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  • mistermuse 10:40 am on June 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , I Wished On The Moon, Pinocchio, When You Wish Upon A Star   

    EXCUSE MY DUST 

    Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, time stays, we go. –Austin Dobson

    Busy weekend. So much to do, so little time. What can I post that will take little time? Maybe if I wished upon a star for all the time in the world….but When You Wish Upon A Star, your dreams are but dust — unless you’re Pinocchio, and Walt Disney is pulling the strings. No, that song is a lie. Perhaps my chances would be better if….

    Yes, that’s it. I’ll Wish On The Moon. I’ll wish for a dream or two. I’ll Wish On The Moon for Billie Holiday to be with us still, singing songs with lyrics by Dorothy Parker. Yes, Dorothy Parker wrote I WISHED ON THE MOON, and Billie Holiday was one of the first to sing it. But Billie was born exactly one hundred years and two months ago today, and Dorothy died today, June 7, in 1967….leaving this epitaph on her tombstone: EXCUSE MY DUST.

     
    • Michaeline Montezinos 1:00 am on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed this great story and the pictures behind it, thanks mister muse.

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    • Don Frankel 4:53 am on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      We’re all tying to make some sense out of this mess. We struggle with our words trying to grasp onto something and we fall down all over the place but Billie Holiday just glides. She is the best. And, she can sing too.

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    • mistermuse 6:51 am on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
      “My consolation is in the stardust of a song.”

      That about sums up “this mess” for many of us. The first quote (Bette Davis) is a popular misquote – it actually ends with “bumpy night.” The second quote is of course from the lyrics of STARDUST by Hoagy Carmichael.

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    • arekhill1 9:47 am on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Any excuse to mention the immortal Ms. Parker fine by me.

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    • mistermuse 3:04 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I thought about doing a whole posting on Dorothy Parker, but I’ve already been there and done that, so I settled for taking a Holiday along with Ms. Parker.

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    • Silver Screenings 6:32 pm on September 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I didn’t know Dorothy Parker was a lyricist too.

      The lyrics to this song are lovely and haunting. Thanks!

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  • mistermuse 9:43 pm on July 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Candice Bergen, , Edgar Bergen, , I've Got No Strings, KNOCK WOOD, , Pinocchio, ,   

    I’VE GOT NO STRINGS, KNOCK WOOD 

    You think your brother or sister is a dummy? You got nothing on Candice Bergen.

    You’ll recall from my last post that in the 1940s, I was a big boyhood fan of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his wooden alter ego, Charlie McCarthy. Not long after the end of World War II, Mrs. Bergen gave birth (May 9, 1946) to a daughter, Candice, who grew up to become a leading-light in her own right. In her fine 1984 autobiography, KNOCK WOOD, Candice wrote:

    When I was born, it was only natural that I would be known in the press as “Charlie’s sister.” “Charlie’s room”  was redecorated and renamed “the nursery.” And even though at my birth, he was simply moved to the guest room, next to the nursery, soon everyone again began referring to “Charlie’s room.” The sibling rivalry thus established was certainly unique, considering I was the only child and the sibling was, in truth, my father.

    Quoting from the book’s dust cover: Christmas was a visit from David Niven in the role of Santa, and a present from “Uncle Walt” Disney, the neighborhood was the Barrymore estate that bordered her yard….and because she was the daughter of Edgar Bergen, radio’s greatest dignitary/comedian, her “sibling” was Charlie McCarthy, the impudent dummy beloved of millions, vaguely resented by one little girl whose father was the center of her universe.

    KNOCK WOOD is the candid story of a celebrity’s daughter growing up in a unique environment, and I recommend it highly. It is full of anecdotes and “name-dropping,” including the likes of W. C. Fields, Mae West, Marilyn Monroe and the aforementioned Walt Disney. Fields, as you old-time radio buffs know, carried on a famous “feud” with Charlie McCarthy, primarily on The Chase and Sanborn Hour starring Edgar Bergen. Here’s a typical example :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUZYUM6kOTs

    To appropriately wrap up the subjects covered in this and the previous post, let’s go with I’ve Got No Strings from Walt Disney’s 1940 acclaimed animated feature, PINOCCHIO:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAykOz1gWi4

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • rielyn 7:31 pm on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m glad you liked the book, Dad. Was there anything about her life during “Murphy Brown”? That’s what I know her from.

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    • mistermuse 10:07 pm on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The “Murphy Brown” series began in 1988 – four years after the book was published. Oddly enough, I never watched a single program of her TV series, but then (with several exceptions), I’ve never been a big TV sitcom fan. I really enjoyed the book, which is very well written.

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