The Magic Taste Of… #socs

“More,” from the 1962 film Mondo Cane, sung by Judy Garland…

To quote Bugs Bunny, “Ain’t I a stinker?” Seriously, it was the first thing I thought of when I saw the prompt.

I had a friend who was going to sing this to his bride at his wedding. He never did, because she broke up with him. Which is probably a good thing, because most of his friends (myself included) would be making faces at him, trying to get him to break up while he was singing. We could be kind of jerks sometimes…

When I started learning jazz, I was introduced to the “Rhythm changes,” the chord changes in the song “I Got Rhythm” by the Gershwin brothers. They’re apparently the basis for many of the songs jazz players know. I attended the National Guitar Workshop one year, and one of the guest lecturers was Trey Anastasio, who had been an attendee for several years in his days before Phish. He and the band (made up, I believe, of instructors) did a lengthy jam based on the Rhythm changes. The reason I thought of that was because of the lyrics of the song:

I got rhythm,
I got music,
I got my girl
Who could ask for anything more?


Stream of Consciousness Saturday is brought to you each week by Linda Hill and this station. Now a word from More cigarettes. Catch a taste of magic, the magic taste of More!

13 thoughts on “The Magic Taste Of… #socs

  1. I’ve always liked the song “More” and did when it first came out when I was a kid in the sixties. I’d known it had come from the film Mondo Cane. I remember seeing repeated TV advertising for the film and was so intrigued though I never got to see it until a few years back when I rented it from Netflix. Seemed far less controversial now than it was back when it first came out.

    After I watched Mondo Cane I next got Good-bye Uncle Tom which was done by the same team of directors. I thought it was a pretty interesting film about slavery and blacks in America. It has some pretty wild stuff in it, but I guess it never gained much traction with U.S. audiences.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I’ve never seen either of those movies, but I know what you mean about movies that once caused major controversy. The classic example is Midnight Cowboy, which received an X rating when it first came out for a very brief scene that implied a lot more than it showed. Others were A Summer Place, Picnic, Valley of the Dolls, Peyton Place, and on and on.

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  2. I couldn’t help but smile while watching the ad for More cigarettes. In South Africa, the smokers among us are still suffering under the total ban on the sale of cigarettes during this Covid lockdown period. Desperate SA smokers will pay much more than you can even imagine for one packet of More cigarettes. I love the song by Judy Garland.

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