Last week, I finished reading Pretty Face, the second book by Lucy Parker.  For those unfamiliar with this series, it takes place in the London theater community.  In the book, Lily, the heroine is up for a role as Elizabeth I in a new play and in order to keep the gig, Lily needs to take voice lessons.

The entire time I was reading I kept thinking of the following scene from Singin’ in the Rain:

I love this scene.  As a kid, it always had me cracking up, especially when my Aunt Mary decided to say the line with Lina.  Her Brooklyn accent had her nailing the ridiculously nasal speech pattern done so well by Jean Hagan, who ironically had a gorgeous singing voice and provided the vocals for “Would You,” the song you see Debbie Reynolds’s (RIP) Kathy Seldon recording over Lina’s voice.
Now, I was all prepared to come home and write this post up — and then, I went to chorus practice (yes, I joined a chorus–back in September, right when I was starting to feel dead tired every night) and we had an almost identical lecture from the assistant director.  You wouldn’t believe how hard it was to stop myself from laughing.  It was just too funny. Because of this, I’ve decided two things.  First, I must also share this scene:
Second, of course, is that I have to do a re-watch of this movie sometime this weekend.  Obviously, the Universe is telling me that I must.  (The Universe is also telling me that I have to watch Young Frankenstein as I have never seen it and since my chorus is performing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” it makes sense.)
Finally, if anyone is curious as to the chorus I have joined, it is The Sunnyvale Singers and our next concert is scheduled for May 7th at 7:15 PM.  If you’re in the South Bay, come check us out!  (Also, you can find our past concerts on Youtube–the 2016 Winter Concert can be found here.)


Romance novels have been a part of my life since I was 14 years old and one of my neighbors dropped off a laundry basket full of Harlequins. From that day on, my nose was always in a book. I started my first review site in 2013, but took some time off for personal issues in 2018.

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