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  • mistermuse 7:30 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Handful Of Stars, , music, The 5th Dimension, The Age of Aquarius, The Starlit Hour, The Stars Will Remember, Vera Lynn, vocalists,   

    LEFTOVER STARS 

    A lot of stars have flown over the bridge since my last stars turn (June 8), which I abandoned mid-post, and which was to be continued when browsers no longer go on the blink and Jupiter aligns with Mars — like, maybe after the dawning of the….

    With so much happening in our wayward world, you’re forgiven if you’ve forgotten my intention to follow up. But that doesn’t mean you’re spared these leftovers — because it dawned on me even back then that….

    Speaking of remembering, I’d like to note the passing eight days ago of Vera Lynn at age 103. I know of no more popular English female vocalist, especially during WW II when she toured Egypt, India, and Burma entertaining British troops, who named her their favorite musical artist. A brilliant new star shines in the heavens this month.

    You may have gathered by now, friends, that the Firefox fix is finally in. Actually (and unbelievably), as I was preparing this post yesterday, I stumbled upon a way to copy music videos to my blog — so, between today’s fix and yesterday’s good fortune (my technological ignorance notwithstanding), I’m feeling so sky high, I could reach up and grab….

    With a shout out of appreciation to those readers who offered possible solutions to my tech problems, I’ll close out this series of star songs with THE star female vocalist of the 20th century:

     
    • Rivergirl 7:40 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad it’s finally fixed on your end. Sadly two of the three videos were unavailable to me. Computers are a strange thing…

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. Actually, I posted four videos: AGE OF AQUARIUS, THE STARS WILL REMEMBER, A HANDFUL OF STARS, and THE STARLIT HOUR. Hopefully, the unavailable (to you) videos will appear when my daughter completes her “fix” later today.

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      • calmkate 8:28 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        all four worked fine for me, they took a while to start but all good!

        Fancy making it to 103, what a legend ❤

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        • mistermuse 10:51 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for advising me that all four worked for you — it’s a relief to know that the ‘no-shows’ aren’t no-shows universally!

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        • calmkate 6:41 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          no occasionally I’m block from videos on d’Verse poetry site but yours always seem to work fine!

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    • calmkate 8:24 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh joy of joy, you sound like the MrM I know … all done and dusted!

      You’ve not only conquered the technology challenges you’ve also brought back some lovely memories with this collection 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:33 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry to temper your joy, Kate, but any “high” I’m on now is strictly short term as long as Trump is Pres..When he goes, we can all thank our lucky stars!

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        • calmkate 6:44 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          we don’t even live there but will feel the same relief … if he stays we will all be trembling in fear!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:25 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Firefox to the rescue!

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      • mistermuse 11:44 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I managed to solve my video clip issue yesterday, but that was only one of my problems. Hopefully the Firefox installation today will “rescue” me from the rest of them.

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    • magickmermaid 1:44 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All the videos worked for me! My grandmother’s favourite stars were Tony Martin and Tyrone Power. 🙂
      I’m wishing on a star that all your internet troubles will be gone today! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:08 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks, mm. I haven’t forgotten your 6/21 comment regarding my “Like” problem, which I said I’d pass on to my daughter when she came to install Foxfire. She’s working on something else at present, but I’ll show it to her later to see if it can help me. Hopefully, by the end of the day, my internet troubles will indeed be gone! .

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        • magickmermaid 4:47 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          The “like” problem was happening to me until I worked out what the problem was.
          Soon you can be over the moon that all your stars are aligned. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 5:36 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          The “fix” is in, and so far, so good — “Like” is working on replies to my comments on various blogs. My daughter said your 6/21 suggestions are incorporated in Firefox, so she didn’t need to do anything extra. It’s all Greek to me, so I’ll take her word for it!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:15 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So happy that you’re back among the stars once again! I was happily able to listen to all four of your video clips. Nostalgia of my father who had records of your featured singers in his large musical collection.

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      • mistermuse 3:16 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, Rosaliene. I too once had a large musical collection including thousands of 78s, but had to sell that part of it and am left with hundreds of LPs. No doubt your father and I would’ve had a ball if we could have checked out each other’s collections!

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    • obbverse 5:02 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All four played, no problems. Hope the Firefox fix sticks.

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    • annieasksyou 10:06 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So how is it that Firefox is your friend and not mine? Can you tell me how you grabbed those videos bc I now can’t do it with the sly singed one.

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      • mistermuse 1:12 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The easiestt way is still the way I “stumbled” upon (as mentioned in my post) the day BEFORE Firefox was installed, which is to bring up the Youtube video you want to use, go to the URL in the address bar at the very top, then copy and paste as you would anything else you want to copy and paste. It’s so simple that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before!

        I hope this works for you as well as it works for me.

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    • masercot 11:13 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Believe it or not, my son and I were talking about Vera Lynn just last night. We were watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall. We both know a lot of her music and about her life.

      Synchronicity…

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      • mistermuse 12:02 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comment. Although I’ve long liked Vera Lynn’s voice, i didn’t know much about her until I was putting this post together and learned of her recent death….which led me to Wikipedia to learn more. I think she was under-appreciated in the U.S., despite her popularity in England.

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    • annieasksyou 1:58 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t want to take up more of your time with this browser stuff, but that was and is precisely what I do with Safari, but freakin’FF won’t comply. So I guess I shall have to remain bibrowsual. No need to respond; there are worse things in life.

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      • mistermuse 2:54 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mind responding again, Annie. If anyone knows it often takes two or more times to ‘get the job done,’ it’s me!

        In any case, here’s how my daughter told me to do it on Firefox: Bring up the music video you want to copy and, after starting to play it, right-click on the right hand side of the clip, which brings up a menu. Left-click the 4th item down, which is “Copy embedded code,” and you’re ready to paste the clip unto your post. I tried it once and it worked, so now I have my choice of two ways to post videos.

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    • dunnasead.co 10:10 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sometimes you hear such a beauty of voice you just want to listen, irregardless of what the orchestra, arrangements, tap dancers etc are doing. you are focused. this is focus music. thanks.

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      • mistermuse 11:00 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well said. No doubt the orchestral accompaniments to the Vera Lynn and Tony Martin vocals sound hoary to modern ears, but the “beauty of voice” is timeless.

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    • America On Coffee 12:24 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Mistermuse, video does not sow. Vera Lynn has the same occupation simultaneously, as did Edith Piaf!. Cheers and well wishes for a great Summer!💕☕️☕️

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    • mistermuse 12:56 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about the video not showing, AOC. Most of the previous commenters have reported being able to see all four videos, so the problem is apparently at your end. Hope you were able to view the other three.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , I've Told Every Little Star, , music, Old King Cole, , stars   

    A CONTINUATION OF STARS 

    “How far away the stars seem, how far our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.” –William Butler Yeats

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    Since my last post (A CONSOLATION OF STARS), it occurred to me that the realm of the Golden Age of Popular Music begot a ‘title wave’ of Star songs — so why not give it its just due and do another post along similar lines? Then along comes the birthday (June 9, 1892) of fabled old king Cole Porter, and it further occurred to me that such a prolific composer must have written at least one serenade to the stars…..but none came to my mind. So I searched the night sky and found that he did indeed compose one — and only one — such song:

    I’m not so starry-eyed as to contend that the above song is Porter’s best love song — far from it — but it does serve to set the tableau, if you’ll pardon my French. So let us now turn to a song higher in the pantheon of great romantic songs, composed by the great team of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II:

    https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/128759

    I hadn’t intended to stop here, but I’ve come to a point where my outdated browser is causing problems beyond what my old head can handle (until my daughter does a Father’s Day fix). Looking back, a suspension of posting (pending a fix) was as inevitable as night follows day….or should I say: It Was Written In The Stars.

    “CONTINUATION” TO BE CONTINUED*

    *after the “fix” I’m in is fixed

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • calmkate 12:57 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      hey that’s two posts I didn’t expect 🙂

      and you are not able to click ‘like’ … I had noticed!

      So huge progress … we will expect masterpiece posts after Father’s Day 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:08 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Huge progress in one area, huge regress in another, Kate. I started writing this post several days ago and was able to copy the “It Was Written In The Stars” video. Over the next few days, I tried unsuccessfully to copy additional “Stars” song clips, and each time my old browser wouldn’t let me — that’s why I couldn’t complete this post. My daughter assures me that the new browser she will install will solve the problem. If not, I’ll be (star) crossed as hell!

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        • calmkate 7:12 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink

          lol you will get there slowly but surely … no point in rushing these things MrM 🙂

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    • blindzanygirl 1:27 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope that your fix gets fixed. I’d be in a fix without you. Love the starry theme.

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      • mistermuse 7:19 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Lorraine. The stars at the top was a last-minute idea to ‘complete the picture’ which I probably wouldn’t have thought of if I’d been able to ‘complete the post’ as I’d intended, Glad you like/love it.

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        • blindzanygirl 7:51 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink

          I have a penchant for stars as may be obvious in some of my postings lol. Xx

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    • mlrover 7:47 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I LOVE Porter, but the first song that came to mind is Hogie’s Stardust.
      We all feel your pain when it comes to computer issues. Hang in.

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      • mistermuse 10:24 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I had Louis Armstrong’s rendition of STARDUST in my previous post. Of course, Hoagie wrote it (as well as recorded it), but Satchmo does it better than anyone, in my opinion.

        As for my computer issues, I’m counting on a new browser to resolve most of them. If it doesn’t, even my techie daughter may be stumped, leaving me up a tree.

