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?

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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.

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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.

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2019: Day 20

Welcome back to the countdown!!!

A Christmas hello from me and jolly ol’ St. Nick!!!

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A common theme in many Christmas songs is going home for the holiday.  For many people, the sentimental pull of family gatherings, traditions we learned as children and the nostalgia invoked from seeing decorations we either made or put on the tree when we were kids is just too much to resist.  Of course, for many the stress of too much family togetherness is enough of an issue to skip the trip home.  Some have committed to defending our country so home is on the other side of the world.  And for others, there is no home to go to.  But the one thing we all have access to is the music of Christmas.  That may help us all find a memory that takes us back home, if only in our dreams.

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Michael Bublé:  “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” (2011, written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram circa 1943).

And for a very pretty female take on this song, my choice is by the second funniest woman in one of my all time favorite movies, “9 to 5”.  And she only came in second because Lily Tomlin is a comedic genius.  So I am sure Dora Lee Rhodes understands completely why she is my number two.

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Dolly Parton:  “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” (1990, written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent and Buck Ram circa 1943).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you  🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, happy listening!!!

25 Days Of Christmas Music 2018: Day 14

Hi, Everybody!!!  Welcome back to the countdown.

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Vintage Christmas card image found on Pinterest (original source unknown).  

I do not recall hearing this song prior to this season.  This year my 24/7 Christmas music station of choice plays this tune several times a day and I must admit I like the fun festive energy of it.  Every time I hear it I picture myself at an elegant holiday party dancing with my guy the way Steve Martin & Lily Tomlin did at the end of “All of Me” (I love that movie!!!).

This is not my type of music at all, and the husband & wife singers of this song are not my taste at all.  In fact, I consider them more Las Vegas entertainers who sing, which is a completely different genre in and of itself.  And not one I enjoy.  But Christmas is the time for miracles, and me liking this song has to be put in that category.  Plus they were good friends of Frank Sinatra so that has to count for something.   🙂

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme:  “That Holiday Feeling” (1964).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing some things that I love with you  🙂

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Until next time, happy listening!!!