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SOHO. NYC on a sunny September day--2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

SOHO. NYC on a sunny September day–2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  (yes, it’s a pay phone:  number please)

 

 

SONGS FROM THE STREET VOL 1  “Five People in my Family”

 

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New York City street series. 2011. By Paul Goldfinger

New York City street series. 2011. By Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.

The Fleet Foxes are a rock group from Washington State.  This song “Montezuma” is from the TV series “Girls” on HBO. The music is from the season one soundtrack.  The Fleet Foxes are known for their lyrics and their harmonies.   The photograph is from Fifth Avenue in lower Manhattan.—-PG

“i wonder if I’ll see any faces above me
or just cracks in the ceiling
nobody else to blame?

“Oh man what I used to be
Oh man oh my oh me
Oh man that I used to be
Oh man oh my oh me”

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NY Times photo on May 27, from their review of Mad Men May 25, 2014.

Robert Morse performs.  NY Times photo on May 27, from their review of Mad Men, Re-posted. Originally 2014.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

This past Sunday, May 25, 2014 was the end of  6 1/2 seasons of the HBO series Mad Men, the wildly popular period piece about the advertising business in the 1960’s.  It’s been a very serious show, and one of the stars has been 83 year old Robert Morse, who plays the beloved senior partner of the firm McCann-Erickson who dies during this episode.  However Matt Weiner, the show’s creator, never forgot that Robert Morse, as a young actor, performed as a Tony winning song and dance man in the film/Broadway show How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.    

So it was a thrill when, at the conclusion of a superb  final episode for 2014, a moment of TV magic occurred as Robert Morse got to do a musical/dance number as part of a fantasy sequence.  It was such a wonderful surprise, something like a Woody Allen movie when a bunch of hospital patients break out into song in Everyone Says I Love You.    I was mesmerized and enthralled by the scene, wishing that it could go on longer.

The song “The Best Things in Life are Free” cast a moment of musical wisdom and joy onto the ending  (for now—7 more scenes in 2015) because it is a lyric with a message that is so special, especially in the context of the Mad Men story.

A commenter on the YouTube video, Molly, said,  “This was so beautiful and had me smiling the entire time. When I noticed he wasn’t wearing any shoes I started to tear up;    Mad Men is flawless.”

 

 

Here is the review from today’s NY  Times:

NY Times on Mad Men: The Musical

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OK, so it’s not Brazil—it’s Captiva Island in Florida. But I couldn’t resist this song by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (below). You will not be able to shake this song from your brain. Paul Goldfinger photo 2010.© Click left for bigger water.

SOUNDTRACK:   Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks  (Emmy winners for Boardwalk Empire)   —PG

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By Paul Goldfinger © October 17, 2013. Click left for full view

By Paul Goldfinger ©  2013. Click left for full view

CHAIM TANNENBAUM  with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks  (Vol. 2 Boardwalk Empire soundtrack)

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The Wheatfield. Over 20,000 men fought here on the 2nd day. There were 30% casualties. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The Bloody Wheatfield. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.   Over 20,000 men fought here on the 2nd day. Vicious hand to hand combat.  There were 30% casualties. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge. Originally posted in 2013 for the 150th anniversary of the battle.

 

Gettysberg, Pennsylvania. The only artillery at that location was the 1st New York, Battery D. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The only artillery at that location was the 1st New York, Battery D. Paul Goldfinger photo ©    Posted 2016.  Click to enlarge.

JAY UNGAR AND MOLLY MASON —Fiddle Fever:  Songs of the Civil War.  “Ashokan Farewell.”

 

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Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Perth Arena on October 23, 2014 in Perth, Australia.

Miley Cyrus performs her Bangerz Tour live at Perth Arena on October 23, 2014 in Perth, Australia.

Miley Cyrus is a 22 year old pop star who has been evolving from her kid-stuff role on the Disney Channel as Hannah Montana.   As she segues into a woman, some of her antics have garnered negative attention, but she was the host of Saturday Night Live on October 3, and her performance of the “Twinkle Song”  (shown below)  revealed her to be a vulnerable and emotional young lady who can dig deep into her soul and come up with a sensational heart-felt rendering of her new composition. —Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger

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Ocean Grove boardwalk. March 17, 2015. By Bob Bowné ©  Special to Blogfinger.

Ocean Grove boardwalk. March 17, 2015. By Bob Bowné © Special to Blogfinger.

Paul,

Maybe just a little too close for comfort!  That is a pit bull, isn’t it?

It was a ferociously breezy March Day ….but it was a beauty down on the O.G. Boardwalk…the old part!

Bob  (Bowné)

ST. VINCENT and  VINCE GIORDANO and the NIGHTHAWKS  (from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire)  with “Make Believe.”

Editor’s note:  It seems that Bobby is nostalgic for the real wooden boardwalks of yesteryear.  There still is a portion at the north end that is intact thanks to a bulkhead made of rocks. I think that wooden portion will be replaced when the north boardwalk is rebuilt (soon.)

But Bob knows about the feel and smell of real wood, even though it would be all stained and dangerous due to splinters.  Ow, ow, ow when it gets very hot.  But under the boardwalk the sand is cool and damp, and the light filters through between the boards.

But mostly, the wood reminds us of our youth.—-PG

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Ocean Grove.  February, 2015. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff©

True Blood in Ocean Grove?      February, 2015. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff©

BAD THINGS—The theme song —soundtrack  from the HBO series  True Blood.

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At the September 22, 2014 meeting of the Township Committee an Ocean Grover suggested that garbage pickups be reduced from two per week to one.  The idea is that the recycling program is so effective that money could be saved by changing the pick up frequency.  What do you think?

 

LITTLE APPLE BAND.  From Sesame Street:

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