Earworm

My ear-worm is back. Well, I think I inadvertently invited it back.

Sometime last month, I watched The Fisher King. Made in 1991, the incredible cast stars Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl, and Amanda Plummer, (not to mention Michael Jeter and an uncredited Tom Waits…whoops…I actually did just mention them…). Directed by Terry Gilliam, this movie has an enthralling surreal feeling.

Very briefly:
A talk radio DJ (Jack/Jeff Bridges) rants about Yuppies which inspires one of his listeners to open fire in a crowded New York bar. Robin Williams portrays Perry, a former professor who becomes first unhinged and then homeless after losing his wife in the atrocity.

We meet Perry as the homeless soul he has become and learn he is obsessed with questing for what he believes is The Holy Grail. Throughout, he is haunted and stalked by his delusions. Terry Gilliam creates memorable delusion scenes – especially with his magnificently horrible Red Knight.

The Fisher King was actually based on the Arthurian legend of the Fisher King, also called the Maimed King or Wounded King. According to the legend, the king was the last in the blood line of knights charged with keeping the Grail safe. He was wounded in the thigh, (although many think this was actually a groin wound), and cannot stand. He spends his time in his boat, fishing, and waiting for a nobleman to come to heal the wound. Eventually, he is healed by Percival.

An aside about Percival and the Red Knight:
Percival was one of King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table. The Red Knight, according to legend, stole the Holy Grail from King Arthur. Percival pursues and slays the Red Knight. Percival then dons the slayed Knight’s armour and comes to be known as the Red Knight.

Now, there are a gazillion different versions of the Fisher King/Percival/Red Knight story(s) but this should be sufficient.

Back to topic. Click on the link and watch and listen to my ear-worm (this is the movie version, not Sinatra’s). It got in there after watching the movie and set up house keeping. This morning I thought,’Hey! I haven’t heard that song…..oh. crud.’. So. Maybe by writing all of this, I will somehow release it back into, well, wherever.

Thanks for reading! stay safe!

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How About You
Burton Lane/ Ralph Freed

I like New York in June, how about you
I like a Gershwin tune, how about you
I love a fireside when a storm is due
I like potato chips, moonlight
Motor trips, how about you
I’m mad about good books, can’t get my fill
And James Durantes looks give me a thrill
Holding hands in the movie show
When all the lights are low may not be new
But I like it, how about you
I like New York in June, how about you
I like a Gershwin tune, how about you
I love a fireside when a storm is due, how about you
I’m mad about good books, can’t get my fill
And James Durantes looks they give me a thrill
Holding hands in the movie show
When all the lights are low may not be new
But I like it, and I like it, I like it, how about you

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