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    • masercot 8:46 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Dream a Little Dream of Me

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      • mistermuse 10:54 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I know the song, which has “Stars” in the lyrics, but my continuation of this post after Father’s Day will stick to songs with Star(s) in the title, as there are many to choose from. Nevertheless, your comment leads me to think of doing a “Dream(s)” song post post-Stars, so, though I may not dream a little dream of you, I’ll probably include a little clip of it in a future post.

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    • tubularsock 11:50 am on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ahhh, simpler times yet love was still complex. “And why haven’t I told you?”
      Most interesting to hear THAT sound again. Tubularsock is going to work on making a rap song out of it.
      (relax, just kidding!)

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      • mistermuse 12:38 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I used to think love was complex until computers and the Internet came along. Now I think love is simple — it’s people and computers that are complex (which, I suppose, is why I’ll never understand why they do some of the things they do)..

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    • Elizabeth 5:30 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Are the stars out tonight? I can’t tell if it’s cloudy or bright. Cause I only have eyes for you dear.” One of my dad’s favorites.

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      • mistermuse 5:51 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Elizabeth, I Remember It Well (which, as you may know, is the title of a song from GIGI).

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    • magickmermaid 6:40 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’re a star, Mister Muse! I wasn’t familiar with either of these songs. I like the second one the best. My house was built in 1928 so whenever I play one of the tunes you feature, I can just imagine the original owners dancing in the parlour. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:17 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm, but I’m more like a dwarf star when it comes to technology. Assuming my daughter can get me back in the loop, I’ll be back SWINGING ON A STAR before you can say “Bing Crosby” (who sang that Academy Award winning song in the 1944 film GOING MY WAY).

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    • annieasksyou 8:00 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure how, but I wound up with a Bury Bacharach/Dionne Warwick multiplicities of pleasure, including What the World Needs Now (Is Love Sweet Love), which couldn’t be more true. So a serendipitous thank you for that! Best of luck with your new browser. Hope your experience is better than my switch, which doesn’t always let me pick up photos and videos. Anyway, you set a lovely tableau, mistermuse!

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      • annieasksyou 8:00 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Obviously, Burt; sorry for graveyard typo.

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        • mistermuse 10:51 pm on June 9, 2020 Permalink

          Annie, your typo reminds me of what Mark Twain said when his obituary was mistakenly published: THE REPORTS OF MY DEATH ARE GREATLY EXAGGERATED. So I’m sure that any distress the typo may have caused Burt is greatly mitigated by virtue of now joining such esteemed company in premature burial. 😉

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    • Silver Screenings 3:15 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been listening to the music you’ve posted while catching up on blog reading. Your choices are a fabulous soundtrack for a Sunday.

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      • mistermuse 5:36 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        One of the few advantages of growing old is that I know so many old songs, SS. The disadvantage of being old is that it’s getting harder to remember them all. 😉

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  • mistermuse 9:46 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , consolation, , , , music, problems,   

    A CONSOLATION OF STARS 

    What with all the problems in this crazy world of ours, my fellow earthlings, is there consolation in knowing that my previously-posted problems don’t amount to a proverbial hill of beans by comparison? After all, everyone in Casablanca has problems — mine may work out:

    In fact, I think mine will work out — help is on the way (by beautiful way of my tech-angel daughter) on Father’s Day. But until then, I’ll seek my consolation in the Stardust of a song (or two):

    If we could clear the dust from our eyes, friends, aren’t we all more or less lost in the stars? Maybe most of us just don’t see it: little stars, BIG STARS, blowing through the night….and we’re lost out here in the stars….

     

     
    • Carmen 10:02 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Just wanted to add that I think you’re a ROCK star!! I’m looking after six of the grandchildren right now – I’ll get to hear the selections later, when I can relax and appreciate them! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 11:28 am on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And you’re obviously a rock star of a grandma, Carmen….but looking after only six grandchildfren? Unless your children are hiding some, tell them to get back to work. Haven’t they heard that they’re….

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    • Don Ostertag 1:31 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great selections!

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      • waywardsparkles 3:47 pm on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Okay, I’m not used to this format, but here goes nutin’! Love Louis but I’ve never seen Casablanca. I KNOW!!! Myrna Loy is one of my all time favs, though, and I love Cheaper by the Dozen, both the book and the movie. It seems like there was a second book, too, maybe? Or am I remembering wrong? Anyway, in life, it’s all about the systems you have in place to deal with whatever you have to deal with. And a lot of luck! 🙂 Mona

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        • mistermuse 7:01 pm on June 5, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the comment. I’m not used to a lot of formats, so welcome to the club!
          Never seen Casablanca? You are indeed wayward! 😉
          As for Cheaper By The Dozen, I don’t know if there was a second book, but there was a sequel to the movie two years later called Belles On Their Toes. I think I saw it decades ago, but I don’t remember it, so either it’s not very memorable or I’m losing my memory.

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    • Rivergirl 2:05 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Casablanca and Satchmo. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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      • mistermuse 2:58 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Unsurpassed performances, an unsurpassed film, and unsurpassed music = “it doesn’t get much better than that.” 😉

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:37 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So glad that your beautiful tech-angel daughter is helping you to resolve your problems with WordPress 🙂 Enjoyed the Casablanca video clip.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Rosaliene. That clip is a classic example of why Casablanca is one of the greatest films of all time: exquisite Dialogue, fine Acting, and superb Direction: a DAD for the ages — not unlike mistermuse, who is a well(?) aged dad.

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        • mistermuse 7:29 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink

          I can’t believe it — all of a sudden, “Loading” has mysteriously disappeared and “Likes” have reappeared since the last time I was here a few hours ago. It’s a miracle (and I wasn’t even praying to the computer gods for one)!

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    • calmkate 7:46 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      aha souds like you two might be each others biggest fans!

      First two clips were supremo, third one didn’t work … a dozen, his poor wife!

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    • mistermuse 10:18 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Kate, Carmen and I are not only each other’s biggest, but each other’s oldest, fans — would you believe we go back to the days when she sang and danced with fruit on her head:

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    • masercot 7:58 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite version of Stardust…

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    • mistermuse 8:13 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Likewise. Louis was at the top of his game in 1931 when he recorded Stardust.

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      • masercot 8:18 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s about the time he recorded I’ll Be Glad When You’re Dead You Rascal You, right?

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        • mistermuse 8:28 am on June 5, 2020 Permalink

          Right. He also recorded Rascal again in 1941, by which time he was past his peak (as a trumpeter, not as an entertainer).

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    • annieasksyou 1:53 pm on June 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve visited Rick’s Place many times over the years but never tire of it. This time, the emphasis on kindness TO strangers seemed most appropriate.
      And the great Satchmo: immediately following Stardust was his rendition of We Shall Overcome. I was overcome by it.
      Then Lotte Lenya singing of the stars in all their manifestations reminded me of the peaceful demonstrators. All told, this was a meaningful and emotional journey.

      Thank you, mistermuse!

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    • mistermuse 10:45 pm on June 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I anticipate doing a follow-up to this post in a few days, Annie….provided I can overcome some issues I’m having with my outdated browser before my techie daughter comes to my rescue on Father’s Day. The follow-up will probably be my last post until after Father’s Day, as it’s too time-consuming and too much of a hassle trying to work around the problems.

      Meanwhile, I’m glad this post (and hopefully the next one) were, and will be, to your liking. 😉

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    • annieasksyou 12:22 am on June 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Fathers Day; enjoy your well-earned break. I hope you’ll visit my blog again soon, mistermuse. Haven’t been doing much punning and rhyming of late, but I do have a little political acrostic posted today. Cheers!

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    • restlessjo 3:57 am on June 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I so enjoyed that excerpt from Casablanca. A little escapism on a Sunday morning. Thank you! 🙂 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 3:11 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love, LOVE the way you began this post. Brilliant.

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    • mistermuse 5:25 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, SS (I would also have accepted semi-brilliant, luminous, superb, or ingenious). 😉

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  • mistermuse 12:18 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: music,   

    AT WIT’S END 

    I don’t know how you spell FRUSTRATION, but I spell it W-O-R-D-P-R-E-S-S. To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning,

    How do I detest thee? Let me count the ways….

    But counting the ways would take time I don’t have, thanks to all the time-consuming problems I do have with WordPress (especially recently). Suffice it to say that if there’s no improvement when the new WordPress Block Editor kicks in June 1, I’ll be considering my options — ranging from giving up blogging completely, to seeking another venue more user-friendly to a tech-tyro like me.

    In other words….

    As the God of WordPress is my wit-ness, I ask you….

     
    • obbverse 1:01 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like WP is really really really pissing you off… I know if my spouse didn’t fix my faux pas on my site I’d boot it all down the road in frustration. The WP issue I had seemed to be random- one day I could like, one day I could comment, the next, nada. Then, voila! All good-ish. I am supremely limited in trouble-shooting. Hope the new edit. works, because if it becomes unenjoyable…

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      • calmkate 6:16 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        can’t post comments now so communicating with MrM this way … videos came back on but there is now no avenue to post comments and ours aren’t linked ;(

        Do you think POTUS disciples are targeting you? Have you contacted WP directly with your issues … I did and took another 3-4 days before they resolved it! Good luck ❤

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        • calmkate 6:17 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          PS nearly forgot this link, great video on how to use new editor block ..helped me heaps!
          https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/108067070/posts/21702

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        • mistermuse 11:25 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you, Kate. Computerese is almost like a foreign language to me. When complications arise beyond what I’m familiar with (writing my blog and commenting), I’m lost because I don’t understand the relevant terminology and concepts. That’s why, in all likelihood after June 1, I’m going to have to rely on my out-of-town daughter for hands-on help the next time she visits.

