One of the movies that will change you, if you have patience…and a soul. Once Upon a Time in the West.
Orfeu Negro - Samba de Orfeu
A rare moment when dark noir tension drifts on the rails with serenity.
Never saw them live, but remember first hearing them in Santa Cruz around ‘84 on the Slash compilation, listened to them non-stop while writing Fast Sofa in the late ’80s, early 90’s…and then Campbell McGrath honored Jeffrey Lee Pierce in a poem in American Noise.
Jimmy Buffett used to hang out with Tom McGuane and Jim Harrison and many crazy writers/actors/musicians/artists that could reach for a moment of poetry, without getting too heavy about the effort…no matter their craft. The best example now is the masterful Toby Keith. Who acts like he just drops the lines while pouring a beer, doesn’t seem to give a damn, and yet, writes something you can’t forget — and you shouldn’t — just like you should revisit old Jimmy Buffett and see why he earned it back in the day, with McGuane and Harrison and the rest of the crew. As Nicholas Payne in McGuane’s novel Bushwacked Piano says, “I’ve made silliness a way of life.” These guys never phoned it in…but they acted like it, just to kill the tension of creating something that would last.