Froggy Moore

Listen: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG9K2Ai-zAA

 

That's King Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band, 1923. And the song is "Froggie Moore."

 

So there. You have a tune.

 

Now, picture a girl on a dusty b&w road in the middle of running away from home. She stops to talk to an old man who looks into a crystal ball. And I don't know if it's the crystal or the ball but people can see things in there and he does. 

 

After that marvels occur.

 

Adrian needed something seedy. So they went to a secondhand shop and bought an entire rack of old coats. They were looking for "shabby gentility." Frank Morgan chose the perfect one. One day, while on the set, he turned out one of the pockets and discovered a label indicating the coat had originally been made for L. Frank Baum. They contacted the tailor and Baum's widow Maud, who both verified that the coat had once been owned by the author of the "Wizard of Oz".

 

Next... a play.

 

Mr. Reinhard's play:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4S-eNAWitE

Oh dreams.

Oh magic.

Oh mortal folly & fairy joy.

Oh heavenly midsummer of an Austrian Jew. Berlin in Hollywood and myself in Pittsburgh taking this in on a TV in the corner of our living room as "this is the real world" and how I so entirely believed and my world view today is still captive to a fairy fog.

 

The baby changeling in silver tinsel is Mr. Kenneth Anger who many years later was so kind to lend me his beautiful film "Rabbit's Moon" for an exhibition:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EdoQyiUcWE

 

as I was so fond of that film and had been so changed by it myself, for which I will always be most grateful.

 

To everyone who has ever invited me to visit the fairy ring I dedicate this piece.

 

(Do you need me to say something about the construction? It's wirework, wood, distemper, 1930s horsehair, 1920s wax orange blossoms.)

 

Vitrine is 10 ft. tall.

Puppet is 3 ft. tall.