Tall Tale

29 07 2013

Ann Sheridan book-smallHere is an item on my summer reading list.  Published in 1943, this novel features famous actress Ann Sheridan in a story geared for younger audiences.  Will she go to Egypt, or will the sphinx encounter occur elsewhere?  Just what exactly is this mysterious sign?  Will I bite my nails and cower under my blankets with a flashlight while tearing through the closing chapter?  Stay tuned!

8/13/2013  Finished.  And, sadly dissatisfied.  First of all, the Sphinx, despite the cover and various interior illustrations, is not that of ancient Egypt but rather a female Greek version.  Blech.  Add in the overly dramatic wording, potential love affair that never makes it off the ground (oh sure, he’s off to WWII), and the illustrations depicting an ever-beaming and perfectly posed Ann instead of an Ann reflecting fear or worry like the text describes, and this is one read that had me thanking my stars I wasn’t a young adult in the 40s.  Sheesh!





They’re Coming to Take Me Away

15 07 2013

Steely Dan ad“For Steely Dan fans, it’s been an eternity” states this ad for their 1995 compilation Alive in America. I’m not sure what a mummy kidnapping a woman has to do with anything, but I guess when you haven’t done much in fifteen years you need to pull something provocative out of the Magic Bag of Advertising Tricks.





In the Moonlight

5 05 2013

Mystic Nile-large

Lyrics – Bud Green
Music – Charlie Pierce
Publisher – Al. Piantadosi & Co. Inc., New York, 1920

While strolling by the Nile,
There I caught the smile,
Of a Cairo maid.
In the moonlight, she,
Did a dance for me,
‘Neath an old palm tree,
While the tom toms played.
But I had to say goodbye,
Tho’ our hearts will sigh and yearn,
I know I will soon return.

Oh, Mystic Nile,
I’m longing all the while,
To be near, and hear,
Her love song.
‘Neath the palms,
I’ll hold her in my arms,
So sentimental,
Sweet Oriental,
Maid of the Mystic Nile.

There in the moonlight’s glare,
As she kneels in pray’r,
‘Neath the stars above,
I can hear her sigh,
To the gods on high,
“Won’t you please bring back,
Someone that I love?”
But she waits impatiently,
And she’s calling me to stay,
So I’m coming back someday.

Oh, Mystic Nile,
I’m longing all the while,
To be near, and hear,
Her love song.
‘Neath the palms,
I’ll hold her in my arms,
So sentimental,
Sweet Oriental,
Maid of the Mystic Nile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





The Place I Want to Go

11 11 2012

Lyrics – Arthur Freed
Music – Harold Weeks
Publisher – Sherman,Clay & Co., San Francisco

In that fair land of Egypt there is a town you know,
They call it old Cairo, that’s the place I want to go;
It’s the land of proud Cleo, who lived in luxury,
There’s a Cleo there for me, and her mark I’d gladly be.

Cairo, your streets are gaily laden, splendor entrancing.
Cairo, you have the sun-burned maiden famed for her dancing.
I know all the charms of dear old Cairo,
If you’d know just ask the Sphinx
What he thinks as he winks at old Cairo.

In that land of all ages where happy hours are spun,
There’s nearly all the fun that you’ll find beneath the sun;
In its quaint old cafes life is one eternal spree,
It’s a cocktail made of glee and that’s good enough for me.

Cairo, your streets are gaily laden, splendor entrancing.
Cairo, you have the sun-burned maiden famed for her dancing.
I know all the charms of dear old Cairo,
If you’d know just ask the Sphinx
What he thinks as he winks at old Cairo.





Parlor Games

4 09 2012

You might think 3D tv is where it’s at, but once upon a time folks got their home entertainment kicks by pulling out the stereoview cards.  These curved pieces of cardboard featured two almost identical photographs, and were inserted into a hand-held device with a hooded pair of lenses that you held up to your eyes – and presto!  The photographs merged into one fabulous 3D image sure to knock you off your horsehair sofa!  That’s right – View Master didn’t invent the idea, they just rearranged the components.  Stereoviews were so popular that they were produced by the thousands, covering every possible topic from architecture to “spirit’ photography to weird exercises to test your vision.  People who had never travelled before could suddenly find themselves atop the Alps, sailing down the Mississippi, or lost in the ruins of Egyptian temples.  Bonus information was printed on the reverse side, which often corresponded to printed publications that you could follow along with and collect all the stereoviews for.





The Pharoah From the Future

29 08 2012

It’s 1963 and the Fantastic Four are at the mercy of Rama-Tut.  Susan Storm attempts to elude the creep by using her powers of invisibility, but alas!  She isn’t wearing her unstable molecule costume, so her clothes are still visible!  Only a few seconds away from being grabbed and re-imprisoned, how will she escape?  Will she be able to save her friends?  Can Rama-Tut be destroyed for good?

 

 

 

 

 

 





Snap Out of It

23 07 2012

Lyrics – J. Will Callahan

Music – Lee S. Roberts

Publisher – Forster Music Publisher Inc., Chicago, 1919

Pale moonlight!
A wond’rous night!
My fancy takes its flight to Rainbow Isle;
Swaying trees, a truant breeze
All bring you to me just for a while.

Cleo, I see only you,
And the dream makes me lonesome and blue,
Brings back that moment divine
When I fancied your heart answered mine;
Cleo, ’twill be only you
And I’d give all this world if you knew,
Just how I’m yearning,
And wait your returning,
Come back to me,
My Cleo, do!

Some June night
Love’s magic light
May guide your boat aright to Rainbow Isle;
O’er the sea of memory
Sometime in the golden Afterwhile.

Cleo, I see only you,
And the dream makes me lonesome and blue,
Brings back that moment divine
When I fancied your heart answered mine;
Cleo, ’twill be only you
And I’d give all this world if you knew,
Just how I’m yearning,
And wait your returning,
Come back to me,
My Cleo, do!








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