What music are you listening to today?


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  • 10 Nov 2012 at 6:00 pm #2338

    Richard L.

    Over at copywriter Peter Rozovsky’s blog for Nov. 8th:


    He talks about his talk on noir music before a panel at the convention of Noir authors, Noircon, and he lists over 140 noir songs, some of them unintentionally noir or ambiguious so that the listener can read noir meanings into the song.

    The usual suspects are there:  Mack the Knife and Stagger Lee, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash, etc.   I suggested a couple of the songs to him in the comments of an earlier blog, but just reading the list reminded me of others.

    For instance, he lists Cowboy Junkies’ “Murder, Tonight, In The Trailer Park,” which reminds me of one that he doesn’t list:  Billy Ray Cyrus’s version of the Paul Thorn song, “Burn Down The Trailer Park.”

    I borrowed some money, I sold my car

    I set an airstream trailer up on blocks.

    That satellite dish was my first mistake,

    She started watchin’ Oprah and Rikki Lake.

    She cut me down to once a week,

    At supper time there wasn’t nothing to eat.

    I was paranoid and scared to death,

    She came home with Aqua Velva on her breath.


    Chorus:  Burn down the trailer park

    Shoot the pink flamingoes out in the yard.

    I can’t live here since you broke my heart,

    I’m gonna burn down the trailer park.

    She hired the neigbor’s son to cut our grass,

    She gave him iced tea and a piece of ass.

    My landlord came while I was out of town,

    Our pipes got fixed and the rent went down.

    I fell asleep with the Late Show on,

    Now it’s 3 a. m., I wake up and she’s gone.

    I’ve got a strong suspicion she’s at it again,

    But since I don’t know which trailer she’s in…

    Chorus:  Burn down the trailer park,

    Shoot the pink flamingoes out in the yard.

    I can’t live here since you broke my heart,

    I’m gonna burn down the trailer park.

    Burn it down.
    Jenny Jones don’t understand,

    Geraldo don’t understand,

    Maury Povich sure don’t understand

    I got a can of gas and I’m a dangerous man.

    10 Nov 2012 at 8:13 pm #2339

    Richard L.

    Barry Eisler is an author I’ve not yet read.  He hits the bestseller lists too often to be taken seriously, but I do like what I read on his blog, just prior to the election.  Here’s the link:


    I also admire his list of little known jazz artists:


    I’m going to have to give some of them a try, and perhaps one of his political novels too.


    05 Dec 2012 at 9:26 pm #2613

    Richard L.

    RIP Dave Brubeck

    One of the most influential music men of my time.  We were just about to queue up A DAVE BRUBECK CHRISTMAS at our house.

    He’ll live as long as people remember his musical ideas.


    06 Dec 2012 at 6:34 am #2614

    Markus W.

    I only got my first Dave Brubeck album this year, Time Out.

    While I feel sad about this loss, I am also grateful for the music and the time I have and will still spend enjoying it.



    12 Dec 2012 at 10:51 am #2668

    Candy Minx

    Big loss and so many memories of both Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shankar. Loved them both!


    Here on a completely different sorts of music and culture is an article I think Rick will find quite hilarious. One may disagree with what she says but she says it in a fun and funny way…I thought it was a great article by Camille Paglia. Oh and btw…her book GLITTERING IMAGES is a must. I recommend parents give her new book to kids for the holiday season!



    17 Jan 2013 at 10:15 am #2865

    Richard L.

    Jennifer Lawrence has gone on to other things, winning a Golden Globe for her appearence in a comedy which we have yet to see.

    But last night I was thinking about her and listened to the soundtack of Winter’s Bone, which is lovely in itself.  Steve Peters, the man who made this soundtrack, talks about it over at Largehearted Boy.  Here’s the link:


    Some excerpts:

    When I first met with Winter’s Bone co-writer and co-producer Anne Rosellini, we talked about possible singers for the main title and/or closing credits songs. Many names were tossed about. Then she mentioned this woman in Missouri who was acting as a local music and folklore consultant on the project, and was also a singer who appeared in one scene in the film. Anne played me a sample of Marideth Sisco’s singing, and within seconds I was wondering why we were even having this conversation when the real deal was right there under our noses.

    The solo version of “Missouri Waltz” that opens the CD is not the same one heard in the opening credits of the film. Marideth had casually recorded herself singing it at home and sent an MP3 as a demo. But, thinking it was just a throw-away, she dumped the original file, and the sound editor ended up having to use the MP3 in the film mix. The nasty low-res artifacts were somewhat masked in the film, but as the very naked lead track on a CD it wasn’t acceptable. When we later started work on the album, we had Marideth sing it again in the studio, but it was hard to recapture the relaxed lullaby feel of the original. Many takes and many hours of digital editing later, I managed to assemble something that came fairly close, adding the sound of wind and crickets in the trees that I’d recorded at the land where much of the film was shot. This sets the tone and establishes a strong sense of place that resonates through the rest of the soundtrack.

     This song [Bred and Buttered] was a sweet surprise. Actor John Hawkes, who plays the male lead role of Uncle Teardrop in the film, is also a musician whose current band is King Straggler. He apparently wrote and recorded this song, written from the point of view of the missing father who drives the film’s plot, as a gift to director Debra Granik. I hadn’t known about it until Jonathan played it in the studio one day on a whim: “Hey, wanna hear this song John Hawkes did?” Those of us present were instantly charmed, and insisted it would make a great addition to the album since we were already including some other songs that weren’t actually used in the film. I’m a sucker for actors who sing but aren’t really known as “singers” – Harry Dean Stanton, Tony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Jane Birkin – and I know I’m not the only one. So I was very happy that this tune made the final cut. It doesn’t sound like anything else on the album, but it adds stylistic variety and a certain kind of lightness that are important.

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