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Unless you were a big fan of the big bands so prevalent in the 40’s or saw every film that Bette Midler ever made, you probably missed the movie “For the Boys.”  A recent news story about the opening of a USO in Virginia is what had be revisiting my film library recently to view this picture once again.

I had purchased a video of a Mark Rydell film a while back. This movie is about a true-to-life couple who entertained the troops, a warm a sentimental look at Eddie Sparks and Dixie Leonard two of the many USO singers and dancers who were hired to visit military installations to boost the morale of the soldiers and to offer them a temporary respite from the stresses associated with the war and from battle fatigue.   Many movie stars volunteered to join the entertainers to cheer up the troops, and just amazed the soldiers with their electrifying stage presence.

The film was not made yesterday (its issue date was 1991), in fact, while Ms. Midler and James Caan were rehearsing a scene on location at a London airbase, and performing for servicemen and reservists, they were surprised by the sudden events of the Gulf War that called many of the soldiers immediately into action.

A good deal of their audience that day had to leave and Caan and Midler found themselves reliving a familiar occurrence,   entertaining the remaining military service personnel  with their film’s musical numbers before the men present on the set were actually called off to do their duty.

While oversees, the bands, the big bands, were doing what they could for the war effort to keep Americans entertained and happy.  Out of this effort, beautiful torch singers emerged and the sounds of big band jazz.  One of the all-girl big bands of the swing era was called the “International Sweethearts of Rhythm” with leader and vocalist Anna Mae Winburn.  Songs that would inspire and lift spirits like “Tuxedo Junction” were the order of fare for these one-of-a-kind, tremendously talented female musicians, their songs, like their popular number “Jump Children” were impossible to listen to without wagging a foot or two, or moving to-and -fro in beat with their lively music.

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm were the first band to challenge biases of gender and race. They confronted these dual prejudices during a time when the African-American mainstream lived under the oppression of the Jim Crow laws (ridged black codes between 1876 and 1965).

 

The torch singers of the 40’s were a cross between vivacious and sultry and all were gorgeously attired for their musical gigs, they were considered “Big Band Beauties”.  The less petite looking women were labeled “swing singers”, they were more robust in appearance, and less concerned with glamour but more focused on jazzy pizzazz and beautifully belting out their songs.  These beauties where equally as enthralling but in a different way, they were referred to as bluesy sisters who swung, and man, did they ever swing.

Women’s groups (close harmony singing groups) like the Andrew Sisters (La Verne, Patty, Maxine and Sophia) were a combination, a mixture of both striking and spellbinding.  In addition to their on stage performances, the Andrews Sisters made many radio broadcasts and movies with big bands such as the Glen Miller Orchestra in the 30’s and 40’s era.

They would tour, play in clubs and entertain in hotel venues aesthetically enhanced with highly fashionable clothing and makeup.  Much like today, people needed to be captivated and distracted, the sound of their music and their glamorous appeal helped to take their audience’s mind off worrying. The torch and swing singers, the women’s close harmony groups and all female bands like the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, used their aesthetic appeal both audibly and visually to calm, sedate, and to stimulate, thereby, reviving the senses of all those who would show up or tune in to be aesthetically healed, one way or another.

References & Much More on this Subject 

Film clip from “For the Boys”

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101902/

Tragically Sad Scene from Movie “For the Boys” – Bette Midler sings “In My Life”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH1iubPJJxA

The Girls in the Band – All Woman bands of the 30’s and 40’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAJjCIWECWg&feature=related

International Sweethearts of Rhythm – Tuxedo Junction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9WJ7b_uc-U

Women and Jazz International Sweethearts of Rhythm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cjmg8Jepvw

Andrew Sisters, Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy of Company-B

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pfCFU3Mqww&feature=related

Andrew Sisters – Hold Tight (rare recording)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD6nQbKh55M&feature=relmfu

Sexy All Girl Jazz Band

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ_YjcKXPUI

Ivy Benson and Her All Girl Orchestra

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhUW-hXt8nA&feature=related

Vintage Make-up Guides (1940’s)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zumBMKc3II

1940’s Vintage Fashion Poolside Fashion Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f_tNUKI86k&feature=related

Haircuts of the 1940’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcR3hbuRq9s&feature=related

Wikipedia Big Band Era

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_band

Music of the 1940’s at the National World War II Museum Stage Door Canteen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAQciYivp8U&feature=related

Women’s Fashion 1940’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=3sa61LTvGZI&NR=1

Many people believe that beauty resides in the center of a good soul. Traditionally, beauty has been said to be in the eyes of the beholder (the receiver who looks for beauty,  is likely to encounter it ). Beauty carries with its own vibration, meaning there is a frequency that is attached to it.

Beauty is its own life force and as such it contains its own energy and those who recognize it  are the receivers of its energy and when they release it through their appreciation of it,  they become transmitters of beauty.  Like all elements of light and energy, beauty has reflective qualities. It omits an aura through its own vibration that is subconsciously experienced by those who are in agreement with it.

