It’s not like you sees songs approaching and invite them in. It’s not that easy. You want to write songs that are bigger than life. You want to say something about strange things that have happened to you, strange things you have seen. You have to know and understand something and then go past the vernacular. Bob Dylan. Chronicles. One night Frankie Laine and I got into a much publicized argument over whether or not I was able to write three hundred fifty songs in one week, a feat thereupon was forced to perform by sitting every afternoon for six days in the window of Music City, a record store at the corner of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood. Steve Allen. Mark It and Strike It (New York: Holt,Rinehart and Winston, 1960) *(by 1960, Steve Allen had composed over 2,000 songs) Camilo, a singer from Colombia writes hits even when he's not trying. Jon Pareles. "His Pop Spans the Hemisphere" in The New York Times (March 4, 2021) *** I’ve always wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific. Lily Tomlin *** NORMAN ROCKWELL Norman Rockwell Cd paint a summer frock well. At least his women did not have 3 eyes As in paintings by some other guys. ** celebrity (n.)late 14c., "solemn rite or ceremony," from Old French celebrité "celebration" or directly from Latin celibritatem (nominative celebritas) "multitude, fame," from celeber "frequented, populous" (see celebrate). Meaning "condition of being famous" is from c. 1600; that of "a famous person" is from 1849. When the old gods withdraw, the empty thrones cry out for a successor, and with good management, or even without management, almost any perishable bag of bones may be hoisted into the vacant seat. [E.R. Dodds, "The Greeks and the Irrational" From THE ON LINE ETYMOLOGICAL DICTIONARY *** CELEBRITY/CELEBRITIES Many, if not most of Thackeray’s characters are animated or endowed by life with the famous – they are celebrity seekers of more or less proficiency. Arthur Pendennis, for one, spends the days of his London youth breakfasting “with a peer, a bishop, a parliamentary orator, two blue ladies of fashion, a popular preacher, the author of the latest novel, and the very latest lion imported from Egypt or from America,” refreshing himself from his journalistic labors with a social set deliberately composed of the indiscriminately well known. Nicholas Dares. Nineteenth Century Literature, Vol. 56 ( June 2001) Being a star made it possible for me to get insulted in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted. Sammy Davis, Jr in his autobiography Yes,I Can
WHAT DOES THE WORLD KNOW THAT WE DO NOT Aching with credit, I was in the one store That possessed A weight machine Dispensing fortunes. I stepped on the scale: Weight 192 pounds, The small cardboard, Like a stick of gum, read: Fame & Fortune 9:16 At 44th Street & Broadway. Don’t be late. At 8:16 I arrived & waited. Waited all day From A.M. to P.M. Those two bastards Never did show up. ** Celebrities are not appendages of our society anymore; they are the basis of our communal lives. Literature and architecture, art and politics, are at most sidelights –small, ancient alleyways down which fewer and fewer minds wander. Pop culture has long since left the word culture behind to become the primary way we understand the world. Stephen Marche. “Consumer Products” in Lapham’s Quarterly (Winter 2011) ** CHARLTON HESTON Charlton Heston Giving a speech in Reston, Va. sd “ Moses wd have had more fun Leaving Egypt if he had carried a gun.” ** > THE APPLE SAUCE CHRONICLES #14 Fairly original wordplay by Louis Phillips THE IMPORTANCE OF MATH : The number Zero proves that nothing matters. ** CROWDEDELEVATOR Everybodyisall Pushedtogether Likethis&there Nobreathingno R oomatallhere Si rsnosmoking.Ev erybody....out K = A piece of cake J= Pre-K G= The end of everything Is the opposite of conclusion PROCLUSION? Death – Just live with it. THOSE WHO SEIZED CAESAR’S SCISSORS Those who seized Caesar’s scissors Were Caesar’s scissors’ seizers. Various sizes were Caesar’s scissors & they who seized Caesar’s scissors of various sizes Live across the seas, near Suez, sez Caesar. ** ** (with the help of Robert Scotto, the following film title): Goya Goya Goya—a Japanese film about a sneak attack on European paintings. ANOTHER MUSICAL FILM FESTIVAL From Martin Smith & Cynthia Epstein the heroes of TELEMANN . the ROREN twenties HAYDN plain sight. how to succeed in BIZET-ness without really trying bad day at BARTOK sundays and SIBELIUS how GRIEG was my valley DOYLE in the sun RAVELs with my aunt . the sound and the FAURE * Future Menu Item –Welsh Robot ** ‘ Short story of a shot-gun marriage – screWED In a barroom moot tool looters are not welcome. Sentence with 6 consecutive double letters. ANSWER: Fast acting QUESTION: What do you call it when you pretend to go on a diet. ** PASTELS – subways of a by-gone era OPTIMIST – high fog FRUSTRATION – a dole of frust Horror cowboy film: HOME ON DERANGE ** CLEAN PORNOGRAPHY The Philaunderer --man who has numerous love affairs and Does the laundry while making love ** Want to go out and drill holes? Naah. Too boring. * A scientist in Paris labored for years to create a human being in his laboratory. He took a mole from the shoulder of film producer Howard Hill and by manipulating the chromosomal structure he was able to build a French essayist. Now that’s what I call making a Montaigne out of a Hill’s mole. ** incomplet ** As the Mafia said in the Old Testament: Make them an Ophir they can’t refuse.