Listening to Phoebe Snow “With A Song In My Heart.” Mmmm hmmm. Yes, Phoebe. If you know someone who covers this song better than my Phoebe, please tell me who it is. Perfect for being warm inside on a cold Sunday in the rain.
The title makes me hark back to the past, though. I hark easily. (My daughter can attest to this.) Readers, if you are old enough, let us give a nod together to the late Susan Hayward for her performance in the 1952 film of the same name. It's wonderful tear-jerker, based on the real-life story of Jane Froman, a well-known entertainer in the 40s and 50s. Ms. Hayward was nominated for an Oscar for her performance. I saw it at either the Tivoli or the Plaza theater in Laredo, Texas (they were kitty-cornered from each other). During the intermission before the 2nd “feature,” I was always so surprised to glance in the candy counter mirror and discover that I still looked like a little girl instead of the glamorous movie star I was sure that I had morphed into during the last hour and a half.
Here’s another hark for today: Does anyone remember archy & mehitabel, the unique characters created by Don Marquis in 1927?
No, I wasn’t alive in 1927, but the adventures of the cockroach who typed in the newsroom late and night and his unlikely pal, Mehitabel the cat, were going strong when I was growing up. The books are still available, and there is an excellent website here: http://www.donmarquis.com/archy/if you are not familiar with these tales and would like to sample a few.
Meanwhile, I’m off for my nap, but to quote Mehitabel:
there s a dance in the old dame yet
toujours gai toujours gai