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Oh, and the music is great too…

On top of thoroughly enjoying The Help book and movie, the music was scrumptous as well. Of course, I’m a sucker for early ’60s tunes, but whoever chose the soundtrack really hit the nail on the head.

Mary J. Blige contributed a moving and lovely song about struggle and triumph, The Living Proof, but other than that, the soundtrack is vintage “Camelot”.

My Johnny Cash love is well documented, but knew I was going to enjoy the movie when the first song of the movie was Jackson

Then, there’s the rockabilly I Ain’t Never by Webb Pierce. You can just feel young couples dancing at the Friday night dance.

There’s a strong “faith” message within the story, so naturally, Dorothy Norwood’s Victory is Mine fits perfectly and brings some triumphant spirit to the film.

To bring the message home in a big way, we have Mavis Staple’s Don’t Knock:

Other ’60s staples that help to set the mood and timeframe:

Sherry, Frank Valli & The Four Seasons

The Wat-Watusi, The Orlons

Personality, Lloyd Price

Let’s Twist Again, Chubby Checker

The eclecticness of the soundtrack is demonstrated by some real R & B via Ray Charles and Bo Diddley:

Hallejuah, I Love Her So, Ray Charles

The Road Runner, Bo Didley

And finally, as if escorting us into the coming change, Mr. Bob Dylan:

Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)

A pretty good finish…

The only conspicious absence on this soundtrack is Elvis, who was literally a God in early 1960′s Mississippi — among both races. And, it was the height of Elvis movies…

Something like Follow That Dream…jus’ sayin’. ELVIS!! Unh!

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in at the movies, Elvis, Movie Soundtracks

 

The Help

Last fall, my sister-in-law and BFF recommended a book that her book club was reading titled, The Help by Kathryn Stockett. She thought that I would enjoy it because of my relationship with Rose, the lady that basically raised me and was so important to our family.

It was the first book I downloaded to my Kindle app on my new iPad. As I began to read the story about early 1960′s Jackson, Mississippi and the struggles of black maids working for white families, pangs of familiarity began to churn in my gut. It wasn’t so much the dreadfulness of Civil Rights’ indignities of the day — I am all too familiar with the effects of those days — as it was the stories of the women who were charged with white parents’ most precious possession (their children), but were not allowed to use the restroom inside the lily white homes of these Southern hypocrites.

I was captivated by the historical context and of course, by the personal story of Skeeter Phelan, who sets out to write a book about stories of “the help” — both good and bad. Yes, there were some good stories about relationships between the races, even though very few see the light of day. I read it in two days and was touched in a way I hadn’t been since I read The Horse Whisperer many years ago.

Perhaps the story resonated so deeply with me because of Rose. Throughout my childhood and early adulthood, Rose was a constant except for the year or so that she and my mother had a falling out…but more on that later.

My parents were married in May, 1952 and my father moved into my grandparents’ home with my mother so they could save up to build a house of their own. They had my sister nine months after they were married and starting building their house “in the country” about six miles from “town”. My father owned a plant nursery with his father right around the corner from their new homestead. Once the house was finished, they prepared to move their small family into the home that they would occupy for the next 40 years.

My parents were not rich folks, but it had been decided that my mother would need “help” as she only had the use of her right arm, her left arm paralyzed from polio when she was two. Additionally, they had just found out that their daughter was deaf. My father employed alot of field hands at the nursery and was particularly close to his foreman, nicknamed Shawee (which, incidentally, means racoon in french). Shawee’s wife, Rose, also worked at the nursery. They had a growing family and some of the older kids helped out at the nursery in the summer. My father arranged a meeting between my mother and Rose to see if she would be a good fit to “help” my mother in the house. They immediately hit it off and Rose became a fixture in our house and synonymous with our family for the rest of her life.

A short while later, my brother was born and became Rose’s child. He called her “Mamma Rose” and followed her everywhere. He spent most of his days with Rose as my mother was taking my sister to speech therapy and classes each day, trying to prepare her for school. Rose’s kids often spent time with our family and were fantastic playmates.

