The Saturday Song!


Remember the Friday Song? I ran it for years in an attempt to break tradition with writers’ blogs and make them a little more fun. Well, I think we need it now. So here are the delightful Reta Shaw and Eddie Foy Jr proving they can still cut a rug and put the young ‘uns to shame.


25 comments on “The Saturday Song!”

  1. Jo W says:

    Thanks for that, Chris, it’s cheered up my morning.

  2. Jo W says:

    Don’t know where my comment went, so I’ll try again.
    Thanks for that, Chris, it’s cheered up my morning.

  3. Jo W says:

    Oh, it looks as though I’m on a loop!

  4. Stu-I-Am says:

    One of my favourites (for any day of the week). Posted before, but then, as far as I’m concerned, you can never have too much Anna Jane Casey and the incomparable John Wilson and orchestra. From a 2012 Proms: ‘Tap Your Troubles Away’ from the Jerry Herman musical ‘Mack and Mabel.’

  5. Martin Tolley says:

    Always loved the Friday songs. Thanks for this one.

  6. Jo says:

    God I hate musicals

  7. Jo+e says:

    Unless they are about musicals.

  8. Maryr says:

    a dweud y gwir, mae’n gas ‘da fi blydi musicals hefyd!

  9. Jo+e says:

    Dda i chi Maryr

  10. Helen+Martin says:

    Is that Welsh, you two?

  11. snowy says:

    One of the slight signs that it might be an idea to update a 4 year old version of WordPress, is when words get corrupted to the point of unintelligibility….

    [ jôc ]

  12. Stu-I-Am says:

    @snowy I would call the unusual comments in question Welsh rare bits or rare Welsh bits, if you prefer (drum sting followed by wild applause).

  13. snowy says:

    Musicals… hmmm….

    Glasgow, you might want to forgo what if a popular song is to be believed is your normal disdain for breeks and get your hiking trews out, for a rambling we are going…. [ winky thing ]

    The abundance of St. John’s Wort in flower is a sure sign that Midsummer eve is nigh, and a reminder that it is time to start picking the first wild fruit of the year. It’s one of the old English traditions, that wasn’t stamped out by men in frocks. [People at this time used to enjoy sitting around bonfires of wood or bones and getting uproariously drunk. But once the Church got revved up, the smell of bone and wood burning carried a much different, darker meaning.]

    It’s a quite pleasant activity, only takes a couple of hours, but is not exactly entertaining; so it is usually carried out while listening to a suitable playlist, that both begins and ends with ‘Play That Funky Music – [White Boy], well what else could it be?

    But ever being an ardent craver of novelty, a change was made, and it was undertaken to the soundtrack of a Musical. Now you wouldn’t normally think the triangular trade in Tea, Silver and Opium in the 19th century was perhaps the most fertile ground from which to construct a piece of light entertainment, but somebody did.


    It doesn’t really get going until Act 2, with the introduction of Obadiah Upward.

    The musical styles are quite varied, [it oscillates more wildly between HMS Pinafore and Cabaret, than a double-booked Theatre critic on a deadline].

    It is never ever going to get revived at any time this century, unless or until the general audience learns:

    a) Satire is meant to be edgy, and not just chucking swear words into a rather weak joke.

    b) Ironic is a form of comic dialogue, and not just flouncing about in your Gran’s cast-offs.

    c) And words placed in the mouths of Characters tell all about the character, and nothing about the thoughts and opinions of the Writer/Director/Producer/Publicist of a particular work, [if you want dirt; ask their Agents, they’ll grass anybody up for bottle of cheap fizz].

    Or it gets some serious lyric changes!

    Still it is very jolly, if some lines do make you wince. It could have done with having the dialogue left in, [and I got 2lb of fruit off one tree!]

  14. BarbaraBoucke says:

    snowy – it took a bit of poking around but the musical is Poppy from 1982. What fruit did you manage to get 2lb of?

  15. Helen+Martin says:

    Barbara, cherries should be ripe but I don’t think there are many on public land.

  16. BarbaraBoucke says:

    Thanks, Helen. Maybe plums???

  17. Helen+Martin says:

    Nope, Barbara, plums are August, unless there’s a variant that is early. Come on, Snowy, give with the info.

  18. Stu-I-Am says:

    @Helen+ Martin & BarbaraBoucke Helen/Barbara — Subject to confirmation by the picker himself, the fruit in question is probably either wild cherries or cherry plums, both of which grow wild in the UK and are now in season.

  19. BarbaraBoucke says:

    Thank you, Stu. At least Helen and I were on the right track.

  20. snowy says:

    I could have pranced about on a ‘Big Black Horse’ but it is quite to convey in a text only medium, so a Chekhov quote will have to suffice:

    “The problem is that we attempt to solve the simplest questions cleverly, thereby rendering them unusually complex. One should seek the simple solution.

    Given the massive amounts of synthetic fibres, man fur and hairspray fumes on that stage, it’s a complete miracle they never spontaneously combusted.

  21. BarbaraBoucke says:

    snowy, I’m completely lost, and at my age it doesn’t take much! If your comment is referring to the production of “Poppy”, I did read some positive comments about the music. At least, I think I did. This doesn’t answer the question of what type of fruit you managed to pick 2 lbs. of, but such is life. Helen, and I, and Stu had a bit of dialogue which I always appreciate. I found an inexpensive LP of the show on ebay from a seller here in California where I live, so I will find out for myself what the RSC production sounded like. Thank you.

  22. snowy says:

    W e l l

  23. snowy says:

    The clue was in the band name….

    You won’t quite get the full experience from the record, it’s supposed to be performed as a pantomime, a particularly British tradition that didn’t cross the Atlantic with the Puritans, [they really weren’t keen on that sort of thing].

  24. BarbaraBoucke says:

    I get it – thank you. The album is supposed to arrive today. I know it won’t be the same as panto, but I will give it a listen anyhow and try to use my imagination. Don’t know what you did with the cherries, besides eat them just as is, but I hope you enjoyed each one. My parents used to take us to pick fruit when I was growing up – peaches, pears, and two kinds of cherries – Bings and Royal Ann’s. Then they would can them in tall glass Mason jars to have during the winter. I can still see all the jars lined up on the wood shelves in the basement part of the house we first lived in.

  25. BarbaraBoucke says:

    I forgot the apricots in the list of fruits. I listened to the song on YouTube with KT Tunstall and enjoyed it – especially the drums and rhythm. Thank you again, snowy.

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