DECAYSo I bought this the other day and it reminded me just how fond I was of Danny Kaye when I was a young man.
|Mommy, Gimme a Drinka Water by Danny Kaye (Capitol Records T 937)|
Not every movie, though. I was choosy.
Wonder Man, yes, and A Song is Born. Anything that co-starred Vera Ellen and Virginia Mayo.
I loved The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, not realizing at the time how it bothered Thurber. And I loved The Kid From Brooklyn, not realizing how much was cribbed from Harold Lloyd. I was never a big fan of Hans Christian Andersen or The Court Jester or any of the others.
But looking at this album now, it's a little scary. A grown man in a sailor suit and knee socks! Maybe it's my unnatural fear of adults in oversized chairs or my dislike of berets.
Or maybe it's my history with Danny Kaye albums. I didn't grow up with this one, but I did grow up with Danny Kaye Tells 6 Stories from Faraway Places.
Scared the shit out of me.
|Columbia Presents Danny Kaye (Columbia Records Set C-91)|
I love everything about it: the photo of Kaye, the artwork, the design. Nothing sinister about Kaye singing "Anatole of Paris" or whipping the crowd into a frenzy for "Minnie the Moocher."
I still like a lot of the stuff I used to like, but I don't like everything I used to like.