Thursday, March 19, 2009

There's got to be a morning after

Yesterday was my 68th birthday. Today I woke up and thought of that song. It was first sung at the end of the movie The Poseidon Adventure in 1972 and was a hit for singer Maureen McGovern. Here she is singing it. (I can’t explain the video. Perhaps it is a tribute to the peace movement of the sixties, but I don’t know for sure. When I hear the song, the only scenes I see are Shelley Winters swimming underwater and the survivors emerging from the upturned ship at the end of the movie.)

This must be my month for girl singers. Rosemary Clooney, Dinah Washington, Bea Arthur (her baritone voice almost disqualifies her from the category), and now Maureen McGovern. Oh, wait, I did throw Pat Boone into the mix at one point.

Perhaps I am stuck in the past. Well, as the Jewish lawyer who opened a restaurant in Tokyo said, Sosumi.

In fairness, though, I am now in the second day of my 69th year, and I have a lot more past to remember than future on earth to contemplate. Fortunately, it doesn’t stop there.

Here is that selfsame Maureen McGovern singing a truly amazing rendition of “Amazing Grace” with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (that girl has quite a range). At one point, the choir of Azusa Pacific University sings a verse a capella. It took me back to my own college choir days at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.

There’s got to be a morning after.

I’m counting on it.


  1. So sorry I've only just left a note on your yesterday's post - I had a day with minimal computer action, yesterday, for reasons which are all to obvious on my eventual post! Is this the creeping up of Old Age Syndrome?!

  2. Happy day after your birthday! That is a lovely rendition of "Amazing Grace".

    Can you tell.....I was trying to fill up your Feedjit box with my own clickings. Hey, your live map shows that AP visitor to be from China. Cool.

    I've noticed that the map that goes with my "whosamungus" widget shows more visitors than the Feedjit map does. I don't know how that all works. Some folks click "ignore my browser" on Feedjit, I suppose.

    Enjoy your day!

  3. Oh my goodness, now I have that song running through my head. But I will wish you a happy belated birthday anyway.

  4. Guess what.....last evening I watched "Nights in Rodanthe" again with my daughter. Dinah Washington is mentioned. A recording of her singing is playing in a kitchen scene; Richard Gere walks in and says something like, "Dinah Washington....she was great."