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December 17, 2008

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RE: She Left Me for Jesus - Sounds like the song version of Graham Greene's "The End of the Affair."
Thanks for the recommendations.

Girl Talk's album is fantastic. The way it harshly juxtaposes different fragments of songs is the only example I can think of that popular poetic technique (too popular?) in popular music. What's gotten stale in poetry is startling, indeed, here.

I love some novelty songs, like the parodies Sammy Cahn would write for Sinatra to sing alone or accompanied by such as Bing Crosby and Van Johnson in the late 194os. Or does that stretch the definition of "novelty songs"? Do you remember "Witchdoctor"? "Yellow polka-dot bikini"? "Mairzy Doates" (if that's how it's spelled)?

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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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