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Friday, December 15, 2006

Ethel Merman, Registered Democrat

I wish embedding were allowed on Youtube, of Ethel Merman and Ted Knight (the dazzlingly white-headed actor, from the Mary Tyler Moore Show) singing "America".

But it's not, so click here to watch it.

The Merm was mentioned in the post below, to highlight the talent those generations gave us, as opposed to the ones we have the inestimable misfortune of being stuck with, today.

I tell you, even the finest examples of talent we have today from the post-Boomer generation (Michael Jackson and Madonna) wouldn't be fit to lick the boots of Frank Sinatra and Ethel Merman.

Look at the face of Ted Knight as Ethel for once doesn't belt out a song, but cradles it as gently in her vocal chords, as the Statue of Liberty holds unto her torch.

Look at how these two registered Democrats make a point by proclaiming their love of their country.

This at HEIGHT of Watergate and Vietnam, so spare me the references to Iraq and Guantanamo.

God, where has this talent gone to? Where has this gratuitous feeling for one's country by pop artists disappeared to?

Why can't our generation produce such talent wedded to such emotion? Or just, talent?

Screw you, Pink.


  • I'm pissed I couldn't mention The Ethel Merman Disco album.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sat Dec 16, 08:08:00 am GMT-5  

  • Hey, where's Kate Smith? If anything, she was left of the Left today, but still her signature tune was "God Bless America."

    I don't worry about the talent side of the equation, as, over time, emotion and talent will return to the degree to which we feel we need them. At the moment, emotionalism has waned considerably, but, I feel, "being cool" has peaked out. What's next? We don't know yet, but remain a man of faith here. We can't go back, things just can't realign themselves to produce the happy accidents we had then. The current Dems may come back in an older form, or they may just die out and something else (Neo-Whigs?) will rise in their place.

    Personally, not much of a Sinatra fan myself. Grew up with too many Frankie wannabees, and I didn't find the archtype all that compelling.

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat Dec 16, 08:42:00 am GMT-5  

  • Stop the Presses!!

    I received two emails contesting the fact that Ethel Merman was a registered Democrat.

    Seems she was a very well-known Republican. And Episcopalian, to boot.

    God, can she get more perfect?

    Shirley Temple, Irene Dunne, and now, Ethel Merman.

    Can I pick 'em, or what?


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Dec 17, 03:53:00 am GMT-5  

  • Oh, no you di'nt, Ron!

    How can you dislike Frankie? Ole Blues. The Chairman of the Broads.

    Shame, shame. Unspeakable shame.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Sun Dec 17, 03:54:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ohhh, Ron! How dare you? Sheesh! Yeesh! And various assorted sounds of disgust and incomprehension!

    Sinatra was great! ;)

    Vicks, Merman was a class act, no matter her political affiliation. Ted Knight was a fine actor and a funny guy.

    And as for Kate Smith, as a Flyers fan I can never get enough of her rendition of "God Bless America". I don't care what her political affiliation was. She also was a class act. Unlike Alec Baldwin, Natalie Mains, and their ilk.

    Since the Republicans rose from the ashes of the dying Whigs, the Dems will probably find another compelling name if they actually do crumble. "Lenin's Ladies" perhaps?

    By Blogger benning, at Thu Dec 21, 09:20:00 am GMT-5  

  • "Lenin's Ladies" perhaps?

    LOL! How genius is that.

    Redolent of Schwarzenegger's "girlie men", too. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Dec 21, 07:38:00 pm GMT-5  

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