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Hans Zimmer’s inspiration for the best movie theme in film history

Listen to this gorgeous piece of music that Spotify teed up for me yesterday. Does it sound familiar?

Do you hear it? One of my favorite movies of all time is True Romance. And that movie features one of the best themes of all time — You’re So Cool composed by Hans Zimmer.

I’m not the only one who has called out the similarity. And Wikipedia calls You’re So Cool a “cover version” of Gassenhauer!

And now I desperately want to see the Terrence Malick film Badlands, which apparently uses Gassenhauer and other songs by Carl Orff. I’ve never seen it.

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Apollo 11 and Mother Country

My daughter Neve and I saw the incredible IMAX movie Apollo 11 last week. And the emotional climax of this very emotional movie is the playing of this song by John Stewart, the folksinger and alum of my alma mater Pomona College.

Despite already being a John Stewart fan (check out the amazing album “Bombs Away Dream Babies”), I had only discovered this song earlier this year. And it made my day to hear it in the movie.

The kicker is that the Apollo 11 astronauts actually did play a tape of this song on their return journey to earth.

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She loves a Monkey’s Uncle

 

Such a delightful find yesterday.  Came up on a Spotify playlist that my wife Simone was listening to.

Well, I don’t care what the whole world thinks
Call us a couple of Missing Links
Love all these monkeyshines
Every day is Valentine’s
I love the monkey’s uncle
And the monkey’s uncle’s ape for me.

I should have recognized those harmonies for the Beach Boys.  And written by the brothers who wrote “It’s A Small World”!

UPDATE:  The Sherman Brothers also wrote all of the music for Mary Poppins AND the 1974 musical adaptation of Huckleberry Finn.   Apparently, everything in life leads — eventually — back to Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn.  Here’s their song “Cairo, Illinois” performed by Paul Winfield (as Jim) and Jeff East (as Huck):

 

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The “unhinged delirium” of preacher/musician Claude Ely

We visited a new church in Highland Park yesterday, and the band played “Ain’t No Grave” by Claude Ely, which is just amazing. It’s basically proto-rock-and-roll …written in 1934.

Claude Ely was a preacher, songwriter, singer. Legend has it that Elvis’s mom took him to Ely’s tent revivals, and it’s not hard to hear Elvis in this recording. The Washington Post said that Ely had an “unhinged delirium.”

What a find.

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Incredible Christian funk from a guy who ran a flour mill in Nigeria

Currently sitting in a coffee shop in Glassell Park, and they are playing one of my favorite artists of all-time, the obscure Nigerian funk master William Onyeabor, who died a couple years ago.  Here’s the song that turned me on to him, which I first heard on WMSE in Milwaukee. After abandoning his music career, Onyeabor ran a semolina flour mill in Nigeria.

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