I still see the rays of light every time

I figured we could use a shiny, happy thread to bring people together after the tragic events of the past few days. Not long ago in the comments, I discovered that many of you, like me, enjoy musical movies. What’s your favorite musical scene from a musical movie? I’m using musical movie a bit loosely, so “Fabulous Baker Boys”, that Johnny Cash movie, etc. counts, but you can’t go with a music-backed scene from a movie that isn’t in any sense a musical. That means no Joe Pesci shooting up houses over the Devo cover of “Satisfaction”, no lingering shots of dead bodies in meat lockers while “Layla” plays in the background, no Jack tormenting DiCaprio to “Let It Loose”.

I’m going to start with Michelle Pfeiffer taking the gum out of her mouth to sing “More Than You Know” in the “Fabulous Baker Boys”. Not the greatest movie, but I love Jeff Bridges and Michelle Pfeiffer, and I saw it at a time in my life when brooding and self-absorption were very important to me. I still watch this scene about once a month for no reason.

And then the great “Make ‘Em Laugh” from “Singin’ In The Rain”. One of my favorite movies, the first time I ever saw it on the big screen was at the Red Vic in San Francisco. My friend and I were supposed to see some serious movie about non-English-speaking people killing each other or starving that had come highly recommended by whoever the early ’90s Bay Area equivalent of Manhola Dhargis/A.O. Scott was (Mick LaSalle, if memory serves). We walked by the Red Vic and both stopped when we saw “Singin’ In The Rain”. It took a minute for either of us to admit we’d rather see it than sit through Oscar porn, but we finally did.

What are your favorites? Bonus points for anyone who mentions Les Parapluies de Cherbourg here.

And Now For Something Completely Different

I learned something new today.

I had no idea I could give folks time outs on the ‘tubes!

And that is my only comment on matters amply (that’s a capacious word) discussed below.

Also (too!)  to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I’ve kind of lost track myself of the critical milestone we should have been commemorating on this blog whilst both sturm und drang were paying us a visit. (Bonus points for the first to ID the obvious lift in this last sentence.)

That would be that today should have been Freddie Mercury’s 65th birthday — which I had noted this morning, and then forgotten until being reminded of it by a couple of folks trying to lighten up things around here.

I didn’t love every Queen track, but there are days when I think Freddie was simply the best male rock vocalist ever. YMMV

In any event, another one, taken far too soon — but not forgotten.

So, feel free to recall your favorite Mercury matters in the thread below (or to excoriate my taste in music, which is always fun).  To kick things off, in what is not intended as a metaphor for life around BJ just now, here’s a performance I truly love:

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Labor day music thread

There are a lot of great labor-themed songs — Navigator, I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night, Plenty Tough, Union Made, and John Henry. This is my favorite, I first heard it when I saw Harlan County USA in 1988, which I remember like it was yesterday.

I’ll put up Navigator too.

What are your favorites?

Song of the week

Rusty Zinn, “The Chill” (2000)
Here’s the reason I use shuffle. I’ve got a handful of those great Alligator collections but somehow never quite get around to giving them a proper listen. (What’s the appropriate occasion? Maybe Labor Day weekend?) But when the right song pops up at the right moment and bops you on the head with itself, as this one did to me this week, it’s all kinds of the right kismet you want to hope for. I don’t know much more about Rusty Zinn other than that he’s from somewhere around the Sacramento environs of northern California. But I do know that, once started, he’s a slick, fine guitar player and that he’s got a great band too.

Another nice one from Alligator: Charlie Musselwhite, “Leaving Your Town”
More stuff at Can’t Explain.

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor?

I’d gladly do it. We got to get ABL back here somehow!

Also too, I love begging and hoping-against-hope songs, so I’m making this a regular feature until ABL comes back. Jewish Steel is a big Clapton fan and requested I start with this one. What are your favorite beg-you-to-take-me-back songs?