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“Walk of Life”

Posted by purplemary54 on June 14, 2017

We got good news from Mom’s doctor today, which sort of overshadows all the crap going on in the world for me right now.  Her tumor is gone!  As we Ubered home, the driver had a classic rock station playing.  The first song I heard was Billy Joel’s “Still Rock & Roll to Me,” which I will probably always associate with good things from now on.  But the next song was even more appropriate.

There’s a sunniness to this song that’s kind of hard to deny.  Yeah, it’s about a hardworking busker, probably in the London Underground since Dire Straits are an English band, “down in the tunnels trying to make it pay” and probably not succeeding all that well.  Let’s face it, if Johnny were a real dude, he’d probably be one step from homeless and living on Top Ramen, even if “he got the action, he got the motion, yeah, the boy can play.”  But there he is, day after day, playing awesome oldies for bored commuters and students.  Getting run off by the cops every so often because there’s probably no way this guy could pay for any kind of permits to play on the streets.  (I have no idea if that’s even a necessity; I know virtually nothing about being a street musician.)  He plays because he loves the music, because he wants music to be his life no matter what.  He might not be winning yet, but you know someday he’s gonna get his shot.

The video has always been kind of perfect, too.  Now, I’m almost positive that no one in Dire Straits actually gives a flip about American sports.  The choice to intersperse clips of athletes failing pretty spectacularly at their jobs in between clips of the band playing was probably made by some nameless exec in some anonymous record company office.  But it works.  It’s a song about trying to succeed and I for one enjoy watching a good blooper reel.  Especially at the end when they show the good plays, the home runs and touchdowns and dunks.  It might be a rough life, but eventually you’re gonna get it right.

That’s why this song made me smile today.  It’s been a hard few months; Mom’s treatment was pretty brutal.  And we’re not entirely out of the woods yet; we still have more scans and a lot more waiting for the final verdict.  But I think maybe there’s a light at the end of this particular tunnel, and that makes me feel good.  (I’ll bet it makes Mom feel a million times better.)  And even if things get bad again, this song is a good reminder that maybe, just maybe things will get better again.  “And after all the violence and double talk, there’s just a song in all the trouble and the strife.  You do the walk, yeah, you do the walk of life.”

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Repost: Romeo & Juliet”

Posted by purplemary54 on January 26, 2014

There really isn’t anything I could say about this song that could do it justice.  It is sublime.

But when “Romeo & Juliet” came up on the shuffle tonight, I remembered that the music video for this song was one of the first music videos I ever saw.  It came out in 1980, so I was 11.  We had OnTV, and early precursor to cable.  They would sometimes fill the gaps in between movies with music videos.  This was just before MTV came into existence, so videos weren’t quite ubiquitous yet.  They weren’t exactly great art, either.  I had vague memories of people walking along corridors, but no clear picture in my head of what the video was like (just that the production wasn’t exactly high-tech).  So I looked it up on YouTube to see if it matched my memory.

I love how everyone is walking around like they’re in West Side Story.  There were some bits that I hadn’t remembered, and the 80s hair and makeup are awful, but it’s pretty much as cheesy as I remembered.  Luckily, this song is too good to be ruined by a bad video.

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“Romeo & Juliet”

Posted by purplemary54 on March 27, 2012

There really isn’t anything I could say about this song that could do it justice.  It is sublime.

But when “Romeo & Juliet” came up on the shuffle tonight, I remembered that the music video for this song was one of the first music videos I ever saw.  It came out in 1980, so I was 11.  We had OnTV, and early precursor to cable.  They would sometimes fill the gaps in between movies with music videos.  This was just before MTV came into existence, so videos weren’t quite ubiquitous yet.  They weren’t exactly great art, either.  I had vague memories of people walking along corridors, but no clear picture in my head of what the video was like (just that the production wasn’t exactly high-tech).  So I looked it up on YouTube to see if it matched my memory.

I love how everyone is walking around like they’re in West Side Story.  There were some bits that I hadn’t remembered, and the 80s hair and makeup are awful, but it’s pretty much as cheesy as I remembered.  Luckily, this song is too good to be ruined by a bad video.

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