And Make Believe It Came From You



Oh, I really don’t know what to say. The song must be stuck in my head – must be for its words and its beauty – because I realise that I wrote about it here in 2012:

Cue the music:

I’m going to sit right down and write myself a letter
and make believe it came from you…

The words were written by Joe Young in 1935 and the song (melody by Fred Ahlert) was first recorded by Fats Waller the same year.

This recording just shows what someone with talent can do to lift a song into something special – especially his piano playing in the intro.

Meanwhile, I came across an old typewriter today, and I was just thinking thinking of typing a line of text when the words ‘I’m going to sit right down…’ just started typing themselves. (See the photo further down this page.)

When I was listening to Fats Waller say ‘Kisses on the bottom’ it reminded me of something my wife told me a couple of days ago – that Paul McCartney’s upcoming album of that name had received some adverse publicity for the apparent double entendre of the title.

You can listen to the song by Paul here.

In these dark days of SOPA and RIPA etc. I naturally wondered about how the content got onto

Is it supposed to be there? Is it licensed? Is it authorised? I cannot believe otherwise bearing in mind the Facebook page, the T shirts, and the other music there.

So am I OK to link to it from here? Surely so – that is how the web is built. Still, in these dark days of … I had better take a look at their policy. It is here, and it says:

5. Our Linking and Widget Policy

Any web site that links to the Website or on which you include the widget: (a) must not frame, surround, obfuscate or create a browser or border environment around any of the Content of the Website; (b) may link to, but not replicate, the Content; etc.

So that’s OK then.


  1. What a coincidence. I have a whole blog written by and addressed to me.


    1. Haha. 🙂

      Jokes aside, I have read lots of articles that touch on the subject of the ‘reader’.

      One statement that at first sight seems sensible is to say that one writes for oneself in order to see what one has to write about. But that doesn’t explain why one should publish a blog for everyone to see.

      Recently, I saw part of an interview on TV with the author Kazuo Ishiguro. He talked about a device he had used in at least two of his books. The device was to have the main character talk to and explain the events, and his or her thinking, etc, to another character. But not just any character. Rather, to address the remarks to someone who is limited. For example, a servant explaining things to another servant – both of them limited in their world view.

      I understand that one cannot necessarily say of such and such a person that he is a servant and therefore, inevitably, has a limited horizon. But as Kazuo Ishiguro says, it is possible to construct a novel like this. That device touched a nerve with me, because I am writing a novel and it is taking a long time – I put it away, literally for years. And I don’t know what the story is about. I have introduced characters and done away with them so that they never existed.

      And that reminds me of a novel I once read where the characters altered the author’s story overnight. For example the author might kill off a character and have such and such happen – and in the night, the characters would get together and rewrite the parts they didn’t like.

      In the end, if I recall correctly, they had a running battle with the author and killed him.


      1. Great to know that you have ideas to write fiction. I assure you it is an ultimate challenge. No doubt it is called creative writing. Do keep it up. I look forward to read it. Do not fear the characters. The definitely write them self up often. But they just can not kill the author unless it is an autobiography.
        I have also read a manuscript of a novel in which one character thinks aloud every evening but nothing much was built upon it because the author is a smug. I am certain that you would do better.
        A last word. The truth is everything we do, we do it for ourselves. Whatever we may say is anything but truth.


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