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Sunday Morning Sinatra - “My Funny Valentine”
American standards don’t come much more standard than the immortal tunes penned by Lorenz Hart and Richard Rodgers for the 1936 show Babes in Arms, about a gang of teenagers who put on a musical to save their struggling vaudevillian parents. Hart wrote the sweetly-comic lyrics, and Rodgers the music, for “Where or When”, “I Wish I Were in Love Again”, “The Lady is a Tramp”, and, among others, the truly timeless “My Funny Valentine”. The songs are cynical—but before folks got so serious about their cynicism. Today, they seem sweet. And that is in fitting with the history of Babes in Arms, which was a surprise hit. It was panned by critics. Variety wrote: “No nudity, no show girls, no plush or gold plate may mean no sale,” reflecting ticket agents’ reluctance to push the show. But it took off. And those songs, as Jonathan Schwartz likes to say, will be American classical music.
A very lucky, very pretty, girl once had the chance to be regaled by Frank Sinatra as he sang one of Hart’s best. Frank’s funny valentine? Little Nancy Sinatra.
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August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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