By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger (Re-posted from February, 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 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.
This Disney song is on everybody’s favorite list. When the Disney cruise ship comes into port, it is playing this song. But Tammy Scheffer, a young jazz singer, provides a new twist. Tammy was raised in Israel, but now she lives in Brooklyn, NY where she composes, teaches and performs a style of music which she calls “contemporary jazz.” She works with musicians who share her interest in finding new sounds and musical techniques. Our featured selection is from her first CD (2010) : “Wake Up, Fall Asleep.”
This song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” starts out with the melody, but then heads off into the starry night with an instrumental section featuring an alto sax and Tammy’s vocal interpretations. Then, at the end, it returns to earth with a soft landing.
Reposted from August 21, 2012 —By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net
An early scene in Stardust Memories from the PBS documentary about Woody Allen
By Paul Goldfinger
“Stardust Memories” (1980) was Woody Allen’s 10th film in which he acted and directed. It came after his biggest hit, “Manhattan” (1979), a gorgeous film which had won four Academy Awards. “Stardust Memories” is about a famous filmmaker who comes to a seashore retreat to celebrate his work. The movie is a serious effort that examines themes such as life, death, relationships and religion. It was shot in black and white by Gordon Willis, the famed cinematographer who also filmed “The Godfather.” Woody says that “Stardust Memories” is one of his favorite movies, but it bombed at the box office. The film was discussed during part I of the Woody Allen Documentary on PBS Sunday night.
Woody as Sandy Bates in Stardust Memories
The Great Auditorium exterior was used to represent the Stardust Hotel. Some other exteriors in OG and Asbury were also used, but other locations and studio venues participated. I think the Casino was used as a train station. Evidently, the electified cross was taken down since it needed repairs, and Woody paid for a new one after filming.
In the documentary, they showed some scenes from the film, and I managed to grab a few shots from the TV including two showing the GA.
Some of the peculiar characters in the film. The GA hotel in the background
So while we are on the subject of movies where local towns are mentioned, here is a favorite of mine, and the above article explains it all. It was last posted on Blogfinger in November, 2011.
MUSIC: From the Stardust Memories soundtrack. Louis Armstrong (recorded 1931) plays “Stardust.” The movie title is derived from the Stardust recording sessions (1931) where Louis, in an alternate take, said “Oh, memories” three times in succession. Woody liked the latter version for the movie title, but the version below was chosen for the soundtrack. (Do you care? Some aficionados actually do.) PG
Reposted from June, 2012. Includes a new 2015 Seaside Heights photograph and a new song.
For those of you who are from Jersey, you probably had your favorite shore town for summer fun. I came from Rutherford, and the RHS crowd went to Seaside Heights. It was a wild and sensual place, although there were some dangers. But it was teenage heaven, especially those summer nights and the girls. If only we were old enough to get into the “Chatterbox” where big name rock groups performed from Philly and elsewhere.
Where did you go for your Jersey Shore “Summer Nights?” —Paul Goldfinger
“Chase the wave or get a Carona? Chase the wave or get a Carona? Chase the wave or get a Carona? I’m thinking, I’m thinking!” PG photos 2012 (Click once to read the label; then back arrow when you stop looking.)
The Village of Loch Arbour, New Jersey was founded in 1958. According to the 2010 census, the population is 194. This photograph was obtained on a gorgeous June day at 7 pm—the “golden time” for photography. The image shows a group of homes arranged in a courtyard. It is reminiscent of Ocean Grove with historic houses going back to the early 1900’s. There is a porch culture like ours.
I spoke to a family sitting on their porch having a drink. The kids were doing cartwheels under a giant tree, and we met Mom and Dad, who is a volunteer fireman. The common areas are beautifully tended, and all the neighbors share that expense.
It seems like the kind of a place that would be a setting for a Jimmy Stewart movie. i got the impression that this is a neighborly place, so that explains the music selection for a town that calls itself a “village.” —Paul Goldfinger
The writing on top is in Hebrew. It is the blessing for lighting the candles on the eve of the Sabbath. If you try to read it, you need to go from right to left.
Is it wrong to mix these two religions in this post? I don’t think so. Religion in its most elemental form consists of people seeking God in one way or another. Candles give off light, just like the sun, the moon and the stars. All people share the gift of light, regardless of religion or no religion. So, as in this church, anyone can light a candle anywhere and find peace in the light.
And anyone can find God when listening to Mozart, even in the dark.
This song was written in 1954. Elvis recorded it as did Jay and the Americans and Teresa Brewer. Aaron Neville, a New Orleans singer musician recorded it in 1986, and it is in his album called “Orchid in the Storm.” The song is pretty and sad, and the title says it all: —-PG