Roberta Flack – First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
I was feeling blue today…
What’s on your mind tonite…?
Such a beautiful song. Thanks for the memories, CT!
I love this song.
My pleasure, bg…! Congrats and aloha too…! ;-)
Aloha, CE…! how’s Ohio tonite…?
Hi CE, have you watched “Exit Through the Gift Shop?”
Breezy and warm-ish, finally! This week will see…
I was feeling blue today too, but MS ET cheered me up. Now she’s gone to Fairbanks for the week.
I have not. But the Academy awards were such…
Me too, haven’t heard it in quite a while. Thanks for this CT, and aloha everyone!
i’ve had a pretty good day tut — not feeling blue at all… how’s paradise tonight? i’m thinking tropical thoughts again (another rainstorm coming ashore tonight)
Aloha, ET, sorry ya couldn’t make it to the Book Salon today…! Weather let up any since…?
Aloha, LL…! How’s NoVa tonite…?
Damp! We had a little bit of rain out here, but around DC proper there was a big lightning show…
It is quite a piece. I recommend it.
Aloha, Suz…! I almost went with this tonite instead…
Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head…
So ET, I was reading today and found that the Other Edward T wanted to use a nuke to make a port in AK??? I did not know that.
I LOVE this song, CT. Thanks for this.
I used to think flying saucers were real and longed to be taken up by one away from the chaos of this planet to one where the brains of kids like me were nurtured instead of ignored.
I used to think my daydreams were the best life had to offer a boy lost among six other siblings: created dreams that took me to a self-created life of music, fame and adventure; until the struggles of real life eventually crossed over to the imagined one—obliterating both.
I used to think if I ignored the past and only moved with determination toward tomorrow, the past would have no hold on me; that I would not, then, become a victim of what was, but find happiness in the great yet to be.
I used to think girls were icky. Sometimes I still do….
Roberta’s our homegirl, Teddy :-)
You’re most welcome, Teddy…! ;-)
Aloha, Robert…! ;-)
Part of why I use “Edward Teller” as a handle. I corresponded with the real Teller back in the early 90s, seeking permission to write an opera based on his project to explode four or five small H-bombs near Pt. Hope Alaska. He welcomed the project, encouraged me, though he wrote that he preferred non-political music, except for Beethoven’s approach.
Haven’t written the opera yet, but still thinking about it.
Most of the time I skip the selection as they are not my music, but Roberta has my undying admiration. Thank you for posting it, CT.
Just found out she and I are born the same year almost exactly 6 months apart.
Btw ya’ll, no spoilers on the CMA’s tonite, they just started here in the Isles…! ;-)
Never grow up!
Yes, ever seeking the “peaceful uses of nuclear weapons.” I did not make the connection until today.
Aloha, Starbuck…! How’re ya doing this evening…?
A very nice day today. Snow melting rapidly. Plants in the greenhouse doing very well. Not dark yet at 9:28 pm.
The spring cleaning is finally all done. There is peace in The Robert’s house tonight.
I am in a reflective mood brought on by too much bleach, ammonia and scented candles….
Huh…? Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood doing ‘Walk this Way’…? ;-)
Teller was put in charge of a department at the Atomic Energy Commission called The Department of Nuclear Excavation. They hoped – in the mid-50s to about 1959 – to use nuclear bombs to build a new Panama Canal and – the reason escapes me – to close off the Straits of Gibralter.
Best book on this stuff – The Firecracker Boys.
Wasn’t watching the CMAs but I saw one of my friends on FB comment about that earlier!
Loved the video.
On the weekends, I take care of my mother who lives in Los Alamos, where I grew up. My father left us with a variety of enterprises that will keep me attached to the place, something I would never have suspected would happen to me. I have a history with the “nuclear business” as my father called it.
Teaser headline from Leesburg Patch just flashed across my FB: “Today’s news on tap: Strippers, gun battles, sarcastic mannequins, and stinkbugs eating all our fruit.”
Just struck me funny…
It was a great job, but, who’d a thunk it, at the CMAs too…! ;-)
Donny & Marie make an appearance: symptomatic of how damn commercial the whole CW universe has devolved into.
Most of the greats are dead. Those still with us are crushed under the weight of the banality….
Do you ever address nuclear issues in your art? Knowing the Los Alamos area, you must be able to get inspiration and materials from time to time, eh?
