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A couple days this week, Jason has started the show with the song “Black Roses” by Escondido.

There’s something so beautifully contemplative about it. For me, it’s the type of song that comes on slowly and spawns all kinds of meditative moments before it’s over. Thoughts, feelings, memories flashing through my mind. All in just three minutes. That’s a powerful song.

Escondido is Nashville-based duo Jessica Maros and Tyler James. The song is from their debut album “The Ghost of Escondido“, which is out now. They recorded it live in a single day. Their goal? To create “a washed out desert landscape steeped in American roots music.” Tales of lost love that create a real sense of place.

Goal accomplished. Enjoy!

RR

Editor’s Note: It should be mentioned that Tyler has been on the road as a touring member of LA’s Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros for the last few years!

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    Analysis of Spielberg’s adaptation of color purple
    During the screening of The Color Purple, Alice Walker was asked to voice her thoughts about the production. The film had been produced in 1985 by Steven Spielberg and it was an adaptation of her book, which has the same title (Johnson 78). While answering the question, which was poised to her by member of the press, she clearly stated that she disliked the film version of her book. According to Johnson (34), she pointed out that the film was not accurate in its representation of the facts that were present in her book. This approach and attitude was changed when she started receiving positive reviews and notes from her readers who were praising the film (Johnson 36). She realized that the film conveyed the right message despite the fact that it was not in concurrence with her vision. After a thorough analysis of the film and the book, one can clearly say that the film is not the book.
    First, the director of The Color Purple ensures that he borrows from the thematic concerns of Alice Walker’s book. In the book, Walker uses Celie, the protagonist, to show the need for assertiveness in a person in order to defy oppression. The writer achieves this by the use of letters, which Celie addresses to God and Nettie, her sister. The content of the letters involves the acts of her abusive husband, Albert. The film represents the same theme by using the character of Celie. However, the film differs in its delivery, as it does not show Celie writing letters. Instead, the director of the film uses the contents of the letters as scenes in the movie. One scene shows the reaction of Celie’s husband when she told him that she was leaving with Shug to go to Memphis. Spielberg uses direct quotations from the book in this scene. "I'm pore, I'm black, I may be ugly and can't cook, a voice say to everything listening. But I'm here" (Walker 207). This quote is used as it appears in the book as Celie addresses his husband at the dinner table. In the film, Instead of writing a letter, Celie talks straight to her husband’s face, showing a sign of bravery.
    On of the prime themes in Walker’s book is the aspect of sexuality. The book communicates this clearly but the film is a little subtle on the topic. In her book, Alice Walker writes about the lesbian relationship between Shug and Celie. However, the movie does not represent this part of the book properly. In Steven Spielberg’s production, the two women are only seen kissing. This is subtle and faint as the other women characters in the movie kiss each other regularly. Therefore, this was not an adequate representation of the theme of sexuality in Alice Walker’s book. The movie was reserved in this scene and this hindered the communication of the actual contents of the novel. The author, Alice Walker, points out this faint description as one of the flaws of the film adaptation of her work (Johnson 99).

    Works cited
    Johnson, Claudia Durst. Women's issues in Alice Walker's The color purple. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2011. Print.
    The Color Purple. Dir. Steven Spielberg. Perf. Danny Glover. Warner Bros. Pictures, 1985. DVD.
    Walker, Alice. The color purple: a novel. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1982. Print.

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