Cole Porter was an Episcopalian,
a farmer’s son, from Peru, Indiana,
whose ambition was to write ‘Jewish Tunes’.
My mother’s favourite song was ‘Begin
the Begine’, which Cole Porter composed,
the story goes, one evening at the piano
in The Ritz Bar of the Ritz Hotel, Paris.
The love song is in a minor key.
It personifies longing, wit, irony.
My mother and father met in the city
of Kano, Northern Nigeria.