Nearly letting February go by without a post – good job it’s a leap year and I can just sneak under the wire.
Now that my profile doesn’t show a seal picture, the tagline, “the faint aroma of performing seals” is a bit redundant, I suppose. But I’ll leave it, as a reminder of one of my favourite songs, the Rodgers and Hart classic “I Wish I Were in Love Again” which contains the brilliant lines:
When love congeals
it soon reveals
the faint aroma of performing seals
the double-crossing of a pair of heels.
I wish I were in love again…
Not many of my tiny group of readers have noticed the reference, but Naomi Hyamson, mezzo-chanteuse and, improbably, Times journalist, did. The song’s in her repertoire, along with lots of Weimar-era Brecht / Weill. Originally from the show “Babes in Arms”, though not featured in the Mickey Rooney/ Judy Garland film version, the song is usally treated as a lively comic number, though I bet Naomi doesn’t sing it like that. Certainly, Joni Mitchell’s version, on her “Both Sides Now” album, exudes a desperate yearning. So- now you know.

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