The tropics are becoming more active but the big weather story in New Orleans remains the drought and the endless heatwave that caused it. Who among us isn’t sick of Climate Change Summer?
I don’t have much to report this week. I’m hunkered down in my study most days. It’s the smallest and coolest room at Adrastos World HQ. The cats aren’t crazy about it because there are no empty boxes therein. Boxes are their everything.
We return to the Lyle Lovett songbook for this week’s theme song. Natural Forces was the opening track of Lyle’s 2009 album of the same title.
We have two versions of Natural Forces for your listening pleasure: the studio original and Lyle live with John Hiatt.
While we’re feeling all natural and shit, two more songs with that word in the title. Naturally:
We begin our second act by skipping it altogether. It’s another casualty of the horrendous heatwave.
We begin our third act with our favorite stolen feature.
Separated At Birth Twitter Edition: Doctor my eyes have seen a former USC QB with Jackson Browne:
— Mr. Cleveland (@MrCleveland_216) August 22, 2023
Here’s Jackson with a pandemic era take on a classic song:
The Movie List: This week, the fine character actor and film noir weasel, Elisha Cook Jr. is featured. He dropped the Jr. later in his career, so will I.
My Top Ten Favorite Elisha Cook Movies
- The Maltese Falcon
- The Big Sleep
- Rosemary’s Baby
- The Killing
- Born To Kill
- Dark Waters
- House On Haunted Hill
- Don’t Bother To Knock
Later in his career, Cookie did a lot of teevee work including 13 episodes of Magnum PI:
Holy blurry screen shot, Batman. Cookie is the geezer in the bathrobe.
Here’s a much better picture of Cookie with Claire Trevor and Lawrence Tierney in Born To Kill:
It always come down to Claire Trevor here at First Draft. We all live on Planet Claire:
Your Weekly Oscar: Here’s the performance that led to OP’s long association with Norman Granz of Verve Records fame:
Have I told you lately how much I love Oscar Peterson?
Saturday GIF Horse: Here’s Elisha Cook playing the drums in a movie that didn’t make the list, Phantom Lady.
Since we’re posting drummer GIFs, here’s the great Billy Cobham:
The last word of the segment goes to Billy Cobham:
Are you impressed that I got through that without a single drummer joke?
Best Of Johnny: Much to Johnny’s delight, the great Bette Davis dispenses some tea:
Tweet Of The Week: It’s a follow up to my Meadows-Haldeman post. Did Haldeman pioneer the jacketless look favored by Gym Jordan? Enquiring minds want to know.
H.R. Haldeman: Nixon’s Chief of Staff
Mark Meadows: Trump’s Chief of Staff pic.twitter.com/4fUKulQJrr
— Spiro’s Ghost (@AntiToxicPeople) August 24, 2023
Thanks, Spiro’s Ghost. To paraphrase my father’s stock line: He’s Greek, you know. He let down the side, you know.
Let’s close down this virtual honky tonk with some more music.
Saturday Closer: This time, a 2017 Tiny Desk Concert by Aimee Mann.
That’s all for this week. The last word goes to Cookie and Bogie in the lobby: