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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Let me sign...

Mordana thinks Tim Curry is a sexy devil. Pictures, Images and Photos

Possible lyrics for 'Let me sign':

Oh, standing there by, a broken tree,
Her hands are all twisted, she's pointin' at me,
I was damned by the light comin' over as she,
Spoke with a voice that disrupted the sky...

She said, "Walk on over, yeah, to bitter shade,
I will wrap you in my arms," and you know, she said, "Let me sign...
Let me sign..."

And, do you know this one by Cream? (...and Robert Johnson!).

I'll bet Bagman and Suldog know it, definitely!

I went down to the Crossroads, tried to beg a ride...
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees.
Asked the Lord above for mercy, "Save me if you please."
...Mmm, the sun goin' down, boy, dark gon' catch me here
oooo, ooee, eee boy, dark gon' catch me here
I haven't got no lovin' sweet woman that love and feel my care.

...Lord, that I'm standin' at the crossroad, babe, I believe I'm sinking down.

The flower goddess Pictures, Images and Photos

I wandered in to see la Wiki today...

Lawd, that goddess-girl can go on and on, as can la Fhina, I hear some of you say...

The cheek of it, mes bloggy snouts...

Anyhoo, I digress, where was she...? Oh yes, I had a question to put to la Wiki about the myth about people making a pact with the devil, selling their soul in return for some favour or another...

Goddess Wiki told me, "...According to traditional Christian belief in witchcraft, a pact with the devil is between a person and Satan...

"The person offers his or her soul in exchange for diabolical favours. Those favours vary by the tale, but tend to include youth, knowledge, wealth, or power... ...The bargain is a dangerous one, for the price of the Fiend's service is the wagerer's soul. The tale may have a moralizing end, with eternal damnation for the foolhardy venturer. Conversely it may have a comic twist, in which a wily peasant outwits the Devil, characteristically on a technical point.

"Among the credulous, any apparently superhuman achievement might be credited to a pact with the Devil, from the numerous European Devil's Bridges to the superb violin technique of Paganini.

Here is some modern artwork portraying Robert Johnson standing at the Crossroads...

BAG 5106 Pictures, Images and Photos

"MUSICIANS: The idea of "selling your soul for instrumental mastery and fame" has occurred several times within music, usually in guitar -ominated genres and more specifically in pre-World War II rural Blues. Bluesmans' crossroads, located in Tchula Junction, Mississippi, is said to be the universal meeting grounds for such exchange. It was said that in your twenty-seventh year the devil would come to collect his property.

"Paganini, the Italian violinist, may not have started the rumour concerning him, but he played along with it... It probably did his famous reputation no harm in those days before Youtube and literacy education... Guiseppe Tartini, Venetian violinist and composer, believed that his Devil's Trill Sonata was inspired by the Devil's appearance before him in a dream.

Tommy Johnson, blues musician, is alleged to have sold his soul for his talent, and perhaps most famous of all is, Robert Johnson, blues musician... Some people claimed he met with Satan at the crossroads and signed over his soul to play the blues and gain mastery of the guitar.

"The folklorist Alan Lomax considered that every African American secular musician was "in the opinion of both himself and his peers, a child of the devil, a consequence of the view of the European dance embrace as sinful in the extreme". In recorded Blues, the theme first appeared in 1924 in the record by Clara Smith, "Done Sold My Soul To The Devil (And My Heart's Done Turned To Stone)".
Robert Johnson Pictures, Images and Photos

The crossroads detail was widely believed to come from Johnson himself. Johnson's high emotion and religious fervour are hard to explain as resulting from the mundane situation described, unsuccessful hitchhiking as night falls. The crossroads myth offers a simple literal explanation for both the religion and the anguish..."

This song, that you might listen to again and again, if you're like me, easily distracted by the shiny (Youtube), and prone to obsess... is from a very young English musician, Robert Thomas-Pattinson... I believe that the lyrics play out, with references to a young woman, finding herself at the Crossroads, and being tempted to sign a pact with the devil - A theme common with blues musicians.

You might know Robert better as Cedric Diggory in one of the Harry Potter films... I didn't, sorry about that... Or as the Byronic hero in the film, Twilight.

I think this soulful fragment of a song is a little piece of bloggy treasure. I hope that you like it too... La Wiki says she prefers Glenn Campbell's Wichita Lineman... I think she's getting a little too big for her Christian Louboutins, if you ask me...

Phew, it's getting all close here in Fhina's boudoir again... The windows have gone all steamy again... Is it me?!

Robert Pattinson Pictures, Images and Photos

143 comments:

jinksy said...

If I fell down on my knees, I'd never get up again! x

Derrick said...

Hi Fhina,

Maybe the chap in the video ought to do a deal with Satan to get a voice!! Oooo, who said that??!! Sorry ma petite rossignol!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

hey! Paganini is a favourite as in Rahpasody and l'm sorry but witchita lineman is taken, its in my top ten...

'...and I need her more than want her...' sigh!!!!!

K said...

I sell my soul, I want it all - youth, money and musical mastery.

I'm obviously feeling too greedy this morning.

Michelle said...

Oh no, its not you! I feel the heat too!!!

Have a spectacular day my friend!!

I love you!!!

Butler and Bagman said...

And Eric Clapton (both in and out of Cream)...three hurrahs for the Delta Blues!

blognut said...

That last picture does make it a bit warm in here, Fhina.

You're lovely to start my day off with a song and a hottie!

Bloggus
XXOO

French Fancy said...

