Pick Yourself Up

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In honor of our new 44th president of the United States who urged this country’s citizens to “pick yourself up” and “dust yourself off,” we pay tribute to the musical original “Pick Yourself Up,” written by famed songwriter Dorothy Fields, melody by Jerome Kern, for one of the most popular musical numbers ever staged. Swing Time (1936), a feel-good film of the Depression-era, is universally regarded as one of the best by dancing legends, Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Astaire’s grace, as he gently steered Ginger Rogers across those parquet floors, defined easy elegance and the American style in Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Snappy dialogue, delectable deco, wit, style and “sublimated hoofing has made the team of Ginger Rogers & Fred Astaire the No. 1 cinema attraction of the world.” —TIME Magazine, Sep. 7, 1936.

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~ by eaesthete on 01/21/09.

5 Responses to “Pick Yourself Up”

  1. It’s all I could think of when I heard the speech. Been humming it since. And what a movie!

    • E – that’s exactly what went through my mind hearing the speech. What I think clinched it for most was the two phrases “pick yourself up” and “dust yourself off” sharing the same sentence. Mercifully, he did not finish with a little uptake of “start all over again.”

      Nevertheless, it IS a great movie!

  2. ..and all I could think of when Elizabeth Alexander was nearing the end of her poem that she read at the inauguration was “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles. ” . . . what if the mightiest word is love .. love that casts a widening pool of light . . ” – oops, maybe I’m on the wrong page here… perhaps this belongs to “The Beatles Backwards” story. hmm ..”I Should Have Known Better”

    • This administration is bringing back the arts to Washington and for that, I am more than grateful. When you think of a ceremony that not only referenced lyrics from Jerome Kern to the Beatles, but included performances by a poet in the fist place to along with Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma and Aretha Franklin, you can’t help but feel a little bit lighter.

  3. ..the Yo Yo Ma performance along with friends I just found out recently was not a live performance. I’m as surprised as anyone. But rather a pre-recorded performance that was piped in over the pa system. The reason being the weather. Stringed instruments especially are impossible to tune properly when the temperatures are cold..as they were on inauguration day. It certainly looked like all were playing live…and thinking back on it, they probably were, but we just weren’t hearing what they were playing at that precise time.

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