Oh! Camil

Pandas, other bears, and whatever else crosses my mind. I'm easily amused.. I'm Zee. I'm 40ish and live in the Pacific NW. My interests include pandas, pop culture, animals in general, food, travel, swimming pools, books, attempting to understand "why" and also sometimes "how". I like to visit the past sometimes but I sure wouldn't want to live there.

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2015-02-03 02:42:08

    seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on choctaw ridge and now billie joe mcallister's jumped off the tallahatchie bridge

    "The song is sort of a study in unconscious cruelty. But everybody seems more concerned with what was thrown off the bridge than they are with the thoughtlessness of the people expressed in the song. What was thrown off the bridge really isn’t that important. Everybody has a different guess about what was thrown off the bridge-flowers, a ring, even a baby. Anyone who hears the song can think what they want, but the real message of the song, if there must be a message, revolves around the nonchalant way the family talks about the suicide. They sit there eating their peas and apple pie and talking, without even realizing that Billie Joe’s girlfriend is sitting at the table, a member of the family." -Bobbie Gentry


    I remember hearing this song when I was a kid - you know, back then songs would stay on the charts for years sometimes, I don't know if they still do, but this song's massive popularity kept it in current rotation for a very long time - and I don't know if I was a super-sensitive kid or what, maybe it's just the way it struck me the first time I had occasion to think about what the lyrics might mean, but it did always bother me that Billie Joe was dead and in the meantime they're all sitting at the table, la di da.

    I did always wonder what was thrown off the bridge.

    There was an awful, awful movie made inspired by the song (here's a challenge:  name a movie inspired by a song or song title that DOESN'T suck) and for a long time my enjoyment of this song was severely diminished because the movie was just that bad.


    And only say that you’ll be mine
    In no other’s arms entw
    Down beside where the waters
    Down by the banks of the


    Your homegirl Olivia Newton-John (or mine, I guess, she's more American than Australian by now despite never entirely losing her accent) did a solid version of this song back in her early days.


    I’m tired
    I need you badly
    I’m wild-eyed
    In my misery, yeah


    Stevie Nicks likes to re-use themes and sometimes even entire songs.

    My favorite version of "Sorcerer" is from her 2001 album Trouble in Shangri-la:

    But I kind of dig the version from the soundtrack to Streets of Fire that's sung by Marilyn Martin:

    Sadly, the Laurie Sargent version (which Diane Lane lip syncs in the movie) is unavailable anywhere, which is a shame.  It's a lot more poppy and uptempo than the other versions but it's pretty cool.


    This was the first song i ever heard by The Ramones.  I went and looked it up, and, yeah, I would've heard it right about after it was first released.  I liked The Ramones enough to learn their back catalog, most of which is now stuff that one just assumes everyone, even little kids knows.  What a revelation The Ramones were to me, I just can't even explain how much.  It's kind of funny, though.  The Ramones weren't trying to smash the state or anything, they just wanted to play good old fashioned stripped down rock'n'roll.

    But even though I loved them so much, then, as I do know, it never stopped me from liking over the top, over produced stuff, either.


    You must go where I cannot,    You must go where I cannot, 
    Pangur Ban Pangur
    Ban,          Pangur Ban Pangur Ban
    Nil sa saol seo
    ach ceo,            There is nothing in this life but mist,
    ni bheimid beo,                    And we are not alive,
    ach seal beag gearr.                 but for a little short spell.


    I love this song.  I love this movie.  I LOVE this movie.  And I love Pangur Ban.


    Ernestine Anderson “A Lover’s Question” (Mercury 1137, 1961)

    Ernestine Anderson is primarily known for her 60 years of Jazz performances, but quite often she flirted with material that was decidedly R&B in style.

    One of her earlier jaunts into the world of Soul is this slick cover of Clyde McPhatter’s massive solo hit a few years after that song ran up the Pop & R&B charts.


    This is an EXCELLENT track from Ernestine Anderson who started her career in Seattle.


    Seattle's always had amazing musical artists.


    Wake Up // Rage Against the Machine

    6:04 for 6/04 - Fist in the air in the land of hypocrisy


    So, I didn't like Rage for the longest time.  Like I remember being in Florida on a trip and telling my friend, "My god, radio sucks so bad here the best on the air is Rage Against The Machine" in this tone of total disdain.

    And then I went to see Audioslave.  And my friend who went with me had been a big Rage fan but never really liked Soundgarden whom I'd liked since way back in the very beginning when they were only known locally and the funny thing about the show was afterwards she was so impressed by Chris Cornell's singing that she decided to give Soundgarden a second chance and I was so into Tom Morello's playing that I wanted to hear more and then all of a sudden it was like OMG WOW THEY ARE SO GREAT and now I love them.