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  • mistermuse 12:13 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: glow worm, , , National Postal Museum, North Pole, , Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, , , Spike Jones, toys   


    This post is honored to note the 105th anniversary tomorrow of a notable day in U.S. Postal history. Let’s begin with a ‘little’ background, which you can take as gospel because it was written by a Pope:


    Yes, friends, for just 53 cents worth of stamps attached to a little girl’s coat, the precious cargo wearing that coat was shipped by rail in a train’s mail compartment, thereby saving the cargo’s parents a pretty penny in passenger fare. This got me to thinking about the possibility of saving money by restoring the mailing of humans via the U.S. Postal Service. Think, for example, of all the “border wall” money alone that could be saved by shipping President Trump to the North Pole to chill in Santa’s workshop, helping Santa make toys that insure children are happy instead of policies that traumatize them….or Santa could toy with the bright idea of replacing Rudolph’s red nose with Donald and his orange glow.

    Now, I’m not saying The Donald is a worm, but if it acts like a worm, leaves a trail of slime like a worm, and glows like a worm, that may account for why so many have taken the bait.


    • calmkate 2:55 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      great idea, do hope you act on it!

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      • mistermuse 9:29 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It would probably take an Act of Congress, which (unlike Parcel Post) has a history of delivering responsibly about as often as Trump tells the truth.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:08 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply


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    • rivergirl1211 9:53 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Marvelous ideas all..

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    • mlrover 10:21 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Fascinating post and article. Love bits of history like this and am over the moon with the Spike Jones album cover. I actually have it. Last night re-watched “Laura” for the umpteenth time with a mystery writer friend who’d never seen it. (How is that possible!?) All through it I could hear Spike’s parody of the theme song. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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      • mistermuse 12:59 pm on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        The trip was my pleasure, mirover. How well I remember LAURA, as well as such other Spike Jones classics as CHLOE, COCKTAILS FOR TWO, and HAWAIAN WAR CHANT. In my opinion, GLOW WORM isn’t one of his best, but it’s still fun. 🙂

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    • Susi Bocks 1:41 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, he’s a worm and so much more than that!

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      • mistermuse 3:58 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        In some respects, he’s a monster. What else do you call an egomaniac whose every lie, exaggeration, and maneuver are done in furtherance of seeing himself deemed King Trump.

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    • Richard Cahill 9:15 pm on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Completely unfair to worms, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 11:36 pm on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed, Ricardo. No self-respecting worm would want to be seen in the company of The Donald.


    • America On Coffee 9:45 am on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

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    • Silver Screenings 8:29 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That was a fascinating link re: mailing children. I had no idea – and what a good price, too! 😉

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      • mistermuse 11:27 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I had the same reaction when I happened upon that link, SS. History is endlessly interesting to those of us who find human nature fascinating (as opposed to those of us for whom the world revolves entirely around him or her self).

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    • The Coastal Crone 7:22 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea!

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    • JosieHolford 8:35 am on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I like the question: “If you could post trump somewhere where would that somewhere be?” And I like your North Pole occupation location. Very benign. But works as well as any more violent or punitive revenge fantasy would. I think a nice sheltered workshop – a long way away from the means of communication – doing something of value for other people’s children would be a worthy and just punishment. He could even have hamberders and covfefe shipped in if it helped him concentrate on doing things to make other people’s lives better.

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      • mistermuse 1:36 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yours is certainly a compassionate take on my proposal to send Trump to the North Pole, and more compassionate than he deserves. considering the places he sends children he has separated from their asylum-seeking parents. What he deserves is prison, but that’s probably about as likely as sending him to the North Pole (pending Mueller’s findings and further developments).


  • mistermuse 12:12 am on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, Cocktails for Two, firewater, , horticulture, , , , , Spike Jones, Tchaikovsky,   


    This post is JAZZ FOR LAUGHS — or, more to the part, the first in a series of JAZZ FOR LAUGHS posts. Just for laughs is my musical theme — when it comes to funny, I’ll stop at nothing. So, when you hear Nothing, it means something. Or Nothing At All.

