am on July 6, 2015 Permalink

          Well, I hope it’s absolutely true that I live 100 years, Michaeline….and you do the same!


    • arekhill1 6:08 am on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m only having unbirthdays from here on out, myself.


    • mistermuse 6:29 am on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      An excellent plan, Ricardo. I’d try it too, but my wife and daughters insist on celebrating my birthday.


    • Don Frankel 3:29 pm on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Unbirthday Muse.

      Edith Piaf was the star crossed lover of Marcel Cerdan middle weight champion of the world who lost his title to Jake LaMotta. You can see him lose it in Raging Bull. He later dies in a plane crash and many associate this song with her grief or remembrance of him.


    • mistermuse 6:15 pm on July 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I remember Marcel Cerdan – I was a big boxing fan as a teenager, and I was 13 when he died in that plane crash. When I was looking up the origin of La Vie en Rose, I found that she had written it in the mid 1940s, before she began her affair with Cerdan in the summer of 1948. However, she did write a song for him titled Hymme a l’amour.

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      • Mél@nie 9:29 am on July 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        yes, Sir, all is correct… and Marcel was THE love of her life, even though she had other lovers after his death… j’adore l’hymne à l’amour! ❤

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    • mistermuse 10:32 am on July 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Merci! Edith Piaf sang with such passion – how could anyone not love her artistry?


      • Michaeline Montezinos 11:18 pm on July 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I recall my Dad signing cards he gave to my Mom. ” Ego Amo Tu.” I think he meant I Love You ” in Latin. He signed it with big flourishes. That was how he showed his passion for his wife.. I have seen a film of Edith Piaf singing. I didn’t care for her performance. Probably because I didn’t know her story. Then I may have thought she was a wonderful vocalist.


    • mistermuse 5:57 am on July 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      It occurs to me that if Piaf had been raised in America and sang those same songs in English, the effect wouldn’t have been the same. Vive la France!


  • mistermuse 9:06 am on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?, Hal David, Mack David, , San Jose   


    Do you know the way to where?

    Well, if you were headed for the oldest capital city in the U.S., the capital of New Mexico, and one of the most historic and artistic cities in America, I expect you would know the way to Santa Fe. But suppose it’s 1968 and you were a lyricist named Hal David writing the words to a song composed by Burt Bacharach? And suppose you, Hal David, had been stationed (while in the Navy years before) at a fondly remembered, then-sleepy farming community called San Jose, located a few hundred miles north of that great big freeway called Los Angeles? And finally, suppose you prevailed upon good friend Dionne Warwick to record it, although she “didn’t think much of the song and didn’t want to sing it” — and it became her biggest international seller and won Warwick her first Grammy Award?

    Most of this I learned after becoming curious about the song that played a part in my last post (WAYS OF CULTIVATING KNOWLEDGE). Of course, I knew of the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, who died 9/1/2012, shortly before this tribute appeared:


    But what I didn’t recall was the sheer number of great songs written by Hal David, including DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE? and the twenty others included in the above list, which invites you to click on and replay any of those songs which may be among your fondly-remembered favorites.

    One interesting note about Hal that is not mentioned in the introduction to the list is that he was the nine-years-younger brother of another great songwriter, Mack David (7/5/12 – 12/30/93), who wrote the lyrics to over one thousand songs, including those in the Disney films CINDERELLA and ALICE IN WONDERLAND, as well as the mostly-English lyrics to Edith Piaf’s signature song LA VIE EN ROSE. But more on him another time.


    • DoesItEvenMatterWhoIAm? 10:05 am on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing! I never knew all of that, so thanks for sharing. I have lived in San Jose, LA and Albuquerque (close to Santa Fe) and I really had no clue that there was such a story to that song.

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    • arekhill1 10:32 am on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Another song I am well old enough to remember when it was a hit. Quit aging me, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 10:42 am on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ricardo, they say you’re only as old as you feel, so think of it as a song that makes you feel good.


    • Don Frankel 3:29 pm on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      He wrote Broken Hearted Melody. I didn’t know that. Great song. I’m listening to Sarah Vaughan sing it it as I type.

      Good stuff Muse, good stuff.


    • mistermuse 4:34 pm on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I actually have Broken Hearted Melody on a Mercury LP titled THE MAGIC OF SARAH VAUGHN, but I didn’t know Hal David wrote it because the composers of the songs on the LP aren’t identified. This all-too-common practice was/is irritating because 1. Real music lovers want to know, and 2. Composers and writers should always receive credit for their work.


    • Don Frankel 2:40 pm on June 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s probably why I didn’t know it. What a voice she had, magical just magical.

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    • BroadBlogs 1:43 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of which, I’m from San Jose. And apparently few people know how to get there– Or even know where it is. When I say that I’m from San Jose I’ve gotten responses like, “I love New Mexico!”


    • mistermuse 4:49 pm on June 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been to San Jose many years ago, but the only thing I remember is the Winchester Mystery House, which some people may regard as a tourist trap, but I dig it. Why? It’s a mystery – ha ha.


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