Mycroft Masada is a nonbinary trans and queer Jewish leader with 30 years of experience who moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland (Montgomery County near Washington DC) from their lifelong home of Boston in 2014. A TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member and former Congregation Am Tikva board member, Mycroft is particularly called to pursue LGBTQ+ and fat justice, and is an advocate, organizer, consultant, educator, trainer, writer and artist. They are married to Julia McCrossin, the mas(s)culine fatshion blogger, and with her they co-parent a dogter. Their central online home is

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Friday, August 13, 2021

MMH 45 records August 2021 for BNG

Mycroft Masada’s 45 records

August 2021 

For Buy Nothing Gaithersburg

Columbia case

Top grey

Bottom cream

Very bottom grey again

Metal findings -- somewhat rusty 

Gray plastic handle

Leather-look paper over wood

RCA Victor

Perry Como

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Boys Choir

Mitchell Ayres

Organ Accompaniment

Ave Maria (Schubert)

The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte)

Mother Dear O Pray For Me

Holy God We Praise Thy Name (Traditional)



Todd Duncan

Anne Brown

Eva Jessye Choir

Folk Opera “Porgy & Bess”

George Gershwin, Du Bose Heyward, Ira Gershwin

Orchestra w/ Alexander Smallens

I Got Plenty O’Nuttin’

Buzzard Song

Bess, You Is My Woman

It Ain’t Necessarily So




Overture and Summertime

Anne Brown

A Woman Is A Sometime Thing

Edward Matthews

Both Assisted by Harriet Jackson with Eva Jessye Choir

Introducing: Summertime -- Act 1, Scene 1

From Folk Opera “Porgy And Bess”

George Gershwin, Du Bose Heyward, Ira GErshwin

Orchestra under direction of Alexander Smallens


There’s A BOat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York

Act 3, Scene 2

AVa Long and Anne Brown

Porgy’s Lament and Finale

Act 3, Scene 3

Todd Duncan with Eva Jessye Choir



My Man’s Gone Now (Act 1, Scene 2)

Anne Brown with Eva Jessye Choir

It Take A Long Pull To Get There (Act 2, Scene 2)

Edward Matthews


I Loves You, Porgy (Act 2, Scene 3)

Todd Duncan and Anne Brown

The Requiem (Act 3, Scene 1)

Eva Jessye Choir

Columbia Masterworks


House Of Flowers

Book - Truman Capote

Music - Harold Arlen

Lyrics - both

Musical Director - Arlen

Orchestrations - Ted Royal


Waitin’ (Harper, Moore, Mosier)

One Man Ain’t Quite Enough (Bailey)

I Never Has Seen Snow (Carroll)

Don’t Like Goodbyes (Bailey)


House Of Flowers (Carroll, Spearman)

Two Ladies In De Shade Of De Banana Tree (Moore, Mosier)

What Is A Friend For? (Bailey)

Slide “Boy” Slide (Hall)


A Sleepin’ Bee (Carroll, Harper, Moore, Mosier)

Bamboo Cage (Harper, Moore, Mosier)


I’m Gonna Leave Off Wering My Shoes (Carroll)

Has I Let You Down (Bailey, Harper, MOore, Mosier)

Dunhill ABC Records

Wingate Music Corp.

Honest John Music

Lou Adler

Mamas & Papas

For The Love Of Ivy (John Phillips, Denny Doherty)

Trousdale Music Publishers

Strange Young Girls (John Phillips)

AA Records


London Bridge -- See Saw Margery Daw

Ride A Cock Horse -- Dr. Fell

Goosey Goosey Gander -- Dickery Dickery Dare


Mitch Miller and Orchestra

Arthur Norman Golden Orchestra & Chorus

The Little Bird

Thirty Days Hath September

THere Was A Maid

There Was Once Two Cats Of Kilkenny

As I was Goin To Saint Ives


Jim Timmens

Golden Orchestra



Sarah Vaughan

Poor Butterfly (Hubbell-Golden)

Hal Mooney & His Orchestra

April Give Me One More Day (Shanker-Singer-James)

David Carroll & His Orchestra

March 25th, 1957


Jo Stafford

It’s Almost Tomorrow (Buff, Adkinson)

Paul Weston & His Orchestra

If You Want To Love (You Have To Cry) (Roberts, Hague)

PW & HO + The Starlighters


Ross Bagdasarian

Janice Karman

Mills Music

THe Chipmunks

Sleigh Ride

(A Chipmunk Christmas album; Mitchell Parish, Leroy Anderson)

Monarch Music

The Chipmunk Song

(Ditto; R. Bagdasarian, Sr.)


