Just some thoughts:
This past week I was walking through an old thrift store. As I walked by a table I saw a sign on the table that read: “Anything on this table ten cents.” Well that caught my attention. You can’t buy a toothpick today for ten cents.
What then caught my attention was an old record album of Hoagy Carmichael. A two record set. I’m a sucker for old books and anything regarding music. I thought come on Hoagy is worth at least ten cents of my time. If nothing more than respect for another fellow Hoosier. So I bought the album and a night or two later converted the records to a cd. Last night coming home from a late night of culture I slipped in the cd. I got a bargain. (Carmichael November 1899–December 1981) There’s some music that is just, well its best played late at night, such as “Stardust,” or “I Get Along Without You Very Well.”
Carmichael wrote such standards as “Lazy River,” “I Get Along Without You Very Well,””Ole Buttermilk Sky,” “Skylark,” “The Nearness of You,” “Lazy Bones,” “Two Sleepy People,” and one of my favorites “In The Cool Cool of The Evening.” Even as a young kid I loved hearing Bing Crosby sing that song. It painted a picture for me of a late evening arrival at a very cool out door party.
Two of Hoagy’s most known works would be “Georgia On My Mind,” and a song that is said to be the most recorded song ever, “Stardust.”
I once heard a person who lived in my growing up neighborhood say of another person, “I sure wish I could buy that guy for what he’s really worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth.”
You know there are a lot of things in life that are worth more than ten cents of our time. Mr. Carmichael’s music is certainly one such thing.
You know there are some items in life that they never have the proper price tags. Many worth more than we ever thought. Every so often it might do us good to give a bit of thought to what some of those things might be.
April 21, 2019
Posted June 11, 2019