Rose had nick names for everyone, particularly her kids. Pictured above is Gros Bay Bay (meaning Big Baby in French). There was also Tougi, Tee-an, Sis, and Teeny. The twins would come later…but, more of that later. She also was instrumental in assigning my brother’s moniker as she called him a “chip” off the old block. Since he was a Jr., the name stuck — Chip, or Chippo as she preferred.

Nine years after my brother….surprise, surprise, my mother was pregnant. My sister was off at school in Baton Rouge and came home most weekends, but the house had basically been my brother’s domain with Rose attending to his every need. Rose indicated that this new baby would be a girl and decided upon Suzy-Q as an appropriate name. Rose’s youngest son, Teeny, was a toddler, but she hadn’t had a little girl to spoil in a long time. So, when I was born in the fall of ’64, Rose was in her glory. Many nights, she and one of her daughters would spend the night and baby sit, dressing me up like a little doll and of course, spoiling me rotten.

We loved that lady. I mean truly loved her. Then, when I was about five, Rose was gone. I don’t remember anyone saying why or what happened, I only knew that she was gone and another lady was there to “help”. She was nice enough, but she was no Rose. I missed Rose so much, but I didn’t know where she was. Then, almost magically, she returned when I was starting 2nd grade. It was like she never left. I was soooo happy to have her back. It appears that I had acted out pretty severely at the new lady and looking back, I’m sure I saw her as an impostor and wanted the real deal.

I would find out, years later, that Rose and my mother had a falling out around Rose taking up with a new man after she and Shawee divorced. Not that it was her business, but my mother was concerned for Rose and her children so she applied some kind of tough love and basically told her not to come back if she was going to continue living with the man. So Rose quit or Mamma fired her. After a few months, Rose’s older daughter, Sis, let Mamma know that Rose was pregnant, with twins. My mother was NOT happy and I’m sure she let it be known. She was pissed at Rose because she knew how hard her life was already and now she was supporting a man and two babies and dragging young Teeny through it all. To my mother’s credit, she finally came to her senses and asked Rose to come back. I don’t know if she felt sorry for Rose and wanted to help or if she really just missed her best friend, but I was happy as pigs in shit that Rose was BACK!!

My mother and Rose had an unusual relationship for black and white women in the South in the ’60s. But, then again, southwest Louisiana was a little different in terms of tolerance. Not that there wasn’t racism, but there were more accounts of close relationships between black and white families. My parents demanded our respect for Rose. If we talked back, we were punished just as if we had disrespected one of them. My mother trusted Rose with her most intimate secrets and as a true confidant. Rose knew and understood all our family dynamics and she was often the sounding board for problems, cheerleader for accomplishments and overall, just an objective observer of our lives.

I learned so much from her. Friendship, loyalty, humbleness, integrity, compassion, faith and love, not to mention how to cook the perfect round steak. Probably the most touching part of the story of The Help was the maid, Aibileen, trying to instill confidence into Mae Mobley, the toddler in her care and whose mother was a bit “detached”. Each morning when Aibi arrived and took the little girl from her crib or when she read her story books, she had Mae Mobley repeat: “You is kind, you is smart, you is important.”

Rose did the same kinds of things, making us feel good about ourselves and setting her expectations high for us, even though she was always right there and helping to pick up the pieces when we stumbled. Rose died the week of Thanksgiving, 1993 on the same day and hour that my brother’s daughter was born. It was such a bittersweet day in our family, but we knew that this new baby was likely kissed and blessed with Rose’s spirit. A few days later, I delivered the eulogy at her funeral…it was such an honor. Her headstone reads: “In Loving Memory from ALL her children” and lists her name as “Mama Rose”, a tribute from all of her children.

I tell this story because there’s so much talk about racism, bigotry and inequality, but little about love and mutual respect between the races. When little children find a caring, loving and trusted friend who instills self-confidence, the color of their skin or the differences in their cultures fade away. There is only love…and loyalty…and remembrance. So, when I read the book and found out that the movie was being made, I made a promise to watch the movie, alone with Rose. Since I couldn’t have her next to me, live and in person, I brought along this picture of her from my grandmother’s 90th birthday party and of course, her spirit. I laughed and I cried at familiar and compelling parts, knowing that Rose was laughing and crying right along with me.

