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From the New York City Street Series by Paul Goldfinger © "He Neve Did THAT Before!"

Repost from the New York City Street Series by Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to make her larger.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

If you heard this song for the first time, as I did yesterday on the Jonathan Schwartz show on WNYC radio,  performed by cabaret star Rebecca Luker, you would never have thought that it was not written to be sung by a woman.  It certainly worked for Rebecca who was singing frankly about sex, love and betrayal.

I thought, “This is a gutsy song for her to do, but women are so outspoken these days about sex.”  Women used to be very coy on that subject, because it was part of the female allure to say little that is overt, but to be able to cover that waterfront with traditional female flirtatiousness and body language, while revealing their true interests only later in the course of human events.

My old friends from high school often remember the fifties and how, if we only knew that our female classmates  were as interested as we were,….oh well, getting back to Rebecca Luker, a beautiful chanteuse who was once Sarah Brightman’s understudy—-that speaks volumes on her qualifications.

So I liked this daring modern take on old themes.    I had posted Rebecca Luker once before on Blogfinger  with a song from “Wonderful Town.”  When I looked up today’s  music I discovered  that it was written for a review in 2005 called “Songs From an Unmade Bed.”  The show contained 18 songs written by different composers, and our featured song today, “He Never Did That Before,” was written by a woman, Debra Barsha.

But low and behold, I also found out that it was a  one man show and was about gay male relationships in New York City.

So here is Rebecca Luker, from her 2009 album Greenwich Time, singing  “He Never Did That Before.”

 

Rebecca Luker

 

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“Michael” Paris, 1991. By Paul Goldfinger ©

SOUNDTRACK:    Django Reinhardt  “Brazil”

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Camelia River. Southwest Fla.     Click to enlarge. By Paul Goldfinger. Ft. Myers

 

JOHN DENVER  “Fly Away.”  Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits.

 

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“After.” Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Paul Goldfinger  ©. 2012.

 

SOUNDTRACK.  Stanley Turrentine: “Then I’ll be Tired of You.”

This song was written in 1934 by Arthur Schwartz and E.Y. Harburg.  “Yip” Harburg wrote the lyrics and he is famous for writing the words for so many classics including “April in Paris” and all the lyrics for the Wizard of Oz—-“If I only had a brain….”

 

Wiki note re Yip Harburg:    Edgar “Yip” Harburg attended high school with Ira Gershwin.  They met over a shared fondness for Gilbert and Sullivan and worked on the school paper becoming lifelong friends.

According to his son Ernie Harburg, the Irish dramatist George Bernard Shaw taught his father that “humor is an act of courage,and dissent.”

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Untitled. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Untitled. September 2011.  Ocean Grove.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

RITA GARDNER.  “They Were You.”  from the Fantasticks

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By Paul Goldfinger, originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, originally published in the New England Journal of Medicine. ©

BEE GEES

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Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. © c.1995 (a la Eugene Atget)

Paris. By Paul Goldfinger. © c.1995 (a la Eugene Atget)

DANA BOULÉ.  “Parlez-moi d’amour”   From the film Midnight in Paris.

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Sanibel Island. Feb. 9, 2020. Paul Goldfinger ©. Click to enlarge. Monochrom 246.

 

VANESSA PARADIS.  From the soundtrack of Woody’s Fading Gigolo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paul Goldfinger ©. January, 2020.  Click to enlarge.

 

 

STEVIE NICKS.  “Landslide”.   Orchestra version live from Soundstage.  Album. The Soundstage Sessions.

 

“Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?”

 

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Walden, New York. October, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Walden, New York. October, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

BEVERLY KENNEY sings “That’s All.”

When we were up in the Hudson Valley in Millbrook, NY, we met a jazz bass player who was entertaining at the farmers’ market. He performed this song with great feeling. It was evident that he loved this music.

He said that he first heard it played at a jazz event, but it was done as an instrumental. He was taken with the melody and he learned the chords. Later he discovered that it had words.  (see  the bottom of the video below in the  Blogfinger “Turning of the Leaves” post )

Jazz man in Millbrook, NY

 

This song is also a favorite of mine. It is poignant and beautifully expressed. It is powerful in its simplicity.  Listen to the words.  You can understand every one as enunciated by Beverly Kenney.

“That’s All” was written in 1952 by Alan Brandt and Bob Hayes.  It is a jazz standard and has been heard in several movies including The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler.  Beverley Kenney died in 1960 at the age of 28.  —-PG

 

“I can only give you love that lasts forever,

And a promise to be near each time you call.

And the only heart I own

For you and you alone

That’s all,

That’s all…”

Unknown-1

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