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09:13 am - In Passing -- a meditation on 80s saxophone, conflict, and serendipity
This morning, I was working out to an old Billy Idol compilation (as you do, obviously), and as I finished a moment of high kicks, the playlist went to one of his slower tunes. "Catch My Fall," as it happens.

(I've linked you to a not great copy of his 1983 video.)

The song is oddly mellow, with Mr Idol making the most of his lower register. In fact, there's a grace and smoothness to his delivery which doesn't quite fit with his punkish exterior. The video actually plays up Billy-living-rough in an once lovely space now crumbling/burning around him -- the conflict is rather delicious.

To punch up said conflict, the orchestration includes both a slashing guitar lead and that ubiquitous, lyrical-cheesy, much beloved by me 80s saxophone. (Mid-80s Bryan Ferry, Tina Turner, etc etc.) The latter is perfectly out of place -- emphasis on the 'perfect'.

What's even more delicious for me is that the song itself is great, unexpected inspiration for the Project That Will Not Die. I stopped high-kicking and jotted down a few notes for tonight's hour o' writing.

Catch my fall, if I should stumble....

Thanks, Billy, and may everyone's day be perfect, may you not stumble without someone there to catch you.

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From:paratti
Date:November 15th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
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You too, mate:)

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and a good Monday, L!
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From:anne_d
Date:November 15th, 2010 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Happy Monday to you, too, and I hope we all have someone to catch us, should we fall.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
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A good wish for today! Good thoughts to you, A.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
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The credit belongs to Mr Idol indeed. [applauds him and you]
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From:cindergal
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Ahh, Billy. He sounded great when I heard him sing this live this summer. :-)

Happy Monday, L!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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I thought of you when I started to listen. :-)

Happy Monday, C!
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From:janus_74
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
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What a lovely thought :) Happy Monday to you!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Happy Monday, T, with all good stuff!
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From:stateless82
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Billy Idol is a good way to start a day.

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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
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He is indeed. Good thoughts and hugs on this Monday, S!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Truer words, L, truer words. :-)

Happy Monday! [hugs]
From:gwynnega
Date:November 15th, 2010 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Happy Monday, Lori! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:November 15th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
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Happy Monday, Gwynne! [hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:November 16th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
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I do like that song. I'm also rather partial to the 80s (and early 90s) use of sax in all manner of songs.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 16th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
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Hurrah for saxophones, and hurrah for you. :-) Happy Tuesday!

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