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1776 and An American Carol
Once again, I’m going with an Independence Day double header. Starting with the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical 1776. It tells the tale of getting the resolution on Independence passed through the Continental Congress in the summer of 1776. William Daniels is quite good as John Adams, but it is Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin who steals the show. The second film was the 4th of July weekend pick for 2009. It is the story of Crocumentary filmmaker Michael Malone (name slightly changed so you will be sure which fat communist bastard it is supposed to be), who wants to ban the “4th of July” and is visited by the Ghost of John F. Kennedy, who tells that he will be visited by three spirits in order to cure him of his un-American ways. Very funny, with a great cast of actors who put their careers at risk by outing themselves as Conservatives in the far left extremist moonbat haven of Hollywood.
I don’t know who first said this, but I agree with it.
There is no Bob Dylan song that someone else has not done better.
I do like this live version performed by Charlie Daniels. Not sure if it is better, but is good.
Let us review a Rock n’ Roll Classic: I Want You to Want Me
The Cheap Trick version is probably the best known version, complete with many, many screaming Japanese teenagers.
There is country music and there is pure honest country music.
Exhibit A: Walk of Shame by Nikki Lane. Worth it for title song alone. Another example of just how much country music is about poor life choices. The rest of the album is quality work as well. Her twang is natural and wraps around the words in way that reminds me of old time AM country radio in South.
Exhibit B: Platinum by Miranda Lambert Ya gotta love a woman who has her AR-15 tricked out with Zebra stripes. Throw in that she has yet another collection of country songs that makes Hank Williams smile up in Hillbilly Heaven, and you’re all set to kick back on the porch with your best girl and a couple of sixes of long necks on ice.
Exhibit C: Blame the Vain by Dwight Yoakam Yup, he’s still around and making music for your classic shit kickin’ redneck, and those who have never been within a furlong of a cow patty, but appreciate the music. Intentional Heartache and Three Good Reasons are stand out classic Dwight. I played this on the ride home the other day, and I really didn’t give a damn about the traffic. Just for the record, the commute still beats working with dairy cattle.
Rhapsody kept playing a Steve Earle & the Supersuckers cover of the Rolling Stone’s Before They Make Me Run on the Crazy for Covers channel, but I couldn’t find it anywhere else on the service.
Finally tracked it down on a CD available on Amazon. Excellent cover. Worth the $8 I paid, plus the other four tracks are good, so double the win!
Since it July 5th, I will once again go with the 1972 film version of the Broadway musical 1776. Based on the Broadway play, it tells the tale of getting the resolution on Indepence passed through the Contential Congress in the summer of 1776. William Daniels is quite good as John Adams, but it is Howard Da Silva as Benjamin Franklin who steals the show. The sets and costumes are first rate as well.
Covers, which I like, of music I like, i.e the Every Brothers.
Double Win! Going for the hat trick for supporting independent artists.
The story of a group of young Dubliners who form a Soul group. Why, because the Irish are the Blacks of Europe, and Dublin is the Blacks of Ireland. A fun film with really good music and great characters.
Set the Wayback Machine to 1984 for this classic Rock mockumenary. Rob “Meathead” Reiner was the actual directory as the fictional director in this film about the back stage antics of the Heavy Metal Hair band, Spinal Tap. A cult comedy classic complete with a string of drummers that die of various means, including re-accuring spontainous combustion. My favorite was the one who choked to death on vomit, but not his own. Who produced the vomit remains shrouded in mystery.
I’ve been a Kate Bush fan for a long time. How long? I’ve got a good chunk of her work on vinyl.
So a cover album of Kate Bush tunes would definitely catch my ear. It’s called I WANNA BE KATE: The Songs of Kate Bush
No big name artists, just musicians tipping their own style of hat to Kate Bush, who, like Sinatra, definitely did it her way.
One of my favorites is The J Davis Trio rendition of “There Goes a Tenner.”
Kate Bush has done just a couple of covers, but my favorites is her version of Rocket Man on this tribute album: Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin