The song I’m featuring today comes from Annie Get Your Gun. As a teenager, I saw a local production of this musical. The song reminded me of how my younger brother and I always tried to one-up each other.
When I met my late husband Bill, he was living in Fowler, Colorado, and I, here in Sheridan, Wyoming. He sent me several cassette tapes of songs he’d downloaded from the Internet, and this was one of them. After the strokes that paralyzed his left side, there wasn’t much he could do that I couldn’t do better, but I never sang him that song. You can read more in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds.
According to Wikipedia, the music and lyrics for Annie Get Your Gun were written by Irving Berlin with a book by Dorothy Fields and her brother Herbert. It’s a fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley, (1856-1926) a sharp-shooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and her romance with sharp-shooter Frank E. Butler. (1842-1927) A Broadway hit in 1946, the musical had long runs in New York and London, spawning a 1950 film version and some television versions. Hit songs include “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Noin’ What Comes Naturally,” and “You Can’t Get a Man with a Gun.”
Please understand that amid all the gun violence here in the United States lately, I’m not promoting the use of firearms, and that’s not what this musical is about. The song is about trying to be better than someone else, with or without a gun. I hope you enjoy this version.
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New! The Red Dress
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.