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Captiva Island, Fla. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © Undated.

REBECCA LUKER AND MARC JACOBY  from the 1994 Broadway production revival of Showboat.  This show was written by Jerome Kern (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics.)

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Quote of the day, “Take your filthy paws off my silky drawers.”

Stockard Channing from Grease.

Stockard Channing from Grease.


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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger


This song, “Love Is a Losing Game”  seems very familiar to me—as if it were from 30 years ago. It seems like a retro sound, similar to music from the James Bond movies.

But Amy Winehouse, a British superstar, wrote it and first performed it in 2006. Her soulful and unique style and sound was so touching and heartfelt.

Her music seems extra poignant now knowing what happened to her;  she was an original.

From Amy’s album  Back to Black:


And from her album   Lioness: Hidden Treasures:


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This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows, Keala Settle, left, Jessie Mueller and Kimiko Glenn, right, during a performance of "Waitress," at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York. (Joan Marcus | Boneau | Bryan-Brown | AP)

This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows, Keala Settle, left, Jessie Mueller and Kimiko Glenn, right, during a performance of “Waitress,” at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York. (Joan Marcus | Boneau | Bryan-Brown | AP)

CAST OF WAITRESS:   “When He Sees Me”


MEL TORME´  from his album Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley  from My Fair Lady   (Lerner and Loewe)  Fair Lady won 6 Tony’s at the 11th annual Tony Awards in 1957..

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Why re-post this 2013 movie review: because the music is so beautiful. Paul @Blogfinger.net   Click on the word Blogfinger below this sentence:

Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Directed by Sergio Leone.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

This movie was made in 1984 by the great Italian director Sergio Leone.  It owes a lot to the 1972 film The Godfather, but it is wonderful in its own right.   The soundtrack is by Ennio Morricone whose association with Leone is well known.  (As in “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”)

The video below shows the wonder of moviemaking as done by a master, even if viewed as still images.  The acting is great, especially with Elizabeth McGovern (the adult Deborah), DiNiro (Noodles)  and James Woods (Max.)

“Deborah’s Theme” is magical and plays in the background of this video and, during the movie, when the beautiful Deborah glides across the screen.

Jennifer Connelly as Deborah Jennifer Connelly as Deborah

There is an early scene where the teenaged Deborah (played by Jennifer Connelly) is practicing her ballet moves while wearing a tutu…

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Darlene Love is in her seventies.  She made this video in 2015.  We posted her singing Fine,Fine Boy on Blogfinger. She has appeared with many famous rock groups and soloists  in the past including Brucie S. You might recognize some faces in the video.

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Paul Goldfinger photo taken from the DVD of Ken Burns’ “Jazz” doc.  click to enlarge.  Times Square 1920’s.


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Notice Roseland on the left, where Louis Armstrong played as one of the first black musicians to perform in a white dance establishment.

Roseland could hold 2000-3000 people, most of whom came to dance, but many, like me, would come just to listen.

This is one of Louis’ most famous songs, “West End Blues.”



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The show featured wonderful photographs of heroic healthcare workers. All screen shots by Paul Goldfinger.  3/29/20  Click on photos to enlarge.


Mariah Carey with two of her backup singers, all at separate locations. Blogfinger TV screen shot.


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.

The one hour show was called “Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America. This wonderful live show was hosted by Elton John from his home. He was playing his son’s piano. The performers were all big stars of today’s pop music scene including a Foo Fighter, Billie Eilish, Back Street Boys, Lady GaGa, Alicia Keys, Sam Smith, Tim McGraw (country), Mariah Carey, and others including Ciara, Demi Lovato, H.E.R. and others.

All the singers and musicians who participated in this unique concert were willing to sit at home, with their kids and dogs, to offer thanks to healthcare workers, raise money for hunger and families of first responders,  and to present their work with no frills, studio engineers, big bands or special effects.

Tim McGraw sat by his  pool with his dog, Billie Eilish performed  on her sofa with her guitarist brother, and Mariah Carey did a superb split screen presentation with a pianist and 3 backup singers, all in separate locations, and the sound was marvelous.

The charities included Feeding America.org/iheart  and First Responders Children’s Foundation.


Screen shot Fox musical show. Click to enlarge


Fox music show screenshot. 3/29/20


Tim McGraw with 3 musicians, all at different locations.


MARIAH CAREY:  ” Always be my Baby.”




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This video was suggested by Stephen Goldfinger of NYC.

The song is from the album The Soul of Rock and Roll. The audio on YouTube is often poor, so here is the recorded version

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Lollypops can do it. Amazon music photo.
Lollypops can do it. Amazon music photo.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC.   Editor@Blogfinger.net and Dean of the Blogfinger Off-Shore School of Medicine in Ocean Grove, NJ.
There is a song called “My Heart Goes Pitter Patter” recorded by Simone and Girlfunkle. There is another (below) by Bia, a young singer from Brazil whose song is “My Heart Goes La La La.”


Rod Stewart has a tune called “Rhythm of My Heart”, while Etta Jones sings “There Goes my Heart” (below)

I know a cardiologist whose heart goes pitter patter every time he drinks coffee.   The symptom is due to extra heart beats (premature contractions) which give that sensation.

If the heart is stimulated, it might react with a fast beat or an erratic beat. The stimulation can be due to intense emotions including love.  Brain related causes result in adrenaline release and activation of the sympathetic nervous system—ie the “flight or fight” reaction; or the stimulation might be due to certain substances such as caffeine, prescription drugs, cocaine, or alcohol.   The effects on the heart may be perceived by the patient or may be “silent.”

A violinist came to see me because, before she would go on stage, she would experience tremors in her hands, sweaty palms,  and palpitations due to “stage-fright.” a typical emotions-based cause of such symptoms.   Other brain related causes of adrenalin release symptoms include fear, anger, severe stress, sudden surprise, threats, and battle.  As for love,–if would have to be pretty intense.

The violinist was successfully treated by blocking the effects of adrenaline using a drug called a “beta blocker” which the musician could take as needed, prior to a concert. The drug would not adversely affect the performance as might a tranquilizer, but would enhance it by removing the fear factor.

The cardiac responses to stimulation do not necessarily indicate heart disease.    It can happen to healthy individuals. But if you have palpitations, a visit to a cardiologist would be wise. He can order a take-home monitor which can record your electrocardiogram (ECG) when your heart goes pitter patter and it will also make a recording if you have a rhythm disturbance (arrhythmia) without symptoms. In either case, the doctor will be able to see what kind of arrhythmia is causing the symptoms, and then a decision can be made regarding what to do about it.

But no doctor will advise giving up love.


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