Saturday, May 16, 2015

Songs of Experience

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Is experience the best teacher?

At Thursday's opening night of U2's "Innocence and Experience"
tour, The Edge falls off the stage —


Or is the best teacher Buddy Rich?

Bus scene from the recent film "Whiplash" —

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Songs for Saoirse

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:07 PM

See also Songs of Experience in this journal.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Filed under: General — m759 @ 7:59 PM

A scene suggested by today's 11:30 AM post —

The New York Times  this afternoon on Nick Flynn —

"His songs of experience hum with immediacy."

Thursday, August 1, 2002

Thursday August 1, 2002

Filed under: General — m759 @ 1:31 PM

Stephen King’s Seattle Rose

From http://www.janeellen.com/musings/quakerose.html:

On February 28, 2001 (Ash Wednesday)….

At a shop called Mind Over Matter in Port Townsend, Washington, people had been playing with a sand pendulum throughout the morning. At 10.55 am local time a 6.8 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in over 50 years, rocked Seattle and the surrounding area….  In the midst of chaos, something strange and wonderful happened. The seismic activity caused the sand pendulum to create rippling waves in the sand, which as the shaking ceased, resembled a solitary flower in the midst of devastation: a rose.

From http://archives.skemers.com/2200/nl2130.txt:

Subj:    Re: SKEMERs Letter #2124 (Rose Red, HIA DVD, Insomnia Editions)
Date:    2/1/02 3:18:24 PM Eastern Standard Time
From:    ChopperKozmo@aol.com

Hi, something has been bothering me a bit, what is that song they played in [the Stephen King TV miniseries] Rose Red?  I need the tune, it’s been bothering me since the end of the movie.
Thanks -Kozmo/Curt (Chopperkozmo@aol.com)

The one they played most (even at the end) was Theme From a Summer Place. It’s from a movie called (tada) A Summer Place, released in the late 50s. I’ve never seen it, but the song is familiar.


Theme from “A Summer Place” :

  • Performed by: Percy Faith
  • Words by Mack Discant, music by Max Steiner
  • From the 1959 film, A Summer Place, starring Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue
  • #1 hit instrumental for Percy Faith in 1960
  • Lyrics as recorded by The Lettermen in 1965 —

There’s a summer place
Where it may rain or storm
Yet I’m safe and warm
For within that summer place
Your arms reach out to me
And my heart is free from all care

For it knows
There are no gloomy skies
When seen through the eyes
Of those who are blessed with love.

See also http://autumn.www1.50megs.com/sunset.html:

This site offers a sunset reflected in gently rippling water, with “Theme from a Summer Place” playing in the background.

Complete lyrics to “Summer Place” and “A Lover’s Concerto” (discussed below) are collected along with other “Songs of Innocence” at


The reader may supply his own Songs of Experience

My own personal favorite is the fictional rendition, in the recent novel The Last Samurai, of “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” in the style of Percy Faith.

This note was suggested by a search for quotations from the composer Igor Stravinsky that ended at Jane Ellen’s collection of quotes on music and the arts at http://www.janeellen.com/quotations.html.

Roll over, Stravinsky.

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