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By WE. Reinka
A Gershwin tune comes on the radio. "They don't write 'em like that anymore,'' remark to my wife who often endures my harangues about today's unsophisticated music. Sometimes seniors arc accused of having convenient memories. Perhaps I m a tiny bit guilty of that. If I step out of harrumphing mode for a second, I might concede that not every song of my youth achieved the elevated lyrical standards of Ira Gershwin or Lorenz Hart. Ja Da, Ja Da, Ja Da Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing They don't write 'em like that anymore either. "Ja Da" dates back all the way to 1918. Written by Bob Carleton, a navy reservist, he donated all proceeds from the song to the Naval Relief Society. That proved to be no insignificant amount. Twenty years after it was written, "JaDa" was still being recorded by such luminaries as Eddie Condon, Bobby Hackett and Tommy Dorsey. In 1939, it was featured in two movies, "Babes in Arms" and "Rose of Washington Square." Still not having had its fill, Hollywood reprised it in 1941 for "The Great American Broadcast." Good songs never die.
Thank you for your kind words about my Silly Songs article in Tri-State Senior. It took me a sec to remember which article you meant. I write for senior papers all over the country. Even the papers where my work appears every month will sometimes wait a year after submission to publish a piece. Given that we’re still in early October, I had it in mind that you meant another column entitled “September Songs” which a couple of papers revived last month. Anyway, after my brain hiccup we’re now on the same page so to speak.
Well, of course, it would be my honor if Mr. Dee posts this article on the GMMY website. I’m flattered by the invitation (and appreciate that you asked permission). The article is available to you free of charge with the proviso that it runs with my by-line, W.E. Reinka.
I went to the website and saw the photo of you two standing alongside Al Martino. It looks as if you’re really getting the most out of your love for vintage popular music. I love to see anyone indulging their passion.
Speaking of passions, one of mine if you can’t tell, is the Great American Songbook. I often listen to the Cabaret section of accuradio.com while working. As I close, my wife’s and my special song, “How Long Has This Been Going On?,” by George and Ira just began to play.
for making my day with your kind words.
W.E. (Bill) Reinka
From:Dick & Shirley
Sent: Friday, October 07, 2005 10:41 AM
Subject: Silly Songs
Hi Mr. Reinka,
We read your article in the Tri State Senior News...We think this is a classic....We would like your permission to post this article on www.GMMY.com This is a site that features the entertainers of the 30's, 40's and 50's...Also GMMY Radio plays music from the same period with Opera and classical Music...The host of this site, Frank E. Dee, would enjoy hearing from you...We are active on the Al Martino page and also the Tenors page...We also do 1 hour radio shows on GMMY Radio...
Thank you for writing this great article...It brought back many memories....
Dick & Shirley Finnell
Submitted 6/16/03- By Frank E. Dee
Thanks go to Carlos for all the printing, and of course working with him on layouts, was a bundle of good laughs. Thanks go to Lupi, Julie, Rich, and many more who sold tickets. This was the first year we raised the ticket price from $15.00 up to $20.00 per person, and its an open beautiful Italian buffet (all you can eat) of Lasagnan, Italian cold cut sandwiches, meatballs, salads, and fruit salads, soft drinks and coffee, and plenty of Italian pastries. Not bad for $20.00 bucks huh?? It's going to be as always a beautiful evening filled with Camaraderie, where good friends share friendly feelings and good food and music.
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I took one Viagra, or maybe more.
Now I'm King on the Senior Dance Floor.
But with my advanced years,
I sit here in tears.
I forgot what Viagra is for.
REFLECTIONS OF CHILDHOOD
My Father When I Was:
4 years old: My daddy can do anything.