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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bea Wain, big band singers, , end of summer, , September,   

    SUMMER SOUVENIRS 

    In a way, this post is a retroactive prequel to my EARLY AUTUMN post of Sept. 24, 2014 which recognized such classic old songs of the season as AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER SONG and (aptly enough) EARLY AUTUMN. I don’t know where you are, but where I am, tomorrow is the last day of summer, and I am off again on another seasonal trip to music’s halcyon days, before SUMMER HAS GONE:

    Doris Day, as some of you may remember, was a top movie star in the 1950s-60s. A native of my home town (Cincinnati), and still with us at age 92, she started as a big band singer in 1939. Though never one of my favorite vocalists, I think her rendition of the above is so spot-on that a FADED SUMMER LOVE curtain call is warranted:

    May your June-September memories be warm ones as autumn falls upon us, leaving behind SUMMER SOUVENIRS that live on (speaking of which, this song’s singer, 99 year old former big band vocalist Bea Wain, makes Doris Day look like a spring chicken):

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 6:27 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Very beautiful autumn songs!

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    • linnetmoss 7:18 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Why do they all say “autumn” not “Fall”?

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, if it must “fall” on me to answer that question, the songwriters probably thought “autumn” sounds classier and fits better in the lyrics (two syllables rather than one). 🙂

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    • arekhill1 9:41 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The leaves don’t fall off the trees until January here, Sr. Muse–the trees that do have falling leaves, palms and firs being the exception. Then they’re all greened up again by the end of March. Barely worth a tune.

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      • mistermuse 1:34 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        WINTER IN SAN DIEGO might make a good tune, Ricardo, but don’t color me green with envy, as I like spring and especially autumn too much to want to live there year-round.

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    • Cynthia Jobin 10:44 am on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      These days I can’t put Doris Day in mind without also thinking of PDQ Bach”s wonderfully sacrilegious “Agnes Dei and her sister Doris….”

      Summer is not my favorite season, so it’s okay with me that it’s coming to an end. On the other hand, I love the bittersweet fall and am much more attuned to September Song and Autumn in New York. I once saw a bit on the Johnny Carson show where he was trying to prove that if you hummed the opening bars of Autumn in New York you couldn’t possibly then remember the opening bars of Moonlight in Vermont, and vice versa.

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      • mistermuse 1:19 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        My late mother-in-law’s name was Agnes, but her last name was Haas — she was a Haaswife until the Dei she got divorced, which was extremely sacrilegious because she was Catholic….and her sister’s name was Alberta, which is pretty close to Doris if you don’t think about it, which I hope you don’t. 🙂

        Interesting bit about the bit on Johnny Carson. AUTUMN IN NEW YORK was composed by Vernon Duke in 1935, which I think was several years before MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT, so it appears the composer of the latter moonlighted as a Vernon Duke wannabe.

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    • Don Frankel 6:09 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Doris Day did the trick here Muse. Nice stuff.

      Bea Wain? Never heard of her before. But I just got done listening to her sing Heart and Soul. Really nice. She was born Beatrice Weisner in Da Bronx. I think I’ve heard of that place. Thanks for introducing her, That’s why you’re here Muse. Keep them alive.

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      • mistermuse 8:20 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Bea Wain is one of my favorite female vocalists of the big band era, Don. I own several dozen of her old 78 rpm records, but I didn’t know she is still living until I checked. Her late husband was André Baruch, a well known radio announcer whom you may have heard of — he and Bea were a famous disc jockey team known as Mr. & Mrs. Music on WMCA in NYC back in the day. He was also part of the Brooklyn Dodgers broadcast team on WMGM radio and WOR-TV from 1954 to 1956.

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    • BroadBlogs 8:27 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bittersweet.

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    • mistermuse 9:01 pm on September 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed.

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    • inesephoto 4:33 pm on September 23, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Exquisite September post! I absolutely enjoyed the music – can listen to Doris Day for hours 🙂

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  • mistermuse 10:00 am on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Autumn In New York, , Early Autumn, , September,   

    EARLY AUTUMN 

    This is the beginning of my favorite time of year here in southwest Ohio. The cloudless, cobalt-blue skies (a cliche, but cobalt-blue is too perfect to sweat over-use) allow the sun to warm the early morning chill into the high-sixties/low-seventies by mid-afternoon; the sugar maples show the first tinges of fall color, as if teasing us with anticipitation of their full splendor to come.  As I walk out the door to retrieve the morning paper from the driveway, the crisp a.m. air is almost too invigorating, and I think this will be another good day to do….just about anything.

