Let’s Take A Moment Day 105

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

Kerouac

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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

Blue eyed soul is a weakness of mine, but given my love for all things Motown that is certainly not surprising.  There are several singers who do it exceedingly well and today’s song showcases one of the best.  Daryl Hall & John Oates have had a phenomenal run as one of the most successful duos in music history, and part of that success is due to Hall’s soulful voice.  There are so many of their songs that showcase his incredible gift, but my favorite is the song that first introduced them to audiences back in 1975.

Hall and Oates

Daryl Hall (L) and John Oates (R) at the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Brooklyn, NY.  (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Hall & Oates:  “Sara Smile” ( 1975, written by Daryl Hall & John Oates).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 90

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

Kerouac

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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

I used to think I was lucky because of my name.  After all, the Beatles have a song with my name in it, spelled correctly I hasten to add.  It also has some pretty lyrics in French.  How could I lose?  I’ll tell you how.  I was not named Patty.  Girls named Patty, however they choose to spell it, seem to be luckier than most.  Peppermint Patty gets to hang out with Charlie Brown & the rest of the Peanuts gang.  Pattie Boyd was married to George Harrison-a Beatle, for goodness sake, and Eric Clapton.  And then there is the biggest Patti of all:  Patti Scialfa.  You may know her as Mrs. Bruce Springsteen.  Or as I like to call her, the luckiest woman to ever breathe air.  Not only has she been married to The Boss for nearly 30 years, but she is the mother of his three children, a member of his E Street Band AND she got to be with just him for quarantine.  Say it with me:  COME ON!!

This is my absolute favorite song by lucky Patti’s husband and my favorite song of all time.  Springsteen turned an ordinary weekend in New Jersey into a rock opera..  It was no longer just about music but an event not to be missed.  I swooned the first time I heard it, especially the first 25 seconds featuring an absolutely gorgeous piano/violin intro.  And I have been swooning ever since.  I think it is the most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard.  I adore this man and his poetry.

The midnight gang’s assembled and picked a rendezvous for the night
They’ll meet ‘neath that giant Exxon sign that brings this fair city light
Man, there’s an opera out on the Turnpike, there’s a ballet being fought out in the alley Until the local cops, Cherry Tops, rips this holy night

BTR

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Bruce Springsteen:  “Jungleland” (1975, written by Bruce Springsteen).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 38

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

music heart

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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day.  And if this helps anyone else, even better.

I love Robert Altman’s films.  They are quirky and real and weird just like life.  My two favorite movies of his are “A Wedding” and “Nashville”.  In both films he cast two of my favorite comediennes, Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin, respectively, and I watched them turn into dramatic actresses right in front of my eyes.  Burnett played the mother of the bride who comes face to face, albeit briefly, with the death of the newlywed.  In “Nashville”, Tomlin played a married mom of two deaf children (she learned ASL for the role) who contemplates having an affair.

The man she is considering the tryst with is played by Keith Carradine, whose character happens to be a womanizer pursuing three other women in addition to Tomlin.  She goes to a club to see him perform today’s song.  As he introduces it and starts to sing it, we see all four woman reacting as if they believe the song is about them.  But eventually it becomes clear he is singing to Tomlin as he stares at her throughout his performance, so much so that the other woman take notice and look back to see the woman who has him so captivated.  There is no dialogue, just the sound of Carradine’s song.

The scene lasted about three minutes long and in that time the camera primarily focuses on Tomlin’s face.  First it is from a distance, then it moves in closer to her.  Again, there are no words just the expression on her face to tell her story.  She appeared surprised, shocked, intrigued, uncomfortable and then overcome all at once.  I could not believe the depth she showed.  She was just mesmerizing.  Hollywood thought so, too, as she was nominated for the best Supporting Actress Award for this movie.  I am convinced this scene clinched the nom for her (she lost to Lee Grant who won for “Shampoo”).  I never forgot Tomlin’s performance or the tune which went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1976.  It is short, simple, honest and direct and I just love it.  The song lyrics speak to anyone who has ever had a complicated relationship, romantic or otherwise.

I never cared too much for games and this one’s driving me insane.

keith carradine
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Keith Carradine:  “I’m Easy” (1975, written by Keith Carradine).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.