…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

MenoSunday; Life Lived Easy

Image result for frightened seagullWhen working on the 'desert island discs', it seemed to me that all ought also to have some specific attachment in terms of one's own history. Last week's foray into the various renditions of the Dies Irae held relevance in this respect, insofar as the Verdi Requiem was one of the scores sung during choir days. Was lamenting recently to a blogpal that those days are far behind now and the voice has become wretched indeed; I knew it wasn't good when, down on the promenade on one of our nearly-summer days, I frightened the pinnas out of a seagull with my spontaneous outburst of "Summertime"... blame the nearly 20 degree heat.

...and, yes, that was a segue into the second of my discs. I have sung it many times over the years (::blush:: even on stage), but never so poorly as a few weeks back beside the terrified gull. There are some, of course, who would now wish to employ me for that purpose alone, the poor ol' gulls having set up a gang culture in some towns... but I digress.

I hope you enjoy this rendition from the 1959 Otto Preminger movie of the Gershwin masterpiece.

And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high

Oh, Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry

One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky

But until that morning
There's a'nothing can harm you
With your daddy and mammy standing by


  1. One of my "bucket list" things from being a young woman was to play Rhapsody in Blue with an orchestra, with my playing the piano bit. It was just my high school orchestra, and I was NOT great, but Lord did it feel good to do that.

    I miss my musical days - there's no room in our home for a piano and I have arthritis in one hand where I had a crushing injury, but my husband played violin in an orchestra in Austria when he was 18 and he's very good, so I'll just enjoy listening to him.

    Thanks for all the wonderful musical shares.

  2. I never had a voice so losing it isn't too upsetting. The dogs love my singing even though no one else does. Never tried a gull though lol!


  3. Snap! Summertime is on my list too.
    Cheers, Gail (who also, like LBJ above, started to learn the piano with the ambition of playing Rhapsody in Blue. Sadly I never achieved that goal, due to a fatal combination of lack of musical talent and lack of application….)

  4. I've sung this one! Not as a show, just as a choir. Much fun!

  5. I used to sing on occasion when I had (small) passengers on board, but they told me that I should never ever ever ever! enter the X-Factor or (insert country of choice) has talent! Mind you, I usually did put on a bit of extra out of tune.


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