To Abq Jew, consolation and That Thing You Do! are, of course, synonymous.
Last week, Abq Jew introduced (or re-introduced) you to TTYD! the movie. This week, Abq Jew will guide you through the first of the many, many great songs from TTYD!
This week’s song is Lovin’ You Lots and Lots.
Wikipedia tells us:
The song that plays during the film’s opening credits, “Lovin’ You Lots and Lots,” is credited to the fictitious Norm Wooster Singers, but was actually written by [Tom] Hanks.
This song is a good-natured parody of Ray Conniff, Mitch Miller, and other practitioners of the “beautiful music” or proto-Muzak formats that were a staple of adult radio during the early ’60s ….
Are there, Abq Jew hears you ask, other good-natured parodies of Mitch Miller, et al? Funny, Abq Jew responds, you should ask.
This past week, Abq Jew (amongst many) was privileged to hear Jane Ellen (see Atomic Cocktail & Uranium Rock) deliver an audio-assisted lecture about the still living and still lively comedian Stan Freberg.
What Abq Jew is trying to get across (you should forgive the expression) here is that there is, or perhaps may be, a direct, or indirect, line of descent (in all its meanings) from Stan Freberg to Tom Hanks.
And that, someplace in that line, we should reserve a spot for more cowbell.
Join us next week – same time, same place – for another edition of
Sabbaths of Consolation – That Thing You Do!
Until then –
Shabbat Shalom, Albuquerque!
Good Shabbos, New Mexico!