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by Sam Phillips

24 Oct 2011


Modern Times is my favorite Charlie Chaplin film. I love this last scene with his heartbreaking song, “Smile”, underneath it. It must have been amazing to be at the forefront of making movies, creating Hollywood and building Los Angeles. I wish we could start over. Not for the end result, but for the ride.

 

by Sam Phillips

24 Oct 2011



I went to this art party/benefit called 20 Wonder. If you are in Los Angeles next summer, go out of your way to attend their event and support these beautiful people.

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!

 

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