So, needless to say, I highly recommend going to see The Help. And, when you do, consider the relationships of those women with those children and what an integral part they were in forming these children and giving them such a strong foundation — some who grew up to be priests, teachers, businessmen, doctors, authors and others who are simply “good” people, in part, from the values and teachings of the “help”.

 

A WONDERful Christmas Time…

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Sorry for being so absent lately.  Not that there’s not alot of music thoughts going through my head, it’s just that something has to give, sometime.  With work, hauling down the decorations, decorating, gift searching, gift buying, gift wrapping, cleaning, cooking, college searching, and the various asundry tasks on my To Do list, that there is no “free time” to write the type of meaningful posts that I like to do.  And, after all, I can’t give up “The Midgets” on Monday night or Biggest Loser on Tuesday or the host of mindless crap (a quote from my husband) that I consider valued entertainment after 5 p.m.  Truth is, after a long day, all I want is mindless crap, but that’s another topic for another day.

While I’ve been busy, I haven’t been void of music and of course my FAVORITE genre of Christmas music.  We officially kicked off the Holiday season with some festive tunes on our drive back to Alabama from Louisiana after Thanksgiving and each day, I’ve been sampling my vast Christmas collection and compiling my list for the 2nd Annual Music Maven Christmas Playlist.  Be on the lookout over the next week or so for that compilation of Christmas goodness.

I’ve always LOVED Stevie Wonder’s Christmas music, particularly What Christmas Means to Me.  It just gets me in the right Christmas spirit and is such a happy song.  And, the other night, I was watching the movie This Christmas and heard an old familiar Wonder song that I hadn’t thought of in a long, long time.

The WONDERfulness of Twinkle, Twinkle is the fact that just like the Christmas season it’s joyful, melancoly, introspective and warm….just one of the great tunes of Stevie’s enduring Christmas repetoire.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Me is one of those soulful songs of the period when a plethora of non-traditional Christmas music was introduced, capturing the spirit of Christmas in new ways.  In 1967, Little Stevie Wonder having just dropped the “Little” and fresh off of hits like FingerTips, Uptight (It’s Alright), A Place in the Sun  and For Once in My Life, Wonder released an epic Christmas compilation, Someday at Christmas and Twinkle, Twinkle was one of the hidden gems on this wonderful collection of the man entering his heyday. 

Someday at Christmas is a mix of traditional and non-traditional Christmas songs and was released right after Thanksgiving in ’67 and was, no doubt, well-received.  However, I don’t recall hearing much of Stevie’s Christmas music until I was an adult and largely through movie soundtracks.  That’s how I got turned on to What Christmas Means to Me, the anchor song on Someday at Christmas.

This song always puts me in such a festive mood.  The kind of Risky Business, Tom Cruise in tighty whities, sock sliding across the floor in sunglasses, strummin’ air guitar kind of mood.  It is one of my absolute favorite Christmas PARTY songs.

But, Someday at Christmas has a little something for everyone and is a superbly well-rounded record, particularly for a specialty CD.  But then, it IS Stevie Wonder, after all.  A Warm Little Home on the Hill and Bedtime for Toys bring a sweetness and longing for family, home and hearth.  A new find that I am particularly enjoying this year is The Day That Love Began, which is a combination of doo-wop, Motown, and classic Wonder:

I like that one almost as much as the inspiring, soulful One Little Christmas Tree.  (NOTE:  The video for One Little Christmas Tree was pulled off of YouTube, so the others may vanish, as well…another subject for another post.)

Of course, Stevie doesn’t stray too far away from the standards with traditional takes on The Christmas Song, Silver Bells, Ave Maria, and The Little Drummer Boy…all of which are superbly sublime.

If you’re looking to expand your Christmas collection, Stevie Wonder’s Someday at Christmas CD is a “must have”.  Unfortunately, the original album/compilation is no longer available, but fear not…all songs from this CD, plus a couple more are available on iTunes and Amazon via 20th Century Masters under The Christmas Collection: Stevie Wonder.

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Click here to order from iTunes.

Many times, when I’m doing research for these posts, I find unanticipated nuggets.  This time, I found a wonderful cover of Someday at Christmas, by a very talented young man named Justin Bieber:

Just goes to show that good music endures.  BTW, Stevie Wonder re-released For Once in My Life as a single this past Monday…40 years after original release. 

