Bourbon Cowboy

The adventures of an urbane bar-hopping transplant to New York.

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I'm a storyteller in the New York area who is a regular on NPR's "This American Life" and at shows around the city. Moved to New York in 2006 and am working on selling a memoir of my years as a greeting card writer, and (as a personal, noncommercial obsession) a nonfiction book called "How to Love God Without Being a Jerk." My agent is Adam Chromy at Artists and Artisans. If you came here after hearing about my book on "This American Life" and Googling my name, the "How to Love God" book itself isn't in print yet, and may not even see print in its current form (I'm focusing on humorous memoir), but here's a sample I've posted in case you're curious anyway: Sample How To Love God Introduction, Pt. 1 of 3. Or just look through the archives for September 18, 2007.) The book you should be expecting is the greeting card book, about which more information is pending. Keep checking back!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Three Fun Things I Learned From the Audio Commentary to "Daddy Long Legs" (1955)

Fred Astaire was a fine drummer, and he kept a set of drums in his bathtub to play on every morning.

"Dream," by Johnny Mercer, was Fred Astaire's favorite song (for some reason). He demanded it appear in the movie. I don't quite get it either, but when Astaire did a TV show shortly thereafter, "Dream" was also his theme song.

Daddy Long Legs contains the only time when Fred Astaire's singing voice was dubbed. It's in a dream sequence where he's acting like a Texas millionaire, and the voice that dubs him belongs to ...are you ready for coolness?... Thurl "Tony the Tiger" Ravenscroft.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Margaret said...

You have just blown my mind.

10/23/2007 2:21 AM  
Blogger Jon Delfin said...

Ah, "Dream." One of a handful of songs Mercer wrote both music and lyrics for, and compositionally perfect. Anybody wants a quick lesson on motivic development, get in touch.

10/24/2007 9:57 AM  

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