Monday, May 12, 2008

I'm Ecumenical II

Patsy Cline - Walkin' After Midnight

Well, to a point I am. Much like my wearing a New York Giants t-shirt, this is probaby something you'll never see on AEV again - A country tune.

Unless Willie Nelson happens to come out with something I really like.

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Poor Patsy Cline. The first female country mega-star. For all her success, hers was kind of a hard-luck life. She survived a horrific car crash, only to perish in a plane crash a couple of years later at the age of 30.

I like this tune, maybe because it's kind of bluesy. I never would have heard of it if it wasn't for the Cowboy Junkies, who did a fine cover on it many years ago.

Patsy wasn't really what you would call a beauty, but there was something erotically charged about her. At least a lot of people thought so at the time.

Now, don't blame me for the portrayal of servile domesticity in this clip. In fact, I really have absolutely no idea what the heck she is doing. Can anyone tell me? Is she in a dress shop or her own kitchen? A fabric store? Wallpaper emporium? Is she wrapping presents? What...?

Ah, the early days of television... It was what it was. Most of the time, it showed a spectacular lack of imagination. Hard to believe how far women have come in society and on television. If you don't believe me, check out this old Maxwell House Coffee ad. It's from a collection of TV clips from the year 1968. "Now you be a good little housewife..."


Meg said...

She's working behind the counter at the general store -- closing up, given the late hour. She dusts whatever, and then winds ribbon and bolts of fabric that would have been unwound to measure & cut off lengths for customers.

Rent Kevin Sullivan's "Anne of Green Gables".


And I LOVE Patsy. -- got on to her because of Jessica Lange's portrayal in the movie.

Jeff said...

Hi Meg!

Well, shucks... The old general store. Of course. You'd think I'd have seen Mayberry R.F.D. enough times to know that.

Ah, so it was Jessica Lange who was in that picture. I was trying to remember who it was. I'm a big fan of hers, I'm going to have to check that one out.

crystal said...

I like her song, "Crazy"

Maybe the old general store is more of a western thing than an eastern?

Liam said...

Patsy was great -- very bluesy.

I used to think I would never like anything country, but I've grown rather ecumenical myself in my old age. I don't like most commercial country and people like Toby Keith put me in a bad mood. But I like Willie and I'm a serious Johnny Cash fan.

I'm such a bad westerner. I never thing of general stores and I have no guns. Good thing I moved East.

Jeff said...


Whenever I think of 'Crazy', I think of Ross Perot. Wasn't that his campaign theme song?


That's right. Not much of Utah rubbed off on you, did it?

Liam said...

Well, I like to visit. The mountains are beautiful. And I have to admit, this Manhattan apartment is feeling a little small. But I don't see myself with a pickup truck and a cowboy hat anytime soon.

cowboyangel said...

Ah . . . Patsy. One of my favorites. I've been listening to her recently. Also just listened to that Cowboy Junkies version in the car. La Reina loves the CJs - and I like them, too.

A lot of the country folks have a real blues element. And some, like Patsy and Willie, have some jazz influences as well. In fact, there are some Patsy songs that make it clear she could've been a great jazz singer. Had she lived, I think we would've seen her do more things like that - kind of like Willie and Ray Charles. She was a bigger talent than just a country singer.

Don't know about "erotically charged," though. Can't say that was ever my case. But, man, could she sing. That's not the normal recording of "Walkin'." I like the studio version better; she lets loose more.

"Crazy" was Perot's theme song. Written by Willie Nelson in 1960 or 1961.

Liam, you'd look pretty damn good in a cowboy hat and pick-up truck. Kind of a Gary Cooper thing going there. I've always been too short to make a good cowboy. So sad.

cowboyangel said...

BTW, was Patsy really the first female country mega-star? Depends, I guess, on what you mean by "mega-star."

What about Mother Maybelle Carter from the Carter Family? Besides being Johnny Cash's mother-in-law, she was an awfully popular figure from the 1920s up until her death in the 1970s. Kind of the Queen Bee of Country Music for several decades.

I mean, heck, PBS even did an American Experience special on Mother Maybelle and the Carter Family, so you know they're a big deal. :-)

Jeff said...

Actually, it turns out I lied. I had a country music post here once. Derek and the Dominos, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins on Cash's TV show.

Alexandra is a CJ's fan? I like the Cowboy Junkies a lot, and the Trinity Sessions is my favorite album of theirs.

Don't know about "erotically charged," though. Can't say that was ever my case.

No? You don't think Patsy had a little sumthin' ? I can sort of see why certain people thought of her as quite sensuous. As far as I can tell from reading the bio, I think you're right, she seemed to be heading in a jazz direction, or at least in a direction much bigger than country music.

You know, I couldn't tell you a thing about Mother Maybelle Carter. I'll take your word on that. The only Maybelle I know is Big Maybelle (Mabel Louise Smith). Now you're talking!