The Cocktail Party

cf. LIFE, 1964

UNIDENTIFIED GUEST: Your wife has left you?

EDWARD: Without warning, of course;
Just when she’d arranged a cocktail party.
She’d gone when I came in, this afternoon.
She left a note to say that she was leaving me;
But I don’t know where she’s gone…

—T.S. Eliot, The Cocktail Party
 

Burt Bacharach · Elvis Costello – “This House Is Empty Now”

“It was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person…”

LIFE, 1969

…some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away…it was an extraordinary gift for hope, a romantic readiness such as I have never found in any other person and which it is not likely I shall ever find again.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
 

Boy Meets Girl – “Waiting for a Star to Fall”

“Summer for thee grant I may be when summer days are flown!”

LIFE, 1967

Summer for thee grant I may be
When summer days are flown!
Thy music still when whippoorwill
And oriole are done!

—Emily Dickinson
 

Paula Abdul – “Forever Your Girl” (Megamix by Gordon Beetroot)