Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.
Is it possible to have a romantic Valentine’s Day when it falls on a Tuesday?
Of course. You just have to work a bit harder.
Let’s get you in the mood for…Tuesday.
We begin with a sweet story from NYC. The NY Post reports:
Their love stood the test of time — and home improvement.
After 80 years, a stack of World War II-era love letters pulled out of the walls during a Staten Island house renovation have been returned to the descendants of a prolific Navy man who wrote warmly — and frequently — to his wife.
Dottie Kearney, 51, uncovered the sheaf of correspondence between Brooklyn-born boatswain’s mate Claude Marsten Smythe and Wisconsin native Marie Borgal Smythe back in the mid-1990s, when Kearney and her husband bought the Eltingville fixer-upper — once home to the Smythes — and started tearing out the old walls.
“[Claude] was so polite. He always wrote ‘My dearest’ to her and said how hard the war was, how he was longing for her, wanted her home cooking, and thought of her everyday,” Kearney, a retired beverage manager and bartender, told The Post.
The care Smythe showed in his writing moved Kearney, who found herself reading the love notes again and again throughout the years.
“I couldn’t bear to throw [the letters] away because they were so beautiful. I told my husband that one day we’re going to find the owners,” Kearney said.
And an update. The letters have made their way back to the family after the woman contacted an heirloom investigator, Chelsea Brown, who helped her find the owners. With Brown’s help, and the use of genealogy website MyHeritage they managed to track down Claude and Marie’s daughter, Vermont resident Carol Bohlin, who said she was grateful to read all about her parents.
Love letters were definitely more popular in the past when soldiers were off fighting the Big One and men left on trips that took them away from their love for months or even years at a time. With the rise of modern means of communication, love letters, and letters generally, have fallen into disfavor.
Letters have special properties that no modern form of communication can duplicate. A handwritten letter is something tangible that we touch and hold and then pass to another to touch and hold. And they are preserved and cherished in a way that text messages or email never will be.
The love letters you give your wife or girlfriend are testaments in the history of your love. They constitute a record of your relationship that she’ll hold onto for the rest of her life.
Your love doesn’t have to be far away for you to write a letter to her. A love letter is appropriate even when you’re sleeping alongside your special someone every night. It’s a chance to express your feelings in a more ardent way than you do on a day-to-day basis.
A woman cannot hear too many times that’s she beautiful and that you love her. They’ll never get sick of it. They want to know that you still feel the same way as you did when you first met.
—Art of Manliness
The following standard was written for the 1936 film “Swing Time” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Astaire sings it to Rogers in the film during a scene where he’s at a piano and she’s in another room washing her hair.
Steve Tyrell did a great rendition used in the 1999 movie “Father of the Bride.”
And check out that dreamy sax solo.
Tyrell has a ton of credits on his impressive resume, including producing “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” for BJ Thomas.
“Raindrops” was written by Burt Bacharach who we lost this week. On Bacharach’s huge list of pop songs: This hit that he wrote for “Casino Royale,” a movie spoofing James Bond.
Diana Krall recorded the romantic tune in Rio in 2009. As one person commented on You Tube, “She proves you don’t have to have a powerhouse yelling voice or take off all your clothes to make great music.”
Krall is set to perform July 30th at the Opheum Theater in Madison, WI.
Next, this song originated in 1947 but didn’t become successful until 1953.
The very thought of you makes my heart sing
Like an April breeze on the wings of spring
And you appear in all your splendor
My one and only love
The shadows fall and spread their mystic charms
In the hush of night while you’re in my arms
I feel your lips, so warm and tender
My one and only love
The touch of your hand is like heaven
A heaven that I’ve never known
The blush on your cheek whenever I speak
Tells me that you are my own
MFSB, short for Mother Father Sister Brother, a rotating cast of a few dozen string and horn studio musicians that recorded in Philadelphia recorded this nice instrumental in 1974.
MFSB’s greatest claim to fame: The theme from the TV program “Soul Train.”
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
I recall “Midnight Special” host Wolfman Jack once telling Barry White that he always bought two of the same White albums so that he wouldn’t have to get up to change the record.
Think about it.