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May 20, 2008


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Love your posts, dear Elizabeth, this one most of all, because it got me thinking whether I agree with the top three ranking ("Over the Rainbow," "As Times Goes By," and "Singing in the Rain"), all admirable choices to be sure, but how would you and how would I round out a top ten? Judy Garland singing "The Man That got Away" (Arlen music, Gershwin lyric) is s great pick. But then I'm undecided among such as Jimmy Cagney singing "Yankee Doddle Dandy," the Astaire-Rodgers sequence in "Swing Time" that goes from "Never Gonna Dance" to "The Way You Look Tonight," the Sinatra and Crosby duet in "High Society," the opening number in "On the Town," the opening number in "West Side Story" (when you're a jet you're a jet all the way), and the song Bernard Herrmann wrote for the gang to sing when Charles Foster Kane hires the best newspaper staff in town.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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