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July 04, 2008


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What a treat! Thanks for posting this, Stacey. (Or maybe I should say, "My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, and I thank you.") Happy 4th!

Yankee doodle, do or die!

There's nobody like Cagney! He dances like a marionette, on his toes with a string yanking his tailbone skyward. So much fun to watch.

Isn't it great how Cagney talks his way through the song and manages nevertheless to convey the melody? "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is one of the best movie musicals -- much better than the usual bio-pic. Funny they did so well with George M. Cohan -- and not so well with Porter, Kern, Rodgers & Hart, et al, though i confess to liking all these pics, the not so good ones included.

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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

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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