Yummy, as I wrote last year.
So this year, I did NOT miss TCM's annual airing of 1776 (right now I have it paused right in the middle of "Waiting for the Chirp, Chirp, Chirp") and it's always a comfort to see, especially since they started airing the full version about a decade ago, including "Cool Conservative Men", the song sung by John Dickinson [Donald Madden] which was cut from the theatrical release at then-President Nixon's insistence.
(Donald Madden is, as always, killing it in the dramatic scenes that survived Nixon's edit. He didn't even live to be 50. [Lung cancer. Don't smoke, kids.] Wow at that…and at my having reached an age where dying at 49 brings forth an "OMG, so young!" of sympathy for Madden, lol.)
And I seem to find new things every time. For example, I've only just realized that in one of John Adams's fantasy duets with Abigail ("fantasy", since the whole point is how much he misses her when they're apart), his lyric about "and is my favorite lover's pillow still firm and fair?" does not refer to actual bedroom decorations but to…well, see above ^^
Dang, Hex, do try to keep up… (And "firm and fair", indeed!)
Indeed, no offense to Virginia Vestoff as noted previously, but now I can't help but imagine MT in the part. Even if Michelle doesn't exactly sing, so much, exactly.
Of course, this rather quickly declined to imagining Mr. Feeny being married to Dawn, to invoke one of William Daniels' other famous roles*. Which is probably going a bit far, even for fanfic. Although never say never.
(I randomly searched for "Sweet Child O' Mine" on the ukulele last night. Found multiple versions. Huh.
"Roundabout" was a bit diminished and unenthusiastic, I thought, but still.)
Moving forward in the film and I'm glad to see that the parts with Ned Rutledge (John Cullum) opposing the anti-slavery provision on behalf of my not-so-new home, South Carolina**, have survived these censorious times. I was a bit worried they could have gotten the chop. Which would be a pity, because not only is Cullum excellent, but because I always enjoy "singing" along with him on "Molasses to Rum to Slaves [The Triangle Trade]", despite my complete lack of either the bass voice the song requires or, you know…talent. Piffle, I say! Piffle!***
Molasses to rum to slaves!
'Tisn't morals, 'tis money that saves!
Shall we dance to the sound of the profitable pound
In molasses…and rum…and slaves?
*-You may recall, for example, that Daniels played Dustin Hoffman's father in The Graduate, despite being only 10 years older than Hoffman. Which means that Dusty's getting up there, too, as Daniels turned 93 earlier this year. But obviously better to turn 93 than not. (I was completely depressed by the recent deaths of Marvel Comics inking legend Joe Sinnott and Carl Reiner this past fortnight, even if I had to admit that 93 [Sinnott] and 98 [Reiner] qualified as decent runs. But if you've made 93, what's 94, I ask? Hang in there, Daniels!)
**-I'd think I was fairly well-established in the Palmetto State by now, as it's almost two years. But apparently BestBuy thinks I'm still in California, as they shipped my latest packages to the Ghost of Hellmouths Past, despite having properly delivered to Carolina the previous five times. But apparently computer databanks never forget anything, regardless of how many times you update your info. (Moloch, is that you?) I barely stopped them from giving whomever's in my old apartment a surprising (and expensive) gift. In words of one syllable…Sheesh!
***-Overdriver Duo, the Brazilian pair shown above, has done several ukulele covers, but they disappointed me by choosing to do a bass-and-guitar version of AC/DC's "Back in Black". Not only because it's less-creative, not only because if you're going to do just one AC/DC tune it should obviously be The Happiest Song in Rock ("Highway to Hell") and not only because with Evandro (the guy) singing lead, we don't get to see Fabi's legs as they've wisely featured in the uke covers…but because Evandro sounds about as much like Brian Johnson as I sound like John Cullum.
Did I say "sheesh", already?