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        • calmkate 6:37 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          that link to the youtube video will help heaps if you can open it … Bella has a sweet clear english voice and her demonstration of using the new block editor is so much easier for luddites like me … please keep persisting!

          We need you and you need an outlet for your creativity ❤

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      • mistermuse 9:48 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Obbverse. My wife is much more tech savvy in general than I, but she doesn’t blog and has no clue what to do about my WP issues. My oldest daughter, who lives out of town, may be able to help the next time she visits. I’ll probably just sit tight until then, if there’s no improvement on June 1,

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        • pendantry 2:37 am on June 1, 2020 Permalink

          Good morning to you, mistermuse
          I come to you bearing good news!
          Classic editor is what you seek?
          It’s still there: here, take a peek!

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        • mistermuse 7:14 am on June 1, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you, pendantry, for your poetic reply.
          I see no change whatever — I don’t know why.
          Same format, same problems — not “good news” at all…
          But at least I’m still here, though it wasn’t my call.

          For now, my good man, I’ll muddle on as best I can
          ’til my daughter updates my Windows, or the shit hits the fan.

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    • blindzanygirl 1:16 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am sad. So many people have said goodbye lately. I am having problems too. Please let us know if you go to another venue. The number of times you have lifted me out of a black pit with youur comments snd your somgs is inestimable., i loved your input. But I understsnd. It is even worse trying to deal with WordPress if you are blind. It’s shit! Much love to you midyer,use snd thankyou. ❤️

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      • mistermuse 11:43 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        This may sound corny, Lorraine, but it warms my heart to know there are times when “I have lifted you out of a black pit.” The fact that I have helped you encourages me to want to keep doin’ what I’m doin’….I just wish that my brain was better equipped with the ‘tools’ needed to deal with the technology side of this “shit,” as you so aptly and eloquently put it.

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    • calmkate 5:52 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh please don’t leave me … your satrical humour and jazz finds add sun to my day! I am guessing that you added videos to this post but I’m looking at two large white outs … no pics or videos to be found … issue is my end no doubt 😦

      WP seems to go thru glitches … I had a real issue for nearly 3 months, had to blog far less as anything took more than an hour! I nearly gave up but due to support by my followers I hung in there and one day issue just vanished!

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      • mistermuse 11:52 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Fingers crossed, Kate, that these issues just vanish on June 1. Otherwise, I may have to write President Trump to issue an executive order and make blogging great again.

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        • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:36 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          LOL

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        • calmkate 6:41 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          well he does bully everybody else so I’d rather like to watch it reciprocated, couldn’t happen to a better idiot … are you softening, that’s the kindest thing I’ve heard you call him 🙂

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        • mistermuse 10:53 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, if you think I’ve been unkind to Trump, scroll down to arekhill1’s comment below and click on his blog for some posts which put my Trump put-downs to shame. 😉

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    • Carmen 6:09 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      C’mon mistermuse – stick with it! How long have you been married? 😉

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      • mistermuse 12:00 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Would that it were that simple, Carmen. At least in marriage, I can kick my wife in the fanny if she gets out of line, and receive an immediate and proper response. Then, after I’ve recovered, things are back to normal.

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    • masercot 7:07 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, Fallout! A game I gave three months of my life to…

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    • GP Cox 7:33 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have never understood why – when something works, they insist on fixing it!!!!

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      • mistermuse 12:19 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        WordPress did work for years, GP — at least, well enough not to frustrate me as it has increasingly done lately. Whether recent problems have anything to do with the process of switching over to the new WordPress Block Editor is beyond me.

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    • Rivergirl 7:46 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I read that we’ll be able to switch back to classic editor as soon as they roll out this new abomination… which I will do immediately. But it seems you have a lot of issues with that as well. I have no answer, just a plea not to leave.
      ❣️

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      • mistermuse 12:27 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very much appreciated, Rg. It may take a while, but I’m hopeful of a satisfactory resolution which will enable me to keep doin’ what I’m doin’. Closing up shop is the last thing I want to do.

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    • josephurban 8:00 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      WordPress is following a well known principle of American business. If something is working properly CHANGE IT. As soon as a customer learns to use a system, CHANGE IT. If something is simple and uncomplicated, CHANGE IT. Why? Because otherwise how do I justify my job ? How do I justify just producing reasonably good product? Everything needs to be NEW and IMPROVED. Otherwise how do I, as a CEO, justify the salary I am given? I saw the same thing over and over and over in the field of education. If something works…CHANGE IT.

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      • Carmen 8:06 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think you are onto something, Joseph. Right now, I can’t access my cell phone account because of increased security protections (I can’t even get into my own account with the password I’ve used for years) . . .so I’m sending them monthly payments in an amount that I know is higher than the bill; hopefully when they have to start sending me credits they’ll help me. 🙂 (smh)

        Hopefully mistermuse will return June 1st with a WordPress arsekicking story. ..

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      • mistermuse 12:37 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Joseph. I think it’s akin to something they used to call “planned obsolescence.” “Change for the sake of change” is hardly an improvement.

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    • magickmermaid 10:58 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t leave!!! Everyone will miss you!!! I was cursing the new system yesterday as I was giving one of my pages a makeover. It was like a video game gone awry and I don’t play video games. However, I refuse to be bested by technology/machines. After I calmed down a bit, I found my own way to make it work for me. Disclaimer: my own way may not be the proper way but I got it to work. 🙂
      The customer service reps at WordPress are very good. They helped me out a when I have contacted them in the past. So don’t give up!

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      • mistermuse 12:50 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. My problem is that I don’t understand the terminology, so no matter how good the customer service reps may be, I can’t do what they tell me if I don’t ‘get’ it. I’m sure my daughter would understand, so perhaps I can enlist her to contact the WordPress reps when she comes. Can you give me the customer service dept. phone #, email address, or whatever way you use to contact them?

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        • magickmermaid 1:34 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          Drat! I was writing down the way I contacted them before and that seems to have disappeared with the new format. It was always by email–no phone support

          I found this link: https://wordpress.org/support/
          Each link on that page has specific info and a troubleshooting link. There is so much information and it can be daunting. When it comes to terminology, a lot of that is counter-intuitive and makes no sense so try not to get bogged down with that.
          Tell me exactly which thing you are having trouble with and maybe I will know which link to direct you to.

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        • mistermuse 8:22 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink

          I’m having trouble with a number of things, mm, but two of the most bothersome have to do with ‘Like’ (or should I say, the absence of ‘Like’). First, no matter if it’s my posts or the posts of other bloggers, all I see is ‘Loading’ immediately below the posts where you would click ‘Like’ if you like the post. Second, on some (but not all) bloggers’ posts, when I try to Like a comment, it won’t ‘take’ and I have to type ‘Like’ in a comment and then go through the ‘verify that’s it’s me’ process to verify that’s it’s me making the ‘Like’ comment (and sometimes even that doesn’t go through).

          Frustrating!

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    • tubularsock 11:45 am on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Funny that. Tubularsock hasn’t had many issues with WordPress perhaps because Tubularsock does all of his editing work on a stone tablet before sending it off.

      Sure it’s dusty and there are the issue of stone chunks getting trapped under some of the keys but let Tubularsock tell you that the shipping cost is wayyyyyyy cheaper!

      Good luck with all this.

      Oh. Whisky helps, double shot, neat.

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    • arekhill1 1:45 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so frustrated with Weebly I was thinking of switching to WordPress. Maybe not. I don’t plan on giving up blogging, but am really looking forward to Trump getting kicked out onto the street so I can return to topics more whimsical in the aftermath.

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      • mistermuse 8:32 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise with not wanting to give up blogging — that would be a last (hopefully avoidable) resort. As for Trump, it’s not enough for me to see him kicked out unto the street. If there’s any justice in this world, he’ll be kicked out of office into prison where he belongs (and where anyone else would go for committing half the illegal acts he has committed).

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    • Don Ostertag 1:48 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Why? Why? Why? Just because somebody wants to show off his/her knowledge and figures we should do something different. We haven’t got enough on our plate what with the Virus, our ‘leadership’, here in MN we have fires and looting and cop- murderers.
      I’m 81 years old and there isn’t a day goes by I don’t learn something new. And I am sick of it.

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      • mistermuse 8:44 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Don, I’m about your age, and the longer I live, the more see that the human race as a whole is beyond saving (in a humane and empathetic sense), and always will be. There is only hope for individuals, and that is why we must be the best models we can be for those in our immediate lives and those who come after us.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:46 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Understand well your frustration. Sigh. I found “A First Guide to the Blocks Editor” on another blog and hope that I do better this weekend. Here’s the link to Part Two of Sue’s Guide, that I’ve just printed out. You’ll find the link to Part One at the end of her post.
      https://weeklyprompts.com/2020/05/29/part-two-dont-panic/

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      • mistermuse 10:35 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you very much, Rosaliene. At first glance, this looks beyond me. I’ll need to consult with my tech-savvy daughter the next time she visits, in order to see where I go from here. Thanks again.

