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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Carole Lombard, , , , , , , , , , , , , Peggy Lee, , , , , , Yoko Ono   


    March 15 being THE IDES OF MARCH (but still winter), I thought I’d work on a post I’d call THE BRRRR-IDES OF MARCH — however, it hasn’t been very winter-like where I live, so it’s no weather for snow jobs. Thus I’ll settle for a post about The Brides of March, of whom there have been some blushing ones, some gushing ones, some rushing ones, and a mother lode of if-at-first-you-don’t-succeed-try-try-again ones….such as singing star Peggy Lee, whose marriage to jazz guitarist Dave Barbour was her first of four such gigs.

    Here are twenty March brides who gave it the old collage (French for to stick together) try, listed by March wedding day (along with the names of the grooms, just for the wreck of it):

    March 1, 1968   JUNE CARTER / Johnny Cash
    March 8, 1952   NANCY DAVIS / Ronald Reagan
    March 8, 1943   PEGGY LEE / Dave Barbour
    March 9, 1796   JOSÉPHINE de BEAUHARNAIS / Napoléon Bonaparte
    March 13, 1946 MARY WELSH / Ernest Hemingway

    March 15, 1964 ELIZABETH TAYLOR / Richard Burton (again)
    March 16, 2002 LIZA MINNELLI / David Gest
    March 17, 1905 ELEANOR ROOSEVELT / Franklin D. Roosevelt
    March 18, 1869 HARRIET TUBMAN / Nelson Davis
    March 19, 1918 DAISY PARKER / Louis Armstrong (who recorded this song 3/2/1932):

    March 20, 1969 YOKO ONO / John Lennon
    March 21, 1945 LAUREN BACALL / Humphrey Bogart
    March 21, 1963 BARBRA STREISAND / Elliott Gould
    March 21, 1984 SARAH BRIGHTMAN / Andrew Lloyd Webber
    March 23, 1985 CHRISTIE BRINKLEY / Billy Joel

    March 24, 1950 INGRID BERGMAN / Roberto Rossellini
    March 27, 1916 GLORIA SWANSON / Wallace Beery
    March 28, 1920 MARY PICKFORD / Douglas Fairbanks
    March 28, 1939 CAROLE LOMBARD / Clark Gable
    March 28, 1957 BILLIE HOLIDAY (LADY DAY) / Louis McKay

    All but three of those ladies married multiple times, and one of the three (Daisy Parker) died soon after her divorce from Louis Armstrong. Lost passion being the fashion, this quote seems a fitting way to call it a day:

    “I guess the only way to stop divorce is to stop marriage.” –Will Rogers

    So ladies, this be your day to be given away. Gents, beware the BRIDES OF MARCH (apologies to Shakespeare) — not to mention, pity your poor (after the divorce) befuddled comrades-in-arms who married them.





    • calmkate 12:46 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I think some women like the white wedding bit but can’t quite engage in the marriage commitment thing! I took Will’s advice and avoided the whole darned thing … a barrister friend took me to divorce court and that was it 🙂

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      • mistermuse 1:07 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Frankly, it sounds like you could render your gender’s version of Sinatra’s I DID IT MY WAY in grand style, Kate. 😉

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    • obbverse 12:56 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      First ring out the wedding bells then all too soon ring the lawyer. Happily ever nah-ah.

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    • Rivergirl 9:05 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ha! Love it.
      Although Liz Taylor probably hit every month. She was a busy bride.

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    • Ashley 9:44 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! However, in just a week’s time it will be the Spring Equinox (20th March), the halfway point of spring!

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    • linnetmoss 10:17 am on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What an amazing list of brides! The ones that caught my eye were June Carter, Yoko Ono, and of course the immortal Liz. But she is in a category by herself as a bride.

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    • Don Ostertag 3:13 pm on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever post,

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      • mistermuse 3:29 pm on March 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. Nonetheless, I’m not showing it to my wife, because I don’t want to give her any ideas. Who would cook my meals if she divorced me?

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    • Moushmi Radhanpara 10:01 am on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, you gave me a good laugh 🙂

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    • tubularsock 2:23 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Now, now, now. It works two ways.
      So, if you first don’t succeed, try, try, try again.

      But usually one should marry “up” each time because after the first divorce you usually have nothing left!

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      • mistermuse 5:26 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Divorce is a legal separation when a man stops bringing the money home to his wife and starts mailing it.” –Evan Esar
        In that scenario, a man would have to marry WAY up because, unless the next wife is independently wealthy, he’d probably still have to send her his money after the second divorce. 😉


    • mlrover 11:21 am on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never planned to marry again after divorcing the first one, who was and is a horrible person. There was no resisting my second marriage, and even with all its ups, downs, and difficulties, it was wonderful. The “Second Time Around” turned out to be true for me.

