When I went looking for a song

The other evening I went to the historic theatre to see the movie Bells are Ringing.  I’m thinking the play was performed when I was in high school, but I can’t find the box of my teenage keepsakes to verify what year.

Well, the original play was written before I was born, and the movie before I came of age for Kindergarten, so it has probably been done on stages all over the place in the last 50 years.

This was the first time I’ve seen the movie.  Dean Martin got top billing, but we didn’t even see him until halfway through.  Judy Holliday was the real star.  Following along within the plot, due to a misunderstanding, she is alone in the park and singing “The Party’s Over”.

As I mentioned, I’ve heard the songs from the play/movie before.  But this scene, of a blonde woman didn’t match up properly with my memories of this particular song.  All the walk home, I kept humming the tune, and seeing someone with darker, more bouncy hair in my mind’s eye.

I came over to the computer and looked up “The Party’s Over”.  There is more than one song with that title in the web world.  But thank goodness I do have the Internet at my fingertips.
It came time to go to bed.

There’s a story in the Bible about the woman who turned her house upside down looking all over for one missing coin.  I have often related to the crazy, obsessed woman, with her need to find the one item she is so sure will turn up.  I have another story about a teal colored (still missing) sock I should tell you about.

Off and on over Saturday, using two different search engines, I clicked hopefully on likely links.

Then the name Shirley Bassey caught my eye.
I went over to her website.

This was fast becoming more than a shadow of a childhood memory.  This was giving me goosebumps.

Under Discography, this album jumped for attention

Oh, my goodness, my dad had this album.  Its release date was 1959.

Sure enough, “The Party’s Over” is on the song list.

so now I had a name to go on.  and several biography sites.

And lastly a YouTube film clip

By the time Shirley’s done singing, I’m crying.

Every Time.

~~love and Huggs, Diane



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4 Responses to When I went looking for a song

  1. momma says:

    I can certainly see why the tears. One of your dad’s albums that prompted the mind to remember and search. Also an excellent performance of an old standard!

  2. Tee says:

    I don’t remember that Bible story but I LOVE it! I’m so like that, too.

    I love the Internet. Sometimes I will get something stuck in my head. A nostalgic song or toy and I MUST look it up. Sometimes it takes only a minute, but it’s taken hours before.

    It is so fabulous to sit back and relive a happy part of your personal history. What a blessing. You have no idea how much time my husband and I have spent on YouTube since getting DSL internet looking up old music videos and cartoons from childhood.

  3. MrsDoF says:

    Tee, the story is a parable
    told in the book of Luke 15: 8-10
    Although it is only two verses, over the years, I’ve heard sermons and Bible Study groups go round and round about the implications of losing a silver coin.

  4. Pammie says:

    Your plight is ‘oh, so familiar!” Yes, I remember the story of the woman and the lost coin; (if you’ve read my blog from last week) your finding the record is much akin to me today. After spending a good hour searching for a particular piece of green paper (the Driver’s Ed. certificate that we needed to get the photo ID for my son last week) and not finding, you can imagine my surprise when suddenly I found that exact green strip of paper in a pocket of my purse! I’m like an elephant, sometimes, when it comes to being SURE I did or did not do something and I just couldn’t resign myself to the fact that I must have thrown that important paper away…now I’m finally happy I was right! (Of course I’m not telling the rest of my family about that little discovery…not after all we went through to get said ID card WITHOUT that needed information!)
    (Momma’s friend)