A gnome by any other gname…

My EJ collection (ok, shrine) grew by one the other day with the purchase of the Gnomeo and Juliet DVD…a little birthday present to myself.  Now, if they only had G&J memorabilia!

A Blue, a Red and a Pink...

Have you seen the movie yet?  If not, let’s just start off by saying…”The story you are about to see has been told before.  A lot.”

Here’s a brief description (courtesy of Fandango.com):

“The animated tale Gnomeo and Juliet knowingly follows the quintessential star-crossed lovers tragedy Romeo and Juliet, with the unexpected twist of making the characters garden gnomes that can move when human beings aren’t watching. Though Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) belong to feuding garden gnome families, they meet and fall in love.”

Doomed (as Nanette would say), doomed.

So, was it the best movie I’ve ever seen?  Well, no…but I certainly did enjoy it.  It was actually better than I expected, and my teenage kids liked it (and so did the younger kids sitting behind us in the theater).

Of course, I enjoyed ALL of the songs in the movie…I especially liked “The Bitch is Back” when Juliette is driving the mower, the “Bennie and the Jets” instrumental (when Bennie at the computer keyboard) and the interpolation of so many other EJ songs into the score.

I also like the original song “Love Builds a Garden”…

And love built a garden
Grew it from the ground up
Each one of us knowing every inch of it was us
We pulled it all together
Hoping and believing
That love built this garden for the two of us to dream in

I especially love the melancholy harmony of the last line in the chorus…perfect! (imho)

Here’s the song…

Now, where do I get some of these glasses?

Killer specs, dude!

Love Builds a Garden (Gnomeo and Juliet, 2011)

Sometimes you dream…

I hadn’t listened to this song in quite a long (long) time.  I’m not sure why, but it hit home with me yesterday when I was driving around in the car…

Sometimes you dream, sometimes it seems
There’s nothing there at all
You just seem older than yesterday
And you’re waiting for tomorrow to call

I guess I’m feeling old(er) these days, what with my son graduating from high school and heading off to college, and this song just reminded me of where I am in my life today…and, my goodness, how in the world did I get here?

Nine o’clock mornings, five o’clock evenings
I’d liven the pace if I could
Oh I’d rather have ham in my sandwich than cheese
But complaining wouldn’t do any good

Hey, I’m not a Roy Rogers fan – I can’t even say that I’ve seen him (or Dale or Trigger) on TV or in a movie.  But I don’t think you have to be a fan to appreciate this tune – it’s not that literal.   To me, the song is a nod to childhood heroes, whoever they may be…and how reminiscing about them can bring a sense of satisfaction (or perhaps even excitement?) to a life that may have otherwise not turned out the way you had imagined.  Remembering those larger than life icons of your childhood, returning to the wonderment of it all, when anything was possible and you were invincible (Comic book characters never grow old, Evergreen heroes whose stories were told), can sometimes assuage your reality.

(I bet you can’t guess who my childhood hero was, can you?)  😉

Lay back in my armchair, close eyes and think clear
I can hear hoofbeats ahead
Roy and Trigger have just hit the hilltop
While the wife and the kids are in bed

Funny, I tend to do my reminiscing in private, too  (yes, when the husband and kids are in bed) – listening to Elton, watching him on late night TV, writing my blog or however I can make that connection these days.  I grew up listening to EJ, mostly in private (I bet my siblings might disagree with that statement!) – and I still must have that very first listen of a new EJ CD by myself.   No exceptions.  A tie to my childhood that I just can’t give up.  Hmmm…I wonder what that means?

Anyway, happy trails…until we meet again…

Take a listen…

Roy Rogers (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, 1973)