October 23, 2009

Flashback Friday: "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".

Those who know me well - and those who know me very little - know one thing about me; I am a hopeless romantic. Romance in any form, in any shape touches my inner core. I live for romance and I need its manifestation to be present in my life on daily bases, or I will not thrive...
Therefore, the undying romantic melodies, particularly those from times long gone, capture and encompass my very soul.

"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is such a classic, a love song, where the lyrics complement the melody in an incredible alluring manner. The compilation is light like air, yet full of substance and inferior in beauty of poetic words.
Written originally as a show tune by American composer Jerome Kern and lyricist Otto Harbach for the 1933 operetta Roberta, it was later performed by Irene Dunne for the 1935 film adaptation, costarring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott. Covered by numerous artists over the years, my absolute favorite and the most famous is the captivating performance by The Platters in 1958.

Listening to it today, tomorrow, any day at any time - when I was young and when I am old and grey - will always fill my heart with the only emotion worth living for:
the undying perception of love.

22 comments :

Cairo Typ0 said...

I was listening to an old romantic song the other day and started crying at the lyrics. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is such a great old song... *sigh*

Blogaire said...

Oh you ARE so romantic Protege! And that is definitely one of the great love songs. I ued to have a record of the "Best of The Platters and The Drifters", and I love that era and the really brilliant songs that were written back then. My favourite version though was from the 1970's and I don't even know the singer, but it was constantly played on Radio Luxembourg 208 at the time and is still in my head today. And I'll be whistling this tune all weekend now thanks to you.
Hope you have a great weekend Protege!

Elizabeth said...

This is a wonderful song that takes me back to my dancing days. It is a the most beautiful slowfox you can imagine. Music is such a powerful tool, it brings back memories, it makes the present just a little more beautiful, it comforts me when I'm down and gives a chance to celebrate life. What would I do without music?

Have a great weekend filled with music.

Nessa said...

That is such a beautiful song.

Flash 55 - Home of Our Own

Julie Hibbard said...

I LOVE that song...
I am an INCREDIBLY hopeFULL romantic!

One of these days I will be dancing in my kitchen to this with a beautiful man!!

Betsy said...

Romantic or not, I think everyone loves this song!

Cottage Garden said...

A wonderful song and so romantic - the Platters' version is the best I think.

Have a great weekend.

Jeanne x

staceyjwarner said...

Love this song...

nothing better than a fellow hopeless romantic...

it keeps us young!

much love

Hilary said...

Impossible not to love this beauty. I'm swaying to it as I type.

Helen McGinn said...

This song always makes me think of my mum....

Claus said...

On our local radio station Fabuestereo, which I have mentioned once or twice at my blog, and where they play beautiful music, this piece is rather popular, only it is the orchestra version, without lyrics, and truth be told, I have always found it sad and melancholic. Maybe because I know deep down it is about love, and I haven't been all that lucky in that department? In any case, I know where it comes from, who made it famous, and that it is popular among the helpless romantics :-)

Blog Princess G said...

I love this song... in all its iterations. :)

Michael Manning said...

Ah, that is why we are such good friends...two hopeless romantics with good taste in music and a zest for living the good life! lol for your weekend, Protege! :)

Jill said...

What a treat! I love it too...and will always be a SUCKER for all things romantic!

Brian Miller said...

hopeless romantic here as well...so just the thing for a friday afternoon. loved it.

Lulda Casadaga said...

What is life without a little romance? We are lucky if we have it every day in our lives...others don't...I suppose that is why these songs live on! :)

Have a very Romantic weekend my friend!

Fireblossom said...

Hello! I wandered over from Stacey's blog and I'm happy I did! This is such a beautiful old song, isn't it? *sigh*

sprinkles said...

I like romance too but haven't had any in my life in a very long time.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Denise said...

OMG. I grew up with their songs.I started singing Only You, Great Pretender. My late grandfather used to sing those for me, so i started singing them too.

oh this post me me miss my Lolo.

And i love classic songs, The golden era of music really, very romantic, and i love the message.

Valentine said...

I think your romanticism shows in the way you write. :-) My neighbor plays plenty of 60's music every morning and The Platters seem to be high on his list.. Nostalgia and romance. :-)

xx

Loli Martinez said...

What a pleasure it is to feel what one likes,fantastic ballads.
A kiss .

Protege said...

=Cairo,
I cry all the time to romantic songs. I am so happy to hear that I am not alone.;)
Always so happy when you visit.;)xo

=Blogaire,
I am so thrilled to learn that you like this kind of music. I agree fully on the fact that quality like this escapes the modern pieces.
Hope you are likewise having a lovely weekend.;)

=Elizabeth,
what an incredibly lovely comment, I agree with you on all accounts and I feel exactly the same. Wishing you likewise a great weekend.;) xo

=Nessa,
thank you so much, your comments are always very much appreciated.;)
xo

=Julie,
that is the spirit! I love your optimism and the way you love life.;) xoxo

=Betsy,
yes, I agree, how can one not, right?;) xo

=Jeanne,
so happy you too like this version. Always so happy when you stop by.;) xo

=stacey,
so glad to find a kindred spirit in this department. To me romance is everything.;) xoxo

=Hilary,
so happy you like this one, I am happy that we agree this time.;) Hope you are having a lovely weekend my dearest friend.;) xo

=Helen,
I hope that memory is a lovely one, not too sad...
Always happy when you visit.;) xoxo

=Claudia,
I am so happy you know of this little gem. Even in instrumental version it must be lovely. I think we all feel that way about love at times; it is truly bittersweet.;)
Always so happy when you stop by.;) xo

=BPG,
so do I.;) So happy to hear that you share affection for this compilation.;)) xo

=Michael,
so true, so true.;) Hope your weekend is lovely as well.;))

=Jill,
happy to hear that. After all, romance is the icing of our life.;) xoxo

=Brian,
ah yes, I knew you were a romantic, it is so obvious from your posts.;) Glad you enjoyed this.;)

=Lulda,
your words summed it all up very eloquently.;) So glad you too enjoy this sweet romantic song. And I hope likewise your weekend is lovely as well.;) xo

=Fireblossom,
welcome; what a lovely picture.;) I am so glad you enjoyed my Friday theme, thank you for stopping by and please come back again.;)

=sprinkles,
life goes in circles and so you are probably very close to make acquaintance with some romance again.;)) I hope until then you enjoyed this song.;) xo

=Denise,
so very glad to hear that you enjoyed this, thank you for that lovely comment. Happy that it brought back some lovely memories.;) xo

=Valentine,
ah, you know me well.;) I agree, nostalgia and romance.;) Always happy when you stop by.;)
xoxo

=Loli,
glad you too enjoy this lovely piece.;) Thank you for stopping by.;))