Archive for March, 2011

On The Wings Of A Snow White Dove

March 18, 2011

Ferlin Husky died this week at the age of 85. One of his biggest hits was Wings of a Dove. The song figures in the most moving (for me) scene of one of my all-time favorite movies, Tender Mercies. Robert Duvall is Mac Sledge, former country singing star recovering from alcoholism with his new family, running a motel in an obscure corner of nowhere. Mac’s ex-wife (and former singing partner) is passing through, and their daughter, beautifully played by Ellen Barkin, pays him an unexpected and heartbreakingly poignant visit. All Sue Ann knows of Mac is what her mother has told her, and Dixie still hates Mac with all her heart. Sue Anne tries to connect with Mac by reaching back to her childhood: “There was a song you used to sing to me when I was little, I think…it was something about a dove…I think it went something like ‘on the wings of a snow white dove…'”. Mac tells her he doesn’t remember the song, and Sue Ann leaves. Once she’s gone, Mac looks out the window and sings the song, as beautifully as it has ever been sung.

Tender Mercies streams on Netflix and Amazon (free for Amazon Prime customers) – the scene in question starts at about the 56 minute mark, but watch the whole thing. Unfortunately, I can’t post the Duvall movie version (there is a Duvall version on YouTube, but it doesn’t compare to the one in the film), so we end this post with one from the late Mr. Husky himself, with some great backing guitar fills. I have a feeling I should know who the host of this old TV show is, but I don’t. If any of you know please tell, but even if you don’t please enjoy!

Update: 3/19 – The host was, of course, Tex Ritter, and the show, Tex Ritter’s Ranch Party. Don’t know how I coud’ve missed that one, since the Johhny Cash clip from a couple of weeks ago was from a Ranch Party show, too.


Wake Up! It’s Daylight Savings Time!

March 13, 2011

Be careful out there today! And listen to Grandpa Jones’s rant on Daylight Savings Time.