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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Weekend Break From Politics

(If you must have politics, please keep scrolling)

A beautiful and poignant song written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn (arranged by Gordon Jenkins) from the 1966 Grammy Award winning album September of My Years:

The list of tracks on the album:

"The September of My Years" (Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn) – 3:12
"How Old Am I?" (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:30
"Don't Wait Too Long" (Sunny Skylar) – 3:04
"It Gets Lonely Early" (Van Heusen, Cahn) – 2:57
"This Is All I Ask" (Jenkins) – 3:03
"Last Night When We Were Young" (Harold Arlen, E.Y. Harburg) – 3:33
"The Man in the Looking Glass" (Bart Howard) – 3:25
"It Was a Very Good Year" (Ervin Drake) – 4:25
"When the Wind Was Green" (Henry Stinson) – 3:22
"Hello, Young Lovers" (Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 3:41
"I See It Now" (Alec Wilder, William Engvick) – 2:50
"Once Upon a Time" (Charles Strouse, Lee Adams) – 3:30
"September Song" (Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson) – 3:30

Bonus tracks included on the 2010 reissue:
"This Is All I Ask" - 3:49 (Live at Carnegie Hall, New York City, June 12, 1984)
"How Old Am I?" - 3:30 (1968 single version)


  1. Shakespeare, Sonnet 73

    That time of year thou mayst in me behold
    When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang
    Upon those boughs which shake against the cold,
    Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.
    In me thou see’st the twilight of such day
    As after sunset fadeth in the west;
    Which by and by black night doth take away,
    Death’s second self, that seals up all in rest.
    In me thou see’st the glowing of such fire,
    That on the ashes of his youth doth lie,
    As the deathbed whereon it must expire,
    Consumed with that which it was nourished by.
    This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,
    To love that well which thou must leave ere long.

  2. That's a great song AOW. We all need a break now and then. Hubby and I took a long, 333 miles, motorcycle ride to Ft. Pillow, a state park. Hubby is a history buff, civil war in particular. We had never been there and lived so close all these years.

    The weather was beautiful, clear sky, sunshine, a beautiful sunset behind us as we rode home. A little chilly at night, but we had all the right gear to stay warm. Just the two of us.

    Like you and Mr. AOW take your excursions, it is a good thing to get away from it all now and then.

    Right Truth

  3. Practically defines bitter sweet.

    AOW, I went to the Public Gardens looking for America.

    I think I found it. I didn't post half the keepers.


  4. Duck,
    I took a look at your most recent photos.

    The ones I particularly like: "Down boy," "Ducks" (Love those weeping willows -- a childhood homeplace thing for me!), and "Bulldog."

    Hey, what happened to that color photo that you flipped and posted? I don't see it now.

  5. That particular spot with the willows is an attractive area of the Gardens. You appreciate it more in "September".

    I missed the shot in "Down Boy". The dog had just tried to jump up on the woman with the baby. That wasn't her husband.
    Missed another one. I snapped the girl near the swans just after one bit her finger.

    I was shocked at the number of homeless sleeping out in the Commons just across the street. Not a sign of them in the Gardens.

    I meandered around quite a bit at random and kept bumping in to that busking couple in "Rest on the Flight from Egypt". Might be the best I've taken in a while. I'm going to have it professionally printed and framed.

    I took the color photo down partially because I have a 200 photo limit on Flickr and I'm close and partially because color is a fad.

    "Your first 10,000 photos are your worst."
    -- Henri Cartier-Bresson

    "Sharpness is a bourgeois concept."
    -- Robert Doisneau

    I love the french.

  6. Duck,
    I explained in a comment why I liked that color photo. I'm not particularly partial to color photos if street art; "Blow up" was an exception.

  7. About "The Princess Swan"....Now i know why the girl was so dismayed. Hehehe.

    Swans are notoriously temperamental -- and mean!

  8. Frankie could sing with remarkable sensitivity and depth. I always enjoy listening to him -- and have for more than sixty years.

    Where I live you can still hear some of his stuff played as background music in some of the restaurants -- fewer and fewer, and with less and less frequency unfortunately.

    ~ FreeThinke

  9. Funny! What you said about color, Ducky! I have always felt it was an intrusion into cinematic art, and a vulgarization thereof.

    I can't explain why, but most of the movies I have found particularly appealing were shot in black and white.

    Travelogues and nature films are a notable exception.

    ~ FT

  10. When Sinatra does "One for My Baby" it may be even better than Billie Holiday's version, Freethinker.

    And that's saying something.

    B&W in film is becoming a lost art, Freethinker. It has to be lit in a completely different manner.
    The differentiation of objects and the frame depth require a different technique.

  11. I have several favorite Sinatra tunes.

    "One for My Baby" has to be in my personal top 5!

    I had the privilege of seeing Sinatra perform that song twice in person. It was a large venue, but the large size didn't matter for that song. I felt as if I were in a piano bar.

    By the second time I saw Sinatra live, his pipes were not what they once were. That didn't matter at all when he sang "One for My Baby."

    Back in the day when I studied voice, my teachers used Sinatra's phrasing as THE model. Still holds true for me.

  12. FT,
    Some of the most poignant music that Sinatra ever recorded was after his breakup with Ava Gardner. The haunting sound in his voice -- a heart breaker!

  13. BTW, recently the twenty-somethings and even those a big younger have recently "discovered" Sinatra, particularly the tune "That's Life."

  14. FT,
    Films in b&W rule!

    I first think of The Grapes of Wrath. Wouldn't have worked at all in color.

    Gone with the Wind is the opposite; we must have it in color.

  15. Thersites,
    There is Shakespeare verse for EVERY occasion!


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