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      • mistermuse 12:13 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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        • mlrover 7:44 am on March 19, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. It was Frankie’s rendition that came to mind. And my “.second time” happened on St. Patty’s Day. And we married in March. Forgot to mention that.


    • arekhill1 1:56 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Just missed being a March groom myself, Sr. Muse. Married on my birthday, April 12th. Bride insisted on the date so I would remember our wedding anniversary. Only had to remember it once, though.

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    • mistermuse 6:02 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      At least you can be thankful your birthday isn’t on April 1st, Ricardo — you don’t need that kind of reminder every April Fools Day. 😉


    • Rebecca Wallick 8:53 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great post!
      Thankfully I got my starter marriage out of the way between the ages of 18-20.
      I then went to college and law school. I became a divorce lawyer.
      Oh, the horrors. No more marriages for me!
      Just wish I’d known of the Will Rogers quote when I was still practicing law. I would have turned it into a big sign to hang in my office. Maybe some of my clients would have resisted walking down the aisle a second (or third) time. Maybe, but probably not.
      I did appreciate the repeat business 😉

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      • mistermuse 9:41 pm on March 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I like your term “starter marriage,” Rebecca. Wouldn’t it be great if, like a starter home, you could sell it when you ‘outgrow’ it and use the proceeds to acquire a better fit for your current needs?

        Hmmm. “Maybe, but probably not.” 😉


    • Bryntin 4:49 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello, I’m not commenting on your post exactly, just letting you know I visited here – and so might others who hadn’t before now – on my latest BLT (Blog Leap Tour). You may see a pingback link if you want to see how it went.
      Anyway, sorry to intrude.
      Carry on… 🙂


      • mistermuse 6:06 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I was about to “carry on” (recalling the old British “Carry On…” film series) when I noticed a follow-up Bryntin comment (something about a virus) which gave me pause. I’m therefore refraining from approving the second comment pending clarification, as I’m not presently in the mood for a virus…even of the “carry on” kind.


        • Bryntin 6:09 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink

          Ah, that was probably in the text of my post and carried into the link… and of course at the moment a lot of posts encompass the word ‘virus’. Sorry to give you the squeaky bottom but I am real and safe as far as I know… as far as any of us knows even.

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      • mistermuse 10:04 pm on March 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        As you can see, your “carry on” has now passed inspection — but my post is under quarantine, along with everyone who has been in contact with it since 4:49 pm today, until further notice (or until that certain everyone sends my inspection fee — preferably sanitized — whichever comes first). 😉


    • equipsblog 8:53 am on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever post. Maybe next you can actually riff you way through the Brrrr-ides of March.

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    • mistermuse 12:17 pm on March 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My bride and I tied the knot in the month of September, so I’m not rife for a riff (or a raff, for that matter) through the Brrr-ides of March….but since we’re heading from March into April, here’s a jazzman’s riff on the transition:


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , mental block, , On A Clear Day, Peggy Lee   


    Normally, when I write a post, I think about what I want to say — the body of the post — and at some point during this labor of love (after considerable cogitation), a title is born. With my last post, the title came first and I then had to work to shape the body (after considerable consternation) in language of the what-have-I-gotten-myself-into kind. Believe me, friends — it’s a pain in the brain to be boxed in by a title, so with this post, I decided to leave the title BLANK. I feel better already.

    But, now that I have a blank canvas, one would think I should be able to paint a word picture; yet it’s like I can’t see the blog for the fog. Have I become color blind?

    So it’s just the time of day, a mere matter of mind over time. Tomorrow the fog will clear and this will seem like a black and white dream….

    And you know what they say about a clear day….

    • calmkate 2:51 am on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Being a huge fan of Fred and Gingers … loved their set and her dress was dreamy!
      Anthony has won me … thanks heaps for this colourful Blank post 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:35 am on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I’m a big fan of Fred and Ginger too, but for me, the outstanding ‘find’ among the 3 clips was “The No-Color Time of the Day.” I’ve also been a big fan of Peggy Lee for a long time, but somehow I’d never heard her (or anyone) sing that great song before. I probably missed it because, the year she recorded it (1960) was the year I was drafted into the army. Also, Rock ‘n’ Roll had taken over pop culture by then, and a wistful song like “No-Color Time” had little chance of becoming a hit.

