bigredrobot said: What movies are your personal "canon"? How about records/songs?
Boy. This one could go on forever. OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pulp Fiction (a movie that I’m not that crazy about now, but it was one of those sort of life-changing experiences when I first saw it), almost any Coen brothers movie, Rushmore (the best Wes Anderson movie by an incredibly wide margin), Dead Man, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, half a dozen Robert Altman movies, Jaws, most of Paul Thomas Anderson’s movies. I dunno. I have excellent taste in movies, but not in a real film school sort of way.
Records and songs is an even deeper well—again, just spitballing: Astral Weeks—the first five or six Van Morrison albums in general, actually—Bone Machine by Tom Waits; “No Moon On The Water” and “Farewell Transmission” by Jason Molina/Magnolia Electric co; Summerteeth, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Warren Zevon, Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson; Scar and Short Man’s Room by Joe Henry. “The Tennessee Waltz” by anybody. “Red River Valley” by anybody. “Peace In The Valley” by anybody. Any song about valleys, it seems. The first Son Volt album. “Ghosts” by Albert Ayler, this one version I downloaded years ago and have no idea where the recording actually comes from. Every pre-hiatus Steely Dan album except Pretzel Logic. ”Dublin Blues” by Guy Clark. Sam Cooke singing “Lost and Looking”. Every Lamchop album. This list is endless and I’ve barely started.
Been thinking about this just a bit and I gotta make an amendment:
I went down to Lafayette this weekend to visit my friend Charlotte, who moved down there back in December of 2012, and is soon—in less than a month, actually—to pack it up and head for Portland, Oregon, hometown of Ramona Quimby, Art Alexakis, and Mel Blanc. I’ve only seen her a couple of times since she went back to Lafayette, and I haven’t visited her there at all, so this was as good a time as any, I guess.
There’s a couple of songs that would get played a lot around our place when we lived together. We’d have people over quite a lot, either to just sit around and hang out or maybe have dinner or every now and again an actual party. And hanging out with Charlotte this weekend while she was in the process of packing up and selling literally almost everything she owns, a lot of that came back to me.
The songs that got played back then are John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery”, the first scratchy side of Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, lots of Sam Cooke, “Bankrupt on Selling” from The Lonesome Crowded West, the title track from In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, "The Love You Save May Be Your Own" by Joe Tex, Charlotte’s own arrangement of "I Have The Moon" by The Magnetic Fields, “Just Be Simple” by Magnolia Electric Company. Others.
About a week after she moved back down south, I remember putting on Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, an album I hadn’t listened to in years, and when the last track rolled around, I had to physically stop the stereo. I absolutely could not listen to it. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had that visceral a reaction to a piece of music. I guess it goes in the canon, huh?