As the delights of the fall season crowd around, memories of summer slowly fade. I find it harder than ever to believe I really saw, at a respected, nationally acclaimed theater (Connecticuts Goodspeed Opera House), Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas singing a duet. Not just singing, but dancing, too. And not just any old number, but one of the treasures of the American songbook, On the Sunny Side of the Street:
Theyre big, fat, clean words that bounce off the notes and pass into the language: I recall, a couple of years back, seeing a cartoon of a glass case next to an elevator with a...
Grab your coat and get your hat
Leave your worries on the doorstep
Just direct your feet
To the Sunny Side of the Street
Cant you hear that pitter-pat?
Oh, that happy tune is your step
Life can be so sweet
On the Sunny Side of the Street