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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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Upper East Side. August, 2014. NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger ©

Upper East Side. August, 2014. NYC Street Series by Paul Goldfinger ©

BETTE MIDLER  from her album   The Girls

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SOHO. NYC on a sunny September day--2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

SOHO. NYC on a sunny September day–2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  (yes, it’s a pay phone:  number please)



SONGS FROM THE STREET VOL 1  “Five People in my Family”


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Washington Square Park. Paul Goldfinger photo © undated.

Washington Square Park. 1997.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©  NYC Street Series



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Yorkville. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click left to enlarge

Yorkville. NYC Street Series. By Paul Goldfinger. © Click to enlarge.


THE BEE GEES.  From the original cast album of Saturday Night Fever.


“Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother

You’re stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive

Feel the city breakin’ and everybody shakin’

I’m a-stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive”


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New York City street series. August, 2012. Click image for full screen view.
By Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net

SOUNDTRACK:  Blossom Dearie has something to say about this:

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Midtown. NYC Street Series.

Midtown. NYC Street Series. 2013.    By Paul Goldfinger.  ©  Click music and then the image  for full view   Re-post from 2013.

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW.  “Back Home Again.”  From the album The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver:

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"I want that one..." By Paul Goldfinger. Flushing, Queens Chinatown. October 2012. Click left for full view. Copywrite 2012

“I want that one…” By Paul Goldfinger. Flushing, Queens Chinatown. October 2012. Click for full view.©   Click back arrow to return.

Text and all photos by Paul Goldfinger, egg roll editor @Blogfinger.

Flushing is an area in the borough of Queens. It was founded in the 17th century by the Dutch. In the 20th century, until 1970, the population was mostly Italian and Greek. Now it is home to a huge Asian community including one of the largest Chinese districts outside of Asia. Also there are many Koreans as well as South Asians such as Indians and Sikhs.

The Chinese food markets are huge and fun to walk through with all the unusual choices—especially produce and seafood. Much of the fish are alive in big tanks. It is the ultimate in fresh fish, just behind actually catching it yourself. I heard that Japanese tuna fishermen like to slice a hunk of sushi right on deck after catching a big one.

So we went to Flushing with some Chinese friends who led us around like two tourists in Shanghai. It was great fun. I noticed that most of the people were in a hurry. They seemed to be focused, not looking around much or stopping to chat. What does that mean? Who knows? I didn’t even know what to order in a restaurant. Our friends took care of choosing the dim sum. Everything tasted wonderful but one item that was fried omentum–or something like that.

SOUNDTRACK: This song is from Flower Drum Song, original London cast album. It’s about Chinatown, only this one is on the left coast. “Dong dong, you’re in Hong Kong:”

Here’s a slide show : Just click on one photo, and the display will change to something more user friendly, compliments of WordPress. com; Follow the large arrows.

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August 2014. A girl in her summer clothes. Central Park, Upper East Side. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to see her tug on her dress. Was she primping for the photographer? Is she with the others, and what does the little smile mean?  Ask Paul McCartney—he wrote the song and included the piccolo.


“Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies
Penny Lane.”



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Central Park carousel. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger ©  Has 57 hand carved horses and is over 100 years old. It still runs.

TONY BENNETT AND MICHAEL BUBLÉ:  “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore”  (A tribute to carousel horses who are currently immobilized)

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