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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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“Night Patrol” Paul Goldfinger © Click in the dark. Nov. 22, 2017 ©

 

NICKI MINAJ  from her album  The Pinkprint   “The Night is Still Young.”

 

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Staatsburgh, New York. Oct. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo.

Staatsburg,  New York. Oct. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click on image to enlarge.

BIG MAYBELLE   from her album Candy

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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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Sanibel Island Causeway. Feb.20, 2020. By Paul Goldfinger© Click to enlarge  (the photo, not you.)

 

STEPHEN SONDHEIM.   From Sweeney Todd:   “Johanna”  with Victor Garber vocal.

 

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#1 Asbury Park. October 4, 2014. B y Paul Goldfinger ©

Zombie Walk. #1. Asbury Park. Re-post. October 4, 2014.     #1  By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.  More from this series in the next several days.

FRANK SINATRA

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Drive-by religion in a suburban area of Ft. Myers, Fla.  McGregor Blvd. is a major street.   The electric message is much more prominent at night. The cross street is South Grove.

 

 

By Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger.net

 

THE BEATLES.   Paul McCartney wrote “The Long and Winding Road.” in 1970.

He said, ” I like writing sad songs, it’s a good bag to get into because you can actually acknowledge some deeper feelings of your own and put them in it. ”

This sign was placed at the side of the road by the man who lived there. When he died, the new owners planned to remove it, but the neighbors prevailed on him to keep it.  It is seen by many motorists every day no matter which direction they are headed, and, I imagine, it offers different messages to whoever glances in its direction.

 

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Paul Goldfinger. Ocean Grove boardwalk.  August, 2019. OG 150th anniversary event. © Click to enlarge.

 

 

TEDDY THOMPSON.   From the Leonard Cohen movie I’m Your Man.

 

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Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Trinity Church.  Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to further illuminate.

LOUDON WAINRIGHT III   (From HBO’s Boardwalk Empire)  “Carrickfergus”

 

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Paul Goldfinger in Asbury Park. Dec. 5, 2019. ©

 

JACK NICHOLSON:   “La Vie en Rose” from the soundtrack of the film Something’s Gotta Give.

“La Vie en Rose” was the song that made Piaf internationally famous, with its lyrics expressing the joy of finding true love and appealing to those who had survived the difficult period of World War II.[9]

 

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