    So, what’s so funny about that song, you ask. Nothing. Nothing at all. But I needed a lead-in, and that’s the best I could do. Seriously. Speaking of seriously….

    Well, that clip started out well, but I must admit it Peter-ed out after a while. (Did you get it — Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Peter-ed” out….hahahahaha.) So enough of the serious stuff. Let’s see what else drives Spike to drink….

    As the horse said to the horse traitor who led him to firewater, “I’ll drunk to that” (with apologies to Dorothy Parker, who once said, “You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.” Horticulture has had a soiled reputation ever since.).

    • Don Frankel 8:54 am on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I’m glad you’ve decided to stop at nothing because…

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      • mistermuse 12:45 pm on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, if I recall correctly, that’s from the gospel according to Luke. Luckily, they took a gamble and made a movie of it, with Paul Newman playing Luke.


    • arekhill1 3:47 pm on January 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Any post that mentions Dorothy Parker gets five stars from me, Sr. Muse. “There, but for a typo, is the story of my life.”

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    • RMW 1:11 pm on January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I had heard the name, Spike Jones, but really had no idea who he was (before my time in the US). So this was an education… of sorts! A different era, for sure.

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      • mistermuse 2:35 pm on January 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Spike Jones’ music was an education, all right — though not exactly what you’d call a ‘high class’ education (except maybe in the opinion of those in the upper classes, like The Three Stooges). 😦


    • tref 6:07 pm on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Each time I saw Sinatra I wanted to be the guy who, during a moment when Sinatra was between songs, yells out, “You’re the king!” Of course, Sinatra always had a ready answer. Yet, for the handful of times I saw Sinatra sing I could never muster the nerve. And then, inevitably, somebody would yell a variation of that line. Sinatra would effortlessly return the volley. And I’d sit in my chair and think, “Damn. I missed it again.”

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      • mistermuse 7:01 pm on February 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        And to think that back in the early 1940s, Sinatra was a heartthrob of teenage girls who didn’t wait until he was between songs to voice their adulation (not that I fault them….or us adults, for that matter)

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  • mistermuse 1:02 am on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: By the Sea, , , , La Mer, , , , Spike Jones,   


    In comments to a Jan.2 Peach of a post titled Fallen Angel, I included links to BEYOND THE SEA and LA MER (English and French versions of the same song). Diana Peach’s preternatural post & both song links can be found here: https://mythsofthemirror.com/

    I bring this up because that song is just one of several ‘beautiful’ sea songs I recall, and I thought I’d take a stroll down memory lane — or should I say, memory beach. I invite you to join me….that is, if you don’t mind getting sand — as I don’t mind getting….

    And now let us start our stroll:

    Of course, there is more than one way to see the sea — you can join the Navy:

    You say the Navy’s not your cup of sea? Then let us end our stroll like Mr. Bean, oblivious to all else, bidding glorious adieu to….

    Mer-sea beaucoup.

    • Don Frankel 11:00 am on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Muse there are other great sea songs like ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’, ‘C C Ryder’ and ‘Good Night Irene’ that has the line “I’ll see you in my dreams”. But that’s enough out of me. I’ll see you later.

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      • mistermuse 12:08 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, “I’ll see you in my dreams” is actually a song in itself, written in 1924, pre-dating “Good Night Irene.” It was one of lyricist Gus Kahn’s biggest hits — so much so that it served as the title of the hokey 1951 biopic directed by Michael Curtiz, starring Danny Thomas as Gus Kahn. Here is the Mills Brothers’ version:


    • Carmen 1:27 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mornin’ mistermuse,
      Of course you must realize that I live on the sea bound coast. . .
      The first video mentioned the sand on Havana beaches – gorgeous! We’ve been to several around Cuba and they are, indeed, as good as the lady sings about. 🙂
      Lovely song selections!
      (and you were worried I’d unleash a sea of slights)

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      • mistermuse 5:05 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Good afternoon, Carmen. Not only do I remember that you live on the sea bound coast, but I think I mentioned in a comment a few years ago that I’ve been in your lovely neck of the woods (and coast) on vacation….when it was slightly warmer, of course.

