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17 Aug



Makin’ Whoopee

24 Jan


Played a show in Manhattan — a place called Ella’s Lounge / Studio A. The most important lesson learned is that parking doesn’t necessarily cost $40 in the Lower East Side if one has confidence.

I’ve always been uncomfortable with the lyric “the judge said budge right into jail” from the song “Makin’ Whoopee” — I always assumed it’s a Cole Porter tune, but it isn’t. Let’s look at it:

[He says ‘now,]
judge, suppose I
fail?’ The judge says
budge, right into
jail. You’d better
keep her. I think it’s
cheaper than makin’

Masterful rhyming, that’s for sure; I’ve divided it up by measure. But…it’s that word ‘budge’ that annoys me. There’s no definition in the OED that makes sense in this context, though we all understand what it means. Let’s look at the opening stanza, which I’ve always particularly liked:

bride, another
June, another
sunny honey-
moon, another
season, another
reason, for makin’

And there you have it. The pattern of rhyme is different, and it doesn’t feel forced. The first and third lines (brackets indicate the pickup) have no rhyme in this stanza, and they don’t need to. So the ‘udge’ is not only used unnecessarily (the second judge could have been a pronoun), but the incorrect use of budge could have been avoided altogether by replacing it with any of a million other possibilities. Ugh!

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22 Jan

Rehearsal in Brooklyn.

Bass always came naturally to me–I wasn’t quite sure what Paul McCartney was playing on the recordings, I thought bass was just something that added an indistinguishable low end. And when I got my first guitar it only took a few months before I realized that I’d memorized and could hum pretty much every Beatles bass line. I didn’t know it was bass yet. And when I began playing bass I had an instinct about it, I didn’t know what I was doing, but I could hit any note given to me as if I did. So it’s always been fairly simple and fun to show up at any rehearsal or gig unprepared, knowing I’d still play excellently. And it’s not laziness…I know what it is to practice, and to be nervous on stage, as I would be when I was a tympanist, practicing endlessly and taking more pleasure in performing Dvorak than I have in performing anything else. It’s just what comes easy.

Piano–a way to memorize tunes is to memorize the melody first, and it’s recommended to memorize the lyrics while you’re doing that, and then to learn the chords off the melody. I didn’t believe it at first, but it seems to work for me.

As many times as I’ve made the drives between NYC and Philly, I had no idea how to get off the Turnpike and pack into Philly last night. I wonder if I have business expenses. I wonder if I am a business.