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Musical Sundays

Posted on: April 23, 2017

It’s Sunday. Another weekend down, another week coming up. Fredster will resume his Sunday activities next week, I am filling in today. Let’s try to unwind our exhausted brains before we hurl ourselves into a new week of insanity.

As everybody (?) knows, I’m something of a movie buff. I studied film in college and currently work as an editor in television. I thought we would spend this Sunday combining movies and music with some of our favorite movie music! It could be orchestral melodies or songs from musicals. Whatever your hearts desire. It just has to either come from a movie or have been featured prominently in a movie.

Here are a few of my favorite things to get things started (I have sooooooo many):


74 Responses to "Musical Sundays"

Excellent theme, DYB! The possibilities are endless. I’ll start with one of my favorites, “Love Is a Many Splendid Things.” The eponymous song won an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1955. Several singes recorded it, but the one I remember best is the the original version by The Four Aces.

Roz in NJ/NYC

Oops! Wrong year for “Love Is a Many Splendid Thing'” Oscar for Best Original Song. It was 1956.

In 1955, the Best Original Song winner was the title song for “Three Coins in the Fountain,” also recorded by The Four Aces.

Roz in NJ/NYC

Hi Roz! Neat for Four Aces to get 2 Oscars in a row!

I’m remembering there’s a lot of Madonna music from the movies!

The first one:

Written by Stephen Sondheim.

Also Sondheim, live at the Oscars:

@3 DYB, Though The Four Aces recorded both songs, the Oscar was awarded to the songs’ composers. “Three Coins in the Fountain”: Jule Styne (music), Sammy Cahn (lyrics). “Love Is a Many Splendid Thing: Sammy Fain (music), Paul Francis Webster (lyrics).

Here’s another of my favorites. “An Affair to Remember” was just shown on TCM last night. In this scene with Deborah Kerr, the singer is actually Marnie Nixon.

Roz in NJ/NYC

@8> It’s interesting that back in the day they would often use actual singers to dub in the actors. Today they tend to get actual actors to sing and many have complained: while Emma Watson might be ok as Beauty, they might have used an actual singer to dub her track. Same with everyone in “La La Land.”

It was a song before it was the name of a strange movie.

Here’s Sheryl Crow from De-Lovely:

The theme from Halloween is one of the great musical themes ever written! Up there with the shower scene in “Psycho.”

Then there’s Alanis Morisette from De-Lovely:

And there’s NOTHING like Ennio Morricone’s spaghetti Westerns!

DYB, thanks so much for taking the weekend post for me. My first request at asking for some help didn’t work out very well so I appreciate you coming to my assistance!!

Y’all reminded me of this one, The Magnificent Seven, it really is a classic piece of music:

And no compilation would be complete without Chariots of Fire:

I love movie soundtracks and songs! My parents had a lot of soundtrack albums when I was a kid. Here’s an old favorite of mine:

And this is the whole final confrontation from “Once Upon A Time In The West,” so if you’ve never seen it – just listen, don’t watch!

This is Lakers & Hubs favorite. When Laker was a little kid, he loved Indiana Jones and Han Solo, and referred to Harrison Ford as “Indyhan”!

And then in tribute to unbuttoned polyester shirts and dislocatated pelvises:

Then Blondie:

Krzysztof Kieslowski’s trilogy “Blue/White/Red” (after the colors of the French flag, each film thematically is about freedom, equality and fraternity, respectively) are among my favorite movies of all time. I posted Blue in the original post (starring Juliette Binoche). This is the Bolero from “Red” starring Irene Jacob and Jean-Louis Trintignant.

And the Tango from the middle movie, “White,” starring Julie Delpy.

Another favorite soundtrack from a great movie is “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Music by Wojkiech Kilar.

“And she’s dancin’ like she’s never danced before…”

A song before it was a movie, but this cover by Boy George and the Pet Shop Boys was made for the film.

I love so many of these movies, The Sting, Chariots of Fire. A lot of Westerns had great movie scores also.

DYB wrote: Fredster will resume his Sunday activities next week

Well Fredster is not entirely sure about that timeframe but he’s going to attempt to do so. And I may and probably will go off the music/movie thing for awhile. I’m sorta burned out on the topics.

I had sent another article to Prolix and DYB about alligators and nola.

This article is about a city across Lake Ponchartrain from Nola. It’s considered a suburb of the city.

Great theme guys!

I really like all the music in The Firm. This is one of the classic scenes:

And then there’s Moonstruck, which basically used “La Boheme” throughout.

And speaking of La Vie Boheme no list can be complete without:

@39 & 40, not a fan of crocs and alligators (never even wanted one of those purses). It sounds like the hunter met his karma though.

@39: With all of the lakes/swamps and marshes around the area, alligators are prevalent there annie.

@40, never could figure out why some people are horrified at animals turning around and injuring/killing and eating hunters. Turnabout is fair play! 😝

My home ‘net access is till out and may not be back up until Thurs or Fri. 😰 So I won’t be around all that much for a few more days. At work I should avoid looking at political stuff, blast it.

@15: Talking about great themes DYB, how about Tubular Bells?

