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“Michael” Paris, 1991. By Paul Goldfinger ©

SOUNDTRACK:    Django Reinhardt  “Brazil”

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Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah Georgia. by Paul Goldfinger©.  2012..

Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), the great songwriter and singer, was a fourth generation Mercer born in Savannah, Georgia. His family dates back to colonial times.

When he died, he was buried in the family plot at the Bonaventure Cemetery, a famous public location in Savannah. His mother is buried nearby. We visited their site on a rainy day in Georgia. The monument was beautiful that day with all the Spanish moss hanging down as the rain softly fell through the foliage.

Johnny Mercer’s grave has lyrics from his songs, but there is one that was so perfect — at his mother’s site (photo above) — It said, “My momma done tol’ me.”  This, of course is from his song (he wrote the lyrics, while Harold Arlen composed the music) to the great classic “Blues in the Night,”

BROOK BENTON.  “Rainy Night in Georgia.”

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net


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Atlantic Avenue. Delray Beach--east coast Fla By Paul Goldfingef

Atlantic Avenue. Delray Beach–east coast Fla By Paul Goldfinger

Elvis Presley: “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You:”

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This is from the film: “Kissing Jessica Stein. ” Drop a quarter into your computer.  —PG

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Make room (6 min. 34 sec) for this swinging disco number from 1976 by a group of brothers from New Bedford,Massachusetts.

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Saturday night. Ocean Grove, NJ By Paul Goldfinger

SOUNDTRACK.  Joe Venuti. This song is usually done with a trumpet lead—Louis A. mostly.  But Joe Venuti is something else altogether.  He uses a violin for the lead, with the trumpet coming in later. His voice sounds like a combo of two Louis—Prima and Armstrong.  PG

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Rabari tribal elder. 2010 India. Photo by Steve McCurry.


By Paul Goldfinger, Photography  Editor@Blogfinger.

Re-post from 2011 in order to make an update point.     Comments from 2011 are still interesting and include a 2019 update.  Feel free to offer 2019 comments.

From 1935-2009, professional photographers preferred shooting color with Kodachrome slide film  They appreciated the remarkable quality and vivid colors— as well as the archival properties of the film.

Because of the advent of digital photography, Kodak ended production in 2009.  Professional photographer Steve McCurry requested and received the very last roll of Kodachrome that was manufactured.  He traveled from New York City to India to obtain those last 36 exposures.  When he returned, he had the roll developed at a lab in Kansas, the last one in the world to be able to process Kodachrome. One of those images is shown above. The model is a tribal elder of the Rabari people who can be traced back all the way to Atilla the Hun.

Steve McCurry is a well-known photojournalist who has worked at National Geographic for 30 years. In addition, he has published books and he is a member of the renowned photo agency Magnum, based in New York City.  His most famous image is that of an Afghan woman who appeared on the cover of National Geographic Magazine in 1985.  Here is a link to an NPR report on McCurry dated today.  You can see his iconic image from 1985 as well as other amazing photographs.  NPR article about Steve McCurry

Currently, the tribal elder image on top is part of an exhibit entitled “Kodachrome: Images by Steve McCurry” at the Open Shutter gallery in Durango, Colorado.  If you go to the link below, you will see a Vanity Fair article about this topic including a slide show of all the images on that last roll.

The last roll of Kodachrome LINK

MUSIC:  Paul Simon with “Kodachrome”  (Today, October 13, 2011, is Paul Simon’s 70th birthday)

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June Christy (L) and Peggy Lee

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (Re-posted by popular request from 2012)

We don’t need to reproduce the lyrics when posting a song from the 1940’s.  The big bands all had vocalists who valued clear pronunciation. Frank Sinatra had to lose his Hoboken accent and he took diction lessons. He took great pride in the presentation of clear lyrics, and so did June Christy who sang with the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

Kenton performed big band jazz arrangements, and Ms. Christy was known as a jazz singer. As a college student in the 1960’s, I played in the FDU jazz band, and, although we were about done with the big bands, we loved to play those Stan Kenton charts.

June Christy (1925-1990) was from Decatur, Illinois. She started out as a band singer when she was 29 years old.  This song is from the album “Ladies of the 1940’s.”  And, all kisses aside, I decided on this song because it’s been a long, long time since we had a ’40’s era tune on Blogfinger.

Note the precision in Kenton’s sax section: 5 musicians sounding like one.


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By Paul Goldfinger  Re-post on Blogfinger from 2012.


Are men and women wired differently?  Perhaps you have seen the new HBO show “Girls.”  It’s tough but eye-opening.

So consider this conversation in the Paul Simon song “Quality,” below,  from the 1998 show “The Capeman”:

He:  The way you move
It’s got quality
Come on baby, let’s go downtown
Little girl, you sure look good to me
The way you move
It’s got quality
Come on baby now don’t be shy
Step in the light so I can see
The way you move
It’s got quality

She:  I want to know
Are you my beautiful young boy
Or just another love
Passing through my life
I need to know
Will you be my sorrow and my joy
And maybe one day soon
Will I be your wife.


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Lee Wiley (1908-1975) jazz singer. The song below is from the album “A Night in Manhattan”

Guys:  Here’s a lesson for you — never underestimate a woman’s intuition.  Lee Wiley has something to say on this subject.     —PG

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