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As an aficionado of the Great American Songbook, the slightest snippet of music can flood my brain with lyrics, even if I’ve caught an instrumental version of the song. I’ve already told the wife I can see the day when I can’t remember any of my children but I’ll be in the corner of the old folks home humming show tunes.
Today I saw a brief clip of Fred Astaire dancing with his last professional partner, Barrie Chase, to an Irving Berlin number he and Ginger Rogers introduced in 1938, Change Partners. It wasn’t before long that I was singing to myself:
Ask him to sit this one out
And while you’re alone,
I’ll have the waiter tell him
He’s wanted on the telephone…