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    • magickmermaid 11:24 am on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t reply above so I’m going to ask some basic questions.
      1-Have you updated your browser recently? It’s always best to keep your browser updated because tech changes at warp speed. If it isn’t this can sometimes affect how websites work for you.
      2-Do you clear your cache every day? I clear mine a few times every day because there is so much info in the cache on a daily basis it can sometimes interfere with what the browser can do.
      3-If you are using the Windows operating system (I don’t know anything about the others) is it updated? Have any new updates been installed recently? Sometimes with Windows updates I have to reset certain functions.

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      • mistermuse 12:20 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I appreciate the tips.

        Regarding numbers 1 and 3, my browser is Internet Explorer and, as I understand it, Windows is part of Internet Explorer. They have not been updated recently and neither my wife nor I know how, but my out-of-town daughter does, so I’ll ask her to do it on her next visit here.

        As for #2 (clearing my cache everyday), I am way behind on doing that, so I will have to take time to clear it and see if that helps.

        Thank you again.

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        • magickmermaid 6:36 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink

          I may be wrong, but I don’t think Internet Explorer can be used successfully any more as MIcrosoft updated their browser to Microsoft Edge when they launched Windows 10. So that may be the cause of some of the problems. Once browsers and operating systems are no longer supported, things don’t work as they used to. Have you upgraded to Windows 10?

          (A lot of people were reluctant to upgrade to Windows 10 and stuck to Windows 7. I’m not sure why. When I bought my new computer it came with Windows 7. A year later Windows 10 was introduced and I upgraded on the spot because it was free. After 2 or 3 days I forgot what Windows 7 was all about LOL)

          I use Firefox for my browser and it works great. It has automated updates (if you choose that option) and it is very user-friendly so ask your daughter about that. Chrome is also good but Firefox is faster in my opinion.
          Clearing the cache only takes a minute so definitely do that every day. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 9:29 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink

          You may have hit on the main problem, mm, as I’m still on Windows 7. I’ve cleared most of my cache (I hadn’t cleared it for several months), and there has been no improvement, so I’ll ask my daughter to upgrade me to Windows 10 as a Father’s Day present (unless the new Windows Block Editor miraculously solves everything on June 1). I’m reluctant to try Firefox because my wife uses it, says it’s too slow, and isn’t happy with it.

          Stay tuned! 😉

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    • Elizabeth 12:45 pm on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Let’s hope we all get through this. Do you think they were counting on us being eager to learn something new while quarantined? If so they misread their clientele completely.

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    • annieasksyou 12:09 am on May 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am reading all this as a welcome diversion because our country is currently on fire. But I want to add my two bits (no bytes—I’m non-violent) to those who say please stay—together we’ll find a way.

      I have had oodles of WP issues and not received much help lately, though I have in the past. I am terrified what I will find on June 1. I
      watch those little videos and can’t tell what the hell they’re showing me. Tomorrow I shall try again. My out-of-town daughters were the ones who thought blogging would be a neat idea for me; they were right, but I can’t turn to them for my daily fiascos.
      But I do believe we’ll muddle through; I really, truly do.

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      • mistermuse 12:45 pm on May 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Much appreciated, Annie. I do very much want to “muddle through” (hard as that may be due to my EXTREMELY limited tech skills). Like you, I have an out-or-town daughter who can’t help with my “daily fiascos,” but whom I will need to at least help me function here without losing my sanity (such as I have left). But at least I’m still sane enough to have a sense of perspective, like this guy:

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    • Carol A. Hand 12:45 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, now I understand your comment, “Like,” on my most recent post, Mister Muse! Thank you!

      I so hope you decide to continue blogging!

      Just to add a little more complexity to the well-informed advice you have already received, WP happiness engineers weren’t able to help me when my blog wasn’t working properly a while ago. After trying to follow their complicated suggestions, I seriously contemplated just giving up. On a whim, I decided experiment to see if updating my “theme” would make a difference. Lo and behold, it worked… The features that weren’t working (likes and comments) miraculously were working again!

      Sending my best wishes!

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      • mistermuse 7:05 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Your comment (and time) are very much appreciated, Carol.

        I, too, have experienced the “complicated suggestions” of the WP happiness engineers and almost given up because their jargon is way beyond my extremely limited tech skills (they might as well be speaking a foreign language). Your “experiment” sounds intriguing and worth trying, but I’m not sure what you mean by “updating my theme.” If you have time, could you explain so that I too might try to get my “features that aren’t working” working again?

        Thank you for the good wishes — my best to you as well.

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        • Carol A. Hand 11:01 am on June 2, 2020 Permalink

          I will try my best to explain this as one non-techie to another. You can delete this long comment when you’re done seeing if it helps. 🙂

          1. I enter WP via email informing me about a new comment or my new post – the easiest way for me to get there.
          2. In the upper left corner of the screen, I see the WP icon and words “My Sites”
          3. I click on the icon and a drop down list appears. I click on the last item on the list, “WP Admin.”
          4. In WP Admin, a new list appears. About halfway down is “Appearance”
          5. I hover over “Appearance” and another list appears. The first item is “Themes” and I click on it.
          6. I find myself on a page (actually pages) of choices with so many possible options. I want something free and something newer than the theme I’ve been using for years.
          7. By hovering over each possible choice, several options appear: “theme details,” “activate,” and “preview.”
          8. I want to know more about the features first, so I check out the details. If it sounds like a possibility, I can chose to “preview” it.
          9. My most recent post appears in this new theme. I can keep exploring new themes until I find something that works, and click “activate.”
          10. Once I do, I have a lot more customizing options to choose from before hitting the save button. 11. I can always go back to make changes via the “WP Admin” screen. It’s easier for me to use than the newer options. It’s also how I still create new posts, using the “quick post” option on the “home” screen and edit using the drop down menu choice “posts.”

          I hope this makes sense and helps! You can always email me at carolahand@gmail.com.

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    • mistermuse 11:35 pm on June 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so much, Carol. I hope I haven’t put you to too much trouble.

      It’s getting rather late tonight, so I’ll ‘tackle’ your instructions in the next day or two when I have more time…and if all else fails, my techie daughter is coming on Father’s Day and assures me that she can fix my issues. One way or the other, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel at last!

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    • mistermuse 2:54 pm on June 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Carol, as you may have noticed in my June 4 post (A CONSOLATION OF STARS), one of my comments announced a “miracle” — the sudden restoration yesterday afternoon of “Like” from “Loading” and apparent return to normalcy of at least some of my other issues. I suspect this was due to changing to one of the different themes I tried on June 3 (if so, it was a ‘delayed reaction’), but in any case, you went “above and beyond the call of duty” by taking time to explain themes to me, and it apparently paid off.

      From now on, I shall think of you as St. Carol Hand rather than Dr. Carol Hand! 😉

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    • Sara 10:55 pm on June 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      nice article

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    • America On Coffee 3:57 am on June 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great videos!👍

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    • Silver Screenings 3:03 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, Dean Martin! Thanks for posting this – it’s my fave Dean Martin song. I’ll be singing it all day, thanks to you. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 5:15 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, SS.
        Sorry that I now need to APPROVE your (and all) comments before they’re posted, but a recent vulgar comment made me decide to do so (after 10+ years of publishing this blog). “Ain’t that a kick in the head?” 😉

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  • mistermuse 12:53 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Like Someone In Love, music   

    LIKE, WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? 

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t liked your posts since about this time yesterday. I haven’t liked them, not because I haven’t liked them, but because I haven’t been able to Like them. All I get where one normally clicks “Like” is “Loading” — and as much as I’d like it to stop Loading, it doesn’t. I can still comment, but if I commented on all the posts I like but can’t Like, I’d spend my whole day writing comments….which isn’t likely, because I also like to eat, sleep, and be merry. So, since I can’t Like you on your posts, I’ll LIKE you musically here.

    Speaking of being merry, today is the birthday (May 21, 1904) of Thomas “Fats” Waller, who was about the merry-makingest singer/songwriter/pianist I know. Here he at the piano with such fellow jazz greats as Jack Teagarden and Gene Krupa playing his own composition I NEED SOMEONE LIKE YOU:

    There’s more “Like” songs where that came from. Here is the First Lady of Song/Queen of Jazz singing a ballad like only she can:

    I’d like to close with something high class, like this:

     

     
    • pendantry 12:56 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I get that ‘interminable loading’ problem with the ‘like’ thingy myself, sometimes. It usually goes away when I reload the page.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I can’t solve the problem come hell or high water, but then I’m in the same boat re most things technological. Hopefully, I can enlist one of my two tech-savvy daughters to help.

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      • Joseph Nebus 2:51 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I have that problem too, though not on every page. If I use the Reader page then usually I can hit the ‘like’ and that works.

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        • mistermuse 8:42 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. I was hoping to get help from my two daughters, but at this time, neither can give me ‘hands-on’ assistance for reasons beyond their control (illness in one case, lives out of town in the other). One tells me that the Reader page (which I never heard of) is too complicated for someone of my all-but-non-existent tech skills….which is undoubtedly true. Such is life in the big city, as they say.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:05 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        Since this is probably due to caching issue (a cache is a temporary memory), close the tab or window and reload the post in a new tab or window.

        If this does not solve the issue, then quit and restart your web browser.

        By the way, mistermuse, thank you for submitting your one-word comment “Like” at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/the-last-rag/

        Therefore, I would like to encourage you to submit another comment there with proper sentences so that I have something much more substantial to reply to.

        Please make sure that you are viewing my blog posts on a desktop or laptop computer because you will see and experience much more of the sophisticated features. Happy reading and happy listening there!

