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Harry James’ Song For Us Midnight Cowgirls

Harry James began playing professionally in 1935. By 1939 he was leading his own band. By 1941 he had his first top 10 hit “You Made Me Love You.” The song “Sleepy Time Gal” was written in 1924 or ’25 (sources disagree). I had never heard the Harry James version of this song but I know the Dean Martin version well.

Random personal thought: Even though I know this is a standard record player, this video reminds me how much I’ve always wanted a wind up Victrola. I’d love to have one of those and a stack of cool jazzy and bluesy 78s.

I am a bit of a Sleepy Time Gal myself today because I didn’t get much sleep last night. That’s nothing new of course, I’ve never been a great sleeper. I’m pretty sure it’s because of the ADD that no one’s ever diagnosed in me but that I’ve convinced myself I have anyway.  I usually don’t have too much trouble falling asleep but if I wake up in the night (as my bladder often dictates) I am usually unable to get back to sleep for several hours if ever. Of course this leaves quite a bit of extra time to feed my social networking addiction. So if you see some creepy lady lurking around your Twitter, forum or Facebook page at 4am don’t worry, it’s only me. I may not go away until my alarm goes off but I’m probably much too sleepy to do any harm.

Jerry Vale and Show Tunes For Shut-Ins

“Sleepy Time Gal” is the title song to a 1942 movie starring Judy Canova. One reviewer on IMDb calls it a “sadly forgotten gem” of a film. The internet says the film is about mistaken identity and mob intrigue. What does that have to do with sleepy time? No idea, but it is a catchy tune. Here’s Jerry Vale’s version. We haven’t heard from him on this blog yet.

I’m a sleepy time gal. I ain’t that domestic so I don’t “love” to cook and to sew on a regular basis, but I do occasionally like to do both when it’s a special project. Even though I have to get up pretty early in the morning for work, you’ll never find me in bed at eight. I am, however, almost always in for the evening well before that time. I would like to blame that on the kiddo but really, if I wanted to go out it wouldn’t be that hard to get a sitter. It’s really just the older I get, the more my inner “crotchety old shut-in” comes out. I just like staying in for an early supper and a rousing evening of yelling at kids to stay off my lawn. Now if you’ll excuse me I see several square inches of my home not covered in doily. I must go and remedy that immediately.

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