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I Believe…

“You Must Believe In Spring” is a pop song written by Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand. I wasn’t able to find out much more about it except that it’s been recorded by several other artists. It is a beautiful sentiment for the day.

It’s been 10 years since 9/11. People all over the country are commemorating the event in whatever way they feel is appropriate. Some are displaying flags and watching the footage while others find the rehashing of events hollow. I think all the ways people choose to process this tragedy are valid and right.

I started the morning discussing it with my daughter who wasn’t born at the time. She learned about it at school and she had some questions. I answered her as best I could because I believe that education is the best way to fight terrorism. I also tried to play this song of hope for her. But she thought the music was too sad plus it has the word “kiss” in it (Ew Mom!) She turned up her nose at the whole affair then skipped out to play in the sun (which, thankfully, continues to shine even 10 years later). Personally, I think that might be the most fitting commemoration of all!

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Stepping Out… Well Maybe

“Steppin’ Out With My Baby” was composed by Irving Berlin for the 1948 musical “Easter Parade.” Tony Bennet had a hit with the song in 1993 and today’s video apparently got quite a bit of air play back in those ancient times.

Because I am a hopeless romantic (or, more likely, because I’m a glutton for punishment), I’ve decided to throw my hat back into the dating arena. I’d love to regale you with hilarious dating horror stories but, I’m sad to report, there haven’t been any. I’ve just had a couple of nice conversations and a tentative coffee date. It’s hardly suitable material for the  juicy tabloid style blog posts you’ve come to love around here. Still, it’s only been a week so far. Maybe it takes a fortnight before all the really good nut jobs come popping out of the woodwork.

Bill Evans And Tony Bennett Diverging Fates

This is from the 1975 album “Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Album.”  The 70’s were not terribly kind to Tony Bennett. He divorced one wife and separated from another, he went bankrupt and developed a near fatal drug habit. Bill Evans, on the other hand, was relatively stable for at least part of the decade. He’d just kicked his decades long heroin habit and he entered a time of peak creativity. Of course by the end of the decade Tony Bennett was on the road recovery while Bill Evans turned to cocaine which killed him in 1980.

The 70’s was a decade of training for me; training of the potty variety, training of the wheel variety, and finally training of the bra variety. I’m still not sure what those bras were trying to train exactly but I exited puberty with the right equipment so I guess I passed.

Tony Bennett and Andy Williams Misplace Vital Organs

This is from the March 1, 1965 episode of “The Andy Williams Show.” Count Basie, Roger Miller, and the Osmonds were also on this show. I wish someone would stream the full episode online so I could watch it because that sounds awesome! I’d also like to know what Andy puts in his pocket at the beginning of the segment.

Meeting internet friends and seeing shows are the best catalysts ever for the Gypsy in my soul! My very first online friend meet-up was last September in Chicago and I’ve been traipsing around the Midwest ever since. Next month I’m even going  to Atlanta GA, a city I’ve wanted to visit for years to attend Dragon*Con, my first nerd based convention, which is also something I’ve wanted to do for years. I’ve been having the time of my life this past year and it’s all because of the internet and some projects developed by the stars of a TV show that I liked several decades ago. The stars of other shows I used to like better step up their game if they expect to retain my slavish devotion! I’m looking at you Kids From Fame!

Tony Bennett and Saint Television

“Rags To Riches” was written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross in 1953 and it became a number  one hit for Tony Bennett that same year. The Wikipedia entry also mentioned something about Charlie Chaplin and magical gypsies… no, really. I thought about putting the actual opening sequence for “Goodfellas” up but Ray Liotta talks over a lot of the song. There’s also the small matter of the grizzly murder right there in the middle of it. Do check out the title sequence on You Tube if you have the time and the intestinal fortitude. It really is good. I opted for the song and a “Goodfellas” still shot for this post.

Who’s surprised that I haven’t seen “Goodfellas?” Anyone? Anyone? I didn’t think so. I watch a lot of movies but apparently none of the right ones.  When I hear the song “Rags to Riches” I think about the character Carmine “The Big Ragoo” Ragusa on the “Laverne and Shirley” show. And when I hear “Goodfellas” I think of “Good Feathers” from the “Amimaniacs” cartoon. Why yes, TV did raise me as a matter of fact. I won’t hear a word against it either. My TV was a saint!

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