Mario Cuomo: Remembrances of a Remarkable Man

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3
Mario’s “Music”

His favorite song was “Stranger in Paradise” as sung by his friend Tony Bennett, and he loved Johnny Burke’s lyrics for “Polka Dots and Moonbeams” (“There were questions in the eyes of other dancers. There were questions, but my heart knew all the answers… and perhaps a few things more ….”).

He was also moved by Ray Noble’s “Love Is the Sweetest Thing,” later a great instrumental by Artie Shaw.

Love is the sweetest thing.
What else on earth could ever bring
Such happiness to everything
As Love’s old story… ?

Mario liked two other songs from the Great American Songbook, lovely ballads favored by musicians, torch singers, and that dwindling breed of cabaret performers. One such was Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke’s haunting “It’s Always You”:

Whenever it’s early twilight
I watch till a star breaks through
Funny, it’s not a star I see

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface- This Is Personal xv
  • 1 - Whence He Came 1
  • 2 - Public Service 17
  • 3 - Mario’s "Music" 27
  • 4 - Mario’s Legacy 53
  • 5 - Who Was Mario? Personal Stories 77
  • 6 - The Best of Mario Cuomo 103
  • 7 - Echoes of Greatness 121
  • 8 - Wvox Radio Interviews 163
  • 9 - Early Commentaries about Mario 231
  • 10 - Letters to a Friend 255
  • 11 - Andrew’s Eulogy 271
  • Appendix- Collected Notes from "Professor" a. J. Parkinson 291
  • Afterword 295
  • Author’s Note 303
  • Acknowledgments 307
  • Index 313
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