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June 02, 2022


"June is Bustin' Out All Over": one of the all-time greatest songs of joy. Rodgers & Hammerstein at their best. Hammerstein's greatness as a lyricist, on evidence here, has not been recognized in an age in which irony is the Holy Ghost. The dance sequence in the movie version is awesome.

A video clip from the film, with the choreography:

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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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