Strange Days Indeed!
Or weird scenes inside the gold mine
, or what a long, strange trip it's been
... All good, fitting, and great lyrics and songs.
But my own day brings me "here" to this song. And it definitely fits. Story below. This wonderful song (from "cool film") first...
## Across the Universe
My day began with a tour of one of Hawaii's largest coffee farms, and lectures by some of the producers, agriculture experts, etc.
Zoom. (What else? I wish
I could be in Hawai'i now, in general but also it is the only U.S. state without climbing COVID-19 rates.)
Moving on I spent 1/2 hour in a socially-distanced line outside a big NY food store (Fairway - TJ's was even worse), I suppose a combination of food-buying for next week's big (but restricted) holiday, Thanksgiving. Note: plenty of turkeys were available! Paper goods not so much. (Remember the complete absence of toilet paper? Less so now, and gloves & masks at the cash register.)
Finally home again, wash wash, and a bit of music threading "here", a lot of it 70's/80's and a theme of jukeboxes.
Saturday night - in - and by chance (is anything?) I turned on the TV at the beginning of a 1998 movie, Pleasantville
Produced by Mr. & Mrs. Andy Samberg, it was an early effort at digitalizing film and was mostly in black & white, with discreet people and things (e.g., flowers), colorized. My take: Like Wizard of Oz
, the glory of color was celebrated, and like Yellow Submarine
, there were the b&w crowd becoming a mob angry at the cool colored invaders from the future, disturbing normalcy. Add a pinch of Twilight Zone, and this feels like a non-drug-induced "trip". Complete with juke box too (focus of the music thread earlier). Whew.
All that to say, I was in awe at the closing credits where the sound track was The Beatles' Across the Universe
(Jai Guru Deva), which was just so perfect. And the singer too. Who was she?
I'd been enjoying and riffing on some sultry-voiced Female vocalists like Amy Winehouse and Winona Oak. So, I wanted to know, and buried deep in the credits I got the answer: Fiona Apple
So here it is, the whole song, and with some key references to that trippy, fun, very irreverent movie. Full circle. Strange day... Enjoy.Stay Safe!