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 By Paul Goldfinger © April, 2014.

Freehold Township, New Jersey.  By Paul Goldfinger © April, 2014.  Click left

RITA GARDNER:

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Captiva Island, Fla. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger. © Left click for front row seat

Captiva Island, Fla. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger. ©Click image for front row seat.

 

BRAHMS. “Ronde de Jambe…Hungarian Dances.”   For ballet class.

 

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Bohemian Girl: Internet photo

Bohemian Girl: Internet photo

 

Written in 1843 by M.W. Balfe, this aria is the most famous from that work. In the 20th century, the story was adapted for a Laurel and Hardy movie.

The singer, Meav Ni Mhachatha is from Ireland and is a beautiful blond with a sweet voice, one of the founders of the group Celtic Woman, an all female ensemble which is known for performing traditional Irish music.  —-PG

From Act II of the Bohemian Girl:   “I Dreamt I Dwelled in Marble Halls,”

“I dreamt that suitors sought my hand;

“That knights upon bended knee,

“And with vows no maiden heart could withstand,

“They pledg’d their faith to me;”

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Ocean Grove. October 3, 2014

Ocean Grove. October 3, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

Count Basie orchestra.   “Flight of the Foo Birds”  from Woody’s movie Scenes from a Mall

 

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From the New York City Street Series by Paul Goldfinger © "He Neve Did THAT Before!"

Repost from the New York City Street Series by Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to make her larger.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

If you heard this song for the first time, as I did yesterday on the Jonathan Schwartz show on WNYC radio,  performed by cabaret star Rebecca Luker, you would never have thought that it was not written to be sung by a woman.  It certainly worked for Rebecca who was singing frankly about sex, love and betrayal.

I thought, “This is a gutsy song for her to do, but women are so outspoken these days about sex.”  Women used to be very coy on that subject, because it was part of the female allure to say little that is overt, but to be able to cover that waterfront with traditional female flirtatiousness and body language, while revealing their true interests only later in the course of human events.

My old friends from high school often remember the fifties and how, if we only knew that our female classmates  were as interested as we were,….oh well, getting back to Rebecca Luker, a beautiful chanteuse who was once Sarah Brightman’s understudy—-that speaks volumes on her qualifications.

So I liked this daring modern take on old themes.    I had posted Rebecca Luker once before on Blogfinger  with a song from “Wonderful Town.”  When I looked up today’s  music I discovered  that it was written for a review in 2005 called “Songs From an Unmade Bed.”  The show contained 18 songs written by different composers, and our featured song today, “He Never Did That Before,” was written by a woman, Debra Barsha.

But low and behold, I also found out that it was a  one man show and was about gay male relationships in New York City.

So here is Rebecca Luker, from her 2009 album Greenwich Time, singing  “He Never Did That Before.”

 

Rebecca Luker

 

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Naples, Florida. 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Naples, Florida. 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

SIMPLY RED   “Every Time We Say Goodbye”   from his album Simplified

This is one of my all time favorite songs. Words and music by Cole Porter for a stage show in 1944.

The lyrics are appreciated viscerally and down to your soul. One of the cleverest lyric lines in music occurs when it goes, “There’s no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor, every time we say goodbye.”

If  you listen carefully you might be able to appreciate the change in chord progression during that line from A flat major to A flat minor—a brilliant musical moment where the music and lyrics match exactly and the meaning is deepened by the chord change.

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Untitled. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Untitled. September 2011.  Ocean Grove.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

RITA GARDNER.  “They Were You.”  from the Fantasticks

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Brandywine River Museum. Chadds Ford, Pa. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Brandywine River Museum. Chadds Ford, Pa. By Paul Goldfinger © Brandywine River Series. 2013.  Silver gelatin darkroom print.  Tri-X.

THE FANTASTICKS:

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St. Remy, France. By Paul Goldfinger ©

St. Remy, France. Silver gelatin darkroom print.  By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click on the image to enlarge this chateau.   Blogfinger.net

 

EVA CASSIDY:   “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” from her album Imagine.

 

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NYC Street Series. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger ©

NYC Street Series. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge

IVY BENSON AND HER ALL GIRLS ORCHESTRA  (A 1940’s group from England)

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