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—Paul Goldfinger, Editor, Blogfinger.net

Some songs really need to be performed with a vocalist because the lyrics are so beautiful.  And that is true for the jazz classic “All the Things You Are.”  It was written in 1939 for a show called “Very Warm for May.”

Jerome Kern wrote the music while Oscar Hammerstein II wrote the words. These two musical geniuses collaborated for many great songs.  Here are some of the lyrics from the verse, so you can see how remarkable the words are:

 

“You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long
You are the breathless hush of evening
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song
You are the angel glow that lights a star
The dearest things I know are what you are
Some day my happy arms will hold you
And some day I’ll know that moment divine
When all the things you are, are mine”

But the music is so gorgeous on its own, that in the hands of a great jazz musician you can get this—Dizzy Gillespie and his sextet, recorded in 1945.

Dizzy Gillespie. (1917-1993). One of the most innovative jazz musicians, especially in be-bop and Latin jazz.

 

 

BONUS TRACK:  This time with the words.  Carly Simon from her 22nd album “‘Moonlight Serenade.”  (2005)

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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 movie-making as done by a master, even if viewed as still images.  The acting is great, especially with the stunning 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 teen-aged Deborah (played by Jennifer Connelly) is practicing her ballet moves while wearing a tutu. Noodles (later played by Robert DiNiro) is watching her through a small portal in the wall.

The whole scene is done as if in slow motion, and the music playing then is the song “Amapola.”  The clarinet carries the solo while a violin plays the counter melody. A lone guitar provides the rhythm. The total effect is exquisitely beautiful.

 

This version of  “Amapola”  is done in a nearly identical  tempo and effect as in the movie, although this cut, by Stuart Matthewman, is from the soundtrack of another film called Twin Falls, Idaho.  

 

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Ocean Grove Christmas. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove Christmas. By Paul Goldfinger ©

NANCY LAMOTT

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Paul Goldfinger,  Editor. Blogfinger.net

If you attend an organ recital at the Great Auditorium or one of the more complicated classical performances such as the Verdi Requiem, you realize that there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of people who will enjoy this type of music in Ocean Grove. Classical music seems to go well with Sunday mornings; maybe because it has been performed so often in churches over the centuries.

This piece is from 17th century Italy. The echo parts remind me of the rear organ register in the Great Auditorium.

The performance is by a group that plays period instruments. Giovanni Fontana (1571-1630) was a composer of Baroque works. He wrote 18 sonatas and he died during a plague in Padua.   —Paul Goldfinger

 

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Tuscany. c. 1996. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for larger view

Cinque Terre, Italy.   c. 1996. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for larger view. Re-posted from 2013.

 

HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO. “Souvenir de Villingen” from the album Yerba Buena Bounce  (composed by Stephane Grappelli)

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By Eileen Goldfinger  (food editor at Blogfinger)

4 cups fish broth
1 cup water
6 ounces halibut, cut in 2 inch pieces
4 extra large sea scallops
7 ounces cooked lobster meat
1/2   32 ounce can San Marzano whole tomatoes, hand crushed
1 sweet onion, diced
1 Anaheim pepper, seeded, diced
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
pinch of sea salt or kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
10 large leaves of Swiss chard,  remove center stem, slice leaves in 1/2 inch strips
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Use a heavy 5 quart Dutch oven with a lid.  Heat oil on medium heat, then add diced onions. Cook onions until they begin to soften, approximately 10 minutes.  Add the Anaheim peppers, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper;  stir and cook for another 10 minutes.  Lower the heat to medium-low, add the garlic and cook for another 3 minutes.  Add the crushed tomatoes, return the heat to medium and cook for an additional 10 minutes

Remove fish from refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature.

Add the broth, water and Swiss chard to the pot, stir, bring to a boil, cover the pot, lower heat so the liquid simmers and cook for 45 minutes.

Taste the soup and adjust seasoning.

Add halibut to soup and cook for 5 minutes.  Next add scallops to soup and cook for 7 minutes.  Finally, add lobster and cook for 2 minutes.

