‘Spot light on a Song’
Well happy Friday music fans. And happy Spring. Tomorrow I’m heading on a trip I’ve been dreaming about taking for many years of my life: the Grand Canyon. I’m not certain why. Other than its natural magnificent beauty seems like it will be the kind of place that will have me awestruck and happy.
Today’s featured artist and song is by Marianne Faithfull. In addition to the fact that I love her name, I love her voice. And I love what she represents in this special song which only fitting, was part of the soundtrack of one of my favorite films–you guessed it— Thelma & Louise. The indelible image of those two crazy friends who go soaring into its belly. Still intense for me…..and definitely not my goal when I visit.
This song, “The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” is a song by American poet and songwriter Shel Silverstein, and was originally recorded by Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. I love Shel Silverstein. And yes, he was also a song writer! Ironically, with a very dark side too. A formative influence of my childhood. And I love this song. It’s sad. And dark.
Faithfull said that the story she intended to put across in it was that Lucy climbs to the rooftop but gets taken away by “the man who reached and offered her his hand” in an ambulance (“long white car”) to a mental hospital, and that the final lines (“At the age of thirty-seven she knew she’d found forever / As she rode along through Paris with the warm wind in her hair …”) are actually in her imagination at the hospital. Take a listen. It’s extraordinarily beautiful.
And although I won’t be feeling the wind in my hair driving into the Canyon, I will be feeling it as I marvel in its existence. heart emoticon
Strum a little…..