We continue our series Rockollections Goes To The Movies with that most American of Movies...The Western.
Actually, for many years now I have been making a list of tunes for at minimum a three-part series, The Wild West!
It's just a matter of time until I get around to it, and some of the songs in that future series will be played here.
Without intending to be the least bit chauvinistic, I still fear I might be taking the risk of losing some of the female listeners with this episode.
But my Dear Ladies, I will be presenting the music in my usual way, and many hit songs have come from Westerns over the years.
And this goes for the Guys also- I ask you once again to trust me- this will be fun, and good music is always good music, no matter where it comes from!
Although they are not made nearly as much nowadays as in the past, for anyone who thinks Westerns are not a valid form of entertainment, here is the opening paragraph of a New York Times article celebrating yet another of John Ford's brilliant and groundbreaking contributions to Cinema, The Searchers- and another Ford/John Wayne collaboration- the scene described is the picture above:
'The Searchers': How the Western Was Begun
By A. O. SCOTT
Published: June 11, 2006
In the last shot of "The Searchers," the camera, from deep inside the cozy recesses of a frontier homestead, peers out though an open doorway into the bright sunshine. The contrast between the dim interior and the daylight outside creates a second frame within the wide expanse of the screen. Inside that smaller space, the desert glare highlights the shape and darkens the features of the man who lingers just beyond the threshold. Everyone else has come inside: the other surviving characters, who have endured grief, violence, the loss of kin and the agony of waiting, and also, implicitly, the audience, which has anxiously anticipated this homecoming. But the hero, whose ruthlessness and obstinacy have made it possible, is excluded, and our last glimpse of him emphasizes his solitude, his separateness, his alienation — from his friends and family, and also from us.
John Wayne was fantastic in this role- not a hero, not even a nice man.
And there are some Rock & Roll connections to this flick you may not be aware of.
This and other Classics will be heard from as we head Out West!
Everybody saddle up and take a ride with me!
Oh, and Ladies first naturally, lol!
Here's the link to get your giddyap going, at WLSO.FM: