Could there be another song more mid-1960s sounding than the Rich Man’s Frug? I doubt it. This silly psychedelic tune comes from Bob Fosse’s 1966 musical “Sweet Charity”. During a swanky affair, a group of velvet-clad dancers do the “Frug”, a dance craze at the time. The style, full of lateral movements came to represent everything Fosse’s choreography was about. Take, for instance, “The Aloof”, walking with shoulders back and swinging your arms from side to side, which is a Fosse signature move.
Heat Wave – Marilyn Monroe … My father had a Super 8 camera and projector and through the years we had built a tiny collection of cartoons and home movies. As a matter of fact, my first work as an editor was splicing together a family trip to Mexico into just one reel.
Thoroughly Modern Millie *– Sutton Foster … We just need to make sure we keep up with new things and adapt, so we’re not left behind. In other words, we have to be thoroughly modern, and embrace change.
This Could Be the Start of Something Big – Jack Jones
She Loves Me – Buddy Greco
Out Of The Blue *– Julia Murney, Brian d’Arcy James … when I combined both “The Wild Party” albums, I went into a very dark place where I stayed for most of the summer of 2000.
I’ll always associate Proud with “Queer As Folk”, the TV show.
It is a nice coincidence that I write about this song in the week I’ve just finished binge watching “Queer As Folk”, the American series. I watched and enjoyed the original run from 2000 to 2005. However, it was only this second time around that I’ve come to appreciate the cultural and, in a way, the historical significance of the show. Before 2000, no TV show had ever addressed so openly the issues of the gay community in any city, USA. For the first time, many young gay people saw themselves mirrored in real characters that captured with precision the reality of their lives.
Proud * – Heather Small… Who can forget those decadent parties at Babylon? Or the sleaziness of Liberty Baths?
Getting to Know You – Julie Andrews, Children’s Chorus, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye * – Michael Feinstein … I can see him waking up in the middle of the night in his lover’s arms, dressing up, stealing one last kiss, and hurrying up back home to his wife.
Kim’s Charleston – Tammy Amerson, Elaine Stritch
The Best Thing That Ever Happened – Alexander Gemignani, Claybourne Elder
Brotherhood of Man – Nick Jonas, Rob Bartlett, Ellen Harvey … I had the chance to see the show in early 2012, and being from the school of “If-you’re-under-35-I-may-not-know-who-you-are”, I wasn’t entirely sure I knew who Nick Jonas was.
Nothing says “Lost” as this flawless evocative composition by Michael Giacchino. It was first used as the ‘Oceanic Six’, the only survivors who are able to make it out of the island, return to civilisation. From then on, the theme became an intrinsic part of the rest of the show’s run. It was repeatedly used with different variations.
Just as last week’s “King’s Fate – Prince’s Future – Kralahome’s Demise – Anna’s Surprise” was in the background while I wrote a passage of my novel, “The Return Of The Army Of Light”; There’s No Place Like Home also played a role while I wrote another extract of the story.
Summer of 1992 has a special place in my memories. I had finished my masters in the spring, and the organisation I had been working for a few months had extended my contract for another six months. I had moved to a new place near DuPont Circle in DC. This was the early 1990s and it would take another four or five years for the area to become chic.
So, there I was in a small efficiency apartment at the Chastleton, at 16th and R, where as legend has it The Duke and Duchess of Windsor stayed for a while.