Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Hey Gates, Disseminate

One of the many things I learned reading Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow (see this post)--or to be more accurate, noting in A Gravity's Rainbow Companion (though a specific advantage of reading it through now-- as opposed to the 1970s when it came out-- is the existence of online references such as The Gravity's Rainbow Wiki) was this:

In 1940s slang, somebody was called a "gate" if they were particularly fond of swing music (you know, like the gate that swings.)  So I guess in 2016 that's me.

This is another swing tune by the Glenn Miller band from one of their movies, Orchestra Wives.  It's the one specifically World War II song, that relates "people like you and me" who like corny poetry, romantic nights under the moon and stars, etc. to the "people like you and me" who are fighting the war: both in the services ("Say get a look at those gobs/doing their jobs/keeping the sea lanes free/just to make the future bright for/ people like you me") and those who "roll up our sleeves/tighten our belts" at home, with a specific invocation of the Statue of Liberty.  Yeah, way back when immigration was patriotic.

The trumpet player in this clip is actor George Montgomery--the real player was Johnny Best. And once again we get Marion Hutton, almost as lovable here as in the hit tune from this movie, "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo."

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