"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture
and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words." ~Goethe

~ also, if possible, to dwell in "a house where all's accustomed, ceremonious." ~Yeats

Sunday, February 14, 2016


At the Algonquin, New York City

At a party a few years ago, Gerry got distracted when he was supposed to be getting drinks for us. It was a big crowd, and I couldn't really see where he was, and it took him ages to get back, and he stopped off to visit with various other guests along the way; and in the meantime, the woman I was chatting with had already been brought a glass of wine by her husband, and I was feeling forgotten about.

When Gerry finally turned up with some lukewarm drinks, I pouted, "You are a very bad boyfriend."

With great gallantry he responded, "But I am a very good husband!" I thought that was the sweetest thing ever and it made me laugh so much because it was so romantic and so true!

"If I forgot who I am,
Would you please remind me oh?
Cause without you things go hazy
. . . "

~~ Thanks Reggie! ~~

"Hazy" ~ Rosi Golan & William Fitzsimmons

"Merci" ~ Emmanual Moire & Claire Joseph

"The Next Time I Fall" ~ Peter Cetera & Amy Grant

"Anyone Else But You" ~ from Juno

"You Don't Know Me" ~ Ben Folds & Regina Spektor

"Can't Help Falling In Love" ~ Katharine McPhee & Andrea Bocelli

"Sky" ~ Joshua Radin & Ingrid Michaelson (and "Star Mile")

"Just Give Me a Reason" ~ Pink & Nate Ruess

"Duet" ~ Rachael Yamagata

"Last Night of the World" ~ Lea Salonga & Will Chase, from Miss Saigon

"Two People" ~ Robby Hecht & Caroline Spechter


"A Whole New World" ~ Peabo Bryson & Regina Belle
~ from Aladdin ~

"Tonight I Celebrate My Love for You" ~ Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack

"Love & Happiness" ~ Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler
I didn't know this song until I heard Emmylou sing it live in Portland, Oregon, in 2008; but if I'd known it when Ben & Sam were little, I would have sung it to them all the time!

"Gulf Coast Highway" ~ Emmylou & Willie Nelson
A love song for old people.

"Wild Montana Skies" ~ Emmylou & John Denver
Not exactly a love story
but an inspiring duet of good cowboy lyrics and life lessons.

"Dream A Dream" ~ Charlotte Church & Billy Gilman
Based on "Pavane, Opus 50" by Gabriel Fauré.
This duet appears on Charlotte's Christmas album (December 2000).

Waltz for Eva & Che ~ Madonna & Antonia Banderas
Also so my book blog

"They Were You" ~ Matt & Luisa
From The Fantasticks -- stage version, not the bad movie!

"Reg, your mother told me about your Valentine Day project.
This isn’t a duet but its about a duet.
I’ve included the lyrics, you’ll need them."
"Lucky Number" ~ Lena Lovich

I never used to cry 'cause I was all alone
For me, myself and I is all I've ever known
I never felt the need to have a hand to hold
In everything I do I take complete control
That's where I'm coming from
My lucky number's one

I've everything I need to keep me satisfied
There's nothing you can do to make me change my mind
I'm having so much fun
My lucky number's one
Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

I now detect an alien vibration here
There's something in the air besides the atmosphere
The object of the action is becoming clear
An imminent attack upon my heart I fear
The evidence is strong
My lucky number's wrong
Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

Something tells me my lucky number's gonna be changing soon
Something tells me lucky number's gonna be oweoweoweoweoweowe...

You certainly do have a strange effect on me
I never thought that I could feel the way I feel
There's something in your eyes gives me a wild idea
I never want to be apart from you my dear
I guess it must be true
My lucky number's two

This rearrangement suits me now I must confess
The number one was dull and number two is best
I wanna stay with you
My lucky number's two
Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh!

Next Fortnightly Post
Sunday, February 29th ~ LEAP DAY!

Between now and then, read
my shorter, almost daily blog posts

Looking for a good book? Try
my running list of recent reading

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