Rock ‘n’ Roll: A Photographic Essay for Thought
The Village People Onstage
The Village People: Shakin’ That White Thang
The photographic essay presented below evoked a great deal of thought regarding the background music that might best accompany the feelings echoed by the choice and arrangement of the particular images this photo essay. At first, I was attracted to a contemporary country- song entitled Many Rivers to Cross, especially by the singer’s voice , which carries an uncanny reflection of and resonance with Bob Dylan’s sounds at their hauntingly early-best. From there, I turned to a consideration of a simple, eloquently sad song by Marva Staples. I soon returned, however, to a country voice, this time to perhaps a more singularly gravelled and traditionally-rooted one, Willie Nelson singing Legends. Still not completely satisfied, I found myself thinking about Janis Joplin’s amazing recordings and performances (perhaps related to the throaty, pleading tone of her voice). Almost immediately, I recalled the stunning singing and acting peformance of Bette Midler in The Rose, a motion picture based upon certain aspects of Janis Joplin’s life. The song that I finally settled upon, then, was The Rose, but a quiet and soothing instrumental version of it. The background music presented for your listening below is a juxtaposition that both complements and harmonizes with the array of photographs, serving as a wonderful counterpoint to the feelings called forth by the images.
I do very much hope that you will like both the musical background and the photographic essay.
Background Music for Rock ‘N’ Roll: THE ROSE
Rock ‘n’ Roll: Adaptions to a Theme