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Chuck Berry died today.  He was born in St. Louis in 1926. Chuck Berry was a rock and roll pioneer.  This is reposted from Blogfinger in April, 2012.—-Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

 

 

 

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Tammy Scheffer

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

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St-Emilion, France. Growers of Bordeaux wine. by Paul Goldfinger © Silver gelatin print. Left click for full view.

St-Emilion, France. Growers of Bordeaux wine. by Paul Goldfinger © Silver gelatin print. Left click for full view.

RINA KETTY.  “J’attendrai”  (Trans:  I will wait)

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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

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Broad Street. Red Bank, NJ. Birthplace of Count Basie

Broad Street. Red Bank, NJ. Birthplace of Count Basie. By Paul Goldfinger © 2013.

SOUNDTRACK: “It Had to be You.” The Count Basie Orchestra.

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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

Maybe OG is the place to be now (especially if you also include the Asbury boardwalk). Paul Goldfinger photographs ©  2012.   Blogfinger.net

“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.)

Seaside Heights boards, October, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Seaside Heights boards, October, 2015. Hold onto your cheese balls and order the salad.     By Paul Goldfinger ©

The Broadway cast of Grease (1994)

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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

Loch Arbour. June, 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo.©  Originally posted here in August, 2012. Blogfinger.net

 

THE LIVING SISTERS:

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Italy.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Italy. By 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.

CLARINET CONCERTO IN A MAJOR, ADAGIO

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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

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