Music from “The Glass Slipper” (1955)

I always was a movie geek; lately I have become more so. Last night I watched a movie I recorded–a retelling of Cinderella called “The Glass Slipper.” I had never heard of it, but I found this version very touching. I liked the friendship between the prince and Ella, which is not present in other versions of the story.

I also got hooked on the theme song, shown in the clip and lyrics below. I rewound just so I could hear it again.  I’m surprised that the song isn’t featured in more music boxes. Such a beautiful melody!


From the film "The Glass Slipper" (1955)
(Lyrics: Helen Deutsch / Music: Bronislau Kaper)

Gilbert Russell (Film Soundtrack) - 1955
Eddie Fisher - 1955
Mantovani & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1955
David Rose & His Orch. (Instr.) - 1955
John Gary - 1964

Climbing rose on the wall
Take it now before the petals fall
Apple ripe on the bough
Take it for the time to take is now

Happy day, sun or rain
Live it for it never comes again
Lads have died, young and gay
Pretty maids can fade away

Nothing is forever, always is a lie
I can only love you till the day I die

So my love, oh, my love
Dream no more my love, awake my love
Oh, my love, wake my love
Come to me and take my love

Nothing is forever, always is a lie
I can only love you till the day I die

So my love, oh, my love
Dream no more my love, awake my love
Oh, my love, wake my love
Come to me and take my love

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A Musical Way to Deal with Disappointment

I was looking forward to getting together with friends tomorrow, but for various reasons the gathering was canceled.  I’m disappointed, certainly. However, I’ll see them all again soon.

Anyway, the Gershwin tune “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” came immediately to mind and helped me to smile inwardly on a day that only got more hectic as it went on.

The song is from the film Shall We Dance, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. I’ve never seen it, but one day soon I will. The first version is from two favorites–Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. The second is a scene from the film.



Happy Birthday, Tony Bennett!

I was reminded by ABC News this evening that today is Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday. Later on the Empire State Building will light up in his honor. Way to go!  He’s awesome. I just found the CDs so I can play them for my aunt. We’ve seen him in concert a couple of times. In many articles and interviews today, he said he still has a lot to learn. That’s the way to look at life.

And I always loved that he is a serious painter…and very good, too.

Here are my two top favorite Tony Bennett songs. But how can anyone really choose? They are all so good.

  1. Steppin’ Out with My Baby:

And, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”:

Reflections on Rain, Part 2

Well, yesterday was sunny, and now it’s pouring again. (Sigh.) Of course, it made me think of  “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”

I thought this video was cute.



I haven’t heard “Rainy Night in Georgia” in years. I recalled it today as I was staring out the window:



Now, onto another theme….

Ella Fitzgerald — Moonlight Serenade

I’ve always liked Ella Fitzgerald. I have two CDs of her “American Songbook” collection, but I haven’t played them in a while. A friend posted the following YouTube video recently–her version of “Moonlight Serenade.” I have only heard instrumental versions of the song before now. Enjoy!

Movies and Music

I’m reading Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Knew Too Much, which was published this year. Even though I’ve seen it several times, I checked out the 1956 version of the movie from the library. I also decided that I would watch the 1934 version. Hitchcock was quoted in an interview that the 1934 version was made by an amateur film maker, while the later version was made by a professional.

I like the later version a lot because James Stewart and Doris Day are in it. And it’s just a great, suspenseful story. But the main reason is that it features the song “Que Sera, Sera.” Day made it famous, and Hitchcock approved it just for the film on one hearing, and not providing any guidance to the writers. Here are some movie clips and the song, though not quite as it’s presented in the film.

As always, I feel a strong connection because my aunt sang me this song when I was a kid. I didn’t know about the film connection until much later. t bought a Doris Day CD several years ago, and that of course, is included. I used to think of it as sad, but I think it just means to take life as it comes. As we watched the film, she didn’t feel like singing, which made me feel wistful. But at least she remembered the song and watched the entire picture with me.

“The Alley Cat” by Bent Fabric

I used to have a 45 rpm record of this instrumental, “The Alley Cat” by Bent Fabric. I hadn’t thought of it for a long time, but the fun graphic below helped me to recall it. Enjoy!

In a web search, I also found Augie’s Records, which looked intriguing.



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Music from “About Time”

Sometimes, music presents itself when you least expect it. I watched the 2013 romantic comedy About Time, which I found rather charming. In it, a man born into a family of time travelers changes history for good. Yeah, I know it sounds hokey, but it also makes you think. The film’s message: Live your everyday life–the good, the bad, and the mundane. But take time to really notice the small things, the little details about people, places, and experiences–that make life worth living.

As with most modern films, there is a soundtrack. Here are two songs that made an impression on me. Enjoy!

“How Long Will I Love You?”

“The Luckiest” (by Ben Folds)