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        • mistermuse 5:42 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          The short answer to your suggestion that I submit a longer comment to your post is that I’m simply unable to submit time-consuming replies to anywhere near the number of posts of the many blogs I follow as I would like to….nor do I expect such comments from any of my followers who don’t have time (which is not to say that I don’t appreciate thoughtful comments when possible). Hence, I use “Like” as a better-than-nothing substitute.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:24 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        If you still have the issue after restarting your web browser, then restart your computer.

        If the issue persists after restarting your computer, then you will need to (partially) delete the cache history stored in your web browser.

        Alternatively, use a different web browser.

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    • Carmen 1:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Like’ – the most over-used word in the dictionary. I am a CBC junkie and nothing makes me sprint for the ‘off’ button any quicker than a person who’s being interviewed using that word at least three times in a sentence. You’ve probably heard them. . “Like, I used to be more introverted, but like I’m older now and like I just feel like talking to, like, more people. . ., you know what I mean?”
      But go ahead, ‘Like’ away! 😉 (at least, you can try!)

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, I don’t know what to say, except…. WHATEVER.

        P.S. That’s probably second only to Like as an over-used word. 😉

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 2:39 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a techie. But I’ve noticed that WordPress sometimes behaves differently depending upon what device I am using (laptop, iPhone, desktop). If you have more than one device, see if the problem exists on all of them.

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    • Rivergirl 4:01 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t like that you can’t like what you like on my page. I don’t like that at all.
      I do like good ole Fats though.
      😉

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You have excellent taste, Rg — Fats is one of my all-time favs, and that is one of my fav (and least-known) Waller songs.

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    • magickmermaid 4:23 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this post! I especially like the Fats Waller tune!

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    • obbverse 5:15 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Had the ‘like’ issue… sigh… If I can’t press Like now I just comment one word Like and hope there’s the understanding. WordPress can be willful and temperamental.

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    • cagedunn 6:02 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The like thingy? That’s why I click the like button before I open the page, otherwise, it just doesn’t happen. Been a thing for a while …

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      • mistermuse 6:48 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the tip, cd, but I’m not sure what you mean, because there’s no Like button (immediately following a post) to click — even on this post, I see only “Loading” where the Like button used to appear on all my posts in the past.

        P.S. I just checked a few of my previous posts, and “Loading” now appears in place of Like on all of them. Something is definitely screwed up.

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        • cagedunn 9:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink

          Sorry, the like button I press is on the reader, not after I click on the post. I haven’t been able to click on like in a post for so long, I don’t even think about it now, and do it before I open to read the contents.

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        • mistermuse 3:35 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks again, cd. I’ve now discovered that, although I get “Loading” on my computer, when I bring up my blog on my wife’s computer, the “Likes” on my posts are there (and she doesn’t even use WordPress). This suggests to me that the problem is either with WordPress or that Windows on my computer needs to be upgraded.

          I see that a new WordPress Editor is going to replace the old one on June 1. If that doesn’t correct the problem, I’ll ask my tech-savvy oldest daughter about upgrading Windows the next time she visits from out of town.

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    • calmkate 4:53 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry you’re having difficulty ‘liking’ anyone, a counsellor might help?

      Ella sure is the queen! And totally enjoyed [not liked] the other two, thanks 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, even a tech counselor couldn’t help me, because the ability to understand technology is simply not in my DNA (not unlike a regular counselor being able to help Trump, because empathy isn’t in his DNA).

        Glad you enjoyed the music!

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    • Garfield Hug 6:01 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I missed your voice and now I know why! I hope they sort it out for you Mistermuse. I thrive on your “LIKES” as it means you enjoyed it LOL!

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, GH. Even though I can’t “Like” your posts, I’ll try to comment on at least one of them every day or two, just so you and Garfield know I’m thinking of you!

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        • Garfield Hug 9:16 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Awww this is really sweet 🥰

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        • mistermuse 11:17 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          At least “Like” is now working on comments, even though I still get nothing but “Loading” immediately below my (and others’) posts. Hopefully that problem will resolve itself when WordPress replaces its old Editor with the new WordPress editor on June 1 (don’t ask me to explain it — all I know is that it’s coming).

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    • annieasksyou 10:38 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “ I like you as you are,” said another mister, last name Rogers. Like it or not, I’m gonna tell you about my techie afternoon. Wanted to add a very important update to my latest look at the Tara Reade accusation against Joe Biden, added it to post, pressed update. Nothing. Six tries, as many happy WP folks, three hours, changed browser. Nada. Must be your computer, they said. I think not. Finally added update to comments, thanking two bloggers who brought it to my attention. Ok. I’m done. I mean like, did that help you feel better about your like dilemma? Your music helped me!

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    • mistermuse 11:13 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to be of musical assistance, Annie. As for “I like you as you are,” could there ever be a greater difference in modeling what should “make America great” than Mister Rogers and Donald Trump?

      And now I’m off to check out your Tara Reade/Joe Biden update.

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    • Elizabeth 12:54 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your last band brought back a memory of a jug band formed by a group of neer-do-wells of my acquaintance! As for “like” all I could think of was Seuss “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am.”

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      • mistermuse 2:35 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Elizabeth, your comment brought back a memory of this song:

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        • Elizabeth 5:14 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          I couldn’t get the link to work. Is there a title for it?

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        • mistermuse 7:53 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          It’s a very old song called LITTLE BROWN JUG, Elizabeth. Sorry you couldn’t get it, but there quite a few versions on YouTube, so I’m sure you can find one that works, if interested.

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    • arekhill1 7:24 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I liked it. Worked right away. The Internet obeys me.

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      • mistermuse 8:34 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll gladly take your word for it, Ricardo, because I’m still seeing “Loading” below the post where “Likes” should be. There could be millions of “Likes” there, for all I know (OK, maybe only thousands — I’m not greedy).

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    • restlessjo 3:53 am on May 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice bit of Ella 🙂 🙂 Don’t worry about the likes or not likes, so long as you’re still around.

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    • Strait,NoChaser 7:23 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks very, very much! It’s great to meet a fellow jazz lover!

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      • mistermuse 9:46 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome….though I must admit to not being a fan of all types of jazz (bebop, for example). Glad you enjoyed the post..

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  • mistermuse 9:13 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , music, One Morning In May, Pied Pipers, ,   

    MAY DAYS 

    What do you say — may I interest you in the music of May? You see, I haven’t posted for a spell, but I don’t think I want to disturb a single brain cell — though I fear somewhere in my sphere the strain’s already rung a bell, as near I can tell. So, before I go too far, let’s get to the tunes, most of which may be before your time….but at least you won’t have to suffer (much) more of my rhyme.

    I’ll start with two versions of my favorite May song, the first sung by the great Mel Tormé:

    This second (and earlier) version is by British crooner Al Bowlly, who was tragically killed in a German air raid on London during WW II:

    Now, let’s see — where are we? Oh, yes — we’re….

    Let us say ‘fini’ appropriately:

     
    • Ashley 11:05 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Another cracking post. Mel Torme…sooo smooth! Ever heard of Matt Munroe? He had a voice like that. Al Bowlly….. my Granny loved him! And Michael Buble….brilliant! I’ve never heard of the Pied Pipers but for some reason, the picture reminded me of Ben Lyons & Bebe Daniels….!

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      • mistermuse 11:44 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ashley. Yes, I’ve heard of — and heard — Matt Munroe. I don’t own any of his albums, but I do own a ton of Al Bowlly and Mel Tormé albums, as well as two of the Pied Pipers (they were voted top vocal group of the mid-to-late 1940s in the annual Downbeat and Metronome magazines polls, surpassing even the very popular Mills Brothers and Ink Spots).

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        • Ashley 10:56 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          You may not have registered my comment about Ben & Bebe Lyons. It was a radio show here in the UK.

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        • mistermuse 12:58 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the clarification, Ashley. Yes, I heard of old-time American movie stars Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels (his wife), but I couldn’t relate them with the Pied Pipers picture, so I let it pass. I also didn’t know they had a radio show “here in the UK” — which tells me why your Granny loved Brit Al Bowlly!

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    • Carmen 1:18 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think my favourite was the Pied Piper piece. . it would have been a great dance tune! (Nice to see the inclusion of a Canuck!)

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    • arekhill1 4:14 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How do you get a handle like “The Velvet Fog” anyway? Sounds like a name for a whiskey, not a singer.

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      • mistermuse 6:24 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A disc jockey gave him that nickname in honor of his smooth vocal style (the disc jockey may have been under the influence of whiskey at the time, but in any case, the name stuck).

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    • Rivergirl 5:23 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      May I just say… well done.
      😊

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      • mistermuse 6:34 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You May indeed, Rg….and just to show my appreciation, I’m going to resist the temptation you say you’re well done yourself. Not that you’re not well done, but….maybe I’d better quit while I’m ahead (or am I?). 😉

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        • Rivergirl 6:47 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          At this point in my life? I’d say I’m approaching medium well.
          😉

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        • mistermuse 8:21 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          The best I can say for myself is that I’m well preserved (and that may be stretching it).

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        • Carmen 9:03 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          Well preserved or well pickled? 😉

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    • obbverse 5:33 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The change of the seasons has been an inspiration since forever. I too, never heard of the Pied Pipers. Strange how some very popular acts of the day just don’t have ‘legs.’

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      • mistermuse 6:47 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It is said that Fame is fickle, but it’s probably more accurate to say that Fame is selectively fickle. Most entertainers of lasting fame probably deserve it, but IMHO, many others deserve it but don’t have it.

