Song of the Day #2,180: ‘In the Way’ – Tift Merritt

tiftmerMy desert island countdown continues (see last Monday’s post for the full explanation).

Desert Island Musical Artists – Honorable Mention – Tift Merritt

Merritt has only five albums to her name, which worked against her in the desert island showdown, but it’s hard for me to imagine never hearing any of them again.

Her sensitivity and humanity shine through every chord she plays and every line she sings. She might be the warmest performer in my entire music collection, and that’s a quality I’d want access to while stranded.

Desert Island TV Series – Honorable Mention – Friends

I feel I need to add a third comedy to my lineup of television series, and very few can measure up to Friends. The show gets a bad rap from TV snobs for being too mainstream, but good luck finding a better ensemble cast and more consistently hilarious writing.

Television’s golden era began right when Friends was going off the air, and in a lot of ways it’s the last of its breed. The best sitcoms moved away from laugh tracks and live studio audiences. Friends belongs wholly to that era, and it proves how good that sort of show could be.

Desert Island Movie Directors – Honorable Mention – Rob Reiner

Here’s the one pick of the past two weeks where I would actually ask my supplier to leave behind half of the artist’s work.

Sorry, I don’t need anything from North on. In 1994, Reiner’s brain was swapped with that of a two-bit hack, and the genius responsible for his first seven films was lost forever.

But I will happily take possession of This is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery and A Few Good Men — films I can recite by heart, every one of them.

The road ahead looks clear and straight from far away.
Closer in, the weeds and briars grow in the way.

Sometimes pressing through the shadows, I find a little shade.
Sometimes my heart is all I got, sometimes my heart gets in the way.

One day I’ll never be lonely. Oh yeah, it will really be something.
Turn around and nothing will be in my way.
Maybe it’s today. I don’t see nothing in the way.

I know there is a short cut here we all know how to take,
But something way down in my bones gets in the way.

In the reaches, in the wanting, somewhere beyond names –
Where that river sings with all good things, put me right in the way.

One day, I’ll never be lonely. Oh yeah, it will really be something.
Turn around and nothing will be in my way.
Clear as day. I don’t see nothing in the way.

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,180: ‘In the Way’ – Tift Merritt

  1. Dana says:

    As Amy mentioned earlier, when we are on vacation, we somehow always seem to catch Friends reruns on the hotel TV. There are few things quite as enjoyable as spending more time with these characters and laughing again from the finely written episodes.

    And I agree that Reiner, unfortunately, has lost his touch, at least in terms of the films he chooses to direct. I keep hoping he will return to form, but the latest preview I saw seems to suggest not so much.

    Meanwhile, I have good news for you. I spoke with Tift Merritt (she has no agent and her phone number is listed). She said she is willing to perform (music) personally on the island as the concert experience will closely resemble the number of attendees at her shows anyway.

  2. Amy says:

    :) Love the notion of Tift hanging out on the island with you.

    I must challenge you – recite every line from Misery. I simply don’t believe it! :) But, yes, I, too, want When Harry Met Sally, Princess Bride, A Few Good Men, and The Sure Thing on my island (Misery I don’t imagine watching repeatedly and I’ve seen Spinal Tap a couple of times recently and don’t imagine that I’ll need to see it again).

    Has anyone asked Reiner what happened? I want to see/read that interview!

  3. Clay says:

    You’re right, I can’t recite Misery by heart. But I didn’t want to leave it out of that run of great films Reiner started with, and I CAN recite all of the others. :-)

    Second, no mention of Stand By Me in your comment? That’s a brilliant film, and thoroughly rewatchable.

    Finally, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen Spinal Tap, recently or otherwise. You can never not see it again!

  4. pegclifton says:

    I love Rob Reiner and would leave Misery home and replace it with American President :) I agree that Friends would bring some needed laughs on your island; probably would leave Tift home with Misery :)

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