Tuesday, April 5, 2011
To cook, I need music, so last night's dinner was cooked to Torch, an album made by Carly Simon while she was breaking up with James Taylor, surely a fact every Carly Simon fan but me knew before this morning's brief visit to Wikipedia.
The album cover shows him what he'll be missing, as does the song "What Shall We Do with the Child."
"Torch songs" are songs of unrequited love, for the one you "hold a torch" for. Again, thanks to Wikipedia, this time for a list of noted torch singers, a list that includes Fiona Apple, Paul Anka (out of alphabetical order), Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Etta James, Norah Jones, Ethel Merman, Kate Smith, Sophie Tucker, and Amy Winehouse, but no Carly Simon. So, an odd list, but lots of fun.
Today's imaginary playlist, then, is all the songs on this album, including "Spring is Here," which contains the ironic lyric, "Spring is here, I hear," which does apply to today, blue sky but 36 degrees so far this morning.
Tuesday Weld carried a torch for Warren Beatty, the rich kid, on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, a tv show I vaguely remember loving in early childhood, especially for the Beatnik character played by Bob Denver and sweet-faced Dobie Gillis. Mainly, I loved saying his name!
Sheila James Kuehl, American politician, and, Wikipedia tells us, "the first openly gay person elected to the California legislature." Go, Zelda! If it weren't a sitcom, it would be Chekhovian, this unrequited love circle!
Added to which, "I don't consider myself to be not gay," said Carly Simon. "I've enlarged all of my possibilities." People are so interesting!
Anyhoo...I would just like to say that, despite the hot background music, I did not torch dinner.
April 5--Tuesday Weld