09 January 2010

Happy 59th Birthday, Crystal Gayle!

While I'm not a big fan of any of her crossover country hits, Ms. Gayle is one-half of the duo that created one of the great movies soundtracks of the modern era, One from the Heart, with Tom Waits. ( The film is an intriguing product of Francis Ford Coppola and his short-lived Zoetrope Studios starring two of my favorite actresses, Nastassia Kinski and Teri Garr.)

"Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle?," you say dubiously.

You bet!

Pick it up and listen to Tom growl to Crystal, "How long you been combing your hair with a wrench?" or "You don't defrost the ice box with a ball point pen!"

Pick it up and listen to Crystal sing in that crystal-clear voice of hers, "Take me home, you silly boy, I'm still in love with you." If that doesn't break your heart, then you don't have one.

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