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August 07, 2009


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Leonard Bernstein wrote the music. Indeed, I think it was his only film score, but I could be wrong about that. He didn't win an Oscar for it, but he was nominated.

You're right, of course, Larry. I think Lenny's music for that movie is sublime. Unusual. I wonder who won the Oscar for score that year? I know Brando beat out James Mason in "A Star is Born" for best actor. BTW did you ever consider the possibility of the very first notes you hear in "West Side Story" is the sound of a shofar (tekiyah) transposed to horns? (Which ones? I'll have to play it again.)

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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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