Friday, March 06, 2020

Friday Music: I Can't Help Falling In Love With You

I was going to call this post Alice's Restaurant Meets Elvis Presley. It's Arlo Guthrie singing to an audience live at Wolf Trap in August 1993 and being his usual chatty and storytelling self. The audience sings along, and we are reminded that sometimes it's not always the words that draw us together, but simply our voices singing that brings us together.

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  1. Loved the video. Man that man had beautiful hair and was funny enough to do stand up.
    Pretty sure I caught the ear worm but at least it will be nice to have something besides "Don't know why I love you" stuck up there.

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    1. Patti-- We loved how Arlo sang this song. Yes, we had it as an ear worm too, and okay with it as well!

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  2. Ah, I enjoyed seeing that so much. I went to see Arlo several times when he came through Canada. The last was many years ago with Don. Arlo was playing a solo concert at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. When the lights came up at the beginning of the second set, Pete was stretched out on the stage like he'd been sleeping there and got up and played the rest of the show with Arlo. A lot of sing-along folk tunes. It was pretty fine. He still keeps on with a pretty busy tour schedule. Just checked and he played in Atlanta last night.

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    1. Bev-- I love that story about Pete pretending to be asleep on the stage. He and Arlo must have had such a wonderful friendship. So glad you liked the video.

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  3. One of the joys of my life was attending a concert by Arlo and Pete in Phoenix many years ago.

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    1. Catalyst-- I love that you saw Arlo and Pete perform. What a grand memory that must be.

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  4. That's heartening. I'm moved. Thank you!

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  5. I've always love this song, and this version is one of the best! Thank you!

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    1. Tara-- It's quite a compelling version, isn't it? We love it.

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  6. I was never an Elvis fan, mainly because I found myself surrounded by them in 1955 - 57 (As I served my Queen in the RAF) and felt I needed to thrust my interests in music down their throats. An uphill task

    But hey! Arlo reminds me here that Elvis was a musician and that is a state I aspire to. The nature of the music doesn't matter. In fact I found myself able to sing along with the crowd (who sang amazingly well, didn't they?) since somehow, along the way, I'd absorbed the words despite myself. Oh what a hypocrite is man.

    But I was grateful to Arlo for another reason. Saying that not only is music universal but it has the potential to bind nations together. Some people hold the pathetic view that sport can do this but I'm not one of them; sport encourages antagonism. Whereas music is already doing the binding. An increasing number of classical soloists who appear in the UK are from the the east, notably Japan. And here's the point. I've been to Japan and heard their music; no doubt it's alien. But to most Japanese, Beethoven and Schubert must also sound alien. Yet these soloists - with much broader horizons than mine - have recognised the west's musical values and taken them aboard. I salute them and am tinily encouraged.

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    1. Roderick-- I wasn't ever an Elvis fan either, but I still knew the words to this song. I think music is our universal language. We don't all resonate with each sound, but we hear it and feel it, and don't need interpreters to understand it.

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  7. Admittedly, I have never seen an Arlo Guthrie performance so thanks for posting this one, Robin. We did however visit the Guthrie Center, Founded by Arlo to honor the legacy of his parents, Woody and Marjorie Mazia-Guthrie. Unfortunately, we didn't see any performers at the time.

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    1. Beatrice-- Ah you remind me that I did actually see Arlo perform once in my life. My siblings and I saw him at Woodstock 1969! Quite a show. I love that there is a Guthrie Center. I'm going to google it to see what it's about.

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  8. I guess I'm really odd (actually no guesswork involved), but I seem to experience music as aural texture and only know the words to very few songs. Betsy, OTOH, is a jukebox for all of MoTown, and well beyond.

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    1. Phil-- Ah interesting about not knowing the words. I've got a head full of lyrics, but can't remember much of anything else anymore. How is Betsy? Please send her our love!

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