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January 5th, 2012


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02:58 pm - How Did We Get Here?
Here is how my brain, addled beyond its usual state of low-level absentminded loopiness, is working this afternoon:

1) I sit down to work on character notes for the Next Big Project. Today I am enjoying thinking about the hero, or as we might call him (because it is his name), Charles.
2) Charles, I think to myself, is a smooth man.
3) Where did that phrase come from in my head? I take out my Kenneth Tynan Profiles and confirm that he used it talking about Tom Stoppard, but it came from an Alan Bennett sketch. (The opposite of 'smooth man' is 'hairy,' btw, not rough. Just so we all know.)
4) Huh, Alan Bennett.
5) Thinking of names beginning with 'A'... didn't I read something about Art Garfunkel recently? Why yes, yes I did.
6) When I was but a very wee laurawise, I truly did like his album "Angel Clare."
7) You know, his song "Traveling Boy" (written by that blond gnome Paul Williams!) is still kind of awesome, if lyrically gaaah. (I am a sucker for that Wall o' Sound Thing. Which explains my love for Richard Ashcroft's critically reviled first album. Anyhoo...) "Traveling Boy" in all its soaring glory is on Youtube.
8) Oh, that guitar solo!!! It's very smooth. (Like Charles.)
9) Who played the guitar on that track? Why, Louie Shelton and JJ Cale. (Really.)
10) What else did Louie Shelton, Famous Session Guitarist, play on? Why, look, here's a v.v. interesting All About Jazz interview where he answers that question and more!

And it all came about because Charles is smooth.

Cheers to all, and may you find cool pathways today and cool information. :-)

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From:paratti
Date:January 5th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
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Go Charles:)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
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He would bow, theatrically, jokingly, gracefully. ;-)

Happy almost-Friday, L!
From:gwynnega
Date:January 5th, 2012 08:11 pm (UTC)
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That is a very cool train of thought! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Gwynne! :-)

Cheers and hugs and a good Friday (tomorrow) to you.
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From:freixenet
Date:January 5th, 2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
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I love this. It's a whole different kind of stream of consciousness. And it's smooooooth.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
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My mind skitters sideways. Like a crab! ;-)

Cheers and a good almost-Friday to you and D!
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From:janus_74
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Interesting information...but did you get your character notes done? :)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
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You have exposed the flaw in this post, T! ;-)

Cheers and a lovely Friday ahead for you, nevertheless. :-)
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From:janus_74
Date:January 5th, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
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I only mentioned because that's exactly what happens to me when I'm procrastinating.

Have a good weekend to you too!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I did manage a FEW notes. ;-)

Cheers to you!
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From:stateless82
Date:January 5th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
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My trains of thought have not been anywhere near as interesting as this.

I just spend an excellent 20-30 minutes you-tubing through Simon & Garfunkle, Garfunkle by himself, Paul Williams(!), Seals and Crofts, Boz Skaggs and the Monkees.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
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"Valleri"! I had no idea until I read the Shelton interview. :-)

I'm so glad that the diversion I inspired was excellent, and I send hugs and cheers your way, S. :-))
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From:anne_d
Date:January 5th, 2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Dropping in to admit that I, too, had and loved Angel Clare.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for remembering old loves! :-)

Hugs and a good Friday ahead, A.
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From:wildrider
Date:January 6th, 2012 01:11 am (UTC)
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I love when new characters come to life!!! It's such a delight to "chat" with them in one's head (and on paper), getting to know them. May Charles bring you much joy!

And tomorrow is Friday!

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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
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Charles is already bringing me joy -- now I just have to write him in a way that shares it. [gulps]

But cheers, wildrider, and thanks and a great Friday!
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From:mamculuna
Date:January 6th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC)
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Love that song. And amazed that you can remember the paths that got you there...wait, JJ Cale...He wrote Cocaine...Dave Van Ronk? What's become of him? ...

Oh, yeah, I've been lost in those trails many a time.

Thanks for heading me down good paths, once again.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
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You've made a great connection of your own, mamculuna!

[applause]

Cheers and a lovely Friday, too. :-)
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From:mobile_alh
Date:January 6th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
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Hmmm...I think I remember that Alan Bennett routine from somewhere.

"Jacob is a smooth man, but Esau is an 'airy man."


Or possibly the other way round. Yikes. That goes waaaaaaaay back.

::hugs and thanks for tickling my worn-out brain cells::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2012 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Yes yes yes, ALH, the Alan Bennett routine actually links back to the Bible. You are v.v. right! :-)

Hugs hugs and cheers for you!
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From:heron_pose
Date:January 7th, 2012 05:42 am (UTC)
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Oh, how I love a little YT trip down memory lane; I myself checked out both "Angel Clare" and "Watermark" from the library ... I actually kinda didn't like the way the wall/production styles overwhelmed his voice.

I'd forgotten til I read a review of the album, the notion of "lush" ... did you ever see "One Trick Pony", where the Simon character == well, let's just say that the concept of "lush" is not the hero of the story.

::HUGS::
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From:laurawise
Date:January 7th, 2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
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Hi, H_P! Happy Saturday! :-)

I should be ashamed of my love of the lush, overproduced record, I know -- that kind of music tends to be critically reviled. But I love it anyway.

Cheers! Hugs! Great things ahead!

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