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Paul Goldfinger, Editor.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman*  was a great actor, although he sometimes made weird movies. In 2010 he directed his first film called “Jack Goes Boating.” It’s supposed to be a romantic comedy, but the four characters are depressing. I forced myself to watch it for the sake of the soundtrack, but we couldn’t get  past the first half.

The music, on the other hand, is varied and interesting. We recently posted one of the songs on BF — a re-do of “Blue Moon,” which is quite wonderful.  Here is the link:

The song which opens the film, however, is “The Rivers of Babylon” by a reggae style (“rock steady”) Jamaican group from the 1960’s and 1970’s called the Melodians who had embarked on some Rastafarian themes in their work, resulting in an international hit called “The Rivers of Babylon” recorded in 1969.

The song was chosen to open the movie, and I really liked it. Then I listened carefully to the lyrics (I’m always first attracted to the music — then the lyrics.)

It turns out that the Melodians were using parables taken from Psalm 137 which tells the story of the invasion of the ancient kingdom of Judah in 586 BCE. This Jewish nation was destroyed by the Babylonians who , after demolishing the first holy Temple, carted off most of the Israelites to Babylon (now Iraq).

The rivers in the song title refer to the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. What does this Bible story have to do with the movie? — I ‘m not sure.

The middle east around 586 BCE.

The middle east around 586 BCE.

But here is “The Rivers of Babylon” from Jack Goes Boating. —   (*Phillip Seymour Hoffman passed in 2014.)

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Holy mackerel! It's The Miss Belmar Princess. By Paul Goldfinger

Holy mackerel! It’s The Miss Belmar Princess. December , 2012, but on Jan. 1, there will be no striper fishing. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Re-posted from Blogfinger.net.   Dec. 31, 2012. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

The Belmar Marina is one of the finest docking places at the Shore. It is 1/2 mile from the ocean, and the fleet takes fishermen and fisherwomen out to deep waters, and when they return, they tie up to floating concrete docks. The Miss Belmar Princess is 120 ft long and is the fastest party boat in New Jersey. The three turbo diesels create 2100 hp.

Currently the Princess is going after mackerel, a species of fish that is high in omega-three-fatty acids. The expression “holy mackerel” means “wow” in case you don’t know. It also means holy moley and holy cow.

SOUNDTRACK: This music was chosen because it is featured in a movie with a nautical title. Otherwise, there is no good rationale. In 2010 a romantic comedy with Phillip Seymour Hoffman called Jack Goes Boating was released. Many reviewers liked it (“quirky” “charming,”) and the soundtrack is really good.

It is described as “indie rock” and it is extraordinarily diverse and engaging. Some of the fine groups that were featured included Grizzly Bear which I actually had posted on BF some time ago and which I really like. There also is Fleet Foxes with “White Winter Hymnal.”—very beautiful.  They even included Mel Torme and Bill Evans (jazz guys.)

But we chose an old song (below) by a new group. Dave’s True Story is a duo from NYC.

I really like this version of “Blue Moon” written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart in 1934; the Boswell Sisters were the first to record it.

The up tempo is just right for a spiffy fox trot or a happy jitterbug. I bought the album on iTunes.

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