@46: Considering the area where you live luna, there’s a certain amount of irony at losing internet connectivity. 😉

@49, well that was NOT what I meant to put in. Let’s try this:

@50, something’s wrong with the youtube “share” link. Moderators, pls. delete this comment. Thx.

@49, let’s see if this is it:

@48, yeah. We do not have city-sponsored reasonable internet access here. Have to go through Comcast or Century Link. This time it’s the modem that’s out, and that can’t get one to us faster than Thurs. I spent a frustrating amount of time yesterday with a nice but befuddled young person in East Asia (I asked her location) who had to work with less than thorough scripts. She wouldn’t pass an English as 2nd Language test, I fear. I did tell her it was too bad her employer didn’t prove her with info on how to handle the questions I raised. OTOH, maybe they do tell her to repeat her question of Did-you-reset-the-modem four times. (Yes, I already told you I did, and I did the other troubleshooting checks I already told you about.)

Sorry for grumbling here. It’s probably good to spend more time offline, but as soon as getting online is not possible, I want to. 😛

@52: And amazingly, the city of Chattanooga TN offers gigabit internet service.

Vocal version “From Russia with Love”

Luna, we’ll miss you! But enjoy your week anyway.

I’ve never been there but Chattanooga looks nice.

Great music everyone!

Fredster, I just saw your email! Boy I’m really on top of things lately. Not. I’ll try to get my head on a little straighter and help out.

The fun part is that Nate Silver has been really laying it into reporters for their coverage! It’s amazing.

Bill Clinton trolls Trump.

@60 DYB, that entire Nate Silver thread is hilarious! That reminds me of a Michael Moore/Don Lemon clip before the election. I’ll see if I can find it.

So to be honest, I’m terrible at math. I don’t understand fractions. But I believe that Nate Silver does. I wouldn’t argue with Nate Silver over math and mathematical formulas and fractions and stuff.

It’s fascinating but the last few days has seen a drove of mainstream reporters coming out of the woods to blame Clinton for the campaign and to absolve themselves. Multiple, vicious tweets from people like Haberman, Thrush, Cillizza, this guy Silver is fighting with, many others. All saying it’s completely Clinton’s fault, Comey/Russia irrelevant. It’s kind of astounding. Is it just that one book that’s getting them to crawl out this defensive?

I really want a major journalist, like a Carl Bernstein, to come out and say: Yes folks, we fucked it up, stop being defensive. Eat crow, recognize we did something wrong, we’ll do better next time. Haberman and Cillizza and Thrush and the rest keep deflecting by sarcastically saying “Oh, Clinton was just perfect, wasn’t she.” And people keep repeating: Literally nobody said that. You are the only ones saying that, creating a straw man argument. But you are not acknowledging that you had something to do with it. You literally believe that you are beyond reproach.” And they don’t see it.

Of course everyone knows, this is one of my absolutely all-time favorite films, and I don’t care who doesn’t approve!

Bob Dylan won an Oscar for this song, from the movie “Wonder Boys.” One of the most underrated films of the last 20 years. It’s magnificent, superb cast.

Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot”

Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto has been featured in many films, including “Brief Encounter” and “The Seven Year Itch.” Plus many more. Such a spectacular piece.

Also in popular song (like Eric Carmen’s “All By Myself.”)

@59: Not to worry. It all worked out.

My last contribution for the night.

Well, I can’t find the Lemon/Moore clip, but I remember it. Moore was droning on and on about how the Dems have been such a failure to those poor (white) boys in the mid-west. Lemon brings up the change in polls after Chaffetz leaked the Comey letter. He puts it on the screen. Hillary had a 6 point lead before the letter. (outside the MOE) Then he says it cut her lead in half. Moore says ‘huh, well she dropped by 2’. Lemon puts it up again and says she dropped by 2 and he gained 1 – cutting her lead in half (putting her inside the MOE). Moore just sat there with this stupid look his face. He still didn’t get it and he never did.

@63 & 70, I have been following the Silver Showdown with the “journos”. Nate Silver is right. Greg Sargent of WaPo is on Silver’s side as is Jonathan Chait. Glenn Thrush and Haberman are the main pushers on the other side.

Here’s the deal and it is pretty simple — all it takes is keeping two thoughts in your head at the same time. One, the Comey letter affected the race, and two, Hillary wasn’t perfect. From every article I’ve seen, this is Hillary’s position. She admits she wasn’t perfect, but says the Comey letter and the Wikileaks mess played a part.

The Ron Fournier exchange was one of the most remarkable things I have ever seen in contemporaneous writing. Fournier is the epitome of self-righteous piety of someone who has made a life out of riding the Clintons’ coattails. His entire career has been premised upon him being in Little Rock at the beginning of the Clintons. He followed them, used them, accepted every kindness, and then gave them the back of his hand at every chance.

Fournier made the transition to a “both sides pundit” years ago and was trying his dead level best to cultivate a new turn if Hillary won. Now he’s sitting in Detroit peddling a business paper. Good riddance. He’s a putrid little man. Can’t stand the sight of him.

Can you believe this asshole?

Oops, you have to click on the link to see what Tribe is talking about. I don’t know why it doesn’t show both tweets when I post them.

@73> Sometimes it doesn’t, sometimes it doesn’t for me either. I’m never sure why.

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