Day 526: They can’t take these away from me

In many blog posts over the last 525 days (but who’s counting?),  I’ve figured out ways to link together recent photos I’ve taken, intuitively and seemingly haphazardly.

Today, I’d like to use a song to connect heretofore unseen images I’ve captured within the last few weeks.

But what song shall I use, when there are so many great ones to choose from?

I know!  Last night, my son asked me what my favorite song was, assuming I would have trouble naming one.  It’s true that I DO often have trouble making decisions, but I was able to answer immediately:

They Can’t Take That Away From Me.”

Here’s a classic rendition, from YouTube, of that favorite Gershwin tune:

So, today I’ll use those lyrics — written by Ira Gershwin (for his brother George’s music) — as best I can (with some changes here and there), to connect.


The way you wear your hat,


The way you sip your tea,


The way you are a cat,


No, no, they can’t take that away from me.

The way your smile just beams,


The way you sing on-key,


The way you seem like dreams,










No, no, they can’t take that away from me.


I don’t have time, this morning, to complete that song with photos, rewrites, and/or explanations. I have to go to work, and I think I may have sprained my ankle (so I may need to see ANOTHER doctor, today).

Although, I do have time for this: I can present these remaining lyrics, evoking my inspiration for this song … my amazing 16-year-old son, Aaron.

The way you hold your knife,

The way you danced, when three,

The way you changed my life,

No, no, they can’t take that away from me.

No, they can’t take that away from me.

Changing the subject AND the song at the last minute, this was my son’s favorite song to dance to, when he was three years old:


Thanks to my son, to the Gershwin brothers, to Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, to the B-52’s (for their danceable tune), to Oscar and Harley (the cats), to my friend Deb, to my niece Laura, to all those people pictured on the entrance to the House of Blues in Boston, to those who connect images and words with creativity,* to those who dream (including Bethany Sabbag) and to you — of course! — for what you bring AND take away.

* Including Jeff Schwaner, brilliantly, here. Nobody can take THAT away from me now, thanks to Jeff.

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34 thoughts on “Day 526: They can’t take these away from me

  1. It took two Gershwins, the cherished George and Ira, to connect the music and the lyrics, Ann. You did it all by yourself. And added your own photos of people and places to boot.

    Bravo, maestro Koplow.

    • I think I shall insist that people call me Maestro from now on, Mark. Or maybe just you, since other people might not feel comfortable using that elevated handle with me.

      No, I’d rather you still call me “friend.”

      • Friend you are, maestro. The small ‘m’ may make it more comfortable and less Gerswinian to others, but the bit ‘M’ fits for me, too, I think. Ann. But friend it is.

  2. Wonderful! “Love Shack” brings back so many memories for me of driving down the road with my daughter both of us singing at the top of our lungs and wondering just what those three words were at the end.

    • Thank you for sharing those joyous memories here. Do you know what those three words are? We did look them up, back then.

      • This was before the days of lyrics on-line. My sister told us it was “Tin Roof, Rusted!” and that’s the version we’re sticking with, right or wrong. Such a fun post.

      • “Tin roof rusted” it is! It’s such fun to see you here.

  3. I LOVE this rendition of this song; great choice (it would have been easy to pick Frank). I also have to tell you that my son, who is also Aaron, has this very song as his favorite standard.
    It’s impressive that you didn’t have to think about your choice. I once kept a list of my top twenty, and that was the best I could do. Have a great day!

    • I love the fact that we both have sons named Aaron and your son loves my favorite song! What are the chances? Thank you for making my day greater with this comment!

  4. Gene Phillips

    I love this post and the lovely tribute to your son, although the abrupt shift from Ella and Louis to the B-52s almost gave me whiplash. By the way, since college, I have never been able to see or play hangman without thinking of the games we played during my Romantic Poetry class to keep me awake. I hope your ankle isn’t too bad.

    • I hope you didn’t have to go to the doctor for whiplash, Gene. I don’t want to be sued. My foot problem is tendonitis; very treatable. And I remember our hangman games, too.

  5. Great post Ann with some very god photos. Hope that you will feel better soon 🙂

    • I do feel better, Irene. I saw a doctor, and my foot should be fine in a week. Thank you for another thoughtful visit and comment.

  6. What great fun and wonderful connections!

  7. Love Shack is a great song to dance to!
    Diana xo

    • I can’t dance that great at the moment, but that song certainly gets me moving. Thanks for bringing your beaming smile here today, Diana.

  8. Great post and visuals Ann! It got my feet going 🙂

  9. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    How fun! You made me smile.

  10. Ella and Louis! Classic. No, you can’t beat that! And I loved the how you weaved your cats into it.
    Btw, I once had the fanciful thought of renaming my local church “The Love Shack” but chickened out, thinking people might take it the wrong way. LOL! I laugh every time I hear that song now. It could’ve been our theme song…everybody’s movin’, everybody’s groovin…funky little shack… 🙂

    What a wonderful, beautiful post, Ann. No, you can’t take that away from me.

    • I am so grateful that nobody can take your comments away from me, either, Mel. Thank you, for another wild one!

  11. Michele Seminara

    I enjoyed this. Great idea!

  12. You did an outstanding job on this, Ann! I am just sporadic in my reading your posts, sorry to say. But every time I do visit, it is a true pleasure! Thanks for the original song, then your ‘take’ on it, which is inspirational. No, they can’t take those things from you! (And now, I may have to think of my own list of what others can’t take from me!) Smiles, Robin

    • Yay, Robin! I love the idea of you doing a list of what others can’t take away. And I am always so glad to see you, whenever you drop by. Thanks for the great take-aways you gave me in this comment.

  13. Mags Corner

    What a fun post sweet Ann. I had not heard that song in many years. Great pictures you linked to the words. Hugs

  14. Thank you for the the song, which I must have heard years ago, but had forgotten completely. I used to dance endlessly to 78s of Scottish country dance music.

    • I love the thought of you dancing endlessly to Scottish country dance music. Thank you for that and for the comment.

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