The Jones Boy

(Vic Mizzy, Mann Curtis)
Mills Brothers

Sy Oliver & His Orchestra

She Was Five And He Was Ten

(Mike DiNapoli, June Burnett, Sherm Feller)


C.S. Hammond & Company 

Talking Map


ZTV 106250 and 106251

Beltona (Great Britain)

Edinburgh City Police Pipe Band

Scotland The Brave (Traditional)

Colonel Burney’s Farewell TO The Gordon (Trad., arr. Ramsay)

John McDonald (Center, arr. Ramsay)

Blue BOnnets (Trad.)


The Rowan Tree (Watt, arr. Ramsay)

Black Watch Polka (Ramsay)

Highland Whisky (Trad., arr. Ramsay)

Left Handed Fiddler (TaR)

De’il Amang The Tailors (TaR)

THe Fairy Dance (Traditional)

Mrs. MacLeod Of Raasay (TaR)


Bryden Music

The Tarriers

The Banana Boat Song (Arkin, Carey, Darling)

No Hidin’ Place (ditto)


Chappell & Co., Inc.

Fat Domino

Blueberry Hill (Lewis, Stock, Rose)

HOney Chile (A. Domino, D. Bartholomew)

From the American-International Picture “Shake, Rattle And Rock”


Down Beat and Steve Allen

Little Red Riding Hood

A Grimm Fairy Tale For Hip Kids

An Adaptation By Steve Allen

Told By Al “Jazzbo” Collins

With Lou Stein at the piano

Three Little Pigs


Heartaches By The Number

H. Howard

Guy Mitchell

Orchestra under the direction of Joe Sherman


M. Curtis and Goehring

Dot Records

M. Witmark & Sons

Pat BOone

Orchestra conducted by Billy Vaughn

April Love

From the 20th Century Fox Production

Fain, WEbster

When The Swallows Come Back to Capistrano

Leon T. Rene


Benell Music Co.
THe Swingin’ Shepherd Blues

Moe Koffman

Moe KOffman Quartette

Hambourg Bound 

Moe Koffman

Moe Koffman Septette

Top Rank International

EMI England

Quality Records Ltd.

Donald Where’s Your Troosers?

  1. Stewart, N. Grant

Andy Stewart

And the White Heather Group

Directed by Robert Wilson


Dancing In Kyle

Arr. Annie SHand Scott

Andy Stewart

And the White Heather Group

Directed by Robert Wilson

Top Rank International

Electric & Musical Industries Ltd., Great Britian

United Artists Music Ltd.



Tunes Of Glory

Stewart, Grant

Andy Stewart

With the Michael Sammes Singers

Orchestra conducted by Frank Cordell


Mozart Allen Mecolico

The Battle’s O’er

Trad. words A. Stewart, Arr. Iain MacFayden

Andy Stewart

With the Michael Sammes Singers

Orchestra conducted by Bernard Ebbinghouse

Top Rank International

Quality Records Ltd.

The Muckin’ O’ Geordie’s Byre

Andy Stewart

Orchestra conducted by Bernard Ebbinghouse


A Scottish Soldier / Green Hills Of Tyrol


Andy Stewart



Great Britain


“Sing In THe New Year”

Scotland The Brave

James Kerr

Uist Tramping Song


We’re No Awa’ Tae Bide Awa’ 


Jimmy Shand And His Band

With Chorus


A Guid New Year

Auld Lang Syne

Jimmy Shand And His Band

With Chorus


Made In England


James Kerr

Mozart Allan

Bayley & Ferguson



Waltzing Thru’ Scotland (in strict tempo)

Intro : Jock O’ Hazeldean

We’d Better Bide A Wee

My Nannie’s Awa’

Auld Scotch Song


INtro : Within A Mile Of Edinburgh Toon

Scotland yet

Sound THe Pibroch

There’s Nae Luck About The Hoose

Jimmy Shand And His Band


James Kerry





Waltzing Thru’ Scotland (in strict tempo)

Intro : The Auld Hoose

Rothsay Bay : Bonnie Gallowa’

Braes Abune Bonawa

Ho Ro My Nut Brown Maiden


Intro: Loch Lomond

Ca’ The Yowes To The Knowes

Westerning Home

Jimmy Shand And His Band


Bourne Inc.


