July 3, 2019, Rhodes, Greece — Pat, our unofficial official Yale Alumni Chorus International Concert Tour photographer, just sent me this candid she took during the obligatory Cabaret Night that ends every Yale tour. I was singing either my Florence Foster Jenkins rendition of Toselli’s ‘Serenade’ — dutifully off-key — or my own on-key rendition of Rodgers and Hart’s ‘To Keep My Love Alive,’ from the 1943 revival of A Connecticut Yankee.
I've been married, and married, and often I’ve sighed,
‘I’m never the bridesmaid, I’m always the bride.’
I never divorced them — I hadn’t the heart.
Just remember those sweet words: ’Till death do us part.’
I married many men... a ton of them...
And I was untrue to none of them,
Because I bumped off every one of them —
To keep my love alive.
Followed by a laundry list of all her husbands and how she dispatched them. Macabre? Hey, I’ve been reading murder mysteries since I was a kid. In fact I wrote one when I was 9. #