Everything old is new again. 

 

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Mamma Mia!….No ABBA Reunion

Hopes of a reunion of the great ABBA were dashed this week when Benny and Bjorn unequivocally denied rumors of a seventilicious confab of the enigmatic Swedish songbirds.

Over the years, the quartet has reportedly turned down $1billion (yes, that’s a “b”) for a reunion tour.  Tthe disco-era fab four won’t hear of reuniting, stating that money is not a factor.  Perhaps some of the recent “reunion” tour bands should take heed to observe Benny’s recent quote on the matter:

“We would like people to remember us as we were, young, exuberant and full of ambition.”

Agnetha and Anni-Frid joined Benny and Bjorn at the Swedish premier of the new movie, Mamma Mia – based on the hit musical — and were rightly impressed with the vocal styling of ex-James Bond, Pierce Brosnan.

Ok. Mamma Mia features 22 Abba songs!! In addition to Remington Steele, Oscar-winner Meryl Streep is part of the ensemble cast along with Christine Baranski and the erstwhile Brit, Colin Firth.  It seems that the language of ABBA is, indeed, universal.

Of course, this is not the first movie to feature the music of the great ABBA.  Their music has been featured in no less than 25 other movies (go figure), including Muriel’s Wedding, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, and most recently, the remake of Get Smart.

While ABBA is immortalized on the big screen, back in the real world there will be no Dancing Queen reprise…unless you count mindless covers by would be pretenders

Thankfully, through the magic of MTV and VH-1, we still have these “real deal” gems, captured for posterity.

Fernando

  Take A Chance On Me

  Knowing Me, Knowing You

  S.O.S

  Waterloo

Vinnaren tar allt det!

 

Beautiful Girls

Mini-DD brought a song to me a few weeks ago saying that he knew that I would like it and the underlying bass line that is the same as Ben E. King’s Stand By Me. He was right. I not only like Beautiful Girls, but it is continually on my mind and on my tongue. I’ve been singing it for weeks.

I really like the video and the throwback style.

The original Ben E. King hit, Stand By Me, was released in 1961, reaching the Top Ten on the Billboard Charts. It once again hit the Top Ten in 1986 when it was included on the Soundtrack of Stephen King’s movie of the same name.

Stand By Me was ranked #121 of Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and it’s one of the most performed songs ever. The songs seems to have nine lives and re-appears every so often. The good ones often do.

Here’s a mash-up someone put up on YouTube that syncs up Stand by Me with Beautiful Girls. It’s a really fun blend of old and new, soul and reggae.

In this, you can really hear the wonderful shared bass line and how the well-known classic provides such a great foundation for young Sean’s reggae rap. The song screamed up the charts in the summer and since, has been covered by a few other artists…

Here’s a “reply” version by JoJo (who I had previously never heard of but is evidently popular):

And a very nice acoustical version by The Plain White T’s:

Be careful when listening to this, however, as it’s addictive. Seriously. Perhaps that’s why the wonderful Stand By Me bass line has topped the charts so many times.

BONUS — John Lennon’s cover of Stand By Me:

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks, Music History, reggae

 

The Soundtracks of Scorsese

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As previously reported, Martin Scorsese received one of the Kennedy Honors earlier in December. While Scorsese captures and conveys stark and raw glimpses of real life in his films and delves into lesser examined areas of society, he is also an accomplished music aficionado.  He not only paints a vivid picture through film, but has incorporated meaningful music in his soundtracks that help to finish the portrait.

In addition to great movie soundtracks, Scorsese directed the infamous concert documentary, The Last Waltz, in1976 that captured The Band’s last concert on Thanksgiving night at the Winterland Ballroom in San Fransisco. The concert included a who’s who of special guests including: Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Dr. John, Neil Diamond, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood and others. If you have not had the opportunity to view The Last Waltz, put it on your New Year’s movie list.

The all-star finale, I Shall Be Released:

Of note: The Band‘s guitarist, Robbie Robertson worked on several Scorsese soundtracks over the years.

