Ah, April 15th…a time to render unto Caesar…Problem, as I see it, with this modern day Caesar is that he seems to think everything you have is his (whether his image is placed upon it not); like your home, your kids, your livestock, your livelihood and your money. YIKES! Oh well, you’re not really gonna do anything about it, are ya?
So…let’s get onto a more pleasant topic shall we? BATLE OF THE BANDS. Yes, it’s also THAT time again.
I love me a good musical. I know they are kind of silly. People walking down the road and bursting into song and dance. Tough guys singing their threats, and quite literally wearing their hearts on their sleeve as they belt out a ‘love song’. BUT, I don’t care, I love ‘em. Well, maybe not all of ‘em, but I do like quite a few.
One of my favorite ‘musicals’ is ‘Paint Your Wagon’. Yep! What could be better than a ‘Western Musical’? Its set at the gold rush days of California in a little ole mining town called ‘No Name City’. Predominately male cast, but there is a love story of sorts in there, and a great buddy tale also.
‘Paint Your Wagon’ a Lerner and Loewe production, was originally a Broadway play set on the world in 1951. It was basically a flop. BUT, in 1969 it was adapted for the screen by Paddy Chayefsky. Jay Lerner teamed up with Andre Previn to add a few new songs, with the whole thing being directed by Joshua Logan. The two male leads were…are you ready for this…Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood…in a musical, and they each sing a solo. This already sounds like a wild time.
First up let’s hear Lee Marvin as Ben Rumson Singing ‘Wanderin’ Star’
Next up ‘Mr. Smooth’ Robert Goulet up against Lee with the same tune.
OK, now you know what to do. Vote in the comment box and give me your why. Next, head on over to the home of the handsome, and ever popular Mr. Stephen T. McCarthy and vote in his BATTLE. STMc will give you links to other participants in this BATTLE and I urge you to visit everyone.
As a side note, read Mr. McCarthy’s disclaimer on his site. If he doesn’t start getting more votes he’s done, finished, gonna quit BATTLE OF THE BANDS. So, if you enjoy this bi-monthly diversion into silliness, better head over there and cast a vote also.
I’ll be back on the 21st with an in-depth analysis of the voting and an explicit overview of the necessary material. NOT REALLY, but I will come back and give you my vote and reasons. I might even give you some fun facts about ‘Paint Your Wagon’.