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Italy. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Italy.   By Paul Goldfinger © Undated. ©  Re-post from 2014 on Blogfinger.net  Passover and Easter are approaching.


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.



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By Paul Goldfinger

Last Christmas a young lady gave her heart to a slick, fast talking ski instructor.  She was swept off her feet and wound up on a bear rug at the lodge. But she couldn’t help herself, and after a long night of mistletoe, jollies, and egg nog, she found herself alone by an open fire, surrounded by chestnut shells and with Jack Frost nipping at her toes.  When she regained her poise, she swore not to make that mistake again, but guess what’s going to happen this Christmas?

Here are the Puppini Sisters relating this sad story.  Hopefully there is a lesson to be learned: This Christmas be careful whom you allow to jingle your bells.

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Paul  Goldfinger, Editor Blogfinger.net.  Re-post from May, 2012. Eileen’s Ocean Grove garden.

We bought a honeysuckle plant about four years ago for our little OG garden  which has a shady northern exposure and looks toward Asbury Park. The nursery expert told us that it needs sunshine, but we really wanted one, so we got it and planted it where it gets partial sun, from the west, late in the day.

Fast forward to now, and it is blooming nicely, thank you very much.  There are over one hundred varieties, but this one has funny looking orange flowers.  Some would call it a bush and some would call it a vine, but you can call it Al.  Anyhow, it is vining its way over the top and then through the  chain link fence to Meredith’s yard where she gets to enjoy it also.

: This song, “Honeysuckle Rose,”  is a jazz standard, performed by many of the greats. But we chose Jenna Mammina because we like her style (think Blossom Dearie,) but also because of the unique confectionery way that she enunciates “honeysuckle rose.”   PG

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. “Summer Tents”–anybody creeping around?
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Re-post from 2012.

We have been having, according to Kathy Arlt, a bit of a “tent festival” on Blogfinger.  We have slow dancin’ in a tent and then Kathy’s historical account of tenting in the Grove.  Then we have the Hebrews sleeping in tents as part of the Passover story.

Well, it seems that throughout history, some hanky panky finds its way into somebody’s tent.  It sure did occur when the Sheik of Araby showed up, creeping around the campground.  Here’s Asa Prebner, even though he’s no sheik.   Asa is a rocker, and this is from his Session Americana album

—Paul Goldfinger


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Ocean Grove at night.  Concert.   By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net © 2012.

SOUNDTRACK:  Aaron Weinstein  (violin)   “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”

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Washington Square Park. August, 2012. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. Copyright.

Washington Square Park. August, 2012. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click for full view.


ALICIA KEYES:  “Empire State of Mind (Part II).  Broken Down.”  From the album The Element of Freedom.


“Even if it ain’t all it seems, I got a pocketful of dreams
Baby, I’m from New York
Concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothing you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Hear it for New York, New York, New York!”


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Channel District. Tampa, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger

If you eat French food, you need a little French music : “Que Reste T-il De Nos Amours”  (tr.   What remains of our love?   By  Charles Trenet)

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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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Eydie Gormé


Eydie Gormé passed  away in 2013 at the age of 84  (1928-2013).  She became a star at the age of 22.  She had  one of the best voices in popular music. This article is re-posted from August 2013 @Blogfinger.net.

She was born in the Bronx to immigrant parents from Sicily and Turkey. She was fluent in Spanish, and later in her career her Spanish language recordings were more popular than the ones in English.  She became an international star.  Unknown-2

Eydie Gormé performed for most of her career with her husband Steve Lawrence, and everyone knew them as “Steve and Eydie.”  They were a huge draw in Las Vegas.

Her biggest hit was “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” but here is one of the number one recordings she had in Spanish—in this case recording with the “Trio Los Panchos.”

EYDIE GORMÉ WITH THE TRIO LOS PANCHOS:  “Amor”  This  album is one of her most enduring.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Next August, 2021, at the Axelrod Theater in Deal, Steve and Eydie’s son David Lawrence will be presenting the music of his parents. He will have a songstress performing with him.   Steve Lawrence is 85 years old (1935-) and lives in California.

Steve Lawrence and his son David. 9/19/20.

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Thornley Chapel, Ocean Grove, New Jersey (1889). By Paul Goldfinger.

The Dixie Cups know where they’re going:

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