Then, there was the 7-part The Blues documentary that Scorsese directed and produced in 2003 that serves as the paramount anthology on the blues genre and highlighted performances like this:

John Lee Hooker

Scorsese is well known and respected as a Director, but his use of music as the message should also be acknowledged. He is partial to the doo-wop of his youth and Italian opera. He mixes in the rock of his prime years with the blues that he adores. Hats off to Marty. Personally, I love a guy who loves DeNiro, Keitel and DiCaprio AND has a definite appreciation for music and the way music can tell the story…you know, throw you back into a certain time, a certain memory. The soundtracks to his movies are an extension of the storytelling and some of his choices are brilliant.

The following includes some of my favorites from Scorsese movies. Click on the links to take you to YouTube.

Mean Streets

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Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

I Love You So – The Chantells

Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes

Rubber Biscuit – The Chips

Steppin’ Out – John Mayhall’s Bluesbusters

I Looked Away – Eric Clapton (Derek & The Dominos)

Be My Baby – The Ronettes

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

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All the Way from Memphis, Ian Hunter

Roll Away the Stone, Leon Russell

Daniel, Elton John

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, Hank Williams

Raging Bull

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Prisoner of Love, Russ Columbo

Mona Lisa, Nat King Cole

Bye Bye Baby, Marilyn Monroe

Till Then, The Mills Brothers

King of Comedy

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Back on the Chain Gang, The Pretenders

Ain’t Nobody’s Business, B. B. King

Swamp, Talking Heads

Come Rain or Come Shine, Ray Charles

Wonderful Remark, Van Morrison

Color of Money

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Werewolves of London (movie)

It’s in the Way That You Use It – Eric Clapton

Goodfellas

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Rags to Riches, Tony Bennett

Sincerely, The Moonglows

Hearts of Stone, Otis Williams & The Charms

Stardust, Billy Ward and His Dominos

It’s Not For Me to Say, Johnny Mathis

Playboy, The Marvelettes

I Will Follow Him, Peggy March

Roses are Red, Bobby Vinton

Ain’t Love a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin (from the “Oceans Eleven” Soundtrack)

Remember (Walkin’ in the Sand), The Shangri Las

Leader of the Pack, The Shangri Las

Monkey Man, The Rolling Stones

Baby I Love You, Aretha Franklin

Beyond the Sea, Bobby Darin

Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones

Jump Into the Fire, Harry Nilsson (scene)

Magic Bus, The Who

What is Life, George Harrison

Mannish Boy, Muddy Waters

My Way, Sid Vicious

Casino

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Hoochie Coochie Man – Muddy Waters

Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues

Ain’t Got No Home – Clarence “Frogman” Henry

Without You – Harry Nilsson

I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee

Walk on the Wild Side – Jimmy Smith

Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song) - Otis Redding

The Glory of Love – The Velvetones

Satisfaction – Devo

What a Difference a Day Makes – Dinah Washington

Working in a Coalmine – Lee Dorsey

House of the Rising Sun – Eric Burdon

Who Can I Turn To – Tony Bennett (performed here by Anthony Newly)

Marty Scorsese gets people and he gets music. He understands that music kun-NECKs people to events and certain times and uses music to make you truly feel the visual. He appreciates all music and all genres and exposes his electic musical tastes to help tell his stories. He truly is deserving of his Kennedy honor. He uses multiple facets of the performing arts to grab the viewer/listener and gives us all a glimpse of life that we might never have known of, but for his adept storytelling.

Besides, I really dig his American Express commercials…..

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Booyah, Mr. Scorsese.

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks, soundtracks

 

The Companion

I love this guy.

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He drives me crazy in a lot of different ways. Most of it, in a good way. I am an admitted control freak so I pride myself on knowing what makes my man tick. However, he takes great glee in changing that every so often, so I’m never in control. Makes me absolutely batty…but in a good way, I guess.

One of these things that leaves me slack-jawed is when my better half falls in love with movies and music that I would have bet our house that he would NEVER like, much less listen to or watch.  If you would like to know how many golf tournaments that Jack Nicklaus won over Tom Watson or what’s Phil Mickelson’s Sunday scoring average, he’s your man….but music, not so much.

A few years ago, he absolutely floored me with the announcement that he was utterly in love with Moulin Rouge. Having discovered the movie during one of his late night insomnia cable surfings, he became virtually obsessed with the movie and the music. He absolutely fell in love with Your Song, even though he had no idea that it was an Elton John song.

