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JACK ALBIN:   1920’s music from The Hotel Pennsylvania

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Stick your neck out on a Cookman Saturday night. July 24, 2021. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

 

JANN ARDEN     From the soundtrack of My Best Friend’s Wedding.

 

 

 

Greenleaf Park is at the  corner of New York Avenue, Mt. Tabor Way and Mt. Carmel Way.   Paul Goldfinger photograph © 7/17/17. Ocean Grove, NJ.    Click to enlarge the magic.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.   Re-post from July, 2017.

 

In a prior Blogfinger post  I said this about the park above:

“Another park which has puzzled me is the one bounded by New York Avenue, Mt. Carmel Way and Mt. Tabor Way.  I like to walk through it on the way past the tents to arrive by the Beersheba Fountain, near the Great Auditorium. It’s a beautiful shady place, but what’s its name?  It turns out that it is “Greenleaf Park.”

 

I went there today  at 5:30 pm during a warm Monday twilight in July.  The light was dappled as it trickled through the leaves, moving with the breezes.

Monday early evening is quiet and peaceful. There  is little traffic and plenty of parking.  If you walk past the tents, as I did on the way through this park, I could hear Gordon Turk playing the Hope Jones organ.  The music carried from the Great Auditorium and was soft and sweet.

In the park I was attracted to a Victorian house with blue siding. The color was soft in that light, but there was no magic. A National Geographic photographer once told me that he would stay still in a beautiful location hoping that something would happen to add “magic” to the image. Usually that would be the arrival of a person.

Just then a woman came by with her dog. She was walking quickly, but there was something about her presence.  All I got was one exposure.

As she came by I said to her, “I just took your picture.”

She was pleased by that news.  She commented on how lovely the park was just then. It seems that she is a new Grover who came here to start a new life.

She said, “It’s magical here. I love this town. It saved me.”

I said, “You have to actually live here or spend some time to understand that there are moments like this that are alive and wonderful.”

I gave her a BF card hoping that one exposure would be good, and it was.

But, if our town is at its most magical when it is quiet and dreamy and inspirational and beautiful, then why in the world would we allow the Neptuners, the Chamber of Commerce, and the CMA  to encourage us to be overrun with tourists and crowds and cars and condominiums and commercialism?

 

THE MAVERICKS:

Portrait of Eileen

Eileen. c. 2014 in Ocean Grove. Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©

Eileen. c. 2014 in Ocean Grove. Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©

COUNT BASIE AND JOE WILLIAMS:

 

From Jean Bredin on July 27, 2021:   “Tonight’s setting sun over Heck Avenue captivated me.  It was a huge ball of fire.  I thought of the song ‘Red Sails in the Sunset.’ ”

 

Photo by Jean Bredin. Ocean Grove. 7/27/2021.

 

ENGLEBERT HUMPERDINCK:

 

Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. May, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. May, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge

 

FATS WALLER

Santa Barbara colors

Santa Barbara, California. 1993. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Santa Barbara, California.  Pfizer Labs international calendar contest winner for June, 1994. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  Click to enlarge.

 

 

JONI MITCHELL

 

Just in time…..

 

Paul Goldfinger photo. Bridgefest. Ocean Grove.
June 2021. ©

 

 

TONY BENNETT LIVE IN CARNEGIE HALL WITH THE RALPH SHARON ORCHESTRA.

 

 

 

Mt. Hermon, Israel. Photo source: The Children’s Village of Jerusalem

 

 

Mt. Tabor, Israel. near the Sea of Galilee.  It is the site of a biblical battle between the Israelites and the army of the Canaanites.

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor Blogfinger.net.

The founders of Ocean Grove named some streets at the North End after actual elevated geographic sites in Israel.  They were admirers of the Israelites and the Holy Land and they had a model of Jerusalem  (1881)  where the Auditorium Pavilion is now.  Some called Ocean Grove “Jerusalem-By-the Sea.”    The holiness movement strived to declare OG a holy city.

 

Postcard. Boston Public Library.

 

All those North End streets say “Way” as part of their street names;  for example, Mt. Hermon Way, and some refer to that part of Ocean Grove as “the mountains of OG.”

 

Mt. Hermon Way. Paul Goldfinger photo.

 

Mount Hermon is a mountain cluster found  between Syria and Lebanon, but its southern aspect is found in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in the north.  Its highest point is 9,232 feet.

Mt. Tabor is the site of a major battle in ancient times where 10,000 Judeans  (Jews)  were killed fighting their enemy.

Mt. Zion is a hill near Jerusalem.

Mt. Carmel is a mountain range near Jerusalem.

 

HAGEVATRON:    “Jerusalem of Gold.”  From the album “23 Most Famous Israeli Folk Songs.”  Sung in Hebrew.   Written by Naomi Sherer in 1967

 

 

A gaggle of Princeton coeds at Nassau Gate. April, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo © A gaggle of Princeton coeds at Nassau Gate. April, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger  (Re-post from 2015, but still relevant.)

 

The last time we tried to bring up a controversial subject about women on Blogfinger, ie objectification of women in our society, the response from women in the BF audience was underwhelming. But maybe that topic was too abstract or just not relevant.  The latter was my opinion.

Last week I was listening to Dennis Prager, a radio talk show host who likes to discuss cultural issues.  He said that he met a bright young woman in her twenties doing security work in Israel.

He asked her if she were married, and she said, “No.” She gave the same reply when asked if she had a boyfriend.

Then he asked her, “Would you like to have a boyfriend?”

And she replied, “No, I would like to have a husband.”

I thought that was a fascinating reply and so did Prager. He and his audience had a lengthy discussion on the subject; once a week he has a “male/female hour” on his show.

Prager thought that few woman in America in that same demographic would reply the way the Israeli did because our college age women seem to want to “play the field” and delay commitment while they pursue careers.

Prager was critical of the American approach saying that it was flawed in terms of what’s best for society and what’s best for women, and especially because, according to him, the best time for a woman to find a husband is when she is in college.

A few days ago, the NY Times mentioned an article by Maureen Dowd where she interviewed many women working in Hollywood. One of the quotes interested me regarding our topic today. It is a quote by Amy Heckerling, a writer and director for the movies.

She said, “I can’t stand most of the movies marketed to women. They are all about finding guys and weddings, weddings, weddings. I don’t care about weddings.”

Then, I told a friend about Prager’s remarks , and he was incensed saying that Prager was being condescending and was clinging to old fashioned ways of viewing American women.

I thought that Prager was correct as far as college being a good time to “find a husband,” but, notwithstanding that observation, contemporary American women have different priorities and life-schedules than one or two generations ago.

So what do you think?

 

BILLIE HOLIDAY

 

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