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A little bit of this, that and a walk down memory lane

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Observations of life can be interesting but brief. When I accumulate a few of those interesting tidbits, I try to put them together as a little of this and a little of that. I don’t want to lose the impressions. That’s what this column is: A little of this and a little of that.

One of my fellow Rotarians keeps bugging me to write about the girls in bikinis  in Hawaii. He is just kidding, but I’m going to give him what he asked for.

Yes, I did see some bikini-clad young women at the beach. One of them  appeared to be enhanced. (Actually, both.) My viewpoint was from several hundred feet away so with my vision, I’m not sure how much was real and how much was my imagination.

The real indicator of where I am in life is it took repeated reminders from the Rotary friend before I remembered the bikinis. What I did remember was the feeling of the sand between my toes as the light surf rolled in and out. Refreshing old memories rather than creating new ones. Just old I guess.

Recently I was taking my regular walk in the afternoon. It was too cold in the morning. As I walked along the McCoy Creek bike path, what should I see but two young horsemen. I had never seen them there before. What made the sighting interesting was the appearance of one of the horses: white with black round spots all over the body. It was almost as if someone had taken a template and used it to spray paint the spots. It was so uniform, I thought it might be a special “paint” horse. But when I looked it up on the Web, I discovered it was a leopard Appaloosa.

A few days later I saw  a similar animal featured in a Daily Republic article. Not the same one. The spots were not nearly as uniform. I learn something new almost every day – a leopard Appaloosa.

I’ve been thinking about the Honey Bee Trio performance at the Kroc Center. It was excellent. But my thoughts wandered to the music of the 1930s and ’40s, the era of the music in the show. It was an era of big bands, ballads, boogie woogie and be bop.

The bands were almost all formed and headed by outstanding instrumentalists. Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw on the clarinet, Harry James and Louis Armstrong on the trumpet. Bands performed mostly at large dance halls like the Palomar in Los Angeles. It was a great time for swing dancing and jazz.

Some of my fondest memories are of the great instrumentals, such as Coleman Hawkins’ tenor sax rendition of “Body and Soul,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “How High the Moon” and with Louis Armstrong’s “The Umbrella Man.” Another great trumpet player was Ziggy Ellman and his rendition of “How High the Moon,” plus Benny Goodman and “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

A lot of people don’t know that Nat King Cole first became well known with his trio. He played the piano. It was a time when ballads were real love songs with lyrics that touched your heart.

Yes, the Honey Bee Trio performance at the Kroc Center was a good, long trip down memory lane for me. I’m still walking down that path.

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or mzb60@comcast.net.

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  • The MisterMarch 22, 2014 - 8:05 am

    You know, Murray, your letter today gives us hope. I know that during the times that formed some of your fondest memories were times of intense struggle for many... be it off fighting in war or sacrifices here at home... you still found lasting enjoyment in the simple things in life. I also find hope in that as I get older and my eyesight get a bit dim that women will get better looking. That has certainly been the case with my honey!

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  • Everything is Beautiful by Ann Marie BoskovichMarch 22, 2014 - 8:44 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox03FcC7eao

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  • Lester Young &Coleman Hawkins 1958March 22, 2014 - 9:11 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DmtPvFa_W8

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  • Coleman Hawkins-Body and Soul 1939.wmvMarch 22, 2014 - 9:12 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sul_9BcgOOI

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  • Doris Day - Sentimental Journey (remastered)March 22, 2014 - 9:29 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ycj2SwFG3w

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  • Night And Day (Frank Sinatra - 1961 with Lyrics)March 22, 2014 - 9:32 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZizY2OuVMI

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  • Gene Krupa - Stompin At The SavoyMarch 22, 2014 - 9:36 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lwQHY-M5GU

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  • "It's Only a Paper Moon" The Nat King Cole TrioMarch 22, 2014 - 9:40 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc5RMYvXOhA

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  • Billie Holiday - Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)March 23, 2014 - 10:03 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBanjMmV6zQ

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  • Glenn Miller - Moonlight SerenadeMarch 23, 2014 - 10:15 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZQQ0vUBceM

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  • Connee boswell - Moon Over MiamiMarch 23, 2014 - 10:22 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIlxBxFTkhk

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  • Glenn Miller-"Medley-Moon Over Miami...etc"March 23, 2014 - 10:26 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l513pNpY2BU

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  • P.J.March 22, 2014 - 9:38 am

    The best song for "jitterbug" was and still is, "In the Mood"! My husband and I won a lot of contests dancing to that number....talk about 'memories'!!!

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  • 'IN THE MOOD' - Glenn Miller - (Enhanced HQ Sound) HDMarch 22, 2014 - 9:43 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAQgXPTekOU

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  • I've Got a Gal ( PJ ) in Kalamazoo (Stereo)March 22, 2014 - 9:46 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQQfK8Bqkw0

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  • I'm Just Wild.... I mean Just Wild About Murray !March 23, 2014 - 12:38 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMnFpjJGyjc

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  • Alice Faye and Betty Grable rare song and dance routineMarch 23, 2014 - 12:51 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLAguaFhIbA

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  • Harry James , Kitty Kallen - IT'S BEEN A LONG,LONG TIMEMarch 23, 2014 - 1:01 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJFf29jUnrs

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  • Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Harry James, Lionel HamptonMarch 23, 2014 - 1:07 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTzP7ecGQiw

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  • Don't Be That Way - Benny Goodman 1985March 23, 2014 - 1:13 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcCZZ3l9tBo

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  • NFSD... Nancy Wilson - Here's That Rainy DayMarch 23, 2014 - 1:49 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5Ajl71Btbs

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  • Tommy Newsome & Doc Severinsen - Here's That Rainy DayMarch 23, 2014 - 1:50 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFac_omWrBg

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  • Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, High SocietyMarch 23, 2014 - 9:51 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWgkqICE1Aw

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  • 1930's & 40's Swing Music - Orrin Tucker - Boswell Sisters - George HamiltonMarch 23, 2014 - 11:34 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtld2aqgDPg

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  • Murray BassMarch 26, 2014 - 6:30 am

    Thand everybody.

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