The Beautiful Ride
(This post was originally written on the bus/metro on October 21st, 2008, and posted on The Blender.)
[Disclaimer: I actually hate the whole metro/bus ride home, which is when I wrote this post originally. However, because it was the last song on the playlist (a song that ended just as I walked into my house, for the second day in a row,) I decided to give it that title. Read on…]
I love the dollar store. And not not just because I’m Jewish. I went in there a couple of minutes ago, and walked out with a pencil, pen, lock, and four packs of gum all for five dollars. I’m usually not the cheap type, but this purchase made me feel more Jewish then ever.
On to other things. I’m on the metro again, and am thankful that my class ended early, even though it usually does and I yet again didn’t get a lift. Although it’s actually not too bad taking the metro today. I have a seat for once, it’s much less crowded compared to yesterday, and my notebook (well, hillroy) isn’t cramped against my oxymoronic upright lap. Oh and I’ve got a great playlist going again.
Except it’s not even by real musicians. It’s the complete collection of “Dewey Cox” songs from the movie Walk Hard, which I actually watched the other night. Both the songs and the movie are extremely underrated. Produced by Comedy god Judd Apatow (Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin, Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, etc, ) it chronicles the life of a man named Dewey Cox.
As a boy, Dewey accidentally cuts his brother in half in an unfortunate machete-fight accident, thrusting him into a life that parodies the biographical films of Walk The Line (Johnny Cash,) The Doors (Jim Morrison,) and Ray (Ray Charles,) among others. For example, after the trauma stemming form the machete accident, Dewey loses his sense of smell. (An obvious reference to Charles’ blindness.)
The movies features a lot of great cameos, many with actors portraying famous musicians from that era (The Beatles, Elvis, Buddy Holly, and a few others,) but the real non-Dewey stars are the actresses that play his two wives. Kristen Wiig plays his loving but doubtful (”I do believe in you Dewey, I just know you’re going to fail”) first wife, while Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office,) plays extremely attractive backup singer and eventual wife Darlene Madison.
(Wow, I almost missed my stop, and now I’m stuck waiting outside in the cold wetness that is October Montreal. But at least it’s not snowing.)
Anyways, even though the Dewey Cox playlist is now playing for the second time, I’m gonna start writing about something else. (Wow I should have worn a sweater, it’s actually freezing out here, and it’s raining too… at least the bus is here.) One second…
Current time: 6:12 pm. That’s about as far as I got with the notebook post. Once I got on the bus, not only did I get a seat, but a friend who I haven’t seen in awhile sat right by me. So I spent the bus ride talking to him, and continuing to listening to the Dewey Cox songs. As the bus pulled closer to my house, the song “Beautiful Ride” came on. It’s the last song he writes in the movie, chronicling his entire life, and talking about life in itself as he is getting closer to death. And for the second day in a row, it fades out exactly as I walk into my house. Extremely weird. So that’s it, here’s the playlist below as promised.
The Dewey part of the songs are actually song by the actor who plays them, John C. Reilly, and as such they’re credited to him officially. Angela Correa sings for Darlene Madison.
Songs I listened to (twice) while writing (all by Dewey Cox unless otherwise noted):
1) (Mama) You Got To Love Your Negro Man
2) Walk Hard
3) Let’s Duet – Dewey Cox ft. Angela Correa
4) Let Me Hold You (Little Man)
5) Guilty As Charged
6) Beautiful Ride
Download of the day: Let’s Duet