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C'est Magnifique

This song written by the brilliant composer Cole Porter was first performed by Lilo and Peter Cookson in 1953 Broadway musical "CanCan". As I have come to learn more and more there is a a treasure trove of music familiar to our older adult participants whose origins are in Broadway theatre and film musicals.

In 1953, Gordon McCrae's recorded C'est Magnifique. His version was the only...

Pickin' A Chicken

I’ve chosen a song this week that was a 1956 hit in South Africa, the country my husband was born and raised in.  It was sung by a woman who was originally from Hungary, moved to Britain and then moved with her family to South Africa as part of the Boswell Circus when World War Two was looming.

In 1949 she returned to Britain to work with well known bandleader Geraldo   at his request. In 1952 after her departure from Geraldo’s big band, she launched her solo career and made her mark with a tune called..

"A Little Bird Told Me"

This week’s song is New Orlean’s jazz/blues singer Blue Lu Barker’s charming rendition of “A Little Bird Told Me”. Until last month, I had never heard this infectious upbeat tune written by Harvey Oliver Brooks. In fact this song’s melody is so contagious that it has officially become my ear worm. In case you haven’t heard that phrase it refers to a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person's mind after it is no longer playing whether you want it to or not. I find myself randomly starting to sing “A Little Bird…” throughout the day and my husband is not taking it well.The good news is.......