The most touching part of “First Time” is that chord progression at the very beginning and it’s modulation. I’ve been trying to pick it off at the keyboard and I am usually successful at even getting the key correct but this one evades me. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking few notes, so economical yet so enchanting. It always brings a tear to my eye, and that’s what the best in music always does for me.
I’m with ya. To me, country means Hank (Senior, please!), Waylon, Merle, Johnny, George, Loretta, etc etc, and going back way before those giants…
Just imagine if they’d had the suitcase nukes and bunker busters they have now…! *gah*
Like Chaco Canyon?
evening, CT – firegods
You nailed it; beautifully said.
They’re all now just American Idol grads or from New Jersey.
Few will be remembered. Even fewer will be legends….
Sometimes I think a computer spits out these lyrics….
Yes, I have made work about nuclear things from time to time. You may be interested to know that 33 degrees latitude is the location of Babylon, Ji’an, Nagasaki, and The Trinity Site, to name a few places that have a variety of connections. I have been working on “cultural palynology” which is a concept that I have about the cross-pollination of such things as empire, Buddhism, atomic energy, time and other things.
Yep. They don’t know nothin’ about hard times, mining accidents, prison sentences, faded love, walkin’ after midnight, or honky tonk angels…
As long as this guy is around, country will be ok.
What a fascinating place. We took the kids there in 1999. We know so little about the past.
When Hank was hurtin’ he made you feel his hurt.
Cookie cutter music harvested from a computer can’t do that….
*heh* I do respect the Elders, but, I still like some of the new kids too…
Lady Antebellum, SugarLand, Reba, etc…! ;-)
Need You Now…
Vince Gill, the Wayne Newton of country music….
Aloha, PPD…! How’s Cali tonite…?
Umm, with all due respect, you’re full of shit.
There’s a woman near Richland WA who makes watercolors of mutated insects from the deserts and scrub around the Hanford nuclear sites. I forget her name.
Yes! I do love me some Vince Gill.
Perfect CW song:
Tied her to a railroad track
She ain’t never comin’ back
Old faithful wasn’t faithful, afterall…
Hey King Tut, how’re the islands this evening? Ghod I envy you.
Here she is – Cornelia Hesse-Honegger
There are lots of artists who have found the detritus of the nuclear age here. Sadly, I am not one who has been able to bend it to my weal. Because all of it is mine. LOL.
Golden State was golden today, CT. How’s paradise tonight?
*heh* Easy now, Big fella…! Btw, TG has played with Vince Gill before…! ;-)
I went there over 10 years ago, but first visited Los Aalamos. There is a feeling about Los Alamos that felt very much like Argonne National Labs, and after having lunch at Los Alamos, made tracks for Chaco. A totally opposite place one could ever imagine.
I do too.
Yikes, beautiful and very creepy.
Pretty much Soggy all day with more on tap…! I’m pissed my Cardiac Sox are 0-3 having been swept by the Rangers, today…! I kept wanting to wipe that smirk off a Chimpster’s face too…! *gah*
Does she check it for radioactivity?
I haz a new FB profile pic…
Yeah, what’s up with those Sox?! The O’s are 3-0 and the Sox are o-fer!
Sheeit, I wish I’d played with Vinnie. I’ve played with Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, Cyril Neville, Tab Benoit, Bonnie and Bekka Bramlett, Tommy Castro, Raul Malo, Sonny Landreth, All the guys in Delbert’s band, all the guys in Paul Thorn’s band, Malford Milligan (a force of nature), Jimmy Hall, Greg Martin (Of the Kentucky Headhunters), Big Joe Maher, but never Vinnie,
Just the same, Vinnie is one of the most respected musicians in the world and to call him Wayne Newton of anything is not only inaccurate, it’s insulting. Besides, you may not like Wayne’s music (I don’t either) but he’s accomplished on more instruments than I can remember and earned every bit of his success.
You probably don’t like Tom Jones either.
Her Chernopyl series is her best. I should check and see if she’s headed to Japan soon.
I remember when i moved to Washington DC in 1969, and a friend said I had to go with him to Mr. Henry’s on Penn. Ave near the Hill and hear this “remarkable singer.” It was Roberta Flack. We used to go see her there as often as possible.
Bosox, I presume, not Chisox.
Me too re Sox. And I had to tolerate not only the loss by Stanford women’s basketball team today, but shot after shot of Condi’s nauseous face watching the game.
Hi Mauimom! Wow, that’s so cool that you were able to see her live in DC in her early days :-)
Yes, Bosox — I’m a fan of theirs as well as my hometown Nats, and I still sort of follow the O’s; CT is a huge Bosox fan though!
