Just Because Music : Joan Crawford singing “Gotta A Feelin’ For You” in 1929

Watching this, it’s fascinating to remember that, thanks to such movies as Our Dancing Daughters, which had come out one year earlier, many believed Joan Crawford to personify the modern Flapper. It took some years before Crawford transformed herself into the powerful, almost iconic, line of female characters that shaped her legacy.

Just Because Music: The Maccabeats’ “Dayenu”

Dayenu is a traditional Passover song that’s more than 1,000 years old.  It’s one of those songs that, like The Old Lady Who Swallowed The Fly, keeps having longer and longer verses. In the case of Dayenu, the ever-lengthening verses add up God’s Passover miracles. After every verse comes the chorus: “Dayenu” — “it [that miracle or those miracles]” would have been enough. If you don’t know Hebrew, though, the song can get really bogged down. Alternatively, you can hand the task of singing it over to the Maccabeats:

Just Because Music: Irving Berlin’s “How About A Cheer For The Navy?”

I’m doing something very wonderful and exciting today:  I’m attending the commissioning ceremony for the USS America.  If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to convince my companion at the ceremony to stick around in the City to watch the Blue Angels fly.  (My sister, who lives in a town where the Blue Angels never fly, thinks that they should visit every city in America to inspire patriotism and affection for our military.) If I’m not lucky . . . well, I’ll just come home and enjoy the memories of the morning.

I’ll write about the ceremony later, but I thought that a little music couldn’t hurt to set the mood.  Sorry about the horrible video quality, but it’s all that I could find: