Monday, April 30, 2007

Happy Birthday, Willie

Willie Nelson, singer, writer, sometime actor and all-the-time living-to-his-own-smokin'-tune personality, is 74 today. I think he's simply one of the best songwriters ever. Case in point: did you know he authored "Crazy" the song made famous by Patsy Cline?

My personal favorite Willie song is "Always on My Mind." Haunting, sad, and well-suited to his grainy vocals.

Best Willie Album? For me, it's "Red Headed Stranger." Whether you're a fan of country music or not, you should give it a try for its storytelling. Beautiful stuff.

Feel free to put forth your own Willie opinions. Ever seen him live???

Monday, April 02, 2007

Blake and Bull

I'm doing a paper on William Blake's poetry for grad school (how funny that I'm writing papers after all these years...) and was reminded of one of my favorite film scenes. Can you guess it?

Annie: [In response to Crash's query, "Who dresses you?"] The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. William Blake.
Crash: William Blake?
Annie: William Blake!
Crash: William Blake?!
Annie: William Blake!
Crash: What do you mean William Blake?
Annie: I mean William Blake!

Okay, it's easy since I left the character names in -- it's Bull Durham, a hugely quotable baseball flick starring Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon.

Other favorite lines from Bull Durham:

Skip: You guys. You lollygag the ball around the infield. You lollygag your way down to first. You lollygag in and out of the dugout. You know what that makes you? Larry!
Larry: Lollygaggers!
Skip: Lollygaggers.

Larry: Sears sucks, Crash. Boy, I once worked there. Sold Lady Kenmores. Nasty, whoa, nasty.

Crash: Man that ball got outta here in a hurry. I mean anything travels that far oughta have a @#%! stewardess on it, don't you think?

Crash: [stands up] Hey! HEY! [walks to meet Ebby at the mound]
Crash: Why are you shaking me off?
Ebby Calvin Laloush: [Gets in Crash's face] I want to give him the heat and announce my presence with authority!
Crash: Charlie, here comes the deuce. And when you speak of me, speak well.
So many more I could list...most notably Crash's soliloquy on what he believes in. The speech is mostly unprintable in this forum but manages to mention the novels of Susan Sontag, the actions of Lee Harvey Oswald, Astroturf and the designated hitter, and the best time to open Christmas presents.

Other favorite movie lines? Quotables?