If they have mutated, it is not because of radioactivity they are currently exposed to. They are the mutated progeny of insects that were irradiated. She has worn a dosimeter badge while documenting some of her projects, though. I met her about 17 years ago.
The only positive note is that Big Papi has already hit a couple of homers and almost had another one today, the winds stopped the ball, just shy of the centerfield wall
Got all of Tom Jones’s records. My favorite was The Green Green Grass of Home. Some say that song put an end to capitol punishment in Great Britian.
Oof, that’s doubly nauseous…! Aloha, MM, you getting all this rain too…?
She will have to wait for some time before the changes will manifest in Japan. But there will be a lot of death and destruction in the mean time.
Just looking at the insects should give us pause. Once the nuclear madness was allowed to continue, our fates were sealed. We are going to reap the whirlwind now.
I sure hope they turn it around and have a good season; I’ve got Papelbon on my fantasy baseball roster!
*heh* A rabid, dyed-in-the-wool, Cardiac fanatic…! FTFY…! ;-)
FTFY for sure!
I grew up in Chicago, so I go Chisox, and in my more irrational moments, the Cubbies.
Your ChiSox have Dunn this year, our former Nats slugger. We’ll miss his bat, but LaRoche is a better fielder at 1B.
I’m going to strike out for some rest. Take care all, be safe and live like there is no tomorrow. Peace.
We’re still celebrating SF’s World Series victory from last fall.
Pleasant dreams, BG…! ;-)
Haven’t paid much attention these last few years. When Chicago played Seattle a few years back, I had the opportunity to go cheer them on except the guys I was going to go with were horrified!
I stayed home!
g’night bg, peace to you as well.
If you were told you had the choice of saving Pastor Fred Phelps from Westboro, or Pastor Terry Jones from Florida, but only one of them, from having to plug the leak at Daichi, which one would it be?
Having grown up here in the Isles I’ve listened to many a Giants broadcast…! They’re in the same boat having dropped 3 of 4 to the dreaded Dodgers in Chavez Canyon…!
Tough choice…! Can we use ‘em both…? ;-)
you getting all this rain to
Nary a drop. Could use it.
I guess I would spare Phelps (grudgingly) because he and his ilk confine their hate within the US. Dove World Outreach seems more troublesome, worldwide, lately.
Yelling fire in a theatre is jail time. Inciting a riot that caused the deaths of 20 people should put Fred Phelps behind bars….
Anne Coulter comes to mind too. Would do her some good, or so she said.
Congrats, Margot…! ;-)
!Buenos noches! everybody. Awesome catch, CTuttle. Classic Roberta Flack. Apparently the song was written by political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who later become his wife. Sweet!
I’m on a fly-by so sweet dreams, all!
“Buenos Noches From A Lonely Room” – Dwight Yoakam on Austin City Limits
Me too. I sang this song to him when my son was born.
No worries, it’s still early in the season.
*heh* Yer evil, dood…! ;-)
time for some sleep — be well.
Aloha, Ardiva…! Welcome to LLN…! Always a delight to see new faces…!
Aloha, Mz…! Thanks for the background…! ;-)
Sleep tight, PPD…!
I need to slink out too, got some errands and stuff to take care of later in the AM…thanks CT, great chatting with ya, take care everyone!
I just saw that Lady Antebellum won album of the year for ‘Need You Now’…!
Sweet dreams, LL…! *g*
you too CT, mahalo and aloha!
Justin Raimondo on Khalifa Hafdar, the CIA’s preferred general in Libya.
If anyone is still up, so is LCD Soundsystems last show Saturday night in NYC.
Great article, ET…! One more reason why I abhor this Libyan fiasco…! 8-(
Hey there, C, how’s life?
Dang, all 3 and 1/2 hours worth, eh…? ;-)
Just passed the 33 minute mark….it keeps getting better and better. Too bad they disbanded, never got a chance to see them.
One more song and then off to bed, watch the rest tomorrow.
Well, I’ve got a lot on my plate tomorrow morn, so I shall bid ya’ll a fond adieu…! Mahalo for the great conversations tonite…!
Aloha Oe…! *g*
In the early 70s I discovered the Bert Jansch/Mary Hopkin version of this song. Fascinating how it started as a folk song, then Roberta Flack made it her own, and how Jansch’s arrangement changes it back. Not sure but I’m guessing that that’s Danny Thompson from Pentangle on the acoustic bass with that loping line.
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