Sunday, November 11, 2007

Sunday Song, Blue Moon of Kentucky

I was looking for a clip from the movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles-- one of just a couple of movies that celebrate Thanksgiving... It is one of my most favorite movies. It is heartwarming and sweet and hysterically funny. Above all, John Hughes brings to life what it means to be thankful, to appreciate what is most important and sadly what we most often take for granted...

In any event... there is a scene with Steve Martin and John Candy driving in the dead of winter in a charred remnant of what was once a vehicle and they are singing Blue Moon of Kentucky.

I used to hate Bluegrass... in the last 10-15 years I have really grown to love it... it's one of the foundations of rock n roll....

So, in my search... I found a ton of versions.... so... I am lifting this idea from the fabulous, multi talented, Dragon Lady.

Many believe that Elvis has dibbs on this song...



But in reality it is the legendary Bill Monroe that not only sang this song for the first time, but he and his Blue Grass Boys created this genre of music. Quite frankly, I prefer this version.



The fabulous Patsy Cline




The Hungarian Rockabilly version... This one if for Michael.. Clippers is the name of the band... pretty good.




The Swedish do Bluegrass-- Blue Mountain Boys




Bluegrass origins come from Ireland--- maybe that's why the following version is so good.

Blue Moon of Kentucky This is a great version!

But there is this version... Asians sucking on helium filled balloons before stepping up to the microphone...




The best part about Bluegrass music is that it lends itself to those who can not sing. It's all about being able to sing flat and slightly off key- as you get older, the more "authentic" you sound. What carries the listener is the musicianship---the musicians improvise and take turns in playing the melody. If you have never listened... give it a chance...


Have a great week!

6 comments:

DragonLady said...

LOL Cathy. You know, I really more or less based my Funday Friday thang off your Sunday Morning Coffee song. :-)

Peakah said...

Yeah, Planes trains and automobiles is one of our favorite movies of all time...

Lone Ranger said...

http://www.evtv1.com/player.aspx?itemnum=8769

Jedi Master Rob said...

I LOVE that movie!

I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit that I started enjoying Blue Grass as a result of the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?"

DAKOTARANGER said...
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DAKOTARANGER said...

I'm not to big on Bluegrass singers, but there's nothing like a good fiddle to get me going.

That have been said this is my favorite bluegrass song