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        • calmkate 4:31 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink

          hadn’t realised that you were a Vietnam Vet … guessed you missed lots of things for those two years!

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        • mistermuse 6:16 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink

          Kate, I was in the Army 1960–62, so I’m actually a pre-Vietnam vet. Not that I’m complaining–as far as wars are concerned, service between, rather than during, was fine with me.


    • scifihammy 7:53 am on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      haha Interesting how you construct your posts. 🙂
      I often have an idea for a post and think of the title before I start writing. Sometimes I struggle for the right title. Now I know I can should put BLANK! 😀
      Really like the Fred and Ginger clip. They were so elegant together. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Although I sometimes think of a title before I start writing, when that happens I almost always have some idea of what I’m going to write. The previous post was a case of thinking of (and ‘falling in love’ with) the title before I had a clue what to write. So, being “boxed in by the title” led to the post being a bit more bawdy than it might otherwise have been.

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    • arekhill1 12:56 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Drawing a blank when staring at an empty computer screen is common. But I wouldn’t recommend titling many posts “Blank.” The more alarming the titles of my posts, the more hits they get, although the percentage of people who just read the title and promptly take offense probably approaches 50%.

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      • mistermuse 3:38 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Such is life in the blog city, Ricardo. I don’t understand how anyone could object to the gentle tweaks you employ in your posts and titles. As for my titles, maybe you’re right. As a step in the direction you suggest, for my next post, I’m thinking of titling it BLANKETY-BLANK. If someone takes offence at my upping the ante, I will gently suggest that they go BLANK themselves.


    • Yeah, Another Blogger 4:20 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Like you, I’d never heard of The No Color Time Of The Day before.
      How’d you come upon it?
      It’s nice song. I’m a sucker for songs in waltz time.

      Neil S.

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      • mistermuse 6:25 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Neil, I hadn’t heard it before I stumbled upon it while searching for another ‘color’ song on Google (see my 8:35 am reply to calmkate’s first comment for more info).

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    • Don Frankel 4:58 pm on July 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      In the movies the actors fire blanks. You can always fill in the blanks. The subject on an email can be blank and you can still send it. And, you can be a tabular rosa or a blank page. Maybe like nothing, sometimes blank, can be a real cool hand.

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    • renxkyoko 5:45 am on July 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love watching Fred Astaire dance. I wonder if he had children who inherited his dancing talent.

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    • renxkyoko 5:46 am on July 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, and I always end my post with the title, because I just write what comes to mind.

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    • masercot 1:26 pm on July 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not so much on Fred Astaire, but I love Ginger Rogers… even wrote an essay about her. I think she was a pretty swell dancer; but, her comedy was even better.

      BTW, if I draw a blank on what to write about, sometimes I use a random word generator to get my brain moving around. Doesn’t always work, but it has from time to time…

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      • mistermuse 10:27 pm on July 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        If you love Ginger Rogers, you should watch (if you haven’t already) one of her lesser-known films titled THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR. In addition to be a great film, it has the distinction of being the first movie directed by Billy Wilder, and the only movie (to my knowledge) in which Ginger’s mother appeared (near the end of the film, in a short but important role).

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        • masercot 9:09 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink

          I’ve seen it a few times. She is wonderful at playing a youngster, a sexy young woman and a mature mother. Jerry Lewis remade that movie in the fifties with Dean Martin. Not as good but there is a fantastic dance routine that has to be seen to be believed…

          Have you seen Monkey Business with Rogers and Cary Grant?

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        • mistermuse 11:46 am on July 18, 2018 Permalink

          I’ve seen Monkey Business, but so long ago that I don’t remember it well. I think it shows up on TCM occasionally, so I’ll keep an eye open for it.

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        • masercot 12:00 pm on July 18, 2018 Permalink

          She dances in it, almost as an afterthought, but she is so GOOD at it.

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    • da-AL 7:18 pm on July 17, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      you’ve fashioned a kaleidascope for us 🙂

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  • mistermuse 5:37 am on August 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: classic songs, , Is That All There Is?, Ozzie Nelson, Peggy Lee, What's It All About Alfie?, Yours For A Song   


    This being my 200th post here on THE OBSERVATION POST (not to mention almost 350 posts on the pre-meltdown SPEAK WITHOUT INTERRUPTION), it seems as inauspicious an occasion as any to pause, step back, and take stock:




    • arekhill1 10:38 am on August 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you broke out the booze and had a ball, Sr. Muse.


    • Don Frankel 6:36 am on August 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Congratulations Muse! Looking forward to the next 200 and more.

