morrison, motown, movies

thanksgiving night after everyone left chris and i stayed up and partook of some media together. he pulled out his old lp of van morrison’s “into the music”, and put the headphones on my head and i listened to the whole thing. van recorded this in 1979, the year of the clash’s “london calling” and many other punk/wave triumphs. but here’s van, a man with the courage of his convictions, not changing up his sound for the kids, just doing what he does and doing it well. “into the music” kicks off with bright side of the road, but then it goes into full force gale:

like a full force gale
i was lifted up again
i was lifted up again by the lord

it’s really cool to see my father-in-law connecting with christ. he prayed for the thanksgiving meal– just an honest prayer of a regular guy. it made me smile.

after van, we stayed up and watched standing in the shadows of motown/ growing up in detroit, you can’t help but know every motown song in your very bones. this was a documentary of the band that played on all of them, behind stevie, marvin, the temps, the tops, the supremes, smokey, everyone. they played on more #1 hits than the beatles, the stones, the beach boys and elvis presley combined. but until this documentary came out they remained virtually unknown and almost completely unsung. it’s something, watching these men get their due… you can tell they’ve waited a long time, sort of starved for affection, or recognition, or even acknowledgement.

i completely recommend that you go out and find a copy of this movie and watch it. it’s so affecting, in a good way.


my in-laws are football fans, which is a little foreign to me, but i love them and i love how much they love the lions and the tigers and the red wings and such. if you’re a football fan, then you can probably imagine what thanksgiving day is like for detroit sports fans… all football.

anyway, a commercial came on during the proceedings today, saying something like “a bad day with the lions is better than a good day with the in-laws.” so, the whole reason i’m posting on thanksgiving is simply to say that for me, the inverse is entirely true. i love my in-laws so much.

by way of explanation

inaugural post. a few weeks ago, i was dumbfounded to see my (now faraway) community suddenly embrace blogging, just about all at once. it’s a dangerous undertaking: you threaten to be familiar to everyone but still unknown. i purchased a domain name and set one up myself. ‘song from me’ are the last words of joni mitchell’s track ‘blue.’ this was my first screen name back in 1996.

Some things you should know

Juvenile Nonfiction is Joshua Neds-Fox’s blog v.4, internetted lovingly to you from Detroit, Michigan.

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