FMI (Friday Musical Interlude)

June 24th, 2011 at 7:14 am

Travelling today, so light posting at best.

But first, some business of paramount importance: Ray Charles makes his FMI debut!

It shouldn’t have taken me this long to get to Ray.  For me, at least, no matter what craziness is going on in the world, after about two seconds of hearing that voice, I’m fully re-centered.  It’s like Ray’s music realigns your cellular structure back to how it’s supposed to be.

But what to choose?  This first one has special meaning to me as it was the first dance at our wedding.   But then there’s this one, which has extremely strong cellular realignment properties.

By the way, both of these are off of the CD “The Genius of Ray Charles.”  If you do not own that, stop everything and procure it immediately.  I’m serious about this—it may be the most important thing you’ll learn from this blog.

There’s even a Ray Charles song on monetary policy.

OTEers are encouraged to link to their favorite Ray songs in comments.

I’d like to be Sec’y of the Treasury someday.  Not so much for economic policy, but so I could get Ray Charles’ picture on the currency—he’s certainly every bit as great an American as those other dudes.  How cool would that be?

“Hey everybody!  Let’s have some fun.

You only live but once, and when you dead, you done.”


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9 comments in reply to "FMI (Friday Musical Interlude)"

  1. AndrewBW says:

    Ack! Here ARE two good ones!

  2. Mary says:

    It’s great to have a song to remember your marriage. Well maybe unless you get divorced or later realize that you’re married to a horrible person…. Then you could just ruin a great song.

    Ray Charles and Friday, however, is a marriage made in heaven.

    • Mary says:

      That probably sounds more cynical than I intended. I have had a couple of wonderful and long relationships, and I love love. That said; I’ve also had some shorter not so pleasant relationships. Perhaps because I’ve always been the one to break off the relationship, I haven’t had any great songs ruined. Unfortunately, these break ups weren’t always handled well. There has been the dejected exe that would try to “run into” me around town or the bizarre guy who got it into his head that I had feelings for him when I didn’t. I can’t tell you how disconcerting it is to be stalked around town; you’re having a good time, turn around and there he is, creeping on you.

      Being of a romantic disposition, I have had several crushes, some physical, some intellectual (a beautiful mind can be irresistible to a girl who can appreciate it), but crushes are made to fade. A crush is not a love. It’s not even a like. It’s creating an idea of someone who you can idolize because sometimes you just need someone to believe in even if that person only really exists in your imagination. Being an intelligent, complex person, you understand this and appreciate at once the beauty of the crush and its limitations.

      Unfortunately, some people never advance beyond what I call the “dungeons and dragons” stage of relationship maturity. If you’ve ever gone on a date with one of these people, you know exactly what I mean; codependent hell, it’s suffocating. No independence, emotional or otherwise, and they don’t understand boundaries or how to keep things in content. They don’t understand the delicate complexities of the finer feelings.

      John below provides such a clever link. Ray has been quite influential and Kanye’s take is perhaps more reflective of younger generations more cynical or is it realistic views of dating. There are two key lines to that song, one is “I don’t care what none of y’all say, I still love her;” after all how is it any of our business if a man chooses to be a cuckold or used or henpecked or whatever. The girls in the video are super hot, and I’m sure many men would think being used for their money is worth, well, the great sex. Of course, that doesn’t mean that people don’t judge them or form opinions of both the men and the women. Only people who are mentally unstable or terribly immature run around town stalking girls or reading into every comment, trying to police people’s opinions of their relationships.

  3. John says:

    Just to play along with the “monetary policy” theme…

    The tie-in might be easy to miss, but Kanye West and Jamie Foxx picked up on it. I’ll let you “dig” up their take on it yourself…

  4. Sams says:

    I’m a fan of “Baby it’s Cold Outside” with Betty Carter. (A good description of the economy as well…)

  5. Allen says:

    Ray Charles — great stuff! I like this ‘two-fer’ from 1963:

    “You Don’t Know Me” was written by this lady for country singer Eddy Arnold:

    This to me is a perfect blend of great lyric and great delivery.

    Your “Greenbacks” was recorded at WGST radio station in my home town of Atlanta in 1954 (along with “I Got A Woman”):

  6. joel fass says:

    For me, RC’s Ruby is ballad perfection: great melody and harmony; great and mysterious lyric; fine arrangement; and—saving the best for last—the redoubtable Mr. Charles to deliver the news.

    If there’s no Ruby in your life you’ll wish there was—-or have your better half stand in…..