The Little Shoemaker

Revil, Parsons, Turner

The Gaylords

Three Friends And A Stranger

With George Annis and his Orchestra

Arranged by Hugo Peretti


Mecque, Mecque


The Gaylords

Number 7 Theme

With compliments of No. 7 Cigarettes

Music by Bob Hahn

Orchestra and Chorus under direction of Mitchell Ayres

RCA Victor


Hal Borne, Sid Kuller

Tony Martin

Accompanied by Hal Borne and his Orchestra and the Jud Conlon Singers



Dorcas Cochran, Harold Grant

Tony Martin

With Henri René’s Orchestra and Chorus


Full frequency range recording

Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London



La Valse

Poeme Choregraphique

L’Orchestre De La Societe Des Concerts

Du Conservatoire De Paris

Conductor Ernest Ansermet

(2 of 4 sides, another record has the other 2)


Imprimerie - J. Marx and Cie, Paris

Made In France


Mohamed Alami Aziz

N’Fdki Ya Ghzali

Samra Malka El Ghozlane

Ezzine Moualef

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire ~ 78th anniversary (1942 - 2020)

Tonight is the 78th anniversary of the fire in Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub, which took the young lives of my paternal grandparents Adelaide (Addie) and Theodore (Ted) Wasserman (pictured, probably on their honeymoon in Bermuda), and great-aunt Sarah (Sadie) Levin. Sadie’s husband, my great-uncle Benjamin “Ben” Levin, was with our party at the Grove, but survived. (*Yes, Sadie was a Levin who married a Levin!) 

My father and his two brothers were orphaned, and two of their cousins lost their mother; my father was two, and his brothers were in infancy and seven. On the night of Saturday November 28th 1942 -- havdalah (the end of Shabbat) of Thanksgiving weekend that year -- corruption and other choices led to the deaths of almost 500 people, and injured more than 160 others. May their memories be blessings -- ones that call us to pursue justice, justice -- and blessed be the True Judge.

When my father's parents and aunt were killed, they were much younger than even their youngest grandchild my brother is now.  And my brother Ted was named after this grandfather.  The Wassermans had recently moved from Portland Maine to Brookline Massachusetts -- a suburb of Boston where my father, and much later my brother and I, spent part of our childhoods. 

Another of Adelaide's sisters, Lillian "Libby" (Levin) Finn, and her husband Irving Finn, were part of the family party in Boston that night, but as usual Libby and Irving chose to go to a performance at Symphony Hall instead.  They began to find out about the fire after they left the Hall and saw all of the emergency vehicles.  Libby wrote a letter about the night not long afterwards, which I hope to read someday.  Libby and Irving adopted her sister Addie's three orphaned sons, their nephews.

Two months after the fire, on January 31st of 1943, Adelaide and Sadie’s eldest brother, Major Clarence “Clarry” Levin, was killed by a German landmine in North Africa, during World War II. Brothers Harold and Dr. Sydney Levin survived for many years.  

Today there are very few Grove survivors left -- one died just this year -- and much of what they and their fellows knew has been lost.   

And I do believe that this is a social in/justice story -- and indeed, I believe that all stories are – especially as the fire was largely the result of corruption and other choices within and between the club management and the City, and the deaths and injuries largely due to the club’s furnishings releasing extremely toxic gas when overheated.  And this is the primary reason why there has been so much silence around the Grove.  And as far too often, even though many positive changes resulted from the fire, the corruption and silence has led to the forgetting and thus repetition of history -- for instance, the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island's West Warwick in 2003.  Too, climate change is increasing and worsening wildfires, in California and elsewhere in our country and world.  

However, the 70th anniversary of the Grove fire in 2012 inspired more acknowledgement and even some action, including the formation of the Cocoanut Grove Coalition -- though I'm not sure how active they've been since.  

