Sharing Happiness at a Big Band Music Museum. How do you get a good handle on life? Answer: Ask a key question. What should that question be? Simple stated. “Is everybody happy?” This question is even better than meditation. Actually, it is the banner on a big band museum in Circleville, Ohio. Meditate on this question. It will focus your thoughts on a highly noble cause. Now for another big surprise: This pronouncement is also the title of a film. It stars Ted Lewis.
Is Everybody Happy? (1929) is an American Pre-Code musical film. It stars Ted Lewis, Alice Day, Lawrence Grant, Ann Pennington, and Julia Swayne Gordon. Direction is by Archie Mayo, and released by Warner Bros. Most of the music was written by Harry Akst and Grant Clarke. The “St. Louis Blues” was written by by W. C. Handy and “Tiger Rag“. The film’s title comes from Ted Lewis’s catchphrase “Is everybody happy?”
- Is Everybody Happy? at the American Film Institute Catalog
- Is Everybody Happy? on IMDb
- Is Everybody Happy? at the TCM Movie Database
- Is Everybody Happy? at AllMovie
- Audio from Vitaphone disc of trailer for Is Everybody Happy? (1929)
- Is Everybody Happy? (1929) at Silent Era
Sharing Happiness in Circleville, Ohio
So why am I blogging about this? I got to share in this happiness. There was at a special concert on June 2, 2018 in Circleville, Ohio. I had worked with a famous conductor-violinist. My job was as his arranger and accompanist. His stage name, Rubinoff and His Violin. Joseph Rubin, the curator, is also a phenomenal conductor. The maestro had read some of my Rubinoff blogs online. He gathered an élite orchestra for a Rubinoff dedication. I was invited to play a Rubinoff memorial concert. What an experience! Below are a couple of youtube links. Please take the time to listen to this unforgettable music, unforgettably arranged. The 1st is a link to excerpts from the concert. The 2nd demonstrates the mastery of Rubinoff in his younger years.