Friday, February 15, 2008


It’s Friday, time once again for Blog d’Elisson’s Friday Random Ten, the weekly collection of Musical Selections barfed out at random by the Little White Choon Box d’Elisson.

We’re looking forward to this weekend more than usual, because we will be seeing my Aunt Marge and Uncle Phil (elder brother of the Momma d’Elisson), who have journeyed up from South Florida to hang with us and with the legendary Deley and Phred. Deley and Phred are not only close friends of long standing - conveniently located in nearby Alpharetta - but Deley is also a distant cousin on my father’s side of the family. Further proof that it’s a strange, small world.

Let’s see what’s playing this week:
  1. Prelude (Main Title) - Bernard Herrmann, Vertigo

    The haunting main title music from Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, this piece showcases Herrmann’s prodigious talents admirably. My all-time favorite composer of cinematic music, Herrmann scored a huge array of films, including Citizen Kane, North by Northwest, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Obsession (itself an homage to Vertigo), and (just prior to his death) Taxi Driver. He also wrote the eerie first-season theme music for the original Twilight Zone television series.

  2. Hot Honey Rag - New Broadway Cast, Chicago, The Musical

    Back in the summers of 1996 and 1997, Elder Daughter was an apprentice at Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theatre Project at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Reinking, who starred in the original Broadway production of Chicago - The Musical and who choreographed the 1996-97 revival, used the Project’s apprentices to test some of the show’s choreographic concepts. Quite an experience for Elder Daughter, it was.

  3. Magicians/Politics - Bobby Slayton

  4. Prove Yourself - Radiohead

  5. Jou Nou Revolte - Boukman Eksperyans

  6. Act II, Scene 1: This Is Prophetic - John Adams, Nixon in China

    Pat Nixon’s aria opens the second act of this Modern Opera, which I was fortunate enough to see in Boston with Elder Daughter back in 2004.

  7. Star 69 - Fatboy Slim

    They know what is what,
    But they don’t know what is what,
    They just strut.

    What the fuck?

  8. Vasectomy - Doug Stanhope

  9. Anywhere I Lay My Head - Tom Waits

  10. I Believe My Own Eyes - Original Broadway Cast, Tommy

    A song written by Pete Townshend for the Broadway version of Tommy.

It’s Friday. What are you listening to?

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