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“I’ll take Manhattan.”   Central Park in early spring (April 22, 2014) by Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net


By Paul Goldfinger, Poetry editor @ Blogfinger.net.   Re-post from March, 2018.


This song is dedicated to those New York poets who enhance our e-pages with their art.  Charles Pierre and George Held often reference New York City in their poetry.

Both of them have sent us offerings set in early spring as crocuses emerge from the snow and as a poet finds nocturnal inspiration in a City park,  but I am waiting till all the nor’easters fly with the birds to other locales.

I try to make the reality of life provide a backdrop for their work when it is presented on Blogfinger.

The song below, sung by 5 time Grammy nominee jazz singer Karrin Allison from her album Collage,  was written by jazz bassist and songwriter Jay Leonhart.  I believe Jay is the bassist on this recording.

I have heard Jay perform live  on a number of occasions, and he is known for singing his original and funny songs while playing his upright bass. Sometime he works alone—singing while accompanying himself.

Jay Leonhart has played bass with all the greats, including Sinatra, Gerry Mulligan, Marian McPartland, Tony Bennett and so many others.

I suspect our BF poets will enjoy this song called  “Robert Frost.”  It’s wonderful!



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Central Park near Bethesda Fountain. Paul Goldfinger photo.©

Central Park near The Lake.  Eileen Goldfinger  photo.©  Click to enlarge.


BETH ROWLEY   from the film “An Education.”


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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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Paul Goldfinger ©. Central Park. 2014.


BUDDY HOLLY  with one of the sweetest songs to come out of the 1950’s.  He wrote this for his wife, 4 months before he died in a plane crash.

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August 2014. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger © click image to enlarge.

August 2014. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger © click image to enlarge.


RICHARD BURTON  from Camelot.

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Central Park. c. 1970. Paul Goldfinger ©   NYC Street Series.



From Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Broadway cast. Stephen Sondheim


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Central Park. By Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. ©

Central Park. 2013.  By Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. ©  Click image for larger version.

JOHN BARRY   From the motion picture “Somewhere in Time”

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Central Park. Silver gelatin print. NYC street series.


PAUL SIMON AND DION:   “New York is My Home”   From the album Stranger to Stranger.


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Central Park c. 1972.  Paul Goldfinger © 


haiku by George Held.


Winter lingers—–

fingers of spring still wearing

woolen gloves





This haiku was originally published at Haikuniverse.com ©  2019

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Central Park, summer, 2014.  Click image to enlarge


KENNY VANCE.   “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

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