In a World of My Own
I miss you guys!! France is amazing though!!!
i sometimes forget that i’m not in a 1930s movie
My one and only—
If you turn me down, when I’m so crazy over you
I’d be so lonely if you turned me down,
Why blacken all my skies of blue?
This recording of Fred Astaire singing the song “My One and Only” from the Broadway musical Funny Face was made in 1927, during the show’s original run. George Gershwin, who composed the song, plays the piano here. The song showcases Fred’s singing abilities — he sounds great with just a piano as accompaniment, but towards the end, he starts to tap-dance.
What is so remarkable about this is that Fred sings a line, stops to tap, sings another line, dances, etc. He had a habit of dubbing his taps in all his movies — but this was before he had the advantage of a film studio. The only possible explanation is that Fred actually sings and dances at the same time, which is an amazing feat, since he doesn’t sound out of breath at all. What an incredible lung capacity!
George, at the piano, shows off as always. He plays his own composition at a blindingly fast pace, which was the way he always played, without missing a single note. Truly, the work of two great artists together.
Saw the Omaha beach and the cemetery in Normandy today. I was an original Julie Andrews in The Americanization of Emily.
So Clark Gable just came on TCM
I forgot I had quite the crush on him last year….