I call Sunday afternoon “Radio Sunday” as WPFW 89.3 PM has 6 hours of great programming, starting with Miyuki Williams’ Sunday Kind of Love from Noon to 2:00 PM, continuing with Donnie McKethan’s American Songbook from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, and winding up with Larry Applebaum’s The Sound of Surprise from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
Donny McKethan often plays different renditions of the same song back to back. Today he had renditions of George & Ira Gershwin’s A Foggy Day (in London Town) by Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra. The beauty of standards such as A Foggy Day is that different singers, with different styles, can perform them and be equally persuasive.
I had not heard A Foggy Day before, but I smiled when I heard the lyric:
A foggy day in London Town
Had me low and had me down
I viewed the morning with alarm
The British Museum had lost its charm
It reminded me of the weekend that I spent in London, in a hotel room no larger than a closet. Restaurants were so expensive, that I bought a grab’n’go sandwich at Boots to eat for dinner. The serendipitous discovery was that the British Museum was just around the corner from the hotel. I have more to say about the British Museum, but enough for now.
Here is another rendition of A Foggy Day, this time featuring Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald:
Walgreens has decided to close down drugstore.com and Beauty.com effective September 30 to concentrate on “a more unified brand and marketing approach” for its e-commerce strategy.
Sad. Beauty.com was one of the earliest beauty e-commerce sites. Kevyn Aucoin and subsequently his protégé Troy Surratt were consulting makeup artists to beauty.com. I hope that Walgreens will keep the high-low mix of beauty brands that drugstore.com and beauty.com provided.
With easy-to-remember names like drugstore.com and beauty.com, one might expect these Walgreens-owned websites to be doing gangbusters business. Yet the retailer says it will shutter both sites by the end…
Source: Walgreens Closing Beauty.com, Drugstore.com – Consumerist
Speaking of AbFab, its theme song was “This Wheel’s on Fire” by Bob Dylan, as sung by Julie Driscoll. Here’s a version that Julie Driscoll did in 1968 with organist Brian Auger:
I Feel Alright, in which she held her own against Eric Burdon, Steve Winwood, Long John Baldry, and Rod Stewart.
I’m going through a major Julie moment. She was a great singer and she’s amazing to look at. We last saw Julie wearing a dark wig on
Uh-oh. I expect that, with its designer fashion, models, and designers, fashionistas will be obsessed with the AbFab movie for years after … just like The Devil Wears Prada and Sex and the City (get over it – it ended its run in 2004!)
How the ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ costume designer brought Patsy and Edina’s signature styles onto the big screen in 2016.
Source: The ‘Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie’ Costume Designer Found Inspiration From More Than One Kardashian – Fashionista
White Heat: A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties by Dominic Sandbrook
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I was a kid, really a kid, in the 1960s, I was fascinated by British fashion (notably Mary Quant and the mini-skirt) and the British music invasion. That’s why I wanted to read White Heat.
But White Heat is so much more than the swinging sixties. It covers political history throughout the Wilson years, in-fighting among those in Wilson’s cabinet, and economic crises, including devaluation of the pound and deflation. It relates the beginning of Protestant-Catholic conflict in Northern Ireland. It covers other social upheaval, such as corralling people into tower blocks.
While White Heat covers the swinging sixties in detail, it notes that the swinging sixties influenced few people and puts it into the larger context of life in the UK. Would you believe that the soundtrack for The Sound of Music outsold The Beatles’ albums? British society and tastes still remained fairly conservative by the end of the sixties.
Dominick Sandbrook also wrote Never Had It So Good: A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles, about the preceding years of recent British history. He has also written books about the UK in the seventies: I look forward to additional coverage of The Troubles. All are books that I plan to read.
If you would like to focus on the swinging sixties, then I recommend Ready, Steady, Go!: The Smashing Rise and Giddy Fall of Swinging London by Shawn Levy.
To mark the Fourth of July and #MusicMonday, I’m reaching back into recent history: namely, Lady Gaga’s rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl 50:
She starts out softly, but once she surmounts “and the rocket’s red glare,” you know that she’s killed it.
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Source: Happy 4th of July! | The Style Page