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Thornley Chapel was built in 1889. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Silver gelatin print.

Thornley Chapel was built in 1889. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Silver gelatin print.

SOFIA PHILHARMONIC    “O Mio Babbino Caro”  from the opera (1918) Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini.

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Florence. Italy. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The Three Graces.    Florence. Italy.  Photo and silver gelatin darkroom print by Paul Goldfinger ©


ELVIS  COSTELLO.   From the movie Notting Hill.   The song is “She” written by Charles Aznavour, the French singer composer.

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Thermal spa in Montecatini, Tuscany , Italy By Paul Goldfinger ©

Montecatini, Tuscany , Italy By Paul Goldfinger ©


The old Tuscan hill town of Montecatini is famous for its thermal baths. You go there and walk around with your hands clenched behind your back, stopping to have a cup of their warm “curative” water.

You can take a warm bath, do some breathing treatments, listen to live classical music or just people watch, which is what we did.

Besides the water, you might want to try their Chianti and Brunello wines.  After all, red wine is also curative.


RONALD NALDI:  “O Paese d’O Sole.” (“Land of the Sun” from his album of Neapolitan music)

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Zorba's Brother. A plain jane diner style eatery on Nassau Street in Princeton. Zorba’s Brother—-a plain Jane diner style Greek restaurant on Nassau Street in Princeton. April, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor at Blogfinger.  Re-posted from  2015.

In Princeton, you expect eateries that reflect the Ivy League pedigree of the place. The fancy Nassau Inn is on Palmer Square in addition to a trendy coffee shop, a fine chocolate store and an ice cream parlor  that serves their goods on the soft side.  There also is a lacrosse store and a Barbour shop that carries high brow sporty clothes from England.

But  right across from that amazing opulent campus is Zorba’s Brother. It wasn’t crowded, but it was very appealing because of its simplicity. Music from the show Zorba played in the background.  We had Greek lemon soup and the lunch special—fish and chips. The coffee was so-so.  Have the Greeks forgotten how to make coffee?

Carl, my “date”  from Mt. Tabor Way, went with me to see a photography exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum. We walked on the magnificent campus and took some photographs. It was a glorious morning.   Those old buildings were accompanied by newly flowering trees, and it was all very lovely.  Everyone there seemed well behaved and most walked on the pathways instead of on the grass. No one smoked cigarettes and no one swore.

Small clumps of visitors were taking tours, and some high school kids got to sit on the tigers in front of Nassau Hall.

I saw a student with a violin and one with a cello.  So that’s how those two got in, thought I.  Two students came by on skateboards. Do they have a skateboard team at Princeton?  All those kids must have gold-plated extracurricular activites in their resumes.

Inside the museum, a guard warned us not to take pictures of the traveling exhibits.  Then he wanted to discuss race relations in America because I was looking at videos of the 1968 Chicago riots at the Democratic convention.

Carl and I stared at the naked gorgeous Diana who was up on a pedestal shooting a bow and arrow. She was hunting. I did a 360 around her, but didn’t dwell on it.  After all, this is Princeton!   But the Greeks did have naughty goddesses, and Diana’s SAT’s must have been quite good, and how many applicants can hit a rabbit at 50 yards with a bow and arrow while standing on one leg?

Diana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. At this time she was shooting for NYU. Internet photo. Diana at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has excellent form shooting on one leg. . Internet photo.

We  picked up a copy of the school newspaper which had a headline that said “U. appoints Graduate dean of diversity.” I’m not sure why only some words were capitalized.  Another headline said, “Associate dean of the college for programs of access and inclusion appointed by U.”

It seems that political correctness is in the limelight at U.  If any parents are planning to spend about 1/4 million bucks for their kid to go to Princeton, they might want to read that newspaper first.

Carl and I decided not to apply to the U.  Naked Diana is in the museum—-outrageous!

MIKIS THEODORAKIS      “Zorba the Greek”

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Milt Hinton on bass; Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar; Stefan Grapelli on violin. NJ Jazz Society. Paul Goldfinger photo © Milt Hinton on bass; Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar; Stephane Grappelli on violin. NJ Jazz Society. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

STEPHANE GRAPPELLI   “If I Had You.”  from the album Vintage Grappelli

“I could show the world how to smile

I could be glad all of the while

I could change the gray skies to blue

If I had you.”

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Bunche Beach. Southwest Fla. 5/13/20. Paul Goldfinger  Click to enlarge.



“If You Were Mine…”


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Paul Goldfinger. photo.  Sanibel Island. Undated ©  Click for back to black.



AMY WINEHOUSE:  from her album Back to Black



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Paul Goldfinger. Shelling. Sanibel Island, Florida. 2/7/20. Click to enlarge



DJANGO REINHARDT:     “Si Tu Savais”

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Naples, Florida. 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Naples, Florida. 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

SIMPLY RED   “Every Time We Say Goodbye”   from his album Simplified

This is one of my all time favorite songs. Words and music by Cole Porter for a stage show in 1944.

The lyrics are appreciated viscerally and down to your soul. One of the cleverest lyric lines in music occurs when it goes, “There’s no love song finer, but how strange the change from major to minor, every time we say goodbye.”

If  you listen carefully you might be able to appreciate the change in chord progression during that line from A flat major to A flat minor—a brilliant musical moment where the music and lyrics match exactly and the meaning is deepened by the chord change.

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American white pelican.  Paul Goldfinger ©. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Sanibel Island, Fla.  Feb. 12, 2020. Click to enlarge.



CHRISTOPHER van KAMPEN  from the original motion picture soundtrack of Quartet.   “Le Cygne.”





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