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by Sam Phillips

25 Oct 2011


This is my video from 1994 for “I Need Love”. I was fascinated by a film from Russian Georgia made in the ‘90s called Repentance. The film starts with a man’s funeral. The day following the funeral, one of his family members looks out the window and the dead man’s body had been dug up and is leaning against a tree in the front yard. They bury him again; he is dug up again. They catch the gravedigger, a woman, and she starts to tell her story—the reason she won’t let the man rest in his grave. One of the great scenes in the film inspired this video.

When you see me standing at the gate in the video, I am wearing a plastic drop cloth. I must have run out of changes for the different set ups, but that did not upset my stylist. He calmly pinned a big piece of plastic around my white slip. I may not have had enough clothes for that shoot, but I did have a Tesla machine to play with.

by Sam Phillips

24 Oct 2011


Speaking of documentaries, don’t miss Who Is Harry Nilsson? I love Harry Nilsson, and Van Dyke Parks is in this film—what could be better?

 

by Sam Phillips

24 Oct 2011


“How I Got Over” is my favorite Mahalia Jackson song; it was sung as an amazing incantation before Dr. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington. The video and audio are not high def here, but I am hoping it will inspire you to look for the documentary on her. Aretha Franklin recorded my favorite version of this song on her live gospel album.

by Sam Phillips

24 Oct 2011


Kitty Daisy and Lewis. I love their voices. I love their interest in old music. Though I heard some of the Top 40 radio growing up, I was always listening to old jazz and would borrow records from the library to find new old music I hadn’t heard. I hope they are still playing when they are 80!

 

by Sam Phillips

24 Oct 2011


Here are the Nicholas Brothers dancing in Stormy Weather. Check out the big finish. I can do the splits, but not while jumping down stairs. I am tempted to try this. When I was little, I saw a woman on a local TV dance show jump down into the splits and get stuck. She kept smiling with her hands in the air, trying to bounce up to her feet, but couldn’t make it happen. The host of the show had to pull her up out of the splits and take her off camera. I hope she kept trying that move until she got it.

 

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