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Coloring Club Plus — 9/19/19

Sept 19

Sept 19a

The Celtic “V” today is in honor of Eddie Vedder, songwriter, singer, guitarist of Pearl Jam. Eddie also plays the ukelele and does solo projects.

Please note that there is a link to a GQ interview with Brad Pitt that I just finished reading. The interview is riveting, and the photos are good. There’s even a mini-video at the end of the interview.

Into the Wild is the debut solo studio album by Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder, and is based on his contributions to the soundtrack for the film of the same name. It was released on September 18, 2007 through J Records. Director Sean Penn hand-picked Vedder to provide the music for the film. Previously, Vedder had contributed two songs to the soundtrack for the 1995 film Dead Man Walking and a cover of the Beatles’ “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” to the soundtrack for the 2001 film I Am Sam, both of which starred Penn.

 

Vedder’s songs help narrate the story of American wanderer Christopher McCandless. After graduating as a top student from Emory University, he decides to give up all of his money and travel. During forays into the Western United States and Mexico, McCandless decides to hitchhike to Alaska to live in the wilderness with little food and equipment, hoping to live a period of solitude. Nearly five months later, he died of starvation near Denali National Park and Preserve. Vedder said that he “realized the songs could now become another tool in the storytelling.” On writing the songs about McCandless, Vedder stated, “It was startling how easy it was for me to get into his head. I found it to be uncomfortable how easy it was, because I thought I’d grown up.

An NPR article talks about the 1996 book about McCandless that the movie was made about, _Into the Wild_, by Jon Krakauer.  From the article, “Krakauer’s book struck a nerve with readers. But he never fully answered what motivated McCandless’ ascetic renunciation, and the book drew scores of letters accusing him of arrogance, ignorance and selfishness.

In 2014, Christine McCandless wrote a memoir, called, _The Wild Truth_ that attempts to answer some of those questions.

I haven’t read either book, but I have seen the movie.  You’ll see a lot of beautiful wilderness shots in it, as you will see in the video.  The ending was quite jolting.  I plan on reading at least the sister’s book.

Hard Sun is one of the two songs on the album not written by Vedder.

When I walk beside her
I am the better man
When I look to leave her
I always stagger back again
Once I built an ivory tower
So I could worship from above
And when I climbed down to be set free
She took me in again

There’s a big
A big hard sun
Beaten on the big people
In the big hard world

When she comes to greet me
She is mercy at my feet
When I see her pin her charm
She just throws it back again
Once I dug an early grave
To find a better land
She just smiled and laughed at me
And took her blues back again

There’s a big
A big hard sun
Beaten on the big people
In the big hard world

There’s a big
A big hard sun
Beaten on the big people
In the big hard world

When I go to cross that river
She is comfort by my side
When I try to understand
She just opens up her eyes

There’s a big
A big hard sun
Beaten on the big people
In the big hard world

Once I stood to lose her
When I saw what I had done
Bound down and flew away the hours
Of her garden and her sun
So I tried to warn her
I’ll turn to see her weep
Forty days and forty nights
And it’s still coming down on me

There’s a big
A big hard sun
Beaten on the big people
In the big hard world

There’s a big
A big hard sun
Beaten on the big people
In the big hard world

There’s a big
A big hard sun
Beaten on the big people
In the big hard world

There’s a big
A big hard sun
Beaten on the big people
In the big hard world

Songwriter: Gordon Peterson

Link to QQ interview and photo shoot with Brad Pitt is here.

10 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 9/19/19

  1. Great lyrics to this and song. It’s a shame what happened to the guy. It takes a special person to live there in the wilderness.
    If you ever have time…look up Dick Proenneke
    He was a real man…I feel unworthy watching his documentary “Alone In The Wilderness”

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  2. He built everything… if he needed a spoon…he carved one… I’ve watched it around 4-5 times.

    If I don’t post tomorrow morning… our cable is out.

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