Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Eight is a Gate*

Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

For Saint Irving

* For one interpretation of this phrase, see
  Sicilian Reflections (from this year's Feast
  of St. Irving Berlin on his dies natalis ).

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Soul Song

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:00 AM

Today's top New York Times obituary
mentions Irving Berlin's 1919 tune
"A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody."

("That's show business." — Berlin)

I prefer a different song —

Image-- 'Estas son las mananitas....'

Related material —

Garden of the Soul and
A Mass for Lucero.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday August 27, 2008

Filed under: General — m759 @ 6:23 AM
“One Shot”
Keynote Address,
 National Convention

Of the People,
by the People,
for the People

From the autobiography of Reba McEntire:

“…my major field of study was elementary education and my minor was music. I received my bachelor’s degree, but never taught school as my Mama and Grandma had done before me….”  —My Story, Bantam, 1994

From a notable production of  “Annie Get Your Gun” starring Reba McEntire:

“Doin’ what comes naturally….”
Irving Berlin

From Zenna Henderson’s first story of the People:

“Suddenly I felt her, so plainly that I knew with a feeling of fear and pride that I was of my grandmother, that soon I would be bearing the burden and blessing of her Gift — the Gift that develops into free access to any mind, one of the People or an Outsider, willing or not. And besides the access, the ability to counsel and help, to straighten tangled minds and snarled emotions…. It was the first time I had ever sorted anybody.”

— “Ararat,” in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October 1952 (reprinted in Ingathering, NESFA Press, 1995)

“You know, I spent 20 years in business. If you ran a company whose only strategy was to tear down the competition, it wouldn’t last long. So why is this wisdom so hard to find in Washington?

I know we’re at the Democratic convention, but if an idea works, it really doesn’t matter if it has an ‘R’ or ‘D’ next to it. Because this election isn’t about liberal versus conservative. It’s not about left versus right. It’s about the future versus the past.

In this election, at this moment in our history, we know what the problems are. We know that at this critical juncture, we have only one shot to get it right….

Let me tell you about a place called Lebanon– Lebanon, Virginia.”

— Last night’s keynote address at the Democratic National Convention

Related material

Map of Lebanon VA in relation to Bluefield WV, Pikeville KY, and Asheville NC

“The lunatic,
  the lover,
  and the poet
  are of imagination
  all compact.”
  — Shakespeare

For further details,
see the sons and
daughters of
Bluefield, Pikeville,
and Asheville.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Thursday January 13, 2005

Filed under: General — m759 @ 9:57 AM

Hope of Heaven

“Heaven is a state,
a sort of metaphysical state.”
— John O’Hara, Hope of Heaven, 1938

“The old men know
when an old man dies.”
— Ogden Nash

See also the five Log24 entries
ending with the 9 PM entry of
Tuesday, December 10, 2002.

From today’s New York Times:

“Joseph S. Frelinghuysen, whose memoir, Passages to Freedom, chronicled his escape from a prison camp in Italy during World War II, died on Saturday in Morristown, N.J. He was 92.”

A web page on the Indiantown Gap army camp quotes Frelinghuysen’s Passages to Freedom… He is describing July 1942, just before Frelinghuysen’s unit was sent overseas:

“In the last week of July, his wife Emily came to Indiantown to stay at the old Hershey Hotel so they could steal a few of the remaining hours together. He explained, ‘On my last night with Emily, she wore an evening dress with a full green and rose colored skirt, and I put on my best garrison uniform …. we had California champagne, lobster, and flaming crepes with ice cream. We danced to some old tunes; Cole Porter’s ‘Night and Day’ and Irving Berlin’s tunes from ‘Top Hat.’ Then they played a new one slowly, and a young girl sang the lyrics to ‘The White Cliffs of Dover.’ Noting that England had been at war for three years, he reminisced that it was a song that speaks of ‘love and laughter’ and ‘peace ever after.’ Nostalgically, he said, ‘We finished the dance in an embrace. She took my hand and we walked out through the lobby onto the terrace for a last look at the gardens in the pale light of a quarter moon.’ “

“Darkness and light,
the old man thought.
It is what every hero legend is about.
The darkness which is more than death,
the light which is love….”

Prince Ombra, quoted here on
the date of Frelinghuysen’s death,
Saturday, January 8, 2005.

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