In 2013, for the 71st anniversary, there was an official ceremony at the site followed by a reception at a nearby hotel, and I attended both with my father; this included survivors and their families as well as the unveiling of a street sign saying “Cocoanut Grove Lane”, which joined a plaque in the sidewalk that had taken many years to install and had long been the only marker.  There was also an official event for the 75th anniversary, three years ago in 2017.

In January 2014, I moved to Gaithersburg Maryland (Montgomery County, bordering DC) after a lifetime in the Boston area, to begin living with my spouse Julia (who has always lived in this area, and needed to remain here).  I have missed my usual annual visit(s) to the Grove site, where I would leave flowers and/or other small gifts.  My father continued to visit, but then moved out of state to join my brother -- who is a firefighter and an EMT.  My father and I have been visited Boston a few times since we moved, and he has visited and photographed the Grove site.  

These two photos are by my father, Bill Wasserman, a lifelong professional photographer (who doesn't have a website).  

I have been angered and saddened to learn that since I moved, luxury condos have been built on the Grove site -- and how much more so that their management, some tenants and others have added insult to injury by complaining about having to remember the Grove fire, and have managed to have the commemorative plaque removed and moved down the street.  But, I am glad to hear that this mishigas prompted the mayor to announce that he supports the installation of a full-on memorial.  Too, an old friend of our family called the mayor's office to complain about the plaque's move, and the person who took the call said that they have been receiving a lot of calls about it and most if not all were also complaints. 

A great thing that happened in the last few years was that I connected online with Jessica Pollard Lantos, Research and Outreach Coordinator at Documenting Maine Jewry, because she found this blog post through Googling about the Grove (I'm not sure if her comment or the other will still appear here, after this update). Her grandparents and parents were friends and neighbors of my grandparents, in Massachusetts and Maine -- indeed, her grandfather was called from Portland to Boston to identify my grandfather's body. Jessica has her father's World War II journal and photographs, and has posted them on Facebook, and two entries mention my family (one when he hears about the fire, and the other when he hears about the death of his fellow soldier Great Uncle Clarry). She has written an article about the fire for DMJ's newsletter, and I look forward to reading and sharing it. As she says, while the Grove was never a Jewish place or filled with Jewish people, the loss of Jewish and other lives there was a significant loss for the Jewish communities in Auburn and Portland Maine.

And just last year, Jessica discovered that her mother had a photograph of my late grandfather, and gave it to my family -- to the left of Ted is Theodore Bernstein, who also died with his wife, Amelia, at the Grove (the Bernsteins lived less than half a mile from the Wassermans in Portland).

There is a new documentary about the Grove fire -- Zachary Graves-Miller's Six Locked Doors : The Legacy Of Cocoanut Grove; my father, another family member, and a friend of mine attended a Boston Public Library event about it last year.  And, not too surprisingly, "Six" is not the only movie about the Grove in progress.  

There is also a newish play about the Grove fire -- James Hansen Prince's "Inferno : Fire At The Cocoanut Grove 1942", which premiered on the 72nd anniversary in 2014; 
Prince's grandfather-in-law Jimmy Jenkins died at the Grove (and Jimmy's aunt Mary Tittle was 103 at the time of the premiere!).  I have heard some good things about the play, and hope to at least read it soon.  

And I intend to read the old and new books about the fire -- especially now that eBook technology is making them much more accessible; though it turns out that a photo labeled as having Sadie in the background and Adelaide and Ted in the fore is incorrect about at least the latter.  Over the years, I have also been to presentations about the Grove at the Brighton and Boston Public Libraries.  

I will continue to work on this blog post, as well as a fuller piece about this part of our family’s story -- though I think a truly full version may need to wait until after more people pass away.  And I don't know how much information I will ever have. Alas, the trauma of the fire intensified the existing issues in our family, as in many others.  Which is a large part of why I feel so strongly about something that happened many years before I was born, and about family members, family friends and others who I never met.  

It is also fascinating and challenging for me -- as a transgender person and advocate -- that the Grove anniversary is a week after the international Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR, November 20th); too, all of November is Trans Month.  And November is also Native Month -- and Thanksgiving Day is also the Day Of Mourning for many Native / Indigenous people and communities. 

ברוך אתה ה' א‑לוהינו מלך העולם, דין האמת.
Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha'olam, dayan ha-emet.
Blessed are You, Lord, our God, King of the universe, the Judge of Truth, the Just Judge.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet, Blessed is the True Judge.