    Anything….including work outside. But I worked outside yesterday, and though there is still more work to be done, tomorrow is  another day (and another cliche). Today — this morning, at least — I’m in a pensive mood. A writing mood. There are thoughts to be thought. Passing fancies to be pondered. Words –such as these meanderings — to be writ. Life is good.

    I think of autumn songs I have known — autumn songs like they don’t make ’em like that anymore. Autumn In New York. September Song. Autumn Leaves. September In The Rain. Autumn Serenade. Songs that remain after A Faded Summer Love. Songs with lyrics by the likes of Johnny Mercer, like Early Autumn:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNcRy7PLBSc (vocal by Ella)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrHGpzbLKec (mellow jazz instrumental)

    If that suited your fancy, we must do this again sometime….like maybe next post; like maybe with another of the above songs, like maybe September Song — because its days dwindle down to a precious few.

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 10:14 am on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      We enjoy autumn here in the Golden State (currently the Brown State) as well, Sr. Muse. For us, fall is the same as summer unless you take note of the shorter days, until the first rainstorm arrives from the Gulf of Alaska, usually right around Halloween. Then it’s just like winter.

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    • mistermuse 1:00 pm on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to your comment, here’s a suggestion: change the name of the Golden State to the Golden Brown State. It projects a less-harsh image during the dry season (which seems to be trending toward near-year-round, from what I gather), and may even conjure up wishful thoughts of impending liquid refreshment of that color. If it’s true, as the song says, that wishing will make it so, California could soon be raining beer and experiencing a population explosion not seen since the gold rush, the dust bowl and Hollywood Bowl.

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    • Don Frankel 3:27 pm on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I know, I know you thought that would be Sinatra but then I thought just in case you didn’t know where that cliche came from, well it would give you a laugh.

      Best time of year, weather wise here too.

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    • mistermuse 6:21 pm on September 24, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right, Don – from you, I expected Sinatra singing AUTUMN IN NEW YORK, but I appreciate the laugh. BTW, a pop song titled TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY came out in 1937, two years before GWTW. Who knew (except mistermusic trivia of the 1920s-30s-40s)?

      Might as well do the Sinatra while I’m at it:

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

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 11:05 am on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Very entertaining post, mistermuse. I used to enjoy the crisp autumn days walking upon the crunchy leaves in my hometown. The trees were not too spectacular in their color change but their fallen leaves make great piles of fun….until the time came when they were carefully burnt in the street by the city’ s workers or the adult neighbors.

      Now it is the autumn of Florida where each week it gets a bit cooler. Rains tend to fall at night or in the evenings. On Sunday past we endured a full deluge all day. Would you believe the rain is warm since we moved here? We expect that winter will be colder in December and January but nothing like the deep polar freeze we had last time in Ohio. They say it does not snow here, but one never knows what tricks Mother Nature has up her sleeve.

      I like those autumn songs, too, but I guess you can’t rival Frank Sinatra’s many contributtion to songs about Fall in New York and elsewhere on the northeast coast. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 12:35 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My pleasure, Michaeline. Enjoy the Florida weather no matter what the season – hopefully the relatively mild winters will make up for the way too hot and humid summers.
      P.S. I hope you don’t mind me playing proofreader and correcting your misspellings that you mentioned.

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 7:53 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, mistermuse for your pleasant comment. Also for correcting my spelling errors. I guess I was typing too fast and did not notice them. I was very tired since my Dave and I had seen our lady doctor, went out for breakfast after and then had to return to her office again. That was not a problem but I did get the pneumonia vaccine there and it made me sleepy. Did you not mention once that your wife would get pheumonia in the winters? Or am I thinking of some other writer? Sorry if it was not your wife. If so, can she have the vaccine?

      Anyway, enjoy your autumn which I do miss this time of year.

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    • mistermuse 8:12 pm on September 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You must be thinking of some other writer, Michaeline….but don’t be sorry that my wife doesn’t get pneumonia in the winters – I’m sure she’s not sorry!

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