Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dept. of Clarification

Following the previous posting, we should note that while Bob Haymes wrote the lyrics for "They Say It's Spring," the lovely melody was written by Marty Clarke.

In a switch, Haymes wrote the music for "That's All" (recorded in France as "C'est Tout") but the lyrics were by Alan Brandt.

"You for Me,"another song recorded by Blossom Dearie, was all Haymes, words and music.

Bob Haymes, who, like  Ms. Dearie, spent a lot of time in France, also wrote French lyrics for her for "I Won't Dance," and other songs. Her Francophone version of "It Might As Well Be Spring" is charming.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring Playlist

"They say it's spring, that has me daft as a daisy..."

Our favorite spring song, composed by Bob Haymes--yes, brother of Dick--who also wrote "That's All." Great recordings by Blossom Dearie and Nat Cole and Bobby Short.

Other songs for this season's playlist:

"Spring is Here"
"It Might as Well Be Spring"
"Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year"
"Joy Spring" (remember Clifford Brown)
And for senior C&W fans: "When It's Springtime in the Rockies"

"They say it's spring..."

Friday, March 16, 2018

Ten Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

1. Pour a generous draught of Irish whiskey--Midleton Very Rare, if (a) you can find it, and (b) you've just won the lottery. (Someone has suggested a drop of pickle juice in a glass of Johnny Jameson's for a true Irish drink, but not at this bar.)

2. Serve up colcannon and boxty and Guinness stew. And, if you're lucky, you might find Molly O'Rourke's Irish Whiskey Fruit Cake.

3. Try to read "Finnegan's Wake."

4. Okay, then--just sing "Finnegan's Wake."

5. Watch "The Quiet Man" for the twenty-fifth time.

6. Listen to a Mary Coughlan CD. Seriously.

7. Try to find a clip of Ronald Reagan and Brian Mulroney singing "When Irish Eyes are Smiling."

8. Hang out with Jiggs at Dinty Moore's saloon. Watch out for Maggie.

9. Get in a fight.

10. Dance a jig.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Adieu, Hubert

Hubert de Givenchy--the six foot, six inch Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy--has departed for the great fashion runway in the sky, joining such other legends of haute couture as Chanel, Schiaparelli, Dior, and the one he followed and most admired, Balenciaga.

Givenchy will be remembered always as the creator of designs of simple elegance, designs that became instant classics, for some of the world's most beautiful women. His signature work: the black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Fragrances were also created by the House of Givenchy, and this morning, in his memory, we released from an atomizer a wisp of Ysatis, for there should always be a trace of Givenchy in the air.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Moonlight Saving Time

So we've lost another hour of sleep. Early morning DJs dragged themselves from bed cursing even more than usual.

The concept of Daylight Saving Time was introduced by someone named Gordon Hudson in 1895, but the first nationwide application came in 1916, imposed by the German Empire. That wasn't the only bad idea Germany had in those years.

But there is an upside: carefully tuck away all those daylight hours you're saving, and next winter, when it's cold and blustery, you can withdraw them and bask in summery warmth! There is an elderly miser in Nebraska who has been hoarding daylight hours since 1943, and when he releases them, it will be like a year in Miami.

Our preference, however, is for Moonlight Saving Time, as proposed by Irving Kahal, words, and Harry Richman, music. The move to Moonlight Saving Time has been pushed by converts from Maurice Chevalier and Jay Wilbur's Hottentots in 1931 to Leonard Feather's Swingin' Swedes in 1952 and Hamilton's Diana Panton in 2007.

Everyone, all together now:

"There oughta be a Moonlight Saving Time
So I could love that girl of mine
Until the birdies wake and chime 'Good Morning!'"

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sherman and the Odds

News comes that Richard Sherman, perhaps the greatest cornerback pro football has seen, a player who helped the Seattle Seahawks take the 2014 Super Bowl, has been released by the team.

This brought to mind some of Sherman's many memorable words (he is as good behind a microphone as he is blocking a pass). He said, "It gives me something that nothing else does--that rush, a sense of belonging. It's where I'm at home. The game is my muse. It's my release, my stage, my family. It's the place I feel like I'm made for."

After the announcement of Sherman's release, Las Vegas bookmakers dropped the odds of the Seahawks taking the 2019 Super Bowl to 30-1.

--Slap Maxwell.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Ode to March

Like an army defeated,
The snow hath retreated;
The Ploughboy is whooping--anon--anon!
There's joy in the mountains,
There's life in the fountains,
The rain is over and gone!

         Guest Blogger William Wordsworth.