When we encounter people, places and things that we perceive as beautiful, we often feel lighter and more jovial.  Depending upon what it is that we interpret as beauty, the impression it leaves on us can vary from extremes in excitement, to a soothing sense of internal serenity.

We may not all see the same redeeming value attached to the things we identify as beautiful but we certainly know when we have witnessed it, and when its residual effects are experienced by us and we are touched by it, we are in some way, never the same.

There is also a group of neuroscientists  that have exploring the signs of spirituality in relation to the human brain which they claim is not the mind and is connected to a higher level of consciousness that links our thinking to the universe and beyond the world of matter. In their book the “Spiritual Brain”

Mario Beauregard and Denyse  O’Leary focus on the strength of our convictions based on our spiritual experiences that inspire ourselves and others who believe as we do. http://www.amazon.com/The-Spiritual-Brain-Neuroscientists-Existence/dp/0060858834

They are researching alternative mental visions such as extrasensory perception and telepathy. They are of the belief that inquires into psi  have special merit and are worthy of just as much  investigation.  In their book they describe the importance of looking for a “God spot” or a “God Gene” in the brain that functions something like a switch that can be turned on in the brain. And, they claim that the studies they are conducting are turning up considerable evidence of such.

They refer to their hypothesis as the nonphysical mind. They see it as another dimension in their  professional neuroscientific lives. Drawing on his own research with Carmelite nuns, Beauregard shows

that paradigm spiritual happenings can be recorded. He offers much more than speculation that holy events in our lives have a spiritual basis which provides for some serious introspection and that could possibly give credence to the idea that there is a mightier power who we can give credence to that inspires our spiritual experiences, and our faith may not merely be the physiology of our brains.

Another book that reveals the inner workings of the spiritual mind is the book “Studies in Neuroscience, Consciousness and Spirituality”.  The series editors: Harald Walach, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, Stefan Schmidt, University Medical Center, Freiburg and European University and Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, have diligently united both scholarship and science.

In the United States, Canada, and in Israel there are those who have contributed to the research and the publication, experts academicians like Jonathan Schooler, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, USA Mario Beauregard, University of Montreal, Canada Robert Forman, Jerusalem Institute of Advanced Studies, Israel B. Alan Wallace, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies, CA, USA

Individual chapters discuss new areas of research, such as near death studies and neuroscience research into spiritual experiences, and report on significant new theoretical advances.  From Harald Walach’s introductory essay that invites inquiry into the subject, “Neuroscience, Consciousness, Spirituality – Questions, Problems and Potential Solutions,” to the concluding chapter by Robert K. C. Foreman entitled An Emerging New Model for Consciousness: The Consciousness Field Model,” “ who encourages us to investigate  this book and promises us a more integrated understanding of spirituality, neuroscience and consciousness.

Practicing the Art of Preponderance

The problem with being perplexed is that one has to be patient when pondering

 Out of the paleness of one’s potentiality, the vibrancy of precision can be produced if one is purposeful

Precious as the rarest of all pearls is the wisdom of one’s positive projections of self

Precocious by nature but with a personality that has grown protective after years of providing food for prejudice, pilfering away at one’s pride

Promising paradigm shifts but stuck in patterns of preponderance

more persistent than not

Parlaying a prominent protagonist philosophy only providing more puzzlement to the pot

Preposterous proclamations lend nothing to the precarious situation

Feelings of persecution result in pessimism for which there is no preparing

Pleasure can only be permitted if the power of prayer presides

Principles prevail over problems offering professional progressiveness if there is no procrastination

Planning and preparedness pave the way for future profit and unlimited possibilities

For each of us has the potential to be prophets of the people and protest one should not

Prudence provides the platform for preservation of purpose

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” 
Friedrich Nietzsche

 There is nothing more enchanting than watching people dance; their spirit always seems to rise to the occasion. 

 

When the music starts one simply cannot sit still, every part of one’s being is affected.  

There are so many different moves to observe; at times it seems impossible to take them all in.

 

Dancing is an art form, one that satisfies a person’s desire to experience the freedom of openness.

It is difficult to view a ballet without feeling the dancer’s movements on a very personal level.

Tap dancing is enthralling and invigorating, whereas the Tango is just downright sexy.

And, what could be more sensuous than belly dancing?

Everyone knows that a good waltz can make one feel as if he or she has wings on his or her heels.

