Thursday, May 4, 2017
WKRLEM: As free as the wind blows!
So I am in the shower listening to the "Peter Gunn Themes Song" channel on Pandora when an instrumental version of "Born Free" came on the Iphone. Waddayagonna do? Why sing it at the top of your lungs in your fake Andy Williams voice. That's what!
I loved the movie "Born Free." I had read the book when it came out in 1960. I was very excited when the movie came out and went to see it downtown when it came out in the movies. This was the beginning of the environmental phase that we all go through. I mean I am a conservationist, But a Teddy Roosevelt hunting conservationist not a green weenie type. This movie fit right in to that mindset. Along with the "Wonderful World of Disney" and the "Underseas World of Jacques Cousteau" it made us appreciate the animals in the wild and wish them well.
You know the story. George Adamson shot a lion couple and adopted their kids. Sort of like what Hollywood douches like Madonna and Angelina Jolie do with black kids now. They send off two of the lions to a zoo but keep the smallest one Elsa and raise it like a pet. Eventually they set it free to live a nasty brutish live in the bush. Sort of like Madonna letting her adopted child move to Chicago or something. That song just takes me back to that time.
I was thinking about Andy Williams just the other day. He had a variety show back in the day. I used to watch it all the time. He also had a couple of hit songs like "Moon River" that were all over the radio. Yeah it was old fashioned even back then and stuff but you can't help but sing along. They don't have variety shows like that anymore. It is as dead as the Western. Somebody should revive it. I think it can be made pretty cheaply and I bet it would be a lot a fun. A new Carol Burnett or Jackie Gleason or Andy Williams could have mainstream comedy and music acts doing skits and singing popular songs. But there is a problem. There is no one with the talent of Carol Burnett or Jackie Gleason around today. Who are they going to get? Mrs. Potato Head Amy Schumer or Louie CK. Forgetaboutit!
It really took me back to 1966. "BBBBOOOORRRRNNNNN FFFFRRRREEEEEEEEEE!