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Lois & Ashley

Ashley Bryan is an old and dear friend of mine and like too many of my friends I don't see him often enough. But he was here last night.

Earlier in the day I had had a class of students from Simmons here---eleven of them---and they were just leaving when Ashley arrived. So there were hasty introductions while people were putting on boots, taking off coats, etc, all of them in the front hall.  I wandered off to the kitchen to tend the oven because Ashley and two other friends had come for dinner.

But next thing I knew, I could hear Ashley reciting a poem in his vibrant voice. An audience-participation poem. And eleven girls from Simmons, who had never met this man before in their lives, were shouting out the responses. That's Ashley for you---whipping up enthusiasm and participation, from total strangers, in literally seconds. 

I hope the students went off into the cold night warmed by poetry and by an encounter with Ashley.

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rebecca herman Monday, 29 November 1999

Lovely photos!

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ojimenez Monday, 29 November 1999

"Fox Trot with vocal chorus " Even crackling noises from the grooves of a 78rpm record:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRiM28LDwLw
cheers!

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Roger Sutton Monday, 29 November 1999

Lois, that song is on my iPod, sung by Vera Lynn. Am I alone in this?

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lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

VERA LYNN? Roger, you are sooo alone.

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Roger Sutton Monday, 29 November 1999

Shut up, Vera Lynn is GREAT. Big, warm sound plus she won us the war. What more do you want?

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lois Lowry Monday, 29 November 1999

Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth won the war, you dodo.

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dennis james Monday, 29 November 1999

Hey folks,
who is the author???
I'm a jazz vocalist who discovered this great tune and sing it in a most heartfelt way!
Diane Krull did a wonderful version of this tune as well.
Can some one tell me the author's name, please? I just did a recording of it for a demo that I am going to be using and I still do not know who wrote it!
Send me the info if you have it at:
dennisjames718@verizon.net

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