Thursday, January 20, 2011

Music Thursday: "Ease on Down the Road" edition

The other night, absent anything else to do, my husband and I watched "The Wiz." God, I love that movie...more than (and this might be heresy to some) "The Wizard of Oz." It is "The Wiz" that sparks warm feelings of my childhood. It is "The Wiz" that starred a host of beloved black stars--Broadway veterans, a Supreme, the King of Pop and the Poet Laureate of Comedy. It was "The Wiz" soundtrack that my little sister used to compose dances to, while my brother and I snickered and spied outside the playroom door. And that soundtrack...it was crafted by musical geniuses: Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock. After all these years, I can still sing along to most every song in "The Wiz." (And I was singing...and dancing...as I rewatched it. Much, I'm sure, to my husband's chagrin.)

I checked the film's Wikipedia entry and I was surprised to find that "The Wiz" was a critical and commercial flop when it debuted in 1978. Huh. Surely I am not the only person who loves this:











And while Stephanie Mills, who rocked the role of Dorothy on Broadway has a stronger voice than Diana Ross, I love this emotional, tearful performance:

4 comments:

A. CAIN said...

Tami, You are absolutely NOT the only one who dreamt of playing Dorothy, as a teen. After all, I've got just as good of legs as Diana Ross, right?! *smile* My favorite movie of all time!!!!

TVJUNKIE said...

Tami, The Wiz is one of my all-time favorite movies too. I love singing along with all of the songs. I rarely watch a movie more than once, but I will watch The Wiz several times a year.

I've even gotten my 3yr old and 7yr old nieces hooked on it. Whenever they get mad at someone, they call them "Evilene". LOL

DaisyDeadhead said...

You missed the fabulous "Believe in yourself" by Lena Horne--which is just such a wonderful song, I have sang it to myself my whole life. It has given me strength.

And yeah, "If I only had a brain" is another one I often sing to myself; keeps me from getting too pompous. ;)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, crap is crap, and this version of The Wiz was just crap from start to finish, due to 'Miss Ross-To-You' getting her way and being a royal pain in the ass (probably.) This movie has the infamous Werner Erhard EST/Landmark Seminars stink over it (in the form of the song 'Believe In Yourself') The movie should have had Stephanie Mills as Dorothy, and not Miss-Ross-To-You. Hopefully, there will be a remake, and a kid-NOT an adult-will be cast as Dorothy.

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