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    • calmkate 7:40 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      enjoyed the pied pipers, and like their name! But michael wins hands down, what a voice!

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      • mistermuse 8:13 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Mel is the man!

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        • calmkate 8:54 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          na crooners leave me cold Michael .. wow!

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        • mistermuse 11:15 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, I don’t know where you got the idea that Mel is a crooner. He is first and foremost a jazz-influenced singer (even when he sings ballads). And when he sings straight jazz – well, judge for yourself:

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    • Don Ostertag 11:49 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those who are unfamiliar with Mel Torme, the great one, probably never watched Night Court on TV either. And the Pied Pipers, great on their own or backing up Frank Sinatra in his Dorsey Years. And out of that group came Jo Stafford, one of the best ‘girl singers’ ever.
      Al Bowelly, so sad.
      And then you even got my second favorite stunt man, Yakima.
      Nice mixture.

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      • mistermuse 8:40 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I couldn’t agree more about Jo Stafford. And if there has ever been a better and more unforgettable name in movie history than Yakima Canutt, I don’t remember it. 😉

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    • masercot 8:29 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to play Torme and Bowlly at the same time but they did NOT synchronize…

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      • mistermuse 9:13 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There aren’t too many jazz-influenced singers (like Tormé) and crooners (like Bowlly) I can think of who “synchronize” — unless they’re combined in one man, like the YOUNG (late 1920s-early 1930s) Bing Crosby. However, if it’s synchronization you want, try playing two orchestras’ versions of the same song at the same time, like the sophisticated Spike Jones

        and jazz man Duke Ellington

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    • annieasksyou 10:26 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your guided May tour was very pleasing, of course—

      But not quite as much as Mel’s Ella scat de force!

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    • Silver Screenings 2:45 pm on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love the (new to me) Pied Piper version! Thanks for sharing it.

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  • mistermuse 12:03 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , music, , The Love I Long For,   

    TWO IN ONE 

    April 23 is both LOVER’S DAY and TAKE A CHANCE DAY. As it happens, one of my favorite composers wrote a song which encompasses both of those gambols/gambles in one title:

    The name of that composer is Vladimir Dukelsky, better known to lovers (of The Golden Age of Popular Music) as VERNON DUKE, writer of such all-time standards as APRIL IN PARIS and AUTUMN IN NEW YORK. Here, in keeping with our ‘double take’ on this occasion, is one of his lesser known songs:

    On this April day, I will keep our celebration short and bittersweet by closing with the above-noted ‘song of the month’:

     
    • calmkate 1:29 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      absolutely loved Ethels voice and that young dancer would be up there with Fred!

      As for Ella, what a legend, thanks for such a cheerful musical interlude 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:51 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You mean Mister (Fred) Rogers, of course! (Just kidding — thanks for stopping by my neighborhood.)

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        • calmkate 6:22 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          yes it’s getting a bit dangerous over there … guns, viral deaths, rallies, no foreigners … you take care 🙂

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    • masercot 4:52 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Watching Ethel Waters gives me another three and a half hours of hope…

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      • mistermuse 10:36 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s not settle for just 3 1/2 hours of hope. Here, courtesy of Ethel, is what I’m hoping for on Nov. 3:

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        • masercot 11:48 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          When Esso changed to Exxon, there were commercials with the Esso tiger singing just that song. Not as well as Waters, but pretty good for a tiger…

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        • magickmermaid 5:46 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          Great tunes and dancing! 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 8:04 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fascinated with Ella’s scat when I was a child. I’d watch an old movie and skip around the house scatting. My parents were very tolerant people…
      😉

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      • mistermuse 10:43 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The first to scat may have been Satchmo, but Ella certainly did scat mo’ (never miss a chance to make a bad pun, I always say). 😉

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    • Ashley 8:14 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My oh my! What a joy to watch and listen to Ethel Waters! A delight. I smiled all the way through and I’m playing it again as I write. (Also the 2 dancers are amazing!) There’s so much missing in our lives these days that I’m glad you’re there to remind us of happiness.

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      • mistermuse 10:53 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. That clip is from the 1943 film CABIN IN THE SKY, one of the few Hollywood films of that era with an all-black cast, including Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, and Duke Ellington & His Orchestra. It was also the first movie directed by Vincente Minnelli (future husband of Judy Garland and father of Liza Minnelli).

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    • arekhill1 11:33 am on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s the Apocalypse, too, Sr. Muse…https://www.richardcahill.net/home/the-rapture-is-today

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      • mistermuse 12:32 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope it holds off until after the NFL draft tonight, Ricardo, because I’m so starved for sports, I wouldn’t mind if my Cincinnati Bengals drafted Donald Trump. Hey, if he can make America great again, think what he could do for the Bengals.

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    • willedare 1:01 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful post — Vernon Duke and Ethel Waters and Eddie Anderson (and one other great dancer!) and Ella and then another Ethel Waters song in the comments! I have long loved and been astounded by Ella’s musical gifts, but only recently begun appreciating the wonderful Ms. Waters. Turns out a bunch of great songs were written for her to debut in clubs, on Broadway, and in the movies — and she sang (or in the case of movies sang and then lip-synched) them so well! I saw a video recently of her performing Irving Berlin’s “Suppertime” on a TV show hosted by Diana Ross. Ms. Waters had debuted the song many years before in a hit Irving Berlin revue — and her performance on TV many years later was still masterful and heart-breaking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5Zvjjbc-Hk

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      • mistermuse 3:00 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you on both Ella and Ethel, as shown by the many LPs of both in my record collection. The clip of Ethel (in the comments) is particularly interesting because the record was made in 1921 when recording equipment was primitive and the band behind her was rather primitive also….yet her voice cones through beautifully.

        I’ve read quite a bit about her, including in a bio (of her contemporary, lyricist Andy Razaf) titled BLACK AND BLUE which I’ve just finished. It seems she was a bit of a prima donna until she “got religion” late in life. But who can blame her — black artists had it rough in those days, to say the least.

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    • Don Ostertag 2:34 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for bringing this wonderful, talented group of old time greats to the attention of many who weren’t familiar with them.

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      • mistermuse 3:25 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I do this kind of post fairly often, and would do them even more often if I thought there was a sufficient ‘audience’ for that era among my readers. Perhaps there is, and maybe I’ve underestimated it (in any case, “sufficient” is in the eye of the beholder), so look for more “as time goes by.”

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        • Don Ostertag 3:35 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink

          I would hope there would be a lot of interest in your blogs of this type. Our youngsters should not live by rap alone.

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    • annieasksyou 5:03 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was a loverly trio—and encore—and I’m happy I dropped in by chance (not!) The Ethel Waters recording was tip-tap, and Ella never fails to delight me. I’ve heard April in Paris a zillion times, but I don’t ever remember the singer enunciating WHOM can I run to? So viva la grammariana!
      When you responded to a comment by enriching your Nov 3 response with an Ethel reprieve, I thought of you as a Harpo Marxist—making a point with a recorded song instead of a horn.
      While I’m here, I thank you for your like of my women and successful leadership in pandemic post. Unlike your previous likes, that like did go through. I’m assuming you didn’t comment, but since I just read an entire post of people complaining that WP was swallowing their comments, I wanted to make sure.
      I did respond to one of my respondents on that post with a triple pun, which I feel obliged to report to you due to our shared pun-y weakness.

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on April 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t remember commenting on that post, but I see you commented there on Nov. 12 that you “LOVE bad puns” — which leads me to think your comment may have been in response to a comment of mine that WP subsequently “swallowed.” In any case, that seems like an eternity ago, so (moving on) I’m glad you enjoyed the ‘Ethel and Ella’ show and noticed the to “WHOM” it may concern — namely, us.

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    • Elizabeth 4:52 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hadn’t heard from Waters in a long time and was glad to have a chance to listen to her again.

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      • mistermuse 5:28 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Ethel was born in poverty, but went on to become a great vocalist, and the first black woman to integrate Broadway’s theater district and have her own TV show. What a woman!

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        • Elizabeth 6:16 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink

          Did she have any roles where she didn’t have to dress down as in “Cabin in the Sky?”

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        • mistermuse 6:54 pm on April 25, 2020 Permalink

          Female blues singers were the rage in the 1920s, which is how she became famous. There were few opportunities for black women in film then (and for years to come) other than as maids and housekeepers, so dressing up was ‘out of the picture,’ if you’ll pardon the pun. Here’s more info:

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethel_Waters

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hindustan, , , , music   

    GO TO HELLISTAN 

    Yesterday, I commented on Rivergirl’s March 25 post titled “THINGS THAT FALL INTO THE WTH? CATEGORY”, which told of (among other things) a place known as the Door to Hell in Derweze, Turkmenistan. As I mentioned in that comment, I’ve actually gone to Hell (by car, by the way; not in a handbasket) — the town of Hell in Michiganistan, which may not be as hot as Hell in Turkmenistan, but is more convenient. I figure this is more than enough to qualify me as an authority on anystan’s Hell, hence this post.

    When I say “more convenient,” I of course mean convenient to my followers here in the good old United Statesistan. If you live in Asiastan, you will undoubtedly be able to go to Hell more conveniently in Turkmenistan. On the other stan, if you live in Hindustan (aka The Republic of India), you’re stuckistan in Hindustan because India is in total lockdown due to the coronavirus (I would’ve said coronavirustan, but I understan that’s sickistan).

