Music Notes

Two of the greatest opera composers of all time were born 200 years ago this year.  It is fitting that one is Italian and the other German.  The two men are, of course, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.  WQXR has a program that will introduce you to both.  Take time to listen to it.  It’s very good.

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Fred Plotkin likes Wagner’s music, but not Wagner.  In an article he tells us why and asks us to try to separate talented people from their shortcomings.  This is a theme, as you may remember, that I wrote about in a previous blog post.

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Harry Rose loves opera.  He writes reviews of operas for various internet sites and the Huffington Post, has his own very impressive blog, interviews opera singers, and hopes to become the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City one day.  So, you ask, what’s the big deal?  The big deal is that Harry Rose is only 14 years old.  The Christian Science Monitor has a nice article about him.

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After three items about opera, you will certainly be surprised by what comes next, but that’s part of the fun of doing a blog.  I like to blow your mind once in a while.

For years I’ve kept the names of three strangely titled songs in my memory bank.  I never thought I would be able to use them, but the time has finally come when I can actually use them in a post.  At Atkins Bookshelf I saw a post about the longest song titles, and my three songs weren’t included.  I was shocked!  Here are my three songs with YouTube videos included.

The first is “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You, When You Know I’ve Been a Liar All My Life” from the 1951 MGM movie Royal Wedding which starred Fred Astaire and Jane Powell.  The imbedded YouTube video showcases the song as well as the comic talents of both stars.

The second song is “I’ve Got Tears in My Ears (from Lyin’ on My Back in My Bed While I Cry Over You)” a Homer and Jethro ditty from 1949.

I always thought the title of Buck Owens 1966 hit was “I Got the Hungries for Your Love, and I’m Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line,” but it seems that the title is only “Waitin’ in Your Welfare Line.”  Still, like the other two songs, it’s cute in a twangy sort of way.

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