A Musical Interlude …

Happy Friday everyone!

I have been listening to a lot of Sam Cooke lately. Currently on my reading list (once I get though the backlog of books) is his biography. I have always been fascinated by his tragically short life. So I am really looking forward to digging into the book when the time comes.

What you may ask does this have to do with the world of cinema?

Well, this week as I was making my journey to work, waiting on the subway platform for the express train, an underground troubadour began to sing Cooke’s classic Wonderful World. And whenever I think about that song, I am transported to this film:

Granted this is not Mr. Cooke’s version of the song (rather it is a cover version by Greg Chapman), but I forever associate his vocals whenever I think about this song …

In case you were curious, here is the Sam Cooke version of the song:

Now back to Witness I absolutely love this film. I will refrain from making this a full on recap/review of the film but the juxtaposing of the two worlds is so wonderfully done, my words cannot do it justice. All I can say is that if you have not seen this film – Forshame! JK, but seriously, Witness is well worth the time to catch this one (and yes that is a very young Viggo Mortensen behind Harrison Ford).




  1. My mother’s favorite singer. I still can recall her telling me of Sam Cooke’s death, recounting bitterly the circumstances. Good shout-out to for ‘Witness’, as well. I haven’t seen that one in ages. Thanks for the musical push, Iba. I need to rectify that.
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  2. Forget Raj-a-Gul, Viggo is immortal! haha
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