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  1. > {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote}pturman, thanks for the Elliot Smith song. You mention its use in Wes Anderson's *The Royal Tennenbaums*. Are you a Wes Anderson fan, and if so, have you seen his latest, *Moonrise Kingdom* ? > It's very good, funny and sweet without being in the least sacharine or cloying. With the trademark Wes Anderson "quirkiness". But not annoying "quirkiness", as is sometimes his weakness. > > A terrible sad end for Elliot Smith, why would someone so talented wish to end their own life? A question, I suppose, that has been asked repeatedly whenever a creative person commits suicide. > Here's a haunting, unusual song from Smith, Independence Day. This just knocked me out, the first time I heard it: > > > misswonderly, Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I've seen most of Wes Anderson's movies but for some reason, ROYAL TENENBAUMS is the only one that spoke to me. Guess I just didn't "get" his other movies. I'm looking forward to seeing MOONRISE KINGDOM though. Yeah, it is sad what happened to Elliott Smith. I was a big fan even before he killed himself. He's got about 50 beautiful songs. Here's his most famous song: from GOOD WILL HUNTING (one of several of his that were in that movie). Here he's singing it at the Oscars (it was nominated for Best Song but theme from TITANIC won that year). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PcJO81ubI8
  2. Aprapo of nothing, Check out this hauntingly beautiful sequence from Wes Anderson's masterpiece THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. The singer/songwriter is the great 90's grunger Eliott Smith. Google him (Eliott Smith) to learn why this scene is especially poignant given his (Smith's) personal bio.
  3. This is from his move ONE TRICK PONY that was his love song to musicians everywhere, famous or not.
  4. Looks like we're both in a 70's mood tonight, Eugenia!
  5. I was 13 when this song came out. Ah, what a cornucopia of imagery & possibility this song presented to a boy just becoming a teenager.
  6. Cranberry sauce http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG2gNvqGJVU
  7. I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told . . .
  8. Check out RO on Alec Baldwin's podcast. I learned more about Robert Osborne in this 30 minute interview than almost 20 years of watching him on TCM. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/heresthething/
  9. {font:Calibri}Levon Helm{font} {font:Calibri}(1940-2012){font} {font:Times New Roman} {font} {font:Calibri}I’m convinced that The Band were almost as big an influence on rock music as the Beatles or the Stones. The Band’s first album, MUSIC FROM BIG PINK, came out right in the middle of the psychedelic period of the late 60’s. And it’s not an understatement to say that every rock musician at the time was influenced by it. It was a watershed album that changed music.{font} {font:Times New Roman} {font} {font:Calibri}Everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY, abandoned the kaleidoscopic pretentions of psychedelia for a more back-to-basics approach. The Beatles went from SGT. PEPPER to THE WHITE ALBUM. The Stones went from THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST to JUMPING JACK FLASH. Clapton quit Cream and joined Bonnie and Delaney. Hendrix broke up the Experience for a more traditional blues-oriented line-up. The Who went from HAPPY JACK to MAGIC BUS. The Byrds went from EIGHT MILES HIGH to SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO. And on and on.{font} {font:Times New Roman} {font} {font:Calibri}And they influenced fashion as well. The hippy ethos before the Band was flower power, incense, and colorful frilly cloths. After The Band it was t-shirts, jeans, and agrarian. And I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that it was mostly (directly or indirectly) due to The Band’s influence. They also opened the door for all the country-rock & southern-rock bands that were to be successful in the 70’s. Without the Band, there may not have ever been an Eagles, Skynnard, Allmann Brothers, Marshal Tucker Band, etc. etc.{font} {font:Times New Roman} {font} {font:Calibri}Robbie Robertson wrote most of The Band’s songs but it’s Levon Helm’s voice that most people associate with the incredible songs of The Band. The Band was great simply because their heart was in the right place. R.IP. Levon. Like many, your music touched me deeply.{font} {font:Times New Roman} {font}
  10. I met a girl who sang the blues . . .
  11. No one left alive in 1985. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCG-4vi7M1Y
  12. Even though St. Paddy's Day is over, here's a couple of Irish songbirds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUiTQvT0W_0
  13. Geesh, from the title of your thread I thought Kevin Costner was gonna go around the country with other celebrities giving speeches!!! (ha ha)
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