Monday, January 19, 2015

My Music Monday

Many of you would be surprised to see me include Crystal Gayle as one of my My Music Monday selections. ...or anything in my music liberry.

Yes, it's not "Don't it Make My Brown Eyes Blue" stuff. Other than that, I'm not sure I know any other Gayle "hits".

However, back in 1982, Francis Ford Coppola went bankrupt financing his movie, One From the Heart. Visually stunning - it played to a very limited being one of the few who saw it. But when you have Teri Garr and Natasha Kinski as your two takes a different kind of viewer.

Coppola was oddly wise in his selection for a soundtrack and one you'd never would think would work - which is maybe why it does, as on paper it defies logic or expectations:  Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle.....together. Gayle is a perfect voice to Waits' music - and his vocal. Who knew?

On some songs, it is just Waits' music. One some it is one or the other artist (sing Waits' songs) and one others, they duet.

I almost went with a Gayle-only cut, as I love her "Old Boyfriends", but it doesn't show the brilliance of pairing of the two. So I went with "Picking Up After You" - which is a really a great post-break-up song.

Waits is wise enough to use Gayle as his singing counterpart, but rarely do they actually sing together. They trade lines, but don't really harmonize - as it would be extremely difficult to harmonize with the man.

Gayle somewhat over-emotes her vocals, but when you sing with Waits, one almost must do that - and it works when you bring Garr and Fredric Forrest as the acting counterparts.

I suggest trying out the entire soundtrack. Granted it's not for everyone, but just looking at the pairing at face value you would think it's for no one and you wouldn't be more incorrect.

Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle - Picking Up After You

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