"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Birthday Today

The only birthday of note today is Frank Loesser, the composer and lyricist for one of my favorite Broadway musicals, Guys and Dolls.   Here is the opening number for the musical (I am a connoisseur of openings to musicals), and I don't know that there's been a better or more distinctive curtain raiser:

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