Your Song, Ewan MacGregor

Now, Mr. D does not share my attention to musical detail, so any time he shows interest I pay attention. For Christmas, he received the DVD. And, I must admit, once I watched the movie with him (his 4th or 5th viewing), I shared his love of Come What May.

Come What May, Ewan MacGregor & Nicole Kidman

His latest shocker is that he absolutely loves the movie and music of Prairie Home Companion. Another late night find, he has actually had me download parts of the soundtrack from iTunes. Now, for perspective, Mr. D does not buy music….ever….so this was a big request. I gladly obliged. So, here are his favorites from Prairie Home Companion:

Whoopi Ti Yi Yo, Woody Harrelson & John C. Reilly

Perhaps this brings back memories of his Lone Ranger days.

Gold Watch & Chain, Meryl Streep & Garrison Keillor

Goodbye to Mama, Meryl Streep & Lily Tomlin

Over the years, he has sprung a few of these unlikely favorites on me. I think he likes to keep me guessing and certainly likes to thwart my control tendencies. Don’t tell him, but I kinda like it that way…

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks, that's life

 

Cars, The Soundtrack

In my never-ending quest to the hinter lands of cable television, I came across the animated flick Cars last night. Because I was exhausted from my first ambulatory week and my boot transition, I fell asleep early into the production. However, through the magic of cable DVR, I was able to catch the remainder of the movie this morning.

Cars is a delightful tale of Lightning McQueen, a cute little red race car rookie who ends up in a Doc Hollywood plot when his 18-wheeler accidentally abandons him in the middle of the desert (Radiator Springs) on Route 66. Owen Wilson voices the lead character and is joined by Paul Newman, Michael Keaton, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, George Carlin and Larry the Cable Guy, among others. The animation is reminiscent of the Chevron cars from a few years back and the plot is simply charming. It’s a genuinely entertaining movie for those of all ages and I found the music of the soundtrack particularly interesting. Some of my most favorite musical artists are on this soundtrack.

The first song on the soundtrack is Real Gone, sung by Sheryl Crow:

As Lightning and Mack head west, the strains of Chuck Berry’s Route 66 accompany the desert scenery. This soundtrack actually includes two versions of Route 66, with the more rockin’ version coming from John Mayer.

Yes. John Mayer. Who knew?

While doing his community service in Radiator Springs, he’s invited to go on a drive by Carrera Sally to Rascal Flatt’s fun Life is a Highway:

Shrew will enjoy this wonderfully twangy selection of Behind the Clouds by Brad Paisley:

Even the wonderful James Taylor makes an appearance with Our Town, lamenting the changes to Radiator Springs since the Interstate took travelers away from the dusty desert towns on Route 66 for time and convenience sake.

One of my favorites on the soundtrack is Sh-Boom by The Chords. I love this music.

 

The soundtrack rounds out with Find Yourself, again by Brad Paisley.

 

There are numerous scores and even Hank Williams’ My Heart Would Know included on this thoroughly enjoyable soundtrack. While I don’t have little kids anymore, I still like to watch these wonderful Pixar animations….particularly when I’m searching the hinter lands of cable TV.

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks

 

Shrektacular

Some lighter fare before more music biz fodder.

Here’s Part Deux of Shrekology.

I really don’t care for sequels because they just never seem to reach the heights of the original blockbuster movie. However, every so often a sequel actually lives up to it’s potential. Of course, Shrek 2 is largely “made” by one rockin’ cat — literally.

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Puss, Puss in Boots played by the wonderfully funny and absofreakin’lutely sexay, Antonio Banderas. I must admit, I thought Antonio was a wee bit shallow and boy toy with the whole Melanie Griffith thing, but I was wrong. Lerve him. And how completely wonderful is he, here, doing These Boots are Made for Walkin’?

Banderas brought a new and exciting character to the Shrek franchise that was fun and extremely entertaining (particularly for cat “people” who get the cat subtelties). Here’s Puss (Antonio) and Donkey (Eddie Murphy) jammin’ on Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca:

Love the Big Bad Wolf on mandolin….the subtleties are masterful.

Even our old friend, Bonnie Tyler, is used to per-FECK-shun with Jennifer Saunders singing Holding Out for a Hero.

