And then today,
I relish rediscovering last night, via a TMCHD hour television documentary, the music and life of Meatloaf: In and Out of Hell!
When I was creating my soft sculpture people, Marli Originals, in my over the garage studio in the ’70’s and 80’s, I use to play my two favorite 8 track tapes (Meatloaf Bat Out of Hell and Queen’s Greatest Hits) at high volume! Because I often would get lost in my work, and because 8 track tapes continue to loop around and around, it didn’t take long before I knew every lyric, every pause, and the order of every song.
Last night was like a special visit from a long lost friend.
I have an addiction to music and vinyl in particular. I looked up my album this morning (#339 of Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums) and I will soon have a chance to play it on one of my 5 phonographs. Another indication of my addiction? I continue to seek out records and music memorabilia at garage sales, but vinyl is “Hot” once again and the competition is fierce.
I particularly enjoyed seeing the process in putting together this album. Meatloaf’s scenes with Jim Steinman in the movie, both triumphant and testy, reveal how both men show incredible raw talent. I appreciate that.
I did see Meatloaf in recent years on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice”. I was more impressed with him in this documentary than I was with him on the tv show. He is genuine in the music arena and maybe not so much on a reality show.
Regardless, I’m enjoying singing with the record again and reviewing the lyrics on the liner sheet. Jim Steinman is a poet and the productions are unique.
Now I’ll also look up my vinyl copy of Queen. I love everything they’ve ever done, but being a “fat bottomed girl”, I am especially partial to that song.
Music makes my world go round. Thank you, Meatloaf and Jim.