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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    THIS POST IS FOR THE (LOVE)BIRDS 

    Now that NATIONAL BIRD DAY (see previous post) has come and flown, it’s time to transition from birds and bird song to love and love songs, in preparation for February 14 (VALENTINE’S DAY, aka ‘Woe To Guys Who Ignore It Day’). Let us begin the béguin*, boys and girls, by gauging your romantic wherewithall with this simple question:

    *French for flirtation

    Assuming that dealing with This Thing Called Love leaves you Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (and, if it doesn’t, you must be either a robot or a Republican), I suggest getting back to basics, starting with having that Old Fashioned Love in your heart:

    Relationships are like music: it’s essential to hit the right notes, but man does not live by instruments alone. For example, without lyrics, the title to the above song might just as well be Yabba Dabba Doo. Here is the same song sung with sweet words of undying love:

    I hope that the above is starting to get you guys in a romantic frame of mind. With little more than a month left before V-Day, I have only six more posts to fill your hearts with enough good old-fashioned love to pass muster with your SO. So, mister, rest assured I will work Night And Day to ready you to be in the I’m In The Mood For Love spirit.

     

     

     
    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 2:16 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Loved the music and the post – and laughed aloud over “a robot or a Republican.” Yabba Dabba Doo got a big grin, and you brought back memories of a particular piano man during my wanton days in grad school — when I rushed to the French Quarter the moment I could, and stayed much later (and drank much more) than made sense, given all.

      I always look forward to visiting your blog, and always leave with a smile.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
      – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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    • Mél@nie 3:59 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      EXCELLENT, Monsieur Muse! je viens d’avoir le béguin for your post… 🙂

      • * *

      avoir le béguin pour = to have a crush on… 🙂

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    • Carmen 6:04 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, of course I must love this post! 🙂 Great music! (as always!)

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      • Carmen 6:08 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Well, Ella Fitzgerald was anyway. The other two were not available (just in my country?) I’ll look ’em up, though.

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        • mistermuse 8:14 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink

          Thanks, Carmen. Sorry to hear that the OLD FASHIONED LOVE clips were unavailable to you, but you can probably find it performed by other artists, as I saw quite a few clips when I Googled it. 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 7:50 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      And while we’re on the subject of lovebirds, if you haven’t seen La La Land, you must! I kept asking myself, why can’t the music in today’s Broadway musicals sound more like THAT?

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      • mistermuse 8:22 am on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve read excellent reviews, and seen the trailer, of La La Land — sounds like my kind of movie! I will indeed have to see it.

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    • Don Frankel 3:37 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Birds do it bees do it…”

      Then there’s. “The birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees…”

      What’s with all the bees?

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    • mistermuse 5:26 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Good question, Don. Lovers are vulnerable to getting ‘stung,’ but why lay it all on bees? Why not “The birds and the wasps” or “The birds and the mosquitoes” or “The birds and the scorpions?” If I were a bee, I would consider filing a honey of a lawsuit against the Powers that Be for beeing so hurtful.

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      • Don Frankel 8:56 am on January 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right Muse. In fact the only positive cultural exposition of Bees was in the ‘Bee Movie’ by Seinfeld. Otherwise it’s always negative images of people getting stung and nasty comments like. “Was you ever stung by a dead Bee.” From To Have and Have Not.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:19 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful songs. Ella is a favorite. V-day?? I’m still recovering from Christmas!

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      • mistermuse 10:29 pm on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana — Ella’s a favorite of mine as well. As for recovering from Christmas, think of how poor Santa must be feeling after squeezing down millions of chimneys all night until dawn Christmas morning. 😦

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    • BroadBlogs 6:37 pm on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I see so many birds popping up on blogs lately. I guess spring is on the way.

      And Valentines Day for the love birds. ❤

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    • mistermuse 9:59 pm on January 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Birds may be popping up on blogs now, but come spring, they’ll be pooping up our windshields and other exposed auto parts. Fortunately I have a garage.

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  • mistermuse 9:27 am on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    COLE IN ONE (PART TWO) 

    One year ago today, on the 50th anniversary of the death of Cole Porter, I published a post titled COLE IN ONE. Porter was one of the two preeminent composer-lyricists  (the other being Irving Berlin) of his day, a time in the history of popular music when most songs were written by a team of one (or more) composer(s) and one (or more) lyricist(s)….think George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and DeSylva, Brown and Henderson, for examples.

