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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Try a Little Tenderness

Oh she may be weary
And young girls they do get wearied...


This girl sure is wearied all of a sudden.
I miss my boy.

I love The Commitments. I've seen it quite a few times and I still never get tired of the music, the freshness of the actors, and I think they did really great covers of some classic tunes.

Two great quotes from the film came to mind:

"Soul is the music people understand. Sure it's basic and it's simple. But it's something else 'cause, 'cause, 'cause it's honest, that's it. Its honest. There's no fuckin' bullshit. It sticks its neck out and says it straight from the heart. Sure there's a lot of different music you can get off on but soul is more than that. It takes you somewhere else. It grabs you by the balls and lifts you above the shite."

"Do you not get it, lads? The Irish are the blacks of Europe. And Dubliners are the blacks of Ireland. And the Northside Dubliners are the blacks of Dublin. So say it once, say it loud: I'm black and I'm proud."

This the other one I like:

Maybe I need to get to Ireland.


robin-bird October 9, 2008 at 11:23 PM  

TB you've managed to entertain me every which way tonight. amazing music, candy(jr. mints in particular), hot political debates and smart your girls who will change the world. you are one masterful blogger dear friend!

i'm sorry you miss the boy. i bet he misses you too :(

Anonymous October 10, 2008 at 12:47 AM  

This is one of my all-time favorite songs. The guy who sings it was 19 at the time!!!

As for the Boy...


I know it's not the same, but I'm trying.

A Cuban In London October 10, 2008 at 3:15 AM  

I confess to having seen this movie three times.

First time: I stubled into a cinema with a then-girlfriend who was Scottish. This film was playing in a little video hall inside Charles Chaplin cinema, on 23rd Avenue, in Havana. It must have been 1994. There were no subtitles. I loved the music, but could not follow the plot.

Second time: I watched the movie on my own (having broken up with Scottish lass), again, no subtitles, but got a little bit more out of it, although the idioms went over my head. Still, a bit clueless. It must have been mid 90s.

Third time (lucky!): I saw this film with a very good friend from Ireland. Again, no subtitles, and in the same room as the two previous occasions. I got more out of it this time around and as there were hardly people in the room my friend was able to translate for me some of the colloquial language used in the film.

And I loved it. I'll have to watch it again, I think I will definitely enjoy it more next time around.

Thanks for the post. Enjoyed the clips thoroughly.

Greetings from London.

Tina October 10, 2008 at 3:52 AM  

Oh I LOVE that movie, The Commitments! I've seen it a hundred times.

And I love that song. :-)

tangobaby October 10, 2008 at 6:57 AM  

Hi robin-bird,

Wow. That's high praise indeed! I hope smart girls will change the world. And smart boys. And especially ones who play fair.

The Boy and I talk often, but I know he misses me and SF a lot. It's very good that he is where he is right now, so it makes it easier for me.

Hi johanna,

I'm so glad! It is a song you can listen to over and over again. I think I remember seeing in the DVD that the director was looking to hire that kid's dad to play the role, but somehow heard him sing and hired him instead! I have to look that up to make sure I'm not misquoting. But he was so talented, huh?

Your hug works wonders! Thank you!

Hi a cuban in london,

I'm glad you gave the movie that many chances. It was worth it! And then even if you can't get all of the dialogue, at least the music is great.

I am smiling a little because I've had to watch Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels with the subtitles on. Otherwise I would have had no clue as to what they were saying.

Hi tina,

Don't we wish someone would sing to us like that? I would be a puddle.


smith kaich jones October 10, 2008 at 7:48 AM  

What a great movie. MY favorite line is the definition of jazz, which, being a tad indecent, I will not repeat here. Innocent ears may be listening. :)


Limerick Tango October 10, 2008 at 7:51 AM  

You're more than welcome to come on over.

Red Shoes October 10, 2008 at 8:36 AM  


Relyn October 10, 2008 at 8:50 AM  

Oh, yes! Please do! I'd love to own the book that was sure to result. You. The Boy. Ireland. Now that is a perfect love story. Christmas is coming up.

I love the Commitments, too. It's one of my favorite soundtracks of all time.

tangobaby October 10, 2008 at 10:22 AM  

Hi debi,

I think I vaguely remember that line. Can you whisper it in my ear so no one will her us?!


Hi Limerick Tango,

Someday, someday. I was reading in a travel article that Ireland is one of the best travel destinations for a woman traveling alone, so maybe that's also got me thinking about it, too.

Hi red shoes,


What is a tak?

Hi relyn,

The Boy and I love watching that movie together. I have to admit that I have not read any of Doyle's books, but I probably should. Oh, I think you meant MY book! LOL. Well, it's here, my dear.

Doesn't a blog count?


Christina October 10, 2008 at 10:37 AM  

Awww the commitments is just a huge favorite of mine. One of the best soundtracks I own.

You SO should put together a trip to Ireland- I mean for all of your lovely blog fans. And the "boys" of course.

We have way too much in common.

I love that!

tangobaby October 10, 2008 at 12:04 PM  


I have to keep saving my pennies (where do they keep going off to?!) because I really want to go somewhere! I promise where ever that is, that I will figure out a way to keep tangobaby up and running.

Red Shoes October 10, 2008 at 12:04 PM  

Good heavens! I was trying to comment from my iphone, but apparently we had a bit of a disagreement about the "publish your comment" button.

What I was trying to say is,

Take me! Take me! Take me!

tangobaby October 10, 2008 at 3:39 PM  

Hi red shoes,

I thought a tak was something you learned while over on your British Isles adventure!

Silly me. Of course I'd take you...who would be better?! See you soon!