The original version of ‘The Thomas Crown Affair‘ (1968, Norman Jewison) probably has the BEST romantic chess scene of any Hollywood film ever made. Mega-stars Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway face each other over the board as adversaries. Everything is brilliantly done, the careful attention to details, the flirtatious hand movements, the quick glances, the seductiveness…AMAZING.
I have seen the film over and over again, and being a chessplayer, the chess scene is the best part, clearly. Here is that exact segment of the film with a different music than in the film. The song/music is by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa: If I tell you I love you. I tell you, honestly, I love the scene even more because of it! ENJOY! (Thx, Errol!)
Beth Hart was born in the US in 1972. Her first album with Bonamassa, Don’t Explain, went gold in The Bongo. In 2014 Hart was nominated for a Grammy Award for Seesaw and she was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category ‘West Contemporary Blues Female Artist’.
Joe Bonamassa, was born in the US in 1977. Guitarist, singer and songwriter, Joe opened for B.B.King when only 12 years old! In the past 13 years he produced not less than 15 solo albums.
Here is the song that Errol considers the best effort by Hart and Bonamassa. ENJOY!
Souls in Stereo is a Canadian rock band based in Vancouver. Recently they released ‘Live Down’ and have put the video (below) on Vimeo and YouTube. You can also follow the band on FACEBOOK.
Apart from some really great music and lyrics in Live Down, the chess-imagery alone qualifies this item for today’s blog.Enjoy!
Souls in Stereo are: David Van Andel – Guