Rose Kennedy, Alexander Calder, Oscar de la Renta, S.E. Hinton, Sparky Lyle, Orson Bean, John Leguizamo, Bob Dole, Willem Dafoe, Emma Lazarus, Alex Trebek,, Philip I Habsburg King of Spain. Quite a diverse assortment of famous folks with whom I share my birthday. The July 22nd club also includes an Italian monk, a Russian physicist, two Confederate generals, a French mystic, several composers, an opera singer, a Third Reich war criminal, an astronomer, a wrestler, a jockey, and a cricketer.
Most people get a kick out of learning who shares their birthday. It’s a fun diversion, and I found my list here. But there’s often one individual in particular which excites us the most when we see their name on the list. For me, it’s Edward Hopper. Yeah, baby! If you’re wondering how it feels to share a birthday with your favorite artist, the answer is it feels fabulous. Those of you who have been reading this blog for some time are well-aware of my love for Edward Hopper and the profound effect his work has on me. So it must have been fate that caused my mother to go into labor on July 22nd in 1968.
From the birthday boy, this is Hopper’s exquisite Summer Evening, from 1947:
And of course my birthday falls on a Monday this year which means “Music Monday”! Of July 22nd music babies I had a few choices. Rufus Wainwright is one. I like Rufus but I’m not in the mood for him today. Don Henley. Not really a fan. My apologies to Eagles people. If I never hear “Hotel California” again for the rest of my life that would be perfectly fine. There’s also jazz guitarist Al Di Meola, a fantastic musician. My brother used to listen to Di Meola a lot when we were growing up. And we can’t overlook Parliament/Funkadelic mastermind George Clinton. I’m not using him for Music Monday because, well, not everybody’s got the funk
So I decided to go with the wonderful singer Margaret Whiting, who was born July 22nd in 1924 and passed away in 2011. Here she is singing the delightful “I Won’t Dance”, composed by the great American songwriter Jerome Kern who was not born on July 22nd, but we won’t hold that against him