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Boston. 1987. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Boston. 1987. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

AL MARTINO   from The Godfather.

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Ocean Grove postcard July 31, 1904.

Ocean Grove postcard July 31, 1904.

JOHN CAFFERTY AND THE BEAVER BROWN BAND  (From Eddie and the Cruisers: “Boardwalk Angel.”)

 

 

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Food trucks arrive. Channel District. Tampa, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger, 2012

Food trucks arrive. Channel District. Tampa, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger, 2012

CAMILLE.  A French singer of Parisian street songs recorded “Le Festin”  (tr: the feast) for the Disney film “Ratatouille”

Here is a partial translation:

“Dreams are to lovers as wine is to friends

Carried through lifetimes, (and) spilled now and then

I am driven by hunger, so saddened to be

Thieving in darkness; I know you’re not pleased

But nothing worth eating is free”

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Washington Square Park. New York City street series. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Washington Square Park. New York City street series. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger ©

WARREN VACHÉ  (trumpet) AND BRIAN LEMON (piano) play the music of Harry Warren.

This song is from the 1957 movie of the same name “An Affair to Remember.”   It starred Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. The music is sophisticated and erotic.  It feels like Washington Square Park at twilight.

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By Paul Goldfinger. Naples, Florida 2013. ©

Paul Goldfinger. Naples, Florida 2013. ©  Re-posted from 2014.

MATT MONRO   “And We Were Lovers”    Theme music from the 1966 film “The Sand Pebbles” with Steve McQueen which was nominated for best picture.  It was about the US Navy in a turbulent China, 1926.

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Dover, 1960; By Henry Boschen ©

Dover, 1960; Blackwell Street.  By Henry Boschen © Click to enlarge.   Re-posted by popular demand from 2015.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Henry Boschen (1922-2011) made this wonderful black and white image in 1960 on Blackwell Street in Dover, New Jersey, a blue collar town in Morris County which was founded in 1869.  In 1960, before the Rockaway Townsquare Mall was built in 1977, Dover was the place to go for shopping.  It was a diverse town, and many of the merchants were Jewish. A growing Hispanic population was beginning to change the personality of Dover.  Spanish restaurants and credit unions were opening. Most of the immigrants were from a particular town in Puerto Rico.

Henry’s image captures the warmth of Christmas in 1960 when shoppers would flock to visit downtown Dover where an old-fashioned  homespun style was found in the shops. You could buy a fine men’s suit at the Quality Shop and pick up fresh fish at Fred’s.  The Walk-Well shoe store was a family business, as were many of the stores downtown.

Dover Photo was one of the few Leica dealerships in New Jersey, so aficionados like me would go there to buy lenses, superb cameras and darkroom gear.  Murray and his sons would offer technical advice to visitors.  They displayed original photos and they offered trade-ins on equipment.  I was one of their best customers.

Dover General Hospital, known for its excellent nursing and physician care, was sixty years old that year and was within walking distance to downtown.  It was founded by a group of Dover women who wanted to improve healthcare  at the turn of the century.

My first medical office was on Blackwell Street. I chose Dover because they had no cardiologist and I wanted to work in the trenches instead of at some ivory tower. The National Community Bank downtown gave me a mortgage before I even saw my first patient.  The town doctors told the banker that I was a good risk.  My practice was busy from day one.

Henry Boschen, my patient and friend,  gave me this print, and it is a great treasure.

RICHARD BURTON

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By Paul Goldfinger. Undated. ©

By Paul Goldfinger. Undated. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

MAX RAABE:  “Though You’re Not The First One.”  She is memorable:

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Central Park. Summer, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Central Park. Summer, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

TONY BENNETT:  (Music by Jerome Kern;  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein III.  1939 for Broadway and the movies)

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Lady Gaga and Brad Cooper.

The much heavily hyped opening of the latest version of A Star is Born has opened, and the soundtrack album has been released. It not only has 19 songs from the film, but also short dialogue recordings which are fun to hear.

This song is “Music to My Eyes”  performed by both stars.   The lyrics are amazing. Most of the songs are performed by Lady Gaga.  Cooper had to learn how to sing “country” for the movie.

 

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Paul Goldfinger, Editor.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman*  was a great actor, although he sometimes made weird movies. In 2010 he directed his first film called “Jack Goes Boating.” It’s supposed to be a romantic comedy, but the four characters are depressing. I forced myself to watch it for the sake of the soundtrack, but we couldn’t get  past the first half.

The music, on the other hand, is varied and interesting. We recently posted one of the songs on BF — a re-do of “Blue Moon,” which is quite wonderful.  Here is the link:

The song which opens the film, however, is “The Rivers of Babylon” by a reggae style (“rock steady”) Jamaican group from the 1960’s and 1970’s called the Melodians who had embarked on some Rastafarian themes in their work, resulting in an international hit called “The Rivers of Babylon” recorded in 1969.

The song was chosen to open the movie, and I really liked it. Then I listened carefully to the lyrics (I’m always first attracted to the music — then the lyrics.)

It turns out that the Melodians were using parables taken from Psalm 137 which tells the story of the invasion of the ancient kingdom of Judah in 586 BCE. This Jewish nation was destroyed by the Babylonians who , after demolishing the first holy Temple, carted off most of the Israelites to Babylon (now Iraq).

The rivers in the song title refer to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. What does this Bible story have to do with the movie? — I ‘m not sure.

The middle east around 586 BCE.

The middle east around 586 BCE.

But here is “The Rivers of Babylon” from Jack Goes Boating. —   (*Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed in 2014.)

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