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:







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