Saturday 26 November 2022
Wednesday 16 November 2022
Ennio, il maestro French Grande Poster
I thought I’d post this poster here, not just because Clint appears in Giuseppe Tornatore’s superb documentary feature of 2022, but also as it’s simply a beautiful piece of art - for anyone who has the slightest interest in Ennio Morricone or film music in general.
At 47”x 63" it’s a large beast of a poster, but nevertheless, I ultimately would love to get this one framed and wall mounted. There are a couple of designs, one of which has Morricone in his study with his back to the camera, and this one of him facing the camera, which is my personal favourite. There has also been a ‘quotes’ release which features quotes from the likes of Hans Zimmer, Bruce Springsteen and of course Clint. Because the film had a very limited cinema run, it’s well worth looking out for one as I’m sure they will become very scarce in the future.Above: The French Grande Poster 47”x 63"
Tuesday 15 November 2022
Roberta Flack: Legendary soul singer left unable to sing after MND diagnosis
It was sad to read that Grammy-winning musician Roberta Flack has been left unable to sing after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The Killing Me Softly with His Song performer is also having difficulty speaking, her manager said on Monday.
Flack, 85, has won four Grammy awards and received 14 nominations. A documentary about her life is set to premier next week in New York. She also has plans to publish a children's book in January.
In addition to Killing Me Softly - which was later covered by musician Lauryn Hill - Flack is known for songs including The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, which launched her to stardom after it was used in Clint Eastwood film Play Misty for Me. Speaking to Rhino in 2021, she said, ‘Clint Eastwood has always been a musical visionary among his many talents. He told me that he heard my version of "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" while he was driving down a Los Angeles freeway and had to stop his car. He called me out of the blue and said, "I'd like to use your song in this movie about a disc jockey with a lot of music in it." He said that he would 'use it in the only part of the movie where there's absolute love." I was floored, then agreed. He said, "Anything else?" I said, "I want to do it over again. It's too slow." He said, "No, it's not." That’s the version of the song that you know, and that gives you a snapshot of his ability to see the beauty in simplicity and to use music to convey emotion.
Her condition - motor neurone disease (MND) - "has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak," her management said in a statement.
"But it will take a lot more than MND to silence this icon," they said, adding that she "plans to stay active in her musical and creative pursuits".
There is no known cure for MND. It is caused by the death of the nerves that carry messages from the brain to people's muscles. It affects their ability to move, talk and even breathe. The timing of Flack's film and book release next year coincide with the 50th anniversary of her fourth album Killing Me Softly With His Song, which was released in 1973.
After the singer suffered a stroke in 2016, she told the Associated Press news agency that wants her songs to be remembered as "classics" and and not just an "old hit".
"I could sing any number of songs that I've recorded through the years, easily, I could sing them, but I'm going to pick those songs that move me," Flack said.
Wednesday 9 November 2022
Clint Eastwood Photo Opportunity #31
For our November Photo Opportunity I thought I’d pull this 70’s picture taken in the kitchen of the Hog’s Breath Inn, Carmel. Clint is pictured tucking into a Dirty Harry burger, one of the regular meals served at the restaurant back in the day. There were a number of photos taken for this shoot which was taken circa 1977. While not visible in this particular shot, Clint’s belt featured the famous, and rather cool Josey Wales buckle which he was wearing regularly around this period.