Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
My friend J last night asked me to sing this song with her band at their farewell concert this summer. It’s the first song ever banned from radio (for suggestive content), called ”How Could Red Riding Hood?” I’d never heard of it before yesterday.
I told her I thought I could do it if someone sang with me. Despite the number of times I’ve done karaoke, I still get nervous singing alone in front of people I don’t know.
It was a fine portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln, with a compelling story attached to it.
In truth, however, it wasn’t Abraham Lincoln’s wife who was pictured, and the story of the painting was pure fiction, part of a con perpetrated against Lincoln’s heirs in the 1920s. Subsequently, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and the state of Illinois were all suckered in as well over the decades.
The full story will be revealed next week at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield when conservator Barry Bauman presents “The Demise of Mary Lincoln: An Artistic Conspiracy,” a lecture that will explain the scam and how he detected it.
“I wrote it on two levels,” he said. “It is written for scholars who can read the letters Mary Lincoln sent me and be dying with laughter knowing where these lines came from. On the other hand, it was written for someone who wants to read about the discovery of the forgery. They can read it as a document, without any citations, a fanciful approach to a case study.”
Oh my goodness, this reminds me of the prints we used to make when I was little, placing leaves and flowers on top of a piece of special paper under glass in the sunlight for hours. What the heck were those called? Solargrams?
I had forgotten all about them until I saw this print.