Sometimes the universe just hands you blog posts, somehow knowing one is under the gun and over committed.
Rather than watch Ice Cube (?) in a prison movie last night, I made Mr. Understanding channel surf. Thanks be to God, Predator was not showing. Instead, we watched the end of Yankee Doodle Dandy, a black and white film from 1942, based on the life of George M. Cohan. The male lead looked familiar to Mr. Understanding but not to me. Lithe and spry, he tap danced, jigged, and sang his way across various stages. His love interest, a humble girl, was his muse. So inspired was he by his girl, he wrote her a song, the lyrics of which are as follows:
My mother's name was Mary She was so good and true Because her name was Mary She called me Mary, too She wasn't gay or airy But plain as she could be I hate to meet a fairy Who calls herself Marie For it is Mary, Mary Plain as any name can be But with propriety, society will say Marie But it was Mary, Mary Long before the fashions came And there is something there that sounds so square It's a grand old name Now, when her name is Mary There is no falseness there When to Marie she'll vary She'll surely bleach her hair Though Mary's ordinary Marie is fair to see Don't ever fear sweet Mary Beware of sweet Marie For it is Mary, Mary Plain as any name can be But with propriety, society will say Marie But it was Mary, Mary Long before the fashions came And there is something there that sounds so square It's a grand old name
You can listen to the song here. It is possible that George divorced his first wife in order to marry Agnes Mary Nolan, for whom the song was presumably written.
Jimmy Cagney did such a bang up job playing George M. Cohan he was awarded the Oscar for Best Male Actor.
Call me square but it was a delight of a film.
Herewith concludes Day 7.