    What made Porter one of a kind was a combination of the unique quality of his melodies and the wit and urbane sophistication of his lyrics, for which he was unrivaled (excepting Lorenz Hart, who wrote lyrics only). This made such a big impression on me when I was young that I “fell in love” with witty, amusing and sometimes poignant rhyme — the kind exemplified non-musically by light verse master Ogden Nash….and even Nash could team up on occasion to write a great song, such as Speak Low (When You Speak Love) with composer Kurt Weill for the 1943 musical One Touch of Venus.

    For this post, I have taken the liberty of taking Cole Porter’s What Is This Thing Called Love for a re-write, interposing my interpretation of the well-known refrain onto Porter’s as-written (but seldom-heard) verse which precedes it. You might call it COLE PORTER A LA MUSE:

    I was a humdrum person,
    Leading a life apart,
    When love flew in through my window wide
    And quickened my humdrum heart.
    Love flew in through my window,
    I was so happy then.
    But after love had stayed a little while,
    Love flew out again.

    What is this thing
    Called love of light verse?
    This funny thing
    I love, called light verse.

    Just who can solve
    Its mystery.
    Why should it make
    A muse of me?

    I saw humor there
    One wonderful day;
    Youth took my heart
    And threw it away.

    That’s why I ask the Lord
    In light of this curse
    What is this thing
    Called love of light verse?

    In case you’ve forgotten how the real refrain goes, here is the song sung as originally written:

     
    • Don Frankel 4:01 pm on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You’re not going to believe this Muse and I’m not joking. Earlier this morning I played golf. On the second tee which is a short par 3, 120 hole, I hit a very nice shot that was headed for the tee. Now if was early and foggy and the green was covered with dew. So when I got the green i couldn’t find the ball. After looking around for a good five minutes it dawned on me where the ball might be that I wouldn’t see it. You got it in the hole. An actual hole in one.

      The fates sometimes are kind and that’s why you are a Muse or should I say The Muse.

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    • mistermuse 5:49 pm on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats on the hole-in-one, Don. What would be even more amazing is if that was the second hole-in-one you’d ever shot (to match the “PART TWO” of my post). Actually, if you want to claim it’s your second hole-in-one (even if it’s not), I won’t tell anyone. 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 6:16 am on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing early version of the song! I’m fond of Porter and Nash too.

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    • mistermuse 7:39 am on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The vocalist here was Leslie “Hutch” Hutchinson, who was the Bobby Short of his day (both were sophisticated black cabaret singers with a preference for the songs of sophisticated song writers like Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, etc.). Hutch (a generation before Short) was one of the biggest stars in England in the 1920s & 30s and recorded prolifically – I own a few dozen of his original 78 rpm records.

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    • arekhill1 8:03 am on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Cole and a hole? Golf is one of the few vices I haven’t experimented with so far, Sir Don, but congratulations.

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    • ladysighs 8:55 am on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Something needs to be done about this. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 10:55 am on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure what, but I’m open to suggestions. 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 3:02 pm on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Have you seen the movie, De-Lovely, based on his life? I thought it was pretty interesting.

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    • mistermuse 3:57 pm on October 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Haven’t seen it, but (despite mixed reviews) I hear the improvement over the first Cole Porter biopic starring Cary Grant was like the difference between Night and Day, which just happens to be the title of the first one (which I did see, & thought was awful). Most reviewers say Kevin Kline was excellent as Cole Porter in De-Lovely.

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    • mistermuse 11:27 am on October 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      With reference to ladysighs’ comment above that “Something needs to be done about this,” she has indeed “done something” – something completely unexpected, but greatly appreciated. Why not scroll up to her comment, click on her blog and see (and hear) what I mean?

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    • rielyn 7:57 pm on October 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here is the direct link to ladysighs’ vocal stylings for you, Dad, and your readers too. I sense a great collaboration in the making!

      Amusing Muser

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    • mistermuse 8:11 pm on October 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Your internet-challenged dad thanks you very much. One of these years I must learn to do that myself. 🙂

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    • barkinginthedark 5:10 pm on August 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      so great! but where do you find these rare gems? anyway, continue…

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    • barkinginthedark 5:11 pm on August 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. you must have a terrific record collection.

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      • mistermuse 5:46 pm on August 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I did have a terrific record collection, but now I have only half a terrific record collection, as I sold my thousands of 78s for reasons I’d rather not think about. I still have my LPs, many of which are compilations or re-issues of old 78s, so between those and the memories of what is gone, I have a lot to draw on when it comes to posting “rare gems.”

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    • barkinginthedark 1:02 am on August 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      thousands – wow…i’m sorry you had to sell them…a shame. i can only imagine from what you’ve posted what you had. “rare gems” indeed. continue…

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