December 15th, 2009


Old Song

It turns out, I didn't even know the whole song...

From the film "The Night Is Young" (1935)
(Sigmund Romberg / Oscar Hammerstein II)

Evelyn Laye (Film Soundtrack) - 1935
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orch. (vocal: Kenny Sargent) - 1935
Nelson Eddy - 1935
Irene Dunne - 1935
Rose Murphy - 1947
Nat King Cole - 1956
Della Reese - 1956
George Hamilton IV - 1958
David Whitfield - 1959
Joni James - 1960
Dinah Shore - 1960
Doris Day - 1961
Dakota Staton - 1961
The Everly Brothers - 1961
Julie London - 1967
Hank Locklin - 1969

Also recorded by: The Cliff Adams Singers; Monty Alexander;
Louis Armstrong; Leslie baker; Emile Barnes; Sweet Emma Barrett;
Sidney Bechet; Dave Brubeck; Albert Burbank; Mel Carter;
The Cats & the Fiddle; Carmen Cavallaro; Doc Cheatham;
Arnet Cobb; King Cole Trio; Al Cooper; Phil Coulter;
Putney Dandridge; Dennis Day; Jimmy Dean; Peter Ecklund;
Roy Eldridge; Percy Faith; Robert Farnon; Gracie Fields;
Howard Fishman Quartet; The Four Lads; The Fureys; Les Gigolos;
Dizzy Gillespie; Benny Goodman; Jerry Hadley; Patrick Halcox;
Dick Haymes; Etta Jones; Louis Jordan; Dorothy Kirsten;
Diana Krall; Jeanette MacDonald; Carl Mann; Helen Merrill;
Miki & Griff; Charlie Parker; Joan Regan; Cliff Richard;
Linda Ronstadt; Jackie Ryan; Jo Stafford; Dame Kiri Te Kanawa;
Arthur Tracy; Slim Whitman; ..... and others.

We have been gay, going our way
Life has been beautiful, we have been young
After you've gone, life will go on
Like an old song we have sung

When I grow too old to dream
I'll have you to remember
When I grow too old to dream
Your love will live in my heart
So, kiss me my sweet
And so let us part
And when I grow too old to dream
That kiss will live in my heart
And when I grow too old to dream
That kiss will live in my heart

(Orchestral Interlude)

So, kiss me my sweet
And so let us part
And when I grow too old to dream
That kiss will live in my heart
  • Current Music
    When I Grow Too Old To Dream
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On Being a Novelist -- Francine Du Plessix Gray

I feel honored by yet undeserving of the appellation "novelist." I am merely a craftsperson, a cabinetmaker of texts and occasionally, I hope, a witness to our times.
    -- Francine Du Plessix Gray, "I Write for Revenge Against Reality", New York Times, September 12, 1982

I especially love the essay's title! I may not write for revenge, but definitely escape or pleasure...
  • Current Music
    Non Nobis Domine
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On Determination

I dedicated yesterday to making a long file containing all 90 some chapters of Summercircles, the novel I decided to use for the critique session. I thought I'd knock it off in an hour, or so... NOT.

I'm stuck in the high 70's, rewriting and aligning things. Lots more facts to check the progress of proofreading throughout the novel. One essential sub-plot is introduced and concluded, but none of the guts are present that I can see... OOPS! In my head, I have the wording, which leads me to suspect it should be written out somewhere. It was probably done at school and not copied home... Long gone, in other words.