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05/11/2016

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I only watched this movie as a kid and remember enjoying it. I can still picture the raindrops keep falling on my head sequence which I think involves main characters and a bicycle? K Ross & R Redford, maybe not Newman? It has been on my radar to re-watch as I notice it is streaming on Netflix.

With good content any film of the era with Newman and Redford will be a joy to watch due to the great charisma of these actors!

Meanwhile, whatever happened to BJ Thomas?

Despite its huge popularity, I managed not to see this in its heyday. I think that was partly because of my circumstances at the time--just wasn't going to the movies--and partly because I had absolutely no desire to see it. And that was because I worked in a record store--a record store in a mall!-- where I heard that song constantly, and I grew to ***hate*** it. Right now I can hear in my head a little punch Thomas gives "red" and "me" in "that don't mean my eyes will soon be turning red, cryin's not for me", and feel a slight irritation. I know that's irrational, and it's not the song's fault, much less the movie's, but that's what happens when you're trapped in a room with a record playing over and over. There are a couple of Neil Diamond songs that have the same effect on me. It can ruin things one might otherwise have liked--I don't think I've heard There Goes Rhymin' Simon since the last time it played in the store where I worked (a different one). And I don't want to.

But Grumpy's take on the movie is very enjoyable, even if I never get around to seeing it.

Seems like B.J. Thomas may have become a born-again Christian...yes, it seems so.

I've never seen this film -- neglect only, not aversion -- but I must say I'm surprised to discover that the "Raindrops..." song comes from it!

My thoughts exactly, Craig, on both the movie and the song.

I was 15 and in a Pentecostal church when Thomas's first gospel record, "Home Where I Belong," came out in 1976. It was a huge seller, probably because it appealed to both contemporary and traditional audiences. I was into heavier stuff at the time, though, and it didn't really do much for me.

I remember having the 45 of "Raindrops..." I didn't really like the whole song that much, but I can recall liking the instrumental break, and the uptempo vamp kind of thing at the end. I think I bought the 45 just for those two bits. They reminded me of a favorite of mine which had come out a year or two earlier, Herb Alpert's "This Guy's In Love With You."
Which makes sense as they're both Bacharach/David songs.

I used to date a guy who never saw the humor in anything. Humor, of course, always (Is it always?) springs from something not being quite right, and he always saw the tragedy of what was wrong instead of the humor. (You may remember him as the guy who wouldn't buy me my own box of popcorn.) Anyway, when we went to see Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, he laughed his head off the whole movie. I guess he saw the tragedy at the end, but I don't remember because I was still in a state of shock over hearing him laugh so much.

AMDG

I worked in a Taco place when I was pregnant with my oldest, and there was a song on the jukebox about having a baby or something like that, and it was one of those places where everybody that came in the door was a regular, so every time they looked at me, they played that song. I got so sick of that song. I thought it would haunt me forever, but now I can't remember what it was! Could it have been Crosby, Stills and Nash?

Anyway, I do remember Piano Man was on that jukebox, and I have probably heard Piano More than anybody but Billy Joel, and maybe somebody who worked in a record store in 1971. Every time I hear it, I smell sour beer.

I wonder if anybody ever made a record with songs that people sang about their children.

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Was it this?

I admit I did like that up-tempo bit at the end of Raindrops. Very Bacharach-David. They actually were pretty great songwriters, I just didn't like that song. And maybe I would have liked it under different circumstances.

Ugh. You know, that song was in my head, but I was thinking it was older. It was 1974 and that was the year. I made a mistake earlier. 1971 was the year I got married.

There was another baby song, too, but I don't know what it was. I think it was less Paul Anka-ish and more hippie-ish.

AMDG

Margo and I were walking around Target the other day and she was crazily buying stuff since our tax return had recently hit the bank account. She picks up a CD The Essential Michael Jackson, looks at me and asks if we have any of his music? I was shocked and appalled at the idea of having to listen to him ever again, and asked her to put it back on the shelf where it belongs. Talk about stuff I heard too much of!!!

I managed not to hear him very much, but what I heard was not to my taste. King of Pop? [shrug]. Whatever.

I guess the last time I was relentlessly exposed to current hits was in the late '70s when I worked in an office where there was always a radio playing.

Stu, It's terrible what we find out about our spouses sometimes. My husband after 44 years of marriage recently told me that he doesn't really like barbeque.

My only exposure to any current music (meaning within the last 15 years or so) has been on this blog--and a bit on Craig's. Of course, this hasn't for the most part been annoying.

AMDG

That is incredibly sad Janet, especially considering that you live in the town with some of the best BBQ I have ever had! Especially Corky's!

I wanted to leave a comment on the entry on "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp", but they were closed. And there's no Undead Thread either!

Anyway, I watched "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" last week on the recommendation of this blog, and I really enjoyed it. Paul's remarks about the movie are much more intelligent than what I would have come up with.

Do you have something for this week?

AMDG

Very glad to hear that Craig. Thanks!

I'm sorry about the closed comments. There's a blog setting that automatically closes comments on posts after a certain period. I think mine is set at either 60 or 90 days. At one time it was open, but when I (or rather TypePad) was having so much trouble with spam, I set it, because spammers tend to attack older posts. I've been wanting to remove it for the undead threads, but it's a global setting--I can't do it for individual posts. I may try turning it off and seeing what happens.

DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING FOR THIS WEEK?

AMDG

Oh well. Hope you do. Too late now to start anything. ;-)

AMDG

Yes, I do, thank you.

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