        Glad you enjoyed the song selections. I think the last one (from the film MR. BEAN’S HOLIDAY) is a visual delight, as well as an auditory one.

        As for your last sentence, I wasn’t worried in the slightest. 😦


        • Carmen 5:48 pm on January 5, 2018 Permalink

          Well, I am sorry to have mist you. . . 😉 (and excuse my foggy memory)

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  • mistermuse 1:32 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Cyd Charisse, , , , If I Didn't Care, , , Les Brown, , Modernaires, Nat King Cole Dorothy Dandridge, Ricardo Montalban, , Spike Jones, Stan Kenton   


    For those who watched the Jukebox Saturday Night clip in my first SOUNDIES post and may not be familiar with The Ink Spots (the great 1930s-40s vocal quartet which was so humorously spoofed by the Modernaires in that clip), here is a clip of “the real thing”:


    When the previously mentioned James Roosevelt became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1941, Tin Pan Alley great Sam Coslow (composer of many 1930s-40s hit songs) took charge of Soundies operations. As Coslow tells it in his autobiography COCKTAILS FOR TWO:

    “Panoram was a glorified juke box that ran films instead of records. Roosevelt decided to find someone who could produce a regular program of short musical films [and] decided that my background was right for the post. I had twelve years experience with musicals, writing songs and special material, recording and scoring, and, more recently, producing a feature film.”
    “Jimmy’s office was down the hall from mine in the Goldwyn studios, and we had a number of talks. He finally arranged for me to fly to Chicago to meet with [the] president of the Mills outfit. We agreed to set up a new production company called Roosevelt, Coslow and Mills, Inc., later shortened to R.C.M., Inc.”
    “I was named as production head….to turn out three shorts a week in Hollywood, plus another three a week at a studio in New York. One of the first things we did was a series with Louis Armstrong. At first I played it safe by using established musical names who happened to be around Hollywood or New York. Besides Armstrong, I hired Duke Ellington & his Orchestra, Spike Jones, and bands like Les Brown’s and Stan Kenton’s.”
    “What was more notable about the talent used in the Soundies, however, was an array of great performers who were destined to become top names in the entertainment world.  Like Doris Day, for instance….Nat King Cole….Cyd Charisse….Dorothy Dandridge….Gale Storm….Ricardo Montalban….Liberace.”
    “The concept of seeing as well as hearing popular performers had great novelty value for audiences of the day. Television was still in its experimental stage, and Soundies had the same kind of exotic appeal. The machine even makes a gag appearance in a Hollywood feature film, Hi Diddle Diddle (1943).”
    “But the machine was no joke to movie theater owners. People were spending their dimes in the Panoram, not at the box office. Theater operators banded together to combat the movie-machine menace. Several states proposed severe licensing and taxation measures to discourage the proliferation of film jukeboxes. Fortunately for Panoram owners, the proposed legislation was tabled upon the outbreak of World War II.”

    I could of course go on “Soundie-ing off,” but I need to wrap this up sooner or later, and found a clip that does so nicely:



    • Don Frankel 6:41 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      When I started to read part one, I’m thinking James Roosevelt Marine Raider? Yup that was him.

      Now I’m pretty sure I’ve heard of Soundies. I know I’ve seen a lot of them but I never knew much about them. You’ve uncovered another gem. Great article.


    • mistermuse 7:35 pm on May 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Don.
      My large collection of old books often proves invaluable when writing on a subject such as Soundies, providing more material than I could ever find online. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love it when that happens, because I can pass along interesting, little known story-behind-the-story stuff to readers who might appreciate it, such as yourself.


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