Thursday, September 22, 2011

Friday Flash 55 - "He's Got a Way"

Gene Kelly & Judy Garland - One of my FAVORITE Old Hollywood photos! (from Google Images)

He's Got a Way

How I long to be the girl
for a certain pair of eyes,
certain pair of hands.

Meet the beat of my heart
the reason I beam so.

He's got a way that makes
the angels heave a sigh.

Have you ever seen such perfection?
From the moment I saw him,
zing went my heartstrings.

Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, September 22, 2011

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I guess the question is, if she ever GOT him and after 20+ years of marriage, would she still feel that way?  Well, I can only speak for myself and I have to say, "Yes!"

This is for "Mr. Know-it-All's" Friday Flash 55 (which I will be linking up to after 8pm tonight).  The above is written using lines from various songs Judy sung over the years.  The link below is fun as it has short audio previews of many of her songs.  I love all of her stuff throughout her career, but her voice when she was young and healthy was perfection.  It doesn't get any better than "Embraceable You" or when Judy & Gene sing "When You Wore a Tulip (And I Wore a Big Red Rose)".  "Ol' Man River" works so well, especially in her older voice as it seems to personify the words so well.  "Fascinating Rhythm" certainly helps me get my housework done...

If you have time, flip through the songs that I have linked below (there are short audio previews) - I even found a few I hadn't heard before. 

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I am tacking on (below) a previous post of a few days ago because it obviously goes well with the above and I thought some might like a chance to watch the video below.  

Photo courtesy of Claudia of "dVerse"
Sentimental Journey Home
(Inspired by Judy Garland's & Bobby Darin's Train Medley below)

Sentimental journey, I'm goin' home,
whistle blowin' down the lonesome road.
I'm travelin'; lookin' up
and lookin' down, but
Gabriel I have yet to see.

I've traveled to Oz and to Sante Fe,
with and without a reservation,
but now I'm goin' home
with anticiaption
and I long to hear
the "All Aboard".

I'm travelin' towards heaven
via the railroad tracks,
perhaps still yearnin'
for a bit of roamin'...

but now I'm travelin'
a sentimental journey home,
the trains a-callin',
the lonesome whistle
callin' me home,

announcin' the "All Aboard".
Yes, I'm traversin'
a sentimental journey back in time,
riding the Atchison, Topeka
and the Santa Fe.

Old and grey I may be,
but not too old for this holiday.
Feelin' a bit lonely as I travel along
thinkin' of all my cares and lows,

but headin' towards the blue horizon
holdin' your memory in my arms.
I'm lookin' down
the not-so-lonesome road
singin' on the railroad,
not so lonely anymore.

Lookin' up to see the maker
with you holdin' out your arms,
standing next to Gabriel

I'm glad I boarded the train
at the Pennsylvania Station
and stopped my roamin'
as my yearnin' heart needed
this sentimental journey home.

compilation of words by Margaret Bednar (many words selected and condensed from "The Train Medley" sung by Judy Garland and Bobby Darin), Art Happens 365, September 19, 2011

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Below is a wonderful YouTube video of Judy Garland and Bobby Darin singing a train medley. (Let's hope it doesn't get yanked!)

Below are three sketches I have drawn of Judy Garland in the past:


Everyday Goddess said...

very glamorous theme, i enjoyed your writing. and your sketches are excellent!

TexWisGirl said...

loved that photo of the 2 of them and your writing of them. whew! :)

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

20 years and still going strong - good for you, Margaret!

Log Cabin Studio said...

Wonderful sketches!!Wow

G-Man said...

Margaret Bednar...
This whole post was above and beyond Amazing!
You have to be THE most talented and Pefect blogger I know!
Your Husband must be wearing a shit-eatin grin Continuously!
I bow to The Queen....
Thanks for sharing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Morning said...

the drawings are amazing.

your 55 is wonderful.

Brian Miller said...

you know i bet someones hubby is smiling right now...smiles. thats a cool kinda love...

Monkey Man said...

Twenty years! Good for you. Will be 19 for Mrs. MM and I in October.

Alice Audrey said...

20 years of that kind of zing? Too cool.

Mama Zen said...

Your sketches are fabulous! I love the romantic 55.

Doctor FTSE said...

Ahhh . . . Margaret. You sure is a sweetie and a romantic.

Jinksy said...

All things film, eh? LOL. The Romance of the silver screen...

hedgewitch said...

Judy was my mom's favorite singer--grew up on her songs, so all those lines rang a bell. Nice 55, and love the artwork.

Heaven said...

Love the heartfelt poem.. you and your hubby are very lucky.

Thanks for sharing that sentimental journey home.. enjoyed it.

You are very talented...I enjoyed your sketches.

This post is amazing.. full of goodies ~ you are awesome ~

forgetmenot said...

How could you not love Judy Garland--such talent, and what a voice! Great post, Margaret! And, speaking of talent, your sketches are perfect--nice job. Yes, I crossed the bridge-had to get to Coronado Island, the hotel and the beautiful beach! Have a lovely weekend. Mickie :)

Lydia said...

Love your 55, and would even if I did not love the two stars in the image! But how I do love Gene Kelly and appreciate Judy Garland more with passing time. Your drawings of her are special, and I love the last one the best. I find myself wishing that Liza Minelli could see this post!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi Margaret,
If I have one regret, it's that I didn't get an opportunity to dance more. Lovely sketches and all. Cheers!

Ginnie said...

So, who's taking their places today, I wonder! Who would you draw (so well) of today's actresses???

Steve Isaak said...

I read the first poem - excellent first stanza, good read.

Margaret said...

Thank you everyone. It truly is always wonderful to spend an afternoon listening to Judy Garland's music and sketching the old movie stars.

G-Man - Ha. I will remind him he must never get angry with me... you said so!

Lydia - I could watch Gene Kelly forever! :)

Yvonne - My husband and I love dancing. Even took some swing dancing lessons and rarely find the time anymore. We must correct that soon!

Ginnie - I have NO idea who I would be inspired by today... I've been trying to think of that and haven't come up with an answer yet.