What a coincidence - one of my texts for this last essay is Goethe's Faust, Part one. I could bore for England - and France - about the themes of the play - but I'll resist.

I think the lyrics are from 'Crossroads' and I've got a version Cream did - on vinyl from days of yore.

Diane said...

He's pretty cute... and I quite like his voice (well, beyond the initial moaning ;)... but I read somewhere that he doesn't bathe often. Sort of blows a bit of the steam, eh? ;)

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3 said...

I'd sell my soul for him anyday! ;-))

Suldog said...

Indeed. Great song that can be interpreted prosaically (the hitchhiking) or religiously or even as metaphor for hard drug usage.

carma said...

Fhina - you amaze me with all that you come up with. And I hope you can now see out your boudoir windows ;-)
carma

Whitemist said...

The first picture post of the Legend, reminded me it was possibly the most disappointing movie I ever watched. period. I wanted to watch it because i heard a song by the Tangerine dream which was great and promised a great deal in the story, which was NOT delivered. The last reminded me of the joy of Napster and downloading very old songs that made me realize just how much fun they had with song in the late 1890's and early 1900's. Thanks for that reminder.

kimmiekat said...

great last photo!!!!

david mcmahon said...

You span many moods and courses. Great work

Woman in a Window said...

It is both the danger of it and the bravado. And yes, those flames do get hot!

The Things We Carried said...

I see why things have warmed up over at your place :)!

kapgaf said...

Bonjour ma chère FSI,

Je suis un peu prosaic today, thinking why at the crossroads ? A larger selection of people than on a simple strectch of road ? Or was it because they used to bury suicides and executed criminals there - stereotypes akimbo for the the criminal/sell your soul connection!

Si j'avais une ame, je la vendrais peut-etre pour la voix de Perla Batalla ou de Julie Christensen (or both - and then I could sing in harmony :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dIv2MXU7_4&feature=related).

But then I wouldn't be able to have Janis's voice.....
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18yzj_janis-joplinball-and-chain-live_music)

Decisions, decisions !

Bises tout plein.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

La jinksy: You are such a kidder, you charmer! x

Derrick: Sorry D, I promise to put on some decent music soon - Chacun a son gout, as they say in Germany! x

Fat, frumpy and fifty...: Saz, I do adore Wichita Lineman, I must admit - I think la Wiki borrowed the CD from me, in fact! The cheek of the bism! Love to you! x

K: Helloooo - Are you Special K, I wonder?!

Yes, one can see that a deal with the Devil is occasionally tempting, non? As for greedy, did you ever read my posting on the Seven (Six in my case) Deadly Sins?! x

Michelle: :) We can be cougars together, dahlink, non? ;) xxx

Butler and Bagman: The true journeyman - Eric Slowhand or God Clapton, non?! Beautiful in so many ways...

Bloggus: They mentioned to me it was a little cool in your office there Bloggus, so I thought I'd hotten things up for you - Allright sweetie? ;) xxx

French Fancy: And I never even went so far as Faust for my story, FF - To be truthful, I've never read a literary account of such a thing - My knowledge on pacts and deals with the Devil all came through my love of music...

Lyrics are from Crossroads, and you win a signed moustache hair from Ginger Baker, circa 1969... And I still have the vinyl too, somewhere, 'tis true! x

Diane: Ah, Diane, all that bluff about him not washing is just smoke and mirrors, methinks - He does look pretty clean most of the time in the pics I've seen, and I have pawed over so many recently... :p I do think his voice is soulful, but he is very young and will hopefully have a nice career ahead of him in which he remains true to himself - As we hope for all our children, non?! xox

Reasons to be Cheerful 1,2,3: Get in the back of the queue, Jo, and we've some teens and tweens to elbow out of the way before we get to him! All that practice in the winter sales is going to come in very handy, I should cocoa! xxx

Suldog: Ah, Sir, always thought-provoking, with incredible taste and perspective, if I may say so...

Carma: Bless you, tinkerbell, you are so kind! I can now see the lambs again out of my windows, it is true... I blame my age! x

Whitemist: True, I never liked Legend - but I loved Tim Curry - such an overlooked star - and I adored him in Rocky Horror Picture Show, so that's why he is here, not for the Tom Cruise Cheesefest, Whitemist... Music is very cool for school, non?! x

kimmiekat: Merci mille mon amie! x

david mcmahon: Thankyou, kind Sir - I am difficult to pigeonhole, it may be true!

Woman in a Window: Your words are so few and yet so wonderfully apt - Always! Thank you WiW...

The Things We Carried: Thank you for understanding a woman in her dotage, Meredith - I am grateful! ;) oxo

kapgaf: You are so clever, kapgaf - You need to blog, mah cherie - definitely! I hadn't remembered about suicides being despatched at the Crossroads - That is such an interesting point! Thank you so for that... As for choosing a voice to carry us through life, Janis is our Queen, non? I don't know Julie, but I shall look out for her now, je te jure... I love Stevie, as you know, and Stevie once supported Janis's act... My OH loves the opera singer Lesley Garrett, so perhaps I could wish for her beauty and soul, aussitot que sa vox? Je t'envoie mes bloggiest voeux, k! x

Merisi said...

Wow, this is mastery!

Congratulations on winning David's Authorblog Post of the Day award, well deserved! :-)

Gaston Studio said...

Kudos on winnign David's potd award; glad I found you.

Pouty Lips said...

Congrats on POTD.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Merisi@ Thank you for telling me darling, I have not been over there to David's yet - He is such a dahlink, non?! x

Gaston Studio: Thanks for coming over here, sweetie! x

Poutress: Merci mille! x

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