My posts during April form part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. My theme this year is Jazz and I've selected a variety of classics from across the board. I've mixed up the performers a bit though ...
Shutting the door behind her, Melissa leaned back and sighed. Shaking herself she exclaimed "oh for goodness sake woman, anyone would think you were a teenager". Nevertheless, she found herself humming as she locked her front door and walked through the house turning off lights. In front of her bathroom mirror, that humming continued whilst she removed her make-up, although it continued only in her head while she brushed her teeth. Putting on her favourite pyjamas, Melissa slid in to bed before checking the alarm on her phone. "Oh" she exclaimed before opening an unexpected message from Tony: "Tonight was really wonderful, thank you. Sleep well Melissa. May I call you tomorrow?" She dashed off a quick reply: "Thank you and goodnight Tony. Please do call tomorrow, I'm home most of the day."
She then sent a message to her best friend: "Home safe. Had a fab time. He was a true gentleman." only to have her phone ring immediately "So? Tell me everthing" came Amanda's familiar tones down the handset. Feeling like that teenager, Melissa gave Amanda the full run-down from the moment she'd arrived at the bar, only to find Tony waiting for her, all the way through the evening where "he pulled out my chair" and "stood up every time I came and went from the table". Despite her unbreakable rule, she'd even accepted it when he paid the bill quietly, "I thought he'd gone to the loo". Even saying it was "his treat" when she'd quizzed him about it later, adding "you can take me out for coffee tomorrow if you like" when she'd insisted. So she'd allowed him to drive her home, where he'd opened the car door for her and offered her his arm whilst he walked her to the front door. Yes, there'd been a good night kiss - a proper one, not a peck on the cheek, but not a tongue thruster either - just a long, slow, sweet kiss that had left her wanting more.
Amanda laughed "methinks someone's going to have pleasant dreams tonight. Night babe!" Melissa simply smiled and waited for the dream to start.
© 2017 Debra Carey
Written in 1935 by Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar and Oscar Hammerstein for the Marx Brothers film 'A Night at the Opera', it wasn't used till 1949 when after a few tweaks and a retitle, it became the song we know now.
Recorded by Satchmo, it appeared on the soundtrack to 'Sleepless in Seattle'. Looking for an unusual treatment I found Rod Stewart's version for his American Songbook album, but k d lang's sublime voice meant it was simply no contest.
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