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage 

Sensational Scenes from More Than Memorable Moments of Dance

Scene From Film “Scent of A Woman”  

Scene From Scent of A Woman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBHhSVJ_S6A

Liza Minnelli’s performance in the movie “Cabaret”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moOamKxW844

35 Best Dance Sequences in Film

http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/5680728#pm_cmp=vid_OEV_P_P

Sizzling Dance Scenes

http://www.reelz.com/trailer-clips/52139/top-10-sizzlin-dance-scenes/

Riverdance – Irish Dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgGAzBDE454

American Indian Dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s9z3IOpH1g

East Indian Dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsfi_DyUlj8  

Traditional Japanese Dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYPjTdM52T4

Trailers and Clips from Entries to Contest – Best Dance Scenes in Film

http://www.reelz.com/movie/149662/dirty-dancing/

Youthful Dance Number

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwjgR7LZ1-0

American Bandstand – Celebration of the 4 decades from 1950’s to 1990’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3CHr6imxPk

 Quotes about Dancing

http://www.quotegarden.com/dancing.html

More Quotes Re: Dancing

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/dance

We are All Rain Proof & Water Resistant

Even in the puddles of the dreariest days, we play!

 

 

Alone Again

Maudlin in the Rain

Biking Through the City’s  Streets 

Splashing in Puddles Rushing Off to Work

Taking the Time for the Joys of a Summer Rain Shower

Paris in the Rain – “I Will Never Be the Same!”

 Souls and Rain-Drops

- Sidney Lanier 

Light rain-drops fall and wrinkle the sea,
Then vanish, and die utterly.
One would not know that rain-drops fell
if the round sea-wrinkles did not tell.

So souls come down and wrinkle life
and vanish in the flesh-sea strife.
One might not know that souls had place
weren’t not for the wrinkles in life’s face. 

 
“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
Roger Miller

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain.” – Unknown

Rain  – James Rowe

 

Rain fell last night…quiet, gentle rain,

that tapped against my window pane,

and called me back from troubled sleep,

to soothe a heart too numb to weep. 

My loneliness was too deep and real,

and like a wound that would not heal,

it throbbed within me, and I knew

my arms were empty without you. 

But as I listened to the sound

of soft rain falling on the ground,

I heard your voice, tender and clear,

Call my name, and oh my dear,

I threw my window open wide,

to let the sweet rain rush inside.

It kissed my lips, my eyes, my hair,

and love, I knew that you were there. 

Tears that my heart could not release

Fell down from Heaven, bringing peace.

 

 Rain Videos

I Like London in the Rain – Blossom Dearie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHUVWEgHAy8

Beauty of Rainy Days Bangkok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=envMHiIyRYk

Famous Poems About the Rain

http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/thematic_poems/rain_poems.html

Love Poems

http://www.1lovepoems.com/rain.shtml

Quotes About the Rain

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/rain

Video – Walkin in the Rain with the One I Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfQHSwZX4sg

25 Songs About the Rain

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Music/25-Songs-About-Rain.aspx?b=1&p=13

Enya – Listen to the Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=686k9qcmzkw&feature=related

Cracker – Another Song About the Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8zuQH27Qjk

Country Western Songs About the Rain

http://sunshine625.hubpages.com/hub/Country-Music-Songs-About-Rain

Singing in the Rain

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Music/25-Songs-About-Rain.aspx?p=2

We are born with many sensory based gifts associated with heighten awareness, but none can rival our ability to think up visual depictions of the things that we desire most and hold a sincere appreciation for in our lives. 

No matter what our financial status, whether we are rich or poor, being able to see the unseen by simply putting our imaginations to work results in a treasure trove of assets which makes us wealthy beyond any monetary measure.

When we imagine, we dream, and when we dream, we create a unique world of our own making where anything and everything is a possibility if we will just bring it to life by forming the idea of such imaginings as being real in our consciousness.

It does not matter if we have experienced the smell, the taste or the feel of a live sensation or not, all we have to do is be resourceful enough to ingeniously conjure up the image in as much of its splendor as we can possibly master at the moment.  

How astounding it is to know that as our thoughts have the ability to wind their way through the halls and imaginary corridors of our complex and highly creative minds, that there is always the possibility that we will, by some remote chance, come across a full fledge panorama of a fantasy we arbitrarily envisioned as we mentally turn a make-believe corner and find ourselves jubilant by what we come upon. 

 Regardless, of the probability of our wish coming true, daydreaming will always shine a ray of hope on impossible pleasantries that we choose to picture in our minds.

 As children we were put to task for allowing ourselves to become inattentive and distracted, but as adults we are considered invaluable members of collaborative teams if asked to contribute our sharp minds and insights to inventive projects  and uniquely devised presentations. 

The gift of imagery is an endowment that keeps on giving because it continues to come to our rescue again and again, by rising up from inside of us like a geyser that propels a stream of gushing water high into the air, gaily triggered by some spontaneous interval in what would otherwise be regarded as another humdrum day. 

Imagery provides us with a temporary intermission, relieving us of a nerve-racking instant caused by an intruding predicament that interferes with what would be a more harmonic aspect of our daily existence.  

“I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.  ~Steven Wright”

Quotes about Daydreaming

http://www.quotegarden.com/daydream.html

 

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