February 14 is the traditional day Americans celebrate love and romance with chocolates, cards and flowers. But telling someone you love them is risky. Love and romance can be capricious and changeable. Does she love me? Should I tell him I love him? Do I take a chance?
Love, Here is My Heart by Adrian Ross and Lao Silesu. From the Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music, Johns Hopkins University.
Love, Here is My Heart, written in 1915 by Italian composer Lao Silesu, is a delicate and tentative love song whereby the singer takes a risk and is not at all confident his love will be returned. As the lyrics reveal:
love, here is my heart,
yours if you keep it today,
yours if you throw it away
Recorded by many artists, including a lush, rich orchestrated version by Mantovani, one of the best known recordings found in the Library’s National Jukebox is by Irish-American tenor, John McCormack, (1884–1945). McCormack’s voice has been described as being pure, sweet, and light and was ideal for many operatic roles by Mozart and Rossini. McCormack’s long career as a recording artist extended from 1904 to 1942. He first recorded on early cylinders and later on discs as formats changed. In this recording, it’s the perfect voice for a beautiful song.
Take a chance and give your heart away this Valentine’s Day!
In observance of President’s Day, there will be no screenings this coming weekend. Thank you.
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant the Packard Campus. Friday, February 5, 2016 (7:30pm) Playhouse 90: Requiem for a Heavyweight (CBS, 1956) If the Golden Age of Television can claim to have any gems in it, then surely this Rod Serling original is one of them. Originally aired October […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Friday, January 29 (7:30 p.m.) McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Warner Bros., 1971- R rated*) In Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the acclaimed director’s impressionistic style revises western events and characters in such a way that the film reflects […]
Friday, January 22 (7:30 p.m.) SILENT MOVIE DOUBLE FEATURE: A Fool There Was (Fox, 1915) The phenomenal success of A Fool There Was set off a publicity campaign unparalleled at the time centering on its star, an unknown actress bearing the exotic name of Theda Bara. Based on a Rudyard Kipling poem and a subsequent […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, January 14 (7:30 p.m.) A SELECTION OF SOUND SHORTS FROM THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY In addition to the better-known Hollywood features on the National Film Registry, a surprising number of short subjects are included among the 675 titles […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Friday, January 8 (7:30 p.m.) THE IRON HORSE (Fox Film, 1924) John Ford’s epic Western The Iron Horse established his reputation as one of Hollywood’s most accomplished directors. Intended by Fox studios to rival Paramount’s 1923 epic The Covered […]
This blog post was co-written with Bryan Cornell, Reference Librarian, Recorded Sound Section, Library of Congress. Tis the season for Christmas carols and familiar holiday favorites, but did you know Santa Claus recorded for Victor Records? Well, not really. Gilbert Girard was a talented performer who frequently recorded children’s records with popular recording artist Len Spencer. He also […]
The following is a guest post by Jenny Paxson, an Administrative Assistant at the Packard Campus. Thursday, December 17 (7:30 p.m.) We’re No Angels (Paramount, 1955) Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov play three escaped inmates from Devil’s Island who concoct a plan to steal from a shopkeeper on Christmas. Their plans change when […]