      I’m about 3/4 of the way through that book. Carey Jr. is a good story telling and has quite a few keen observations. it’s a good read. Thanks again.


    • mistermuse 5:13 pm on August 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, your appreciation of the book is more than thanks enough!


  • mistermuse 12:47 am on March 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , George Marion Jr., , , , , , , lyricists, , Peggy Lee, , Spring Is Here, spring songs, , There'll Be Another Spring   


    It’s spring again / And birds on the wing again / Start to sing again / The old melody.   from I LOVE YOU (lyrics and music by Cole Porter)

    Yes, fellow (and gal) music lovers, it’s spring again — the season which usually comes unusually late or early every year and seems to inspire the romantic poet in every song writer….or at least it did when the world was more melodic, and composers were Cole Porters at heart. It has been said of Porter that “even in the absence of his melodies, his words distill an unmistakable mixture of poignancy and wit that marks him as a genius of light verse.”*

    I think the same can be said, though not always to the same degree of genius, of many song writers from America’s Golden Age of popular music. No matter their individual personalities, their songs — not least, their “spring songs” — betray them as “rank sentimentalists” beneath the surface (in the manner of Captain Renault seeing through Rick in CASABLANCA).

    To the point, here’s a sampling of such songs (and their lyricists) from that lost world, followed by clips of recordings sung by voices which may sound strange to generational “foreign-ears,” but as Jimmy Stewart once said of his singing Porter’s EASY TO LOVE in the film BORN TO DANCE, the song’s so good, even he couldn’t mess it up:

    SPRING IS HERE (Lorenz Hart) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFiNQObPxEk

    THERE’LL BE ANOTHER SPRING (Peggy Lee) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1utcGFiXu8

    SPRING WILL BE A LITTLE LATE THIS YEAR (Frank Loesser) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbwRgQ-I_ms

    IT SEEMS TO BE SPRING (George Marion Jr.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svi45srqhgM

    IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING (Oscar Hammerstein II) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-JLbac6EVE

    SPRING, SPRING, SPRING (Johnny Mercer) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT6RHkYViOc

    *quoted from the dust jacket of Cole Porter, selected lyrics, Robert Kimball, editor

    • Don Frankel 7:11 am on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Great music and the perfect day for it as it finally got warm in New York. I don’t mean to belabor the point but it is also…. “Springtime for Hitler” but we’ve already played that clip.


    • mistermuse 7:44 am on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Don. Of all those “spring songs” and lyricists, the least known (even to old music lovers) are undoubtedly IT SEEMS TO BE SPRING/George Marion Jr.
      Marion was primarily a screenwriter of such great films as LOVE ME TONIGHT (Maurice Chevalier & Jeanette MacDonald) and THE GAY DIVORCEE (Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers), but he also partnered with Richard Whiting (father of Margaret Whiting) to write the lyrics for some very good songs. Listen closely to IT SEEMS TO BE SPRING – in the words of one author, “the song is an ideal illustration of the high standard of popular songwriting of this era.”


    • Don Frankel 6:35 am on March 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Every once in awhile I’m forced to admit to someone of my generation that I don’t know very much about the Beatles. I mean they seem like 4 rather nice fellows. It’s not like I have anything against them. It’s just that I don’t own a single one of their albums.

      I often wonder just how much the song writers of this era influenced us? I mean the tight construction, the vivid images, the wit. It couldn’t not have done anything but aide us immensely.


    • mistermuse 10:10 am on March 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more, Don, if by “us” you mean those of us of a certain age. I fear that the ability to appreciate the qualities you cite has been increasingly lost “as time goes by.” Few young people today understand that if they had grown up decades ago, they would’ve been as much “into” that era’s music as they are into today’s. In a sense, they are prisoners of their culture without realizing it.

      As for the Beatles, having already “fallen in love” with the work of the above songwriters and their contemporaries by the time the B-boys came along, they didn’t impress me originally, but I eventually came to appreciate some of their songs. Still, the combination of wit and romance in such oldies as IT SEEMS TO BE SPRING has never been surpassed.


    • Don Frankel 4:49 pm on March 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right Muse. I don’t mean to say anything bad about the Beatles and there is always Sinatra singing ‘Something in the way she moves’.

      But then there is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJpGHR6ofus

      and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAdM7fEZ-zY

      I’m kind of glad we got born when we did.


    • mistermuse 6:22 pm on March 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Likewise, Don.

      For those who don’t know, the songs you kindly provided clips for were written by Frank Loesser and Cole Porter (two of the few “Golden Age” composers who wrote both the lyrics and music of their songs).


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