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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

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Perhaps I Over-Reached

I caught a little sound clip from the new Apatow film Walk Hard (trailer above) the other day, an excerpt of a song called "Let's Du-et." I can't wait to see it. I adore the musical genre that number so lovingly mocked. Tammy & George. Dolly & Porter. June & Johnny. The hurtin'-er, the better.

A few years ago, I was driving somewhere with my middle son buckled in his car seat behind me, belting along for all I was worth to Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis' "When I Loved You." After the last note was unfurled from the very depths of my gut, there was a perfectly timed, delicate moment of silence. Then a little voice piped up from the backseat.

"Maaaybe you should just sing the Muffin Man."

If you or someone you know shares my fondness for Du-ing-Et, John Prine's tribute cd In Spite Of Ourselves is a must-have. "Let's Invite Them Over Again," featuring Iris Dement, is one of our favorites.

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Blogger Hannah said...

I'm not "allowed" to sing in the car, either. Although what I hear is "don't sing, momma!"

And John Prine, nice. I still think Illegal Smile is one of the cleverest songs ever written.

8:11 AM  
Blogger Mrs. G. said...

It looks like your going to have to do all your good singing in the shower. Rock on!

6:50 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I just got distracted by something and clicked my way here... I think your blog is delightful! And my son never lets me sing either. He gets very serious and says 'Mama, don't sing.' My very own Simon Cowell...

8:16 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Kelly Willis' voice might not be out-of-this-world but it surely is angelic. If you can approximate that, you've done well indeed.

8:38 PM  
Blogger Dutch said...

crap I was itchin' to recommend that prine/dement CD before I got to your italicized postscript! Best loving parody of that genre ever.

11:59 PM  

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