Today is especially a hodgepodge of music – one of the best fiddlers around, a made up group, the Boss, a Mardi Gras party song, and Les Miserable.
My crappy title also reminds me of my favorite line from the first Batman movie; “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?” Jack Nickolson was the perfect Joker for that mid-60s comic book feel. Heath Ledger was perfect as the grittier version of Batman in the 90s.
D has been a hard letter for music, but I’m sure that as soon as I push “publish” I’ll think of a song I absolutely love. C’est la vie.
Drink With Me
After I saw Phantom during my study abroad month during the summer of 1990 in London, I ended up going to four more – two plays and two more musicals. Let’s see, there was Les Mis (even bought a t-shirt over drinks afterwards!), Les Liaison Dangereuse, Cats (Jellicle Cats), and Burn This with John Malkovich (which was good, but only vaguely remember).
Les Miserables is, of course, awesome. I have a few vivid memories of going:
- Sitting way up high in the cheap seats with Mona (we had blown our budget on Phantom. Actually, it was her fault I spent all that money on Phantom. Her and her friends – we had all just met in the first days of the program – were all hyped up about Phantom. Not having any other plans, I went along. Also didn’t quite realize how much I had spent until I added it up later. Hence sandwiches as I mentioned in the “A” post. Anyway, we were good friends through college – loved a Wednesday study break at her house of 90210, Melrose Place, and her Cosmopolitan mag. Irma Kurtz’s Agony Column is still one of my favorite column titles.).
- It was HOT. Historic summer highs and no AC was not a good combo. We were both pretty much soaked by the time it was over.
- First time I almost cried during a movie/play/etc.– A Little Fall of Rain and Bring Him Home. Powerful, powerful stuff.
- The sniffles all around from everyone else crying after those songs (and On My Own and
I’ve always found Drink With Me to be overlooked. It’s not a flashy showstopper or comedic relief like Master of the House. It’s just a quiet song amongst friends as they worry about the possibility of dying and consider the consequences of revolution. Quiet, melancholy. It always makes me a bit lonesome for friends and family who are far away.
Don’t You Just Know It
The opposite of Drink With Me, this is just pure fun. I love cooking to the album this is on, Mardi Gras Party Anthems (my other go-to album for cooking red beans and rice is the Subdudes’ Annunciation). I’m usually singing along with this one when it comes on.
I’ve looked the lyrics up a bunch, but never remember them. Who the hell cares. HEY EH OH.
The Devil Went Down to Georgia
As an impressionable Catholic boy, I was hoping Johnny could play that fiddle hard. I love watching Charlie Daniels play this song – about halfway through I start wondering if his strings are going to make it. For some reason, the first time I can remember hearing this song is riding back to Maplewood from Lake Charles with Steven Thibodeaux and his mom and Mr. Hershel. Maybe it’s because I remember laughing when he said “sonofabitch.” Huh, that’s also one of my first memories of radio edits, because it was years later when I bought a cassette with the song on it that I heard the sonofabitch version again. Thanks, radio, for protecting my virgin ears. Whatever.
Dance With Me Tonight
From the movie “The Wonders,” which I’m continually surprised that I like, has some good music in it. This one’s my favorite because it sounds like Tom Hanks (who produced it) wanted it to – you could imagine this being a hit in the early 60s. Tight, snappy, pure pop in the best way possible. And Steve Zahn just looks like he’s having a blast during this one. Steve Zahn is hilarious in Happy, Texas as well.
And speaking of Tom Hanks, is he our generation’s Jimmy Stewart (without the war record – Jimmy Stewart piloted something like 20 bombing missions over Germany). They both excelleed in comedy (Bosom Buddies for Hanks and Harvey – a must watch – for Stewart); drama, romantic movies, and action. Stewart was in tons of Westerns and Hanks has been a hitman (Road to Perdition, which was really good) and, of course, in Saving Private Ryan.
Anyhoo, time to dance . . .
Dancing in the Dark
This is the first Springsteen song I think I actually really liked. I didn’t really appreciate Bruce until my late 20s. Went to see The River tour because Bruce was on my artist bucket list. I now see why people see him over and over and I’ll be one of them.
The main thing I remember about this video was Courtney Cox being plucked from the crowd in the video. The expression on her face still makes me giggle. And then she became famous! I remember being slightly let down when I read that she had been cast for that. Sometimes I miss being naive.
However, I wasn’t that naive I guess. I remember the crap over Reagan using the song Born in the U.S.A as a song of patriotism during rallies and that the Bruce wasn’t a fan of that. I also remember thinking “did anyone on the Reagan team actually listen to the lyrics.” As I would have said had The Princess Bride been made then, “You keep using that song. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
Devil in Me
Heard this about a year ago on a long run. Stopped and put the CD in my cart during a walk break. Just like it. Love a low, gritty voice like Gin Wigmore’s. The rest of the album, Gravel and Wine, is good as well.