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The Golden 30's: Facing the Music Together

by Kim Packard
The Golden 30's: Facing the Music Together by Kim Packard
Created December 2009 This list is based on a book titled “Dancing in the Dark”. NPR: A Waltz Through Depression-Era Art and Culture " It’s the American Dream of mobility, encoded in even, say, a fantasy about picking yourself up after a dust storm, finding your courage, and following that yellow brick road." Nothings impossible I have found For when my chin is on the ground I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again Don’t lose your confidence if you slip Be grateful for a pleasant trip And pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again Work like a soul inspired till the battle of the day is won You may be sick… Read more

Created December 2009

This list is based on a book titled “Dancing in the Dark”. NPR: A Waltz Through Depression-Era Art and Culture

" It’s the American Dream of mobility, encoded in even, say, a fantasy about picking yourself up after a dust storm, finding your courage, and following that yellow brick road."

Nothings impossible I have found
For when my chin is on the ground
I pick myself up, dust myself off, start all over again

Don’t lose your confidence if you slip
Be grateful for a pleasant trip
And pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again

Work like a soul inspired till the battle of the day is won
You may be sick and tired but you’ll be a man my son
Don’t you remember the famous man who had to fall to rise again?
They picked themselves up, dust themselves off and started all over again

(“Pick Yourself Up” sung by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in Swing Time)
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Dancing in the dark,
Till the tune ends,
We’re dancing in the dark,
And it soon ends,
We’re waltzing in the wonder,
Of why we are here,
Time hurries by,
We’re here and gone.

Looking for the light,
Of a new love,
To brighten up the night,
I have you, love,
And we can face,
The music together,
Dancing in the dark.

Dancing in the Dark from the 1931 musical The Band Wagon later adapted to film with Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire
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There may be trouble ahead
But while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance

Before the fiddlers have fled
Before they ask us to pay the bill
And while we still
Have the chance
Let’s face the music and dance

Soon
We’ll be without the moon
Humming a diff’rent tune
And then

There may be teardrops to shed
So while there’s moonlight and music
And love and romance
Let’s face the music and dance
Dance
Let’s face the music and dance

Let’s Face the Music and Dance (in Follow the Fleet, sung by Fred Astaire)

Jazz: Pennies from Heaven sung by Sarah Vaughan (Maybe it’s nonsense but it represents the optimism of the Great Depression era.)

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