Serve with grilled Ciabatta bread and sautéed slices of polenta.

Serves 2

Cook’s note: A more economical version could substitute any solid white fish such as cod loin for the halibut. The lobster could be replaced with shrimp.  A good wine with this is Cavit’s Pinot Grigio  (from Italy) served chilled. It is inexpensive and quite delicious.

Editor’s note:  This recipe is 100% heart healthy. Fish is a nutritious protein source which contains no saturated fat and very low amounts of total fat. Lobster and scallops are shellfish which contain only small amounts of cholesterol.  All these fish components are heart healthy due to their fish oils. Note that the cooking oil chosen is olive oil, which is a “good oil” high in monounsaturated fat.  Swiss chard is high in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.    This recipe originally posted on Blogfinger in 2011.  PG

MUSIC: To play while you enjoy your Italian Fish Soup by candlelight :  Puccini, from La Boheme, “Musetta’s Waltz”–Kiri Te Kanawa:

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Thornley Chapel. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. ©  By Paul Goldfinger.  2012.

 

SOUNDTRACK:  The London Philharmonic and Choir

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New Orleans beignets, fresh made, at the Lakes Park Farmers Market in Fort Myers, Florida. by Paul Goldfinger. Originally posted in August, 2012.

 

SOUNDTRACK:  It is difficult to try to find music to compliment this photograph of a beautiful and expressive child.  What words would convey the right description of the moment?  In the end, I thought of how her parents and family must think about her.

So I chose the lovely song “You’re My Everything” by Harry Warren (1931,)  but I wanted it performed by a jazz musician with the words  aside, because  a jazz performance allows us to give the music its own meaning if we want to.

Yet the poetic words of this song do fit the theme and the music.  It’s your option as to how to experience this song:

“You’re my everything underneath the sun

You’re my everything rolled up into one

You’re my only dream, my only real reality

You’re my idea of a perfect personality.”

“
You’re my everything, everything I need,

You’re the song I sing and the book I read.

You’re a way beyond belief and just to make it brief
.

You’re my winter, summer, spring, my everything
.”

 

Here’s The Miles Davis Quintet from the “‘Round Midnight” album.  Miles solos on trumpet (or is it flugelhorn?)

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Thousand Islands, Canada. Award winning image (Pfizer Labs national calendar contest) by Paul Goldfinger

 

 

Theme Music:  Cavalleria Rusticana,  Intermezzo— by Pietro Mascagni.  Featured in “Raging Bull” and “Midsummer’s Night Dream.”

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Autumn, Scotrun, Pennsylvania. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full image. Copyright 2012.

Autumn, Scotrun, Pennsylvania. By Paul Goldfinger. Left click for full image. Copyright 2012.

There’s a town in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania, near the Delaware Water Gap, called Scotrun. John and Jean live up a curved country road named after the family that settled that area. It’s called Krantz Hill Road. You drive up the hill and pass old barns and houses, spread apart. Hunters track deer in that part of the country. When deer season starts, schools are closed so the kids can join in. It starts with bow season, and then the guns appear.

John and Jean have a long driveway that rises to their home which was built in the 1930′s and sits on a hill. It’s a perfect house for that property which consists of woods and fields. They can relax in their living room and see the Gap. (No, not the store at the mall.)

They also can see the deer moving through along with bear that prowl around the neighborhood. They have rigged up a bird feeder that the bears can’t reach, and quite a variety of birds migrate that way.

Delaware Water Gap taken from John and Jean’s porch in Scotrun. By Paul Goldfinger

Delaware Water Gap taken from John and Jean’s porch in Scotrun. By Paul Goldfinger

If you walk through those woods, you find old stone walls which are common through woodsy areas of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. John is a hunter whose field dog is a German short hair named Gillie who gets to run free through the woods around the house, until John calls him. John is a no-nonsense guy, and that dog comes right back when summoned.

SOUNDTRACK. “Snowstorm Suite III: Spring and Autumn” by the Hermitage Museum Orchestra conducted by Alexander Titov. The Suite is composed by Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998. Russian)

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