Saturday Odds & Sods: World In Motion

Interior view of the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans.

In case you’re wondering about the featured image, Dr. A and I are seeing Jackson Browne at the Saenger Theatre this evening. I haven’t seen Jackson in decades: It will be a first for Dr. A who is excited to see one of her favorite artists. I plan to light a virtual candle for David Lindley and cheer loudly when Jackson mentions his name. RIP, Mr. Dave.

This week’s theme song was written by Jackson Browne and Craig Doerge for the 1988 album of the same title. It’s a politically charged song featuring Bonnie Raitt on backing vocals.

We have two versions of World In Motion for your listening pleasure: Jackson’s original and a 1991 cover by Pops Staples with Bonnie Raitt singing harmony. The redhead gets around.

I nearly used an early Jackson Browne song as the last word for my Gret Stet Lege List post. I give you a double dose of Redneck Friend with Jackson’s original with David Lindley on slide guitar followed by a swell cover by Dave Alvin.

I’m glad that Dave used the correct spelling of redneck. It just doesn’t look right as two words.

We begin our second act with a story about terrible neighbors. I’ve had my share in the past.

Performative Neighbors: I was gobsmacked by a story in the WaPo by Tim Carman about an unneighborly dispute in Northern Virginia. It involves homophobia, the Dipshit Insurrection, and charges of rat throwing. I am not making this up.

Sam Jackson Speaks: Actor Samuel L. Jackson has one of the greatest speaking voices in show business history. As the man himself says: “I can do things to you with my voice.” Yeah, you right, Sam.

Vulture’s Bilge Ebiri interviewed Jackson recently. It’s a fun read. The opening paragraph is to die for:

“Think about some of these iconic movie lines: “I’ve had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!” “What the fuck happened to you, man? Shit, your ass used to be beautiful!” “And that’s the truth, Ruth.” “Yes, they deserved to die, and I hope they burn in hell!” “Hold on to your butts.” “And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.” The words are the work of writers. But none of these quotes would have become part of our pop-culture lexicon if it weren’t for Samuel L. Jackson’s authoritative, impassioned delivery.”

Pondering Jackson’s epic voice gave me an epic earworm. It’s an Aimee Mann song from her ‘Til Tuesday days:

The Return Of Raylan Givens: I am stupidly excited about the return one of the best American teevee shoes ever, Justified.  The current iteration is called Justified: City Primeval. It’s based on an Elmore Leonard novel and upholds the high standards of both author and series.

Justified: City Primeval has a new cast, new setting in Detroit, but the same old laconic and wry Raylan. We watched the first two episodes this week and I was impressed. Sure, I miss Boyd, Ava, Art, and the gang but the new cast is first rate, especially Timothy Olyphant’s real life daughter Vivian who plays Raylan’s sassy and spunky kid, Willa.

You know what they say: Where there’s a Willa, there’s a way.

The last word of our second act goes to Dave Alvin with a song that appeared on Justified:

Here’s the whole damn song:

We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.

Separated At Birth Casting Edition: I refuse to be drawn into the Barbenheimer idiocy, but I couldn’t resist posting this side-by-side of Cillian Murphy and the real Robert Oppenheimer.

The resemblance is quite striking. I’m glad that Murphy has been cast in such a prestigious role. I love him as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders. A reminder:

Your Weekly Oscar: I hope you don’t think that this week’s number is for the birds. It’s good enough for OP, Joe Pass, and a Danish guy with a name too long to type:

Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson?

Saturday GIF Horse: Speaking of nosy neighbors, nobody was nosier than Gladys Kravitz on Bewitched.

Trivia Time: Veteran character actor George Tobias who played Abner was Greek.

Here’s the Bewitched theme song as I’d never heard it before, complete with lyrics:

The Junk Drawer: For some reason Dragnet videos keep popping up on the main page at YouTube when I visit. Here’s Jack Webb as Joe Friday pontificating in these two clips. What a square, man.

Let’s close down this virtual honky tonk with some more music.

Saturday Closer: My Los Lobos bender continues unabated. Here are The Wolves with Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco fame performing a song that was a Saturday post theme song in 2020.

The last word goes to Timothy and Vivian Olyphant in Justified: City Primeval.