Posts Tagged ‘A portrait of Eileen’


Eileen. Age 16. Machine photograph. © Reposted from 2016.

KEN PEPLOWSKI and FRIENDS    “All the Things You Are.”  (From The International All Stars Play Benny Goodman.)

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Eileen somewhere in France, riding bareback. Paul Goldfinger photo

Eileen somewhere in France, riding bareback in the rain. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Reposted from 1 year ago.

This is WOLFMAN JACK  sending out this song by ROSIE and the ORIGINALS for Eileen who is exploring Indian country with her sister Hope in New Mexico. She is busy looking for  turquoise and for the spirit of Georgia O’Keefe.

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

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


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On the ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Paul Goldfinger photo © Undated. Silver gelatin darkroom print.

On the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. Paul Goldfinger photo © Undated. Silver gelatin darkroom print.

Martha’s Vineyard is a beautiful island paradise.  We visited friends there, but we learned never to go when the President of the United States was vacationing.  He brings so many people with him, including staff, security, press and others; it’s as if an invasion had occurred.  It’s even impossible to ride a bike in Edgartown, the quaint capital.

You can make a reservation and take your car on the ferry.  Or, it you are spirited and in good shape, just take your bicycle–or rent one.  And don’t forget that there is a fascinating Camp Meeting ground on the island   (Oak Bluffs), complete with cute cottages and traditions such as Illumination Night.



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Eileen. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Eileen. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

DICK HYMAN (ORGAN) AND RUBY BRAFF  (cornet)    From their album:  America the Beautiful.   “I’ve Grown Accustomed to her Face.” (From My Fair Lady.)  Click on music player below and then keep reading.

Ruby Braff was about 5 feet tall. He was from New York,City but he often played in Jersey, including the Monmouth County Library* (Eastern Branch) Sunday jazz series.    He took up the cornet because a trumpet was too large for him.

According to Jack Livinsgtone of the Monmouth County Library, Braff was an unusual character.  One time there was a Sunday blizzard, and Braff called and said “Are you crazy, I’m not coming to that #@&* place in Jersey.”  But then he walked in later and said, “Where is everybody?”

Dick Hyman was the musical director for many of Woody’s movies, and we heard him and Art Topilow (a Jersey Shore pianist)  perform live a few years back at the Axelrod Theater in Deal.

*Source Jack Livingstone of the Monmouth County Library speaking at the Jewish War Veterans meeting at the JCC in Deal on Oct. 28, 2016.  If you like jazz in Jersey, here is a link to the New Jersey Jazz Society     www.njjs.org

Here is a link to another post on Blogfinger (2014) with these two artists.  It is accompanied by a touching photo by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff:


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Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

BOBBY DARIN  from the Rare Capital Masters album:

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Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

ALYSHA UMPHRESS    From the show “On the Town”  (New Broadway Cast Recording).

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Eileen (r) and sister Hope. c. 1950's. Eastern Parkway.  Photo by Bernard Harkavy.

Eileen (r) and sister Hope. c. 1950’s. Eastern Parkway. Photo by Bernard Harkavy.

These days, when Hope visits us in Ocean Grove, people think they’re twins.   Magically, they both are now blonds.   The photographer, their Dad Bernie, served in WWII in Europe. He spent most of his life working in the Garment District in New York. He ran a showroom where he was into ladies sweaters.

About five years after this photo, the family moved to Dumont, New Jersey.  Bernie took a bus at the corner into the Port Authority. Their cat Sasha would walk to the bus stop to wait for him at the end of each work day.—–PG

JESSICA MOLASKEY   “Growing Pains”  This 1951 song by Arthur Schwartz (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics) was recorded by Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Orchestra.  Jessica’s version was made with the Pizzarelli clan backing her up.  Her husband is guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli.  (“I Like Jersey Best.”)

“One day your momma drops the hem of your skirt,
Next day you give up yelling, “What’s for desert?”;
You can’t explain it, but you’re one solid hurt,
Baby, you’ve got growin’ pains!”



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The wind blown look.  By Paul Goldfinger ©.

Eileen.  Go Navy.   By Paul Goldfinger ©.

KEVIN KLINE  with Cole Porter song written for the 1934 Broadway show Anything Goes.

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Central Park Zoo. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Central Park Zoo. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger ©   Last post was 2015.



KEN PEPLOWSKI  and FRIENDS (live.)  Ken is on clarinet. “All the Things You Are.”    (This song was written by Jerome Kern, melody; with Oscar Hammerstein III,  lyrics. It was for a 1939 Broadway show called Very Warm for May.)


“You are the promised kiss of springtime
That makes the lonely winter seem long
You are the breathless hush of evening
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song

“You are the angel glow that lights the star
The dearest things that I know are what you are
Someday my happy arms will hold you
And someday I’ll know that moment divine
When all the things you are, are mine”



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