Part 2: The Tweet-up
Long story short: We went to the Gateway Arch and then went out to dinner. Oh and I was held up at gunpoint! Okay I wasn’t but I did witness a robbery so I feel terribly bad ass.
A happy tune for friendship, fellowship and good times!
We were a dozen people with world views so different that, in other circumstances, we might have been sitting across a table glowering at each other. But we never stopped laughing, and hugging and chatting and enjoying each other’s company. “We’re here to celebrate the things we have in common”said one of us. “A common sense of humor is a powerful thing” said another. I think these meet-ups have magic. People will fly across the country to attend them. People overcome unbelievable psychological hurdles just to come and be a part of the magic. Sometimes people’s whole lives have been changed at these gatherings! I usually just drive a couple of hours to enjoy the fantastic company and see a great show so I doubt I contribute much to the magic. I sure love to see it in action though. Someday someone is going to realize I’m an interloper at these proceedings and they’re going to make me leave. But until then I’m having a blast!
Tune in tomorrow when we get on with the show!
“The Complete Jerome Kern Songbooks” is a three disc set with more tracks by some of my favorite artists. “Let’s Begin,” with lyrics by Otto Harbach, was written for the 1933 musical “Roberta.”
I haven’t seen the 1935 movie yet but I think I may have found it streaming online. I’ll probably watch tonight. I assume the romantic inertia described in the song will be overcome with a lavish song and dance number as usual. I don’t think tone deaf and clumsy people were allowed to mate back then. Thank heavens we have email, Facebook, and Twitter these days. Even people who are all thumbs can communicate with each other if they’re interested.
Dorothy Fields wrote the lyrics for “Remind Me.” It was used in the 1940 musical “One Night In The Tropics.” Here’s Marian Montgomery.
Since this is another number from a musical, I’m sure by the end, whoever sings the song has gotten over all those “You’re about the be the worst mistake I ever made” feelings and has tap danced happily off into the sunset. Unfortunately we here in the real world have to throw ourselves into the Cuisinart of love and hope we don’t get minced. I suppose the best anyone can do is try to land feet first. That way if the blades start spinning it might hurt but at least it won’t kill ya!
Ramsey Lewis started following me on Twitter a few months ago so I thought I’d talk about him. He’s a Grammy winning pianist who hosted a syndicated jazz radio show for years. The show was cancelled when the local Chicago affiliate changed station formats. Ramsey is still very active in Chicago jazz scene and he recently released a new CD called “Songs From The Heart.” There are no videos from the new CD yet but I will try to post one if they show up. I decided to post his 1966 version of “Wade In The Water.” It was clearly arranged to appeal to the rock and roll crowd and it worked. This record went gold for the Ramsey Lewis Trio.
This song reminds me of the few times I went to my grandmother’s church. I think everyone should go to a Black baptist church service. Even if you are not religiously inclined, it’s a musical experience you won’t forget. Despite my grandmother’s valiant attempts to redeem me, I still grew up to be a heathen. But, I am a heathen with a few gospel CDs in her collection. Perhaps there’s hope for me yet!