Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Take Cover (or Make Cover, or As Yet Untitled)

I like books about books and movies about books. I am fascinated by iterations. The trickle down effect (is that even the same thing?) I am interested in parent and child relationships. In things/people that come from other things/people.

Where does inspiration come from?

Why am I like this? Why are you? (Where are you? God, what inspires you these days? I know it’s not me.)

How does that story feel like that movie, song, week in the my life, etc.? It’s the same thing that lives in that old-timey call-and-response of the church folks. “Say, Amen!” and all the people say, “Amen!”

It’s a dialogue, a conversation that comes in waves, in all forms of media. What inspires you? Haven’t you ever seen a scene in a movie and it made you want to go dancing? Or heard a song that cause a craving for a real kiss—long slow lippy passionate? Or read a short story and then rushed off to bake a salt-berry-buckwheat cake? It’s not just me….

Here are some classic examples of inspired iterations/call-and-responses: Jane Eyre/Wide Sargasso Sea; Emma/Clueless; Takeover/Ether; The Body/Stand By Me; Mrs. Dalloway/The Hours; Odyssey/O Brother, Where Art Thou?; James Brown/all rap & hip hop; (the obvious) Adaptation/The Orchid Thief; Taming of the Shrew/10 Things I Hate About You; Henry IV-Henry V/My Own Private Idaho

I like cover songs. Sort of. Some covers are so good that there is a place in the world for the original and the cover without conflict or battle. These instances are rare and truly special. Most cover songs just make me want the original. Give me the real thing Baby. Covers are entertaining. The one springing to mind today is Commodores/Lionel Richie  and Faith No More performing “Easy” is one of the best:

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