Personal reflections based on the inspiration of songs. The 2016 series "Under the Big Top" was centered on the music of the Who. The “Forever Young” series in 2014 was inspired by Neil Young songs and “Stepping Stones” in 2012 was focused on the music of the Rolling Stones. The first 100 postings (the original "Gem Videos") emailed to friends and family and later added here are from 2008 and 2009; include songs from a variety of musicians. Bob Dylan and the Beatles are anticipated.
Gem Music Video of the Week #11: Mulla Mulla Mulla!
Song: It’s Money That Matters by Randy Newman
(Songwriter: Randy Newman)
March 20, 2008
At the core of every great song is some angle on truth.I feel that way about all the 'Gems' I've rolled out thus far.
.... and then there's the songs of Randy Newman.
Many Randy Newman songs bring an entirely different twist to the truth table.Often, to get a point across, Newman will sing from the narrative of the...well, let's just say the alternate point of view.There's 'Short People' (the racist); 'Sail Away' (the 18th century slave trader); 'Political Science' (the extremist); 'CuyahogaRiver' (the industrial polluter) and many others.
Gem Music Video of the Week 'It's Money That Matters', from the phenomenal 1988 album 'Land of Dreams', is one of these songs.I never knew this music video existed until recently and its a great video because it reflects the songs lyrics perfectly (as in the rare event when a movie captures the essence of a books story line).There's also a lot of subtleties I did not pick up on until a few replays (like some of those old MAD Magazines you had to leaf thru several times to pick up on all the graphic detail).That's Mark Knopfler doing the guitar bits.The VH1 site that the video link sends you too occasionally previews it's songs with a commercial (which actually fits in nicely with the song title), so bear with the possibility of a 20 second lead in.Most of the extras in the video are Bear Stearns employees (sorry, bad joke).
To show that there is also some straight-truth coming out of the music of Randy Newman, I've including another Gem Light video (with a third less calories than your regular gem) from the same 'Land of Dreams' album.
Below the links to the videos are the lyrics to 'It's Money That Matters' for your sing-along/clap along pleasure....
Have a Happy Easter
Gem Music Video: It’s Money That Matters (This VH1 video link has been temporarily lost *Dec 09*)