Category Archives: Singers

A kind of blind love

In the 1990s, I was active in a volunteer group that transcribed print books and other materials into braille dots for blind readers. I spent several months learning the basic literary braille code. Then I submitted a test manuscript to … Continue reading

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Smoke! smoke! smoke! that cigarette

I recently inherited 3 big boxes of sheet music from my father-in-law, an amateur trombone player. He enjoyed buying sheet music on eBay, and often sent me copies of songs he thought my senior audiences might like. I’ve sorted through … Continue reading

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So happy together

Remember the scene in The Music Man when the gossiping women from town sing “Pick a Little, Talk a Little” (cheep, cheep, cheep)? The school board arrives, demanding to see Professor Harold Hill’s credentials. Hill distracts them by singing “Goodnight, … Continue reading

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I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

I don’t read novels very often—I prefer biographies and memoirs—but I recently enjoyed Elizabeth Is Missing, a mystery by Emma Healey. The main character, an elderly London woman named Maud, narrates her own story. She fears that something terrible has … Continue reading

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And her tears flowed like wine

There used to be a “cry room” at the back of the Catholic church I attended as a child. The cry room was like a penalty box shared by an unhappy baby, or an unruly child, and a parent. The … Continue reading

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Do the mashed potatoes

A musician friend once mentioned that he’d heard someone describe Perry Como’s voice as sounding “like mashed potatoes.” Neither of us quite understood the analogy, but I think it might have had to do with mashed potatoes being comfort food. … Continue reading

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Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters

I have a brother and a sister. It’s nice to have one of each. Sisters, though, have a song devoted to their special relationship. A song that takes me back to childhood Christmases spent in Florida with my cousins, where … Continue reading

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Deep in December, it’s nice to remember

The food servers I observe scurrying around dining rooms in retirement and nursing homes are mainly young people, doing what I imagine is a low-paying job, perhaps part-time to pay college tuition. Some of these servers bring plated food and … Continue reading

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A buzzard took a monkey for a ride in the air

I cannot tell you how many times, when I was growing up, my dad admonished one of us to “straighten up and fly right.” He still has a colorful way of expressing himself, and an endearing habit of mangling names … Continue reading

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September song

I turned 60 years old on Tuesday. I’m not thrilled with the idea, but there’s nothing I can do about it, of course. And as the saying goes, “Age is just a number.” Or to quote actress Billie Burke (Glinda, … Continue reading

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