The Shrek 2 soundtrack sold 1.2 million CDs. Here is the track listing:

  1. Accidentally in Love” performed by Counting Crows – 3:08
  2. Holding Out for a Hero” performed by Emery & Frou Frou – 3:22
  3. Changes” performed by Butterfly Boucher & David Bowie – 3:22
  4. “As Lovers Go” performed by Dashboard Confessional – 3:29
  5. Funkytown” performed by Lipps Incorporated – 3:59
  6. “I’m on My Way” performed by Rich Price – 3:21
  7. “I Need Some Sleep” performed by Eels – 2:28
  8. Ever Fallen in Love?” performed by Pete Yorn – 2:32
  9. “Little Drop of Poison” performed by Tom Waits – 3:11
  10. “You’re So True” performed by Joseph Arthur – 3:55
  11. “People Ain’t No Good” performed by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – 5:39
  12. “Fairy Godmother Song” performed by Celine Dion – 1:52
  13. Livin’ La Vida Loca” performed by Antonio Banderas & Eddie Murphy – 3:29
  14. Holding Out for a Hero” performed by Celine Dion – 3:56 (Bonus Track)

And, of course, the DVD provides another “extra”. This time, it provides Far, Far Away Idol complete with Simon Cowell as guest judge. Forgive the Russian subtitles, it’s the only quality version I could find on YouTube, but it’s well worth watching.

Brilliant!

A preview of the Shrek 3 Soundtrack still to come….

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2007 in Movie Soundtracks

 

The Blues Brothers

Mr. D received one of the BEST presents he’s ever been given, this weekend. #2 son came to visit and brought along a belated birthday present for Mr. D. Knowing that his father is a big Blues Brothers’ fan and the fact that he’s asked specifically for it for about four years, #2 managed to get a “relation” to paint this wonderful painting.

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The artist is Tony Mose. We are extremely excited to now have a one-of-a-kind commissioned painting by Tony. Of course, #2 just moved way up on the inheritance scale. In recognition of our wonderful new art and Mr. D’s mini-obsession, here’s a dossier on The Blues Brothers.

First, if you haven’t watched this movie lately, do yourself a favor and rent it this week. Of course, the story line is totally irrelevant but the music is in a word….superb. So many great artists and so many great scenes. The “Bluesmobile” is particularly memorable.

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As we follow Jake and Elwood on their “mission from God” to save St. Helen of The Blessed Shroud for “The Penguin”, we get to visit with Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker and the Godfather of Soul hisself, James Brown and be thoroughly entertained by some of the funniest scenes of any movie.

I especially enjoy the “Rawhide” Scene:

as well as this beauty towards the end:

The movie ended up spawning a hit album for Jake and Elwood Blues, titled Briefcase Full of Blues.

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Track Listing:

  1. “Opening: I Can’t Turn You Loose” (Redding) – 1:50
  2. “Hey Bartender” (Dixon) – 3:01
  3. “Messin’ With the Kid” (London) – 3:35
    • Originally by Junior Wells
  4. “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” (Walsh) – 2:50
    • Originally recorded by Toronto’s Downchild Blues Band
  5. “Rubber Biscuit” (Johnson, Levy) – 2:57
    • Originally recorded by The Chips
  6. “Shot Gun Blues” (Walsh) – 5:23
    • Also by Downchild Blues Band
  7. “Groove Me” (Floyd) – 3:46
  8. “I Don’t Know” (Mabon) – 4:14
  9. “Soul Man” (Hayes, Porter) – 3:28
  10. “‘B’ Movie Box Car Blues” (McClinton) – 4:08
  11. “Flip, Flop & Fly” (Calhoun, Turner) – 3:38
  12. “Closing: I Can’t Turn You Loose” (Redding) – 0:51

Although not shown in the movie, Rubber Biscuit became a much loved Blues Brothers’ hit.

and, here’s a rare “live” performance of The Blues Brothers shortly before Belushi’s death in 1980 :

Ackroyd sure blows a mean harp….The Blues Brothers are one of those engimatic symbols of a “time” and a generation. I think it’s summed up best by the Blues Brothers themselves….

Good. Stuff.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2007 in blues brothers, Movie Soundtracks

 
 
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