    Anyway, the Hell I’ve been through in Michiganistan has an official website; rather than me give you the scoopistan, here’s the official poopistan straight from the horse’s mouth:

    https://www.gotohellmi.com/

    Now, if that doesn’t make you want to go to Hell, I don’t know what willistan. I happen to know a guy (his name is Stan) whose wife is a real clothes horse and looks hot in green, gray or white; he often takes her through Hell no matter what she’s wearing, even though….

    I close with this thought: Where do people in Hell tell each other to go?

     

     
    • blindzanygirl 12:09 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh god mistermuse. You had me in stitches there. One very brilliant post. How about stitchistan?

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      • mistermuse 12:54 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry I had you in stitches, Lorraine. I hope they dissolve without having to be removed by handistan. 😉

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    • renxkyoko 3:56 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Is there really such a place in Michigan called Hell ? ? ? O-O

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    • obbverse 4:21 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We do have a Styx near to us- too near perhaps?

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      • mistermuse 10:21 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The only Styx I know of is the River Styx in Greece. I’m guessing the Styx near you is a creek out in the sticks, so you’re probably safe barring a flood of mythical proportions. 😉

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        • obbverse 5:19 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink

          Yep, it is a river, not too wide, but the journey over is quite soul destroying.

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    • calmkate 7:51 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol hilarious!

      After many years in isolation I was crossing a city by public transport and needed a loo quickly. Couldn’t spot any so asked a couple … the guy said “go to hell”, I said “I just asked for a loo” and he repeated “go to hell” … well I thought that was a bit rude when they both burst into loud belly laughs. Seems a new pizza joint had opened called “Hell’s Kitchen” and they had good clean loos just two doors up from where I asked.

      They patiently waited until I emerged, it was quite dark and a bit spooky, and apologised. Said he’d been waiting for years to say that to someone …

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    • Eliza 8:06 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the last thought. Still giggling… maybe they send each other to heaven.

      Love, light, and glitter

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    • Rivergirl 8:30 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Go to Hell. Best tourist ad line ever!!

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      • mistermuse 11:53 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        If they have some rusty old tools in Hell, you’d better not tell hubby, or he’ll probably want to go there ASAP (and maybe take you with him, just for the Hell of it). 😉

        P.S. That’s an “inside” joke — non-followers of Rivergirl’s blog will have to go there (rather than Hell) to get it.

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    • arekhill1 12:15 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Never been to Hell, Sr. Muse, but my critics assure me I will inevitably end up there. I’ll try and get a postcard out to you.

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      • mistermuse 2:46 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You don’t want to go to Hell, Ricardo. Just the thought of spending eternity there with Trump should be more than enough to motivate you to aim higher (even if you have to make a pit-stop in Purgatory on your way up).

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    • magickmermaid 1:07 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A postistan of immense laughistan! Great tune as well! I’m putting Hell, Michiganistan on my places to visit list. People in Hell probably tell others to go to Trumpistan. 😀

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      • mistermuse 3:03 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        After Trump kicks the bucket, I expect he will try to make Hell great again by merging it with Trumpistan and naming it Hellistan. Thanks to the very prescient title of this post, you heard the name here first, mm.
        P.S. On second thought, Trump loves the sound of his name too much not to call it Trumpistan….but it will definitely become more hellish after he gets there.

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    • annieasksyou 6:07 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Re: your last comment: trump can’t make hell any more hellish than he’s made things here.

      This post was funistan, mistermuse, though I can’t quite figure out how the temperature in Hell, Michiganistan, could be 53 degrees. Deceptive PR to draw in more unsuspecting travelers on one-way trips?

      Your post reminded me that when our older daughter was a Russian studies major in college, she spent a semester in Leningrad just before the coup. One of her cheery jaunts was to fly in a WWII turboprop plane to a mountain in Tajikistan (I may be misstanning which Stan), where she was the only woman watching a group of men play a traditional “polo” game on camels, armed with swords (the men, not the camels), with a goat as the winner’s prize.
      Fortunately, she told us about this adventure well after returning home because I found it scary as hellistan.

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      • mistermuse 7:09 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for that interesting comment, Annie.

        As for the 53 degree temp in Hell, I’d blame it on global warming, but that sounds pretty frigid for Hell. In any case, Hell has frozen over in the past, as you can see among the pix in the link which follows the post’s 3rd paragraph….istan.

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    • Elizabeth 3:59 pm on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      After you have visited Hell you can come to Satan’s Kingdom in Connecticut. It is located quite near to Devil’s Hopyard!

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      • mistermuse 6:21 pm on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The name Devil’s Hopyard sounds vaguely familiar — I think I may have been there on one of my vacations trips East decades ago. In any case, we’re going through enough hell since Trump’s election to the Presidency, and with the corona virus right now….so I regret that I can’t accept your invitation, Elizabeth.

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    • eswini 5:50 pm on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      These days, the two hellish companions would probably just send each other to Coronastan 😦 Bitter laugh.

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    • masercot 10:07 am on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People in Hell tell each other to go to Amarillo. Way worse than Hell…

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    • barkinginthedark 3:42 pm on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Go to D.C.? continue…

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      • mistermuse 6:41 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Since Trump went to D.C., the whole country has gone to Hellistan. If we can survive 7 more months, we will realize as never before the meaning of Martin Luther King’s FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! THANK GOD ALMIGHTY, WE’RE FREE AT LAST!

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    • JosieHolford 6:02 am on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People in hell say: “Go to tRump’s America.”

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      • mistermuse 9:23 am on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        ….and no doubt they’re also praying that tRump goes to heaven when he dies, as hell is unbearable enough without him making it more so.

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    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera 11:05 am on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      To New Jersey! Great sounds, love that New Orleans music…one of my favourite cities in the US…great post!
      Cheers!

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      • mistermuse 12:37 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Francisco. There’s nothing like New Orleans music to lift the spirit in dispirited times! New Orleans is one of my favorite cities as well (and BRAVO for San FRANCISCO too)! 😉

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        • Francisco Bravo Cabrera 12:39 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink

          Yes, you are absolutely right abut that! Music is a special remedy for the spirit that always works! Love New Orleans and been to San Francisco only once and I loved it, the architecture, the layout of the city and the gorgeous bay! Great city!
          Greetings from my city,
          Valencia, Spain,
          Francisco

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    • mistermuse 12:44 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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    • Silver Screenings 4:59 pm on April 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This song is another fab piece you’ve introduced me to. I listened to it twice in a row. Thanks!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , L:ove Song, , , Mack The Knife, music, , The Three Penny Opera   

    A SINGULAR COMPOSER, A TWO-TIMING WIFE, AND A THREE PENNY OPERA 

    “THE ROMANCE of Kurt Weill, the Jewish cantor’s son, and Lotte Lenya, the Viennese coachman’s daughter, changed the history of Western music. Their work on The Three Penny Opera provides a knowing insight into their relationship: Weill was the creator whose work was backstage, unseen. Lenya was the performer who put the work into view. They heard the same unique music, but he gave it form while she gave it life.”
    –from the cover flap of LOVE SONG, by Ethan Mordden

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    If you like a bargain and biographies, I’ve just read a book I’m about to tell you about, titled LOVE SONG. The “bargain” is hinted at in the subtitle: THE LIVES OF KURT WEILL AND LOTTE LENYA — a double biography, two lives for the price of one. If you’re acquainted with the music of Kurt Weill and the mystique of Lotte Lenya, an individual biography of either would be a bargain at twice  – nay, thrice — the price.

    Kurt Weill was born in Germany in March 1900. As a young man (according to Mordden), “Music was his only interest, in total immersion.” He later fled the Nazi takeover and came to New York, U.S.A., in September, 1935. That month is notable for its namesake song, which may be the most unforgettable of his many memorable compositions:

    Lotte Lenya, twice-married to Weill and many times in bed with other men, was born in Vienna in 1898 and outlived her husband by 31 years. Quoting from the book, “Lenya was quick to adapt to her audience: a performer, but a warm and giving one, quickly intimate with anyone she liked….she could play everything from the merrily heartless Jenny of The Threepenny Opera to the helplessly coquettish Frau Schneider of Cabaret.” Here she sings one of my favorite Weill songs:

    I wish I could give you a front row seat at the real-life opera that is the LOVE SONG of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya, for it is not only a love story, but an adventure and a 20th century history ranging from early success in Weimar Germany, escape from war-torn Europe, and finding the fulfillment in America which was cut short in their native land….but I could not begin to get you as caught up in their story as this “meticulously researched and detailed” book does. If you love the music of Kurt Weill, you will love this biography.

    I would love to post clips of such Weill classics as Speak Low, This Is New, and To Love You And To Lose You, but that would perhaps be too much of a good thing….so I’ll bring down the curtain with this Bobby Darin hit from The Three Penny Opera which my fellow seniors will well remember (assuming your memory is sharp):

     

     

     
    • obbverse 12:13 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Era defining, Mack the Knife. Not bad for a song written thirty years and a Second World War earlier. In the parlance of the day- killer track.

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      • mistermuse 7:25 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Not bad, indeed….and I dig your “killer track” juxtaposition with regard to MACK THE KNIFE.

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    • calmkate 1:06 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry I must be too young … or the memory is shot, don’t remember any of this!
      But totally love Mack the knife 🙂

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    • Ashley 7:06 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Weill I have heard of, but not Lotte Lenya, and I do know the songs and of course Bobby Darin. Great post. I’m sure you could write more.

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      • mistermuse 7:48 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. I try to hold my posts to a reasonable length despite the temptation to keep going, as I realize that most of my followers probably have many blogs to follow, but only limited time….and if I go overboard, they may lose interest.

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    • Rivergirl 9:17 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, Bobby Darin. Lost too soon..

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      • mistermuse 9:41 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Lost too soon….and forgotten too fast (but not by those who appreciated what a great talent he was).

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    • equipsblog 10:36 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I not only remember the song, I saw Sting play Mac the Knife in Three Penny Opera at (I think) the National Theater in Washington, DC.

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    • magickmermaid 11:56 am on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      For some reason I know the September song. My parents liked Bobby Darin so I know Mack the Knife and Beyond the Sea.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 2:19 pm on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I remember a Lenya vinyl album that my parents had. If I recall it correctly, she’s on the cover in a provocative pose, possibly with a cigarette in hand.

      Hello there. Bye till next time.

      Neil S.

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      • mistermuse 3:01 pm on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        She lived to age 83 despite smoking and sexual promiscuity, so she must have had good Genes…and probably a lot of Toms, Dicks and Harrys, too.

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    • Carmen 2:55 pm on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bobby Darin was a little before my time but I always like to hear music from that era. Hope things are well with you, mistermuse. Our province has declared an Emergency today and we are now limited to groups of five people; essential businesses/stores open but keeping the 6 ft. Distance in place. So far, we’ve not had a problem with self-isolation as we have lots of projects on the go! I’ll tell ya, watching the grandchildren cavort out on the lawn is preferable to cleaning up inside after they leave!
      And of course one can always listen to all sorts of hits from lovely blogs. . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:18 pm on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Hi, Carmen — long time, no see. Good to hear from you again, and glad that you’re dealing well with the pandemic. I’m doing the same, but there’s no avoiding having to go to the store and/or pharmacy occasionally. Using hand sanitizer or wearing vinyl gloves while shopping helps, but social distancing is impossible in a crowded store, and lately it’s been crowded even at 7 a.m. (I’d go earlier, but I’d have to break in, since they don’t open until 7). 😉

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    • annieasksyou 2:59 pm on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a nostalgia trip this was! Haven’t thought about Bobby Darin for a while, but this was a welcome reminder.

      And for the first time, I was struck by the reference to “Miss Lotte Lenya” in Mack the Knife. That was like finding a jigsaw puzzle piece and placing it in its intended home.

      Thank you, mistermuse!

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      • mistermuse 3:39 pm on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m pleased that you enjoyed the post, Annie. Bobby Darin was one of my favorites back in the day, but Lotte Lenya was little more than a name to me until I read the book LOVE SONG and listened to her sing. I highly recommend the book if you’re interested.

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    • Don Ostertag 8:42 pm on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Many years ago I found a 4 LP set of the original Berlin production of 3 Penny with Miss Lotta in German. And huge program booklet with the English translation and pictures describing the production and the times. What a treasure.
      Weill was a musical genius. His work here in America is some of the best to ever appear on stage. September Song etc..
      Lotta never got as big here as in Germany, but she never got to be one of the most memorable James Bond villians.
      I will have to look the book up.
      PS: As much as I liked the Darin rendition of Mack, my favorite is the Louis Armstrong’s.
      Stay Healthy

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    • mistermuse 10:29 pm on March 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      There is a discography at the end of the book LOVE SONG which lists a 1930 Ultraphon 78 rpm set of Die Dreigroschenoper (The Three Penny Opera) wherein “Lenya sings not only her opening-night role of Jenny but also Polly and Lucy and even gets a crack at the Moritat. Most listeners learned these readings from reissues by Telefunken on 78 and LP” — which is apparently what you are fortunate enough to have.

      Weill was indeed a musical genius. I hope you can find the book (published in 2012 by St. Martin’s Press), because I’m sure you would find it immensely interesting.

      Thanks for the comment, and you stay healthy as well.

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    • Eliza 10:31 am on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing

      Take care of yourself

      Love, light and glitter

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    • Elizabeth 4:32 pm on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My grandson learned “Mack the Knife” from me when he was about two. He sang it joyfully.”Look out old Mack is back.” My daughter finally heard the words and was duly appalled that I had taught him such a gory song.

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      • mistermuse 7:38 pm on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        How times have changed, Elizabeth — nowadays, that song wouldn’t appall anyone, except maybe the younger generation who would be appalled at how “outdated” it is.

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    • scifihammy 8:01 am on March 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for some lovely old songs, and info on the writers/performers that I did not know. 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 7:03 pm on April 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for 2 things:
      1) for the book recommendation, a subject I’ve been long curious about but have made no effort to research; and
      2) for posting Mack the Knife.

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      • mistermuse 11:06 pm on April 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m pleased to recommend the book because, although I was fairly familiar with Kurt Weill and his work, I too was curious was about Lotte Lenya and the relationship between them. It’s a fascinating story. As for Mack the Knife, Bobby Darin’s version is my favorite, and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    • America On Coffee 9:15 am on April 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent review and show!

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    • barkinginthedark 7:09 pm on April 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Kurt Weill is one of my very favorite composers – along with Brecht…geniuses. continue…

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      • mistermuse 8:10 pm on April 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Weill and Brecht were indeed musical geniuses, but their relationship hit some sour notes, mainly because of Brecht (according to LOVE SONG, the book mentioned in my post). Nonetheless, they made beautiful music together.

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  • mistermuse 9:36 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino, Fulsom Prison Blues, , , , music, Old Folks At Home   

    The Man in BLACK and BLUEberry Hill 

    Today being the birthday of two bygone giants of popular music, I thought I’d do a bit of a musical remembrance, because one of them is one of my favorites, and the other may be one of yours (if you’re into the early days of rock ‘n’ roll).

    I’ll start with the former: The Man in Black, JOHNNY CASH (2/26/1932–9/12/2003). I seem to recall doing a post on Johnny several years ago, so I won’t spend many words on him here. If interested in bio details, here a link you can check out:

    https://www.biography.com/musician/johnny-cash

    So let’s get to the music, beginning with a song which tells you something about where you’ll usually find me and my partner in time:

    Speaking of doing time:

    Here’s Johnny….cashing out this segment with wife June Carter Cash, in one of their hottest numbers:

    We close with “Mr. Blueberry Hill” himself, FATS DOMINO (2/26/1928–10/24/2017):

    Bio:  https://www.biography.com/musician/fats-domino

     

     

     

     
    • myplace3187 11:07 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love your choice of the songs today. Fats Domino has a great voice for this song. They are all great singers in their own right !

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      • mistermuse 11:30 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        June could certainly hold her own with Johnny, and Fats was one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Great singers indeed!

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    • calmkate 11:36 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      love blueberry hill, wins hands down … didn’t know JCs wife was a singer too!

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    • Don Ostertag 11:40 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Two of the all time greats. I was fortunate to have worked Cash many times. Sometimes with June, sometimes with The Highwaymen. I saw the Fat Man in Vegas but never got to work him. He was the second singer to have a hit with Blueberry. The first was – Gene
      Autry.

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      • mistermuse 12:03 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your interesting comment. I’m familiar with Gene Autry’s version of Blueberry Hill — I had it on an old 78 in my record collection. It dates back to 1940, but of course it’s not the oldest song on this post –OLD FOLKS AT HOME (by Stephen Foster) was composed in 1851.

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    • Garfield Hug 12:24 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Both are legends and are still played on radio here. So regardless of age, we all learn of great song legends that lived. Their songs continues in our heart!

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    • masercot 6:22 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That was quite a thrill!

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    • Rivergirl 8:59 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love JC…. and still have his original Folsom Prison album!

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      • mistermuse 12:25 pm on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise, Rg. As I look over the songs on the album, I notice that “Jackson” (the 3rd song on my post, with June Carter) is also on the Folsum Prison album.

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    • Ashley 9:08 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think that the older Johnny Cash was the better he became and there is just NOTHING like Fats Domino on “Blueberry Hill” and he’s in the pink!

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      • mistermuse 12:40 pm on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think certain singers (like Cash) get better as they get older because they know better how to sing (Frank Sinatra perhaps being the prime example). A good voice (at least in the “old days”) would only take you so far if you didn’t know how to interpret a song and have a “feel” for it.

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    • Elizabeth 1:20 pm on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The last Cash recordings give me the chills in a good way. I loved him throughout my life and also still have the LP from Folsom Prison.

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      • mistermuse 4:58 pm on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It’s a great LP. I also have 7 other Johnny Cash LPs in my collection, which shows how much I like him, because I’m not a big fan of country music in general.

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        • Elizabeth 5:30 pm on February 29, 2020 Permalink

          I never thought of him as country since I had decided I didn’t like country.

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    • JosieHolford 4:47 pm on February 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Cold empty bed, springs hard as lead
      Pains in my head, feel like old Ned
      What did I do to be so black and blue?
      No joys for me, no company….”

      Louis Armstrong, “Black and Blue”

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      • mistermuse 8:12 pm on February 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Josie, I was wondering if someone would pick up on that Louis Armstrong classic, because I had it in mind when I thought of this post’s title. Congrats!

        This song was co-composed in 1929 by another great black musician, Fats Waller, and Harry Brooks, with lyrics by Andy Razaf, who collaborated with Waller on a number of fine songs. Oddly enough, Waller never recorded the song….but Armstrong did, and the rest is black history.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:41 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this. I haven’t listened to Johnny Cash much in recent years, and it was lovely to hear some of this music again.

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