"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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Girl of the Day - Rosemary Clooney

Not a great beauty, of course, but holy cow, what a voice!   Smooth, smoky, sophisticated, mellow.... the perfect voice for singing jazz standards in the post-war night club (which was maybe the high point of American popular music as an art form, with the descent into rock and roll only a decade away... as an aside, man, do I sound like my Dad now).  

And I still love her in White Christmas: 

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