Monday, September 29, 2008

Podunkian Music Club Sept 29 2008

Marvin Hamlisch-- The Entertainer

We take a detour on our musical selection today, pausing to remember the career of one of Hollywood's great actors of our time.

Paul Newman passed away over the weekend at the age of 83, a master of his roles over the many decades of his illustrious career and a larger than life presence who had the greatest in humility.

While he has been recognized many times over for his acting career and justifiably so. One also must look at his off screen life and his quiet dedication to making the world a better place. His many humanitarian projects and advocacy for children and the disadvantaged as well as his attachment to social issues, were the badges of honour he would carry as one described as a Hollywood liberal.

The obituaries have been many and universally effusive in their praise for his acting talents and tellingly even more for his civility and humanitarian spirit.

From the You Tube universe we discovered this effort which takes snippets from some of his many efforts over the years, put to the music of Marvin Hamlisch, who provided one of the most memorable songs from The Sting.

In this video, the soundtrack of The Sting provides the musical accompaniment to the long career of Paul Newman and highlights that on screen partnership between Newman and Robert Redford, a combination that always seemed to provide an on screen chemistry that seemed to reach beyond the movie screen.

Any number of songs related to many of Newman's past works could have been our choice in our remembrance, but we bow to a sentimental favourite and went with the theme from The Sting, a movie which highlighted Newman at his best and seemed to enhance his partnership with Redford quite well.

Indeed, when you think of an entertainer, one of the first names you would come up with would be Paul Newman, as they say he was a Hollywood legend and an American original...

Artist-- Marvin Hamlisch
Recording-- Theme from the Motion picture the Sting

Biography of Paul Newman
New York Times Obituary of Paul Newman

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