Past Crush

A reader and I got to chatting about Christmas carols yesterday -- hi, it's November, so that's totally happening -- and I revealed my big college crush on Mel Torme.

It may not surprise you, if you know the Wilfair world, that I was rather sweet on singers and actors who were at their heights decades before I made my earthly entrance. Fair Finley has little on affected, annoying 20yo me.

But I did adore Mel -- nickname: The Velvet Fog -- and even sat front row at one of his final concerts. Mel pointed at me a few times, and then his heart, so obviously I nearly passed out. Also? He co-wrote "The Christmas Song" -- "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." -- and anyone who writes a holiday standard sung each and every year by millions automatically is a charter member in Alysia's Hand-Picked Twinkly Pantheon of Amazing People (tm).

I also liked Chet Baker a lot. Heard a Chet Baker song? You have and you loved it. It's music to listen to while you wait out a sudden afternoon rainstorm in the nearest dark bar. Wait it out with someone special in the very back booth. (You're not drinking Shirley Temples, either.)

Also, yeah, let's scream over Harrison Ford as Han Solo, too. Nothing more need be said there, because it will only be gilding that particular vest-wearing, blaster-toting, boot-rocking lily.


11 comments:

Caitlin #1 said...

Captain Von Trapp...I mean, Christopher Plummer. :)

Cary Grant, obviously.

Harrison Ford -- although more as Indiana Jones than as Han Solo.

Paul Newman!

bess said...

I will second the Paul Newman vote and add Gregory Peck! He is one gorgeous man.

Caitlin #1 said...

Ahhh! Shame on me for forgetting Gregory Peck! Yes, absolutely.

Wilfair Book said...

Gregoryyyy Peck!

Wilfair Book said...

When I say "Gregoryyyy Peck" you should picture me awkwardly pawing at the air, the better to inadequately express my deep Peckian emotions.

Amanda W said...

I'd like to also submit a young Robert Redford (ala - The Sting). Swoon!

Jill said...

I'm to agree with those who mentioned Cary Grant, Gary Cooper and Paul Newman.
And in college I had the biggest crush on James Dean. He was just so, so pretty.

Wilfair Book said...

Amanda W: I'm a big fan of "The Sting"! The reason that Redford and Newman work so well for me in that film is they're all twinkle. You know? They're having a ball and their eyes just dance with it.

And, yeah. They're very, very easy on a certain ocular region of the face.

Jill: With you on the Deanster. He was a regular at LA's Farmers Market, which is mentioned in the Wilfair books, but then practically everybody has been a regular there at some point in time.

Also, have you seen the photo of him wearing horn-rimmed glasses? Oh goodness, someone pass me a hand-fan. It's tres handsome.

Wilfair Book said...

Also, Caitlin #1: Let's talk about Captain Von Trapp often and with affection.

What works for you? For me it is that blasted whistle, 100%.

He sings a sentimental "Edelweiss," too.

Chiara said...

Have to chime in here and agree on Paul Newman and Robert Redford, especially Robert Redford. I will never get over him in that pink suit, sweating in the hotel lobby in The Great Gatsby...

Wilfair Book said...

Oh goodness me, Chiara. I was JUST thinking about him in that pink suit tonight! I watched the new Gatsby but of course I had to flash back to all things Redford. Good image.

 
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