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Circ Lapopie, southwest France. By Paul Goldfinger ©


HIGH HIGHS.  “Open Season” from the soundtrack of Pitch Perfect.


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Italy. By Paul Goldfinger. Undated.  This is the place to eat seafood.  Click to enlarge.   Silver gelatin darkroom print by the photographer. ©



PATRICIA PETIBON from the opera Rinaldo (Act 2)  by George Frideric Handel (1711) and written in Italian  ( a first for the English stage.)

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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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Mulberry Street, near Chinatown. By Paul Goldfinger © Sept 2013.

Mulberry Street, near Chinatown. By Paul Goldfinger © Sept 2013.  Click to enlarge.


Little Italy has been fading away for years. Yet you can still take a food tour there and visit family businesses that exist after more than one hundred years.

On Columbus Day,  the Italian-American community is celebrated —-Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.



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Still life: Money plant.   Paul Goldfinger. Chester, NJ. ©




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Sanibel Island, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Q2M. February 1, 2021.  Click to enlarge the creature.



LUND KORALLERNA  “Sankta Lucia”   From, a Swedish Christmas.


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


SOUNDTRACK:  The London Philharmonic and Choir

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Storm clouds over Washington, D.C.  Pictured is the US Capitol.  January, 1995. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Silver gelatin darkroom print by the photographer.


This photograph was taken in January 1995. I happened to be in D.C. during the week when the new (104th)  Congress took over on Jan 3.   The Republicans had big mid-term election gains.  They brought their “Contract With America” with them. Bill Clinton was President.

It was a bleak day, and I recall wondering what that might portend.

Now the 117th  Congress has convened, and a new president will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021, at noon in front of the Capitol.  Despite the recent mob assault, that building stands tall and strong, and hopefully the American people will surmount the difficulties and the foggy days which surely will be present.

In medicine, we always say that the patient comes first and “first do no harm.”

I always thought that in the end, politics will take a back seat to what is best for the nation. But now, I’m not so sure.


Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger




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Tuscan vineyards. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left for full view

Chianti vineyards. By Paul Goldfinger © Click image for full view


CLINT EASTWOOD.   “Doe Eyes”—The love theme from the Bridges of Madison County”— album version.

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Central Park. Silver gelatin darkroom print. Blogfinger.net. Undated.  Click on image to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor Blogfinger.net

GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA :  The song featured in the video below is “I Know Why and So Do You.”  It is from a 1941 movie called Sun Valley Serenade and it was a hit recording.  On the record label, the song is described as a fox trot.  Paula Kelly sang romantic the female solo.

The name of the song is intriguing —“I Know Why and So Do You.”    The language is one dimension removed from “I love you and you love me.”   The singer seems awfully sure of herself.    

The  lyric* in the song, “I’m in heaven when the music begins”  refers to how emotional ballroom dancing can be. Well, OK,  but that would have to be a marvelous dreamy slow dance.

Most  big band arrangements usually begin with the orchestra, with the celebrity musician leader often getting the earliest solo. Examples of that include Harry James (trumpet,) Benny Goodman. (clarinet)  and Tommy Dorsey  (trombone.)    Glenn Miller plays the trombone solo in this song, although an actor dubbed him in the  movie.   There also are some fine tenor sax and clarinet solos. 

Later in the arrangement a lovely vocalist takes the stage. It is an actress with Paula Kelly’s voice dubbed.   She performs on the recording with the all-male quartet The Modernaires. 

And a romantic movie plot line intertwines with this music in the film, where an actress roles her eyes while Paula Kelly’s solo is dubbed.   It looks like she has a bird’s nest on her head as she claims to hear Gypsy violins.   And the actor John Payne moves his lips for the male vocal.  Milton Berle has a bit part holding a cigar.

This music is heard but not seen in the 2018 soundtrack for the Oscar winning movie The Shape of Water which was set in 1962.

That movie won the Best Score during the 2018 Academy Awards.  Alexandre Desplat created a wonderful array of music for that movie.    Most of the musical moments were original except for a few special pieces including “I  Know Why and So Do You.” The latter, the Glenn Miller version,  was chosen to help out the romantic theme in this thriller film.

And now here is that same song as performed in the movie Sun Valley Serenade (1941) with Paula Kelly, The Modernaires , and Glenn Miller’s Orchestra .





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