Monday, April 28, 2014


The Flower Sellers - Abbott Fuller Graves
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
William Shakespeare

  A Midsummer Night's Dream 

"I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! 
I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one."
Edna St. Vincent Millay 

“I must have flowers, always, and always.”
Claude Monet 

“This is the spot where I will lie
When life has had enough of me,
These are the grasses that will blow
Above me like a living sea.

These gay old lilies will not shrink
To draw their life from death of mine,
And I will give my body's fire
To make blue flowers on this vine.

"O Soul," I said, "have you no tears?
Was not the body dear to you?"
I heard my soul say carelessly,
"The myrtle flowers will grow more blue.”
Sara Teasdale

“But how nice it would be to know that some good Yankee woman - And there must be SOME good Yankee women. I don’t care what people say, they can’t all be bad! How nice it would be to know that they pulled weeds off our men’s graves and brought flowers to them, even if they were enemies. If Charlie were dead in the North it would comfort me to know that someone - And I don’t care what you ladies think of me,” her voice broke again, “I will withdraw from both clubs and I’ll — I’ll pull up every weed off every Yankee’s grave I can find and I’ll plant flowers, too — and — I just dare anyone to stop me!”
Melanie from 

"Gone With The Wind”
Margaret Mitchell

Chicago Tribune, April 28, 1964
The English and the French captured our listening ears with their instrumentals in 1959 (and some Americans, too). Though they didn't hit it big on the charts again, they had other good music to offer. A YouTube search will find them. It was a good year for instrumental One Hit Wonders, a good year to be twelve years old. 


 Petite Fleur (Little Flower)
An English Jazz Band
An international hit as a clarinet solo by
Monty Sunshine with Chris Barber's Jazz Band.
Charted at #5 
Chris Barber Jazz Band - 1959

“I'm on the side of whatever 
keeps the flowers growing.”
  Marty Rubin

 Petite Fleur
(with words and in French with 
English subtitles - ummmm nice)
  Known to have recorded the first 
French rock and roll songs in 1957,
 but he never ceased to claim that he 
disliked Rock and Roll and even refused
 to talk about it later on.

Little flower
Should all the flowers
by the side of the roads
wither tomorrow,
I would keep in my heart
the one who
bloomed in your eyes
when I loved you so,
in the wonderland
of our sweet sixteen.
Little flower of love,
you will always bloom
for me.
When life
betrays me now and then
you remain my joy,
little flower.
After twenty years
I ponder for a while
and breathe in
this scent I loved so. 
Within my heart
you will always bloom
in the great garden of love,
little flower...
Within my heart
you will always bloom
in the great garden of love,
little flower...

The Little Flower Girl - Edward Lamson Henry

"The rain to the wind said,
'You push and I'll pelt.'
They so smote the garden bed.
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged -- though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”
Robert Frost
The Poetry of Robert Frost

Little Girl With a Spray of Flowers - Renoir
 “Certain girls deserve lots of flowers. 
You are one of them.”
  Dan Pearce 
Single Dad Laughing
  Manhattan Spiritual
Reg Owen was an English conductor and arranger 
who played both saxophone and piano. 
 Manhattan Spiritual was a Top 40 hit in the U.S.
 Peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100
On the Billboard charts for 13 weeks.
His only release to hit the U.S. charts.
Reg Owen Orchestra
- 1959

“People who want to make a million
borrow a million first.”
Sophie Kinsella
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
Manhattan - Karen Tarlton
“Manhattan can act as a giant suction cup,
sucking you into its folds.
The city breeds no wimps and
makes no apologies.”
Kate Rockland
Falling Is Like This 

Central Park South - Jason Gluskin

 “Movement was the essence of Manhattan. 
It had always been so, 
and now its sense of flow, energy, openness, 
elasticity as Charles Dickens had called it, 
was headier than ever. 
Half the city’s skill and aspirations seemed 
to go into the propagation of motion.”
Jan Morris 

Manhattan '45
 Guitar Boogie Shuffle 
 Known as "Guitar Boogie"
First recorded in 1945
 Frank Virtue and the Virtues
recorded it as "Guitar Boogie Shuffle". 
Reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 
and #27 on the Billboard R&B chart
Also became a sheet music smash,
 selling well worldwide
"became one of the most popular
 and influential instrumentals of its era".
 Frank Virtue and the Virtues

I don't do up. 
I do downs.
 Sit down. 
Lay down. 
Blackjack, I'll double down. 
Give me a cheeseburger, I'll wolf it down. 
Put on a little music, I'll boogie down.
John Pinette

New Orleans Boogie -Diane Millsap
“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you'll see the world
If I'm not mistaken...

Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure...

Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.”

Neil Gaiman
  The Graveyard Book
Ch' Boogie - Connie Williams
“To be creative means to be in love with life. 
You can be creative only if you love life 
enough that you want to enhance its beauty, 
you want to bring a little more music to it, 
a little more poetry to it, 
a little more dance to it.”

Cowboy Boogie - Connie Chadwell
 “Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the disheveled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”
W.B. Yeats 

The Land of Heart's Desire
In the Mood
Peaked at #4 on the pop chart
and #7 on the R&B charts.
sold over a million copies
Ernie Fields and his Orchestra - 1959

“You keep me going when I feel 
like a flat tyre 
you do my head right,
 like a hair dryer
can I call you my mechanic since 

you change my mood and get me 
feeling like I have got a spare tyre.”
Mohlalefi J Motsima

Horse in Jolly Mood - Unknown
“I suspect that I’m not alone 
when it comes to altering my 
surroundings depending on how 
I feel at any particular moment:
 diving into a specific book, 
immersing inside a particular movie, 
devouring certain foods or 
 humming to just the right song.”
Barbara Brooke

In the Mood - Carol Burgess
“The problem with having a sense of humor
is often that people you use it on aren't
in a very good mood.”
Lou Holtz

Crazy Mood - Leonid Afremov
“If you're in bad mood, take a deep breath.
If you're in good mood, give thanks to God.”
Toba Bet

My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut 

Tango Mood - Connie Chadwell

Only You
French conductor of Popular and Classical music 
Charted at #9 on Billboard Hot 100
and #18 on R&B chart.
Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles -1959

"Time is the coin of life.
Only you can determine how it will be spent."
Terry Mark
Only You - Mark Spain
When I text you it means I'm missing you. 
When I don't it means I'm 
waiting for you to miss me.
 If only you knew.

The Letter - Jan van Beers

Oh if only, if only you knew, 
everything I do is for you.
Sunday Boredom - Nordfeldt
 Why bother putting your guard up? 
We're all going to get hurt,
 no matter what fake persona you wear. 
At the end of the day there's only you.
Victor-Gabriel Gilbert - Le Marche aux Fleurs - The Flower Market

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