Sunday, March 06, 2005
Recollect, v. To recall with additions something not previously known.
I definitely could have lived without the ubiquitous clip of Joan Baez singing "We Shall Overcome". That woman rivals Hillary and Barbra on my annoying scale. No huge surprises in the other clips, other than a live clip of Janis doing "Piece Of My Heart" with what I assume is the Kozmic Blues Band (Sam Andrew is in the band with his painted SG, and there's a horn section, so by deduction it's the KBB). I noticed that they were playing "Piece Of My Heart" in 'D', a full step down from the original recording.
The schnorring, well it was a typical WNET beg-fest. The unbelievably bland Midge Woolsey (a woman who rivals Whitney Blake and Meredith Baxter Birney in the white bread department) desperately trying to appear hip while coaxing lame stories out of Cousin Brucie. (The pitiful reference to Midge singing "In A Gadda Da Vida" was cringeworthy; she probably sings Sondheim in the shower. And as far as Brucie goes, he was lame back when he was relevant - Murray and Scotso were the ones to listen to) Some other functionaries and factota appearing for fifteen minutes at a time telling how our money brought this program to PBS, and why we're such incredible cheapskates for not coughing up the incredibly reasonable three figure suggested donation for a premium (either a DVD of the show or a four CD set of songs that you can easily pick up for twenty bucks). Of course, this was interspersed with a long-running interstitial clip that told how wonderful the show we were watching was, before they finally got back to some useless interstitial material in the show until they finally got around to showing someone you were actually interested in.