Turning back the Clock
This week’s topic, suggested by Cathy, is “Turning Back the Clock.” I did think about treating you all to another treatise on Marcel Proust’s Modernist masterpiece, In Search of Lost Time, as the theme of trying to recapture lost time, famously achieved with the help of a madeleine cake and some lime flower tea (and less famously, with a “little phrase” of music and standing on some uneven paving) has obvious relevance. But I decided against that. The theme is obviously central to Proust but though it provides the spine, so to speak , of the multi-volume work, there is so much else there that tends to be obscured by references to his cake-time continuum.
But mostly because we have not done music for a long time. What? What do you mean “last week”? That was… well, yes, I suppose it was a song but it was from a film.
And it was in Japanese so it doesn’t count,
Anyway, we haven’t had a proper music topic for a long time and the blog format, if I can get it to work, should lend itself to hosting songs.
So first up is one about turning back time by Johnny Hates Jazz. To be honest, it’s not a favourite but I include it because of its total relevance.
Van Morrison might be a bit controversial given that he has been ranting and singing anti-lockdown stuff recently. But, hey! Anyone who has been looking to Van to be a sensible role model as opposed to a brilliant musician simply hasn’t been paying attention for the last half century or so. Got to Go Back is from the brilliant 1986 album, No Guru, No Method, No Preacher. Morrison muses about his childhood in Belfast while seeming to be returning geographically (from the US?) as well as yearning to go back in time. And perhaps looking to go back to a spiritual home too.
I can’t claim to be a Cher fan but I do love Cyndi Lauper and here she helps Cher out with , If I Could Turn Back Time
The next one is not really about turning back time but repetitive time. My excuse for including it is a)
Cyndi Lauper is brilliant and there wasn’t enough of her in the last video
and b) though you probably know the song you may not have heard Miles Davis’s version of it. And, really, everybody needs to hear the Miles Davis version.
Especially, Johnny Hates Jazz!
Hope you enjoyed the musical interlude. And if you want, as well as writing how about sharing your own favourite time/turning back the clock songs? You can post your own links, email them to me, or just let me know your choices and I will see if I can find them.