I give. Just not to you.

We ALWAYS use caller ID.  Always.  And I never pick up the phone when it says Unknown Name, Unknown Number.  I used to.  I was curious.  But then I learned that Mr. and Mrs. Unknown are ALWAYS asking for money.  So I stopped answering the phone.  Until this morning.  Why?  I got curious again, I guess.  And guess what?  Mrs. Unknown was asking for money.  Of course.  Maybe I needed a refresher.  This one oughta keep me for a year or so.

Totally unrelated: I LOVE Rhapsody in Blue.  If I had to choose one piece of music to have on a loop in my head for the rest of my life, I think it would be that one.  I heard it this morning and danced around the first floor to it.  Interpretive dance.  The dogs think know I’m nuts.


  1. momma betty

    The first time I remember hearing Rhapsody in Blue, I was about 13 or 14 and babysitting for a family who lived down the street–regulars. Late at night (way back then) there were only old black and white movies on TV. One night I saw the movie Rhapsody in Blue from 1945 (thank you, google) with Robert Alda (Alan’s father) as George along with Oscar Levant as himself, close friend of Gershwin’s, who played the piano in the movie as Gershwin played it. Soon after that, with my babysitting money, I bought the LP of Bernstein conducting the NY Philharmonic and I would play it over and over and over. American in Paris was also on it, but Rhapsody was my favorite. I’ve heard other versions, supposedly more in line with Gershwin’s and Paul Whiteman’s (conductor) original performance, but I’m stil stuck on Bernstein’s version.

  2. momma betty

    I don’t know how to create a link in comments but go herehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QxWxsK8_3s&feature=fvst to hear Whiteman conduct Gershwin. The quality isn’t great but the pacing sounds so cartoonish to me.

  3. Zannah

    I have the Bernstein version you’re thinking of on CD. (It’s my favorite, too.) I’ll get it to you this weekend.

    You’re right about the 1927 version, Mom. Cartoonish and VERY ’20s.

  4. Uh mah gah. It’s the United Airlines song that played NON STOP the day I was stuck in O’ Hare for six hours in the UA wing. Every time I hear it, I see the moving sidewalks illuminated by the overhead colorful neon lights dancing with the music. I think I need to go lie down.

    Um, if it weren’t for that, I’d love it too. 😉

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