Ever see the movie “Rear Window?” I usually find myself watching it once every summer. My ex and I started the tradition and somehow it stuck.
It stars Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart as an international photographer who is laid up with a broken hip in a partial body cast.While he’s laid up he gets bored and spies on the neighbors in his courtyard.
He’s basically a voyeur using his zoom lense and binoculars as his tools. Hitch has fun with this one, appealing to the voyeur in all of us. He frames a great story for each of the neighbors. We learn a great deal about them through the rear window, in spite of never actually meeting any of them.
While not the heart of the story, my favorite story is that of “Miss Lonelyhearts”, so called by his day nurse, Thelma Ritter.
Miss Lonelyhearts is a middle aged woman who has seen better days. Despite her valiant efforts, there is still no sign of a man in her life. (In case you’re wondering…No, I’m not projecting… I don’t have a shortage of men, just the right man.)
Momentary detour ahead…
About 30 years ago I first heard the song “Something Cool” on the local Jazz station, WBEZ around 2 am and fell in love with it!
Around the same time I saw “Rear Window” for the first time and fell equally in love with it. I loved the song so much that I called the station that night to get the name of it and immediately set out to learn it.
Every time I perform the song, I would set it up by talking about “Miss Lonelyhearts”. Having gone into the studio the other day for a brief session, I recorded “Something Cool” and immediately set to work creating a video tribute to Miss Lonelyhearts and the breathtaking fashions of the day. (If you love the look of MADMEN and/or 50’s fashions, you’ve got to check this out as well as “Rear Window”.)
For those of you who follow my blog, you already know that I’m on a mission to find singing work, particularly considering I quit my business to pursue this dream.
I’m working without a net! I hope you will take the time to check out the video and tell me what you think! It was truly a labor of love for the art of fashion and Hitchcock’s amazing film.
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