Un merci infini à Aurélie et Serge pour tant de gentillesse, de douceur, de beauté


And life is like a song

At last, my love has come along
My lonely days are over
And life is like a song
Oh, yeah, at last
The skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up in clovers
The night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to rest my cheek to
A thrill that I have never known
Oh, yeah when you smile, you smile
Oh, and then the spell was cast
And here we are in heaven
For you are mine
At last

Cyndi Lauper
Glenn Miller, Ray Eberle and Lynn Bari
At Last, Mack Gordon and Harry Warren, for Orchestra Wives, 1941

But if you stay

Cyndi Lauper, If You Go Away

Stormy weather

Martha Wainwright, Stormy Weather


There he goes as usual, my man
Breaking my foolish heart.
I really dont know what to do about him
Ive told my self Ive got to do without him

There he goes as usual, my man.
Tearing my heart apart.
Hes made my life a mess
Ive got to do this I guess
Goodbye, Joe, from here I kiss you
Goodbye, Joe, I hope I dont miss you

[Pistol sound]

If you had been on the square
And had treated me fair
And wed not had a tiff
If you had not said
I should go and jump right off
The nearest cliff
If you had stayed off the make
And you never had taken
To coming home stiff
If I hand not smelled perfume
With a nasty unfamiliar whiff

Ah, whats the diff

If you had not had the cheek
To stay out for a week
Saying back in a jiff
If you were not such a two-timing guy

If you weren't
If you hadn't
If you didn't
And you weren't
And you hadn't
And you didnt
But you have
And you were
And you went
And you did
And so goodbye!

If I had not seen you
Take Geraldine on the lake
In your flat-bottomed skiff
If you were not out with Sue
With your arms around her bare midriff
If I had not seen you pen sexy letters
To Gwen in your own Hieroglyph
If you had not left me home
When had two seats for South Pacif
Ah, what's the diff

If you were not such a hound who
When game was around
Always picked at the sniff
If you were not such a two-timing guy

If you weren't
If you hadn't
If you didnt
And you werent
And you hadnt
And you didnt
But you were
And you have
And you went
And you did

If when I asked where youd been
You had not cliffed my chin
With a beautiful biff
If I had not always found purple
Lipstick on your handkerchief
If you had not told me lies
And then looked in my eyes
With a smile beautif
If when I caught you with Kate
You had not said, Its of no signif!

Ah, whats the diff!

If The best years of my life
Werent spent as your wife
With no marriage certif
If you were not such a two-timing guy

If you weren't
If you hadn't
If you didn't
If you weren't
If you hadnt
If you didnt
But you had

And then we coulda
And you didn't
Though you shoulda

If you didn't
If you weren't
If you hadn't
If you didn't
But you were
And you have
And you went
And you did
And so
Good bye
See ya later, Joe

Kristin Chenoweth, If (You hadn't But you did), Two on the Aisle, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Jule Styne. 1951


Still life

Still life, 1633-1634, Wilhelm Kalf (1622, Rotterdam - 1693, Amsterdam)
Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe


Alphabetical Inventory of the Dead

"8. An Alphabetical Inventory of the Dead
This is a funereal volume, long and slim and bound in silver bark. It contains all the names of the dead who have lived on earth. The first name is Adam and the last is Susannah, Prospero's wife. The names are written in many inks and many calligraphies and are arranged in long columns that sometimes reflect the alphabet, sometimes a chronology of history, but often use taxonomies that are complicated to unravel, such that you may search many years to find a name, but be sure it will be there. The pages of the book are very old and are watermarked with a collection of designs for tombs and columbariums, elaborate headstones, graves, sarcophagi and other architectural follies for the dead, suggesting the book had other purposes, even before the death of Adam."

[L’inventaire alphabétique des morts
C’est un volume funèbre, long et étroit et recouvert d’écorce argentée. Il contient les noms des morts qui ont vécu sur terre. Le premier nom est celui d’Adam et le dernier celui de Susannah, épouse de Prospero. Le noms sont inscrits dans de nombreuses encres et de nombreuses calligraphies et sont disposés en de longues colonnes qui suivent parfois l’ordre alphabétique, parfois l’ordre chronologique de l’histoire, mais qui usent de taxonomies compliquées à démêler, a tel point qu’il faudrait chercher de nombreuses années pour y retrouver un nom, mais on peut être sûr qu’il s’y trouve. Les pages de ce livre sont très anciennes et portent en filigrane un grand nombre de profils de mausolées et columbariums, tombeaux, tombes et pierres tombales, sarcophages et autres folies pour les morts, suggérant que le livre avait une autre destination, même avant la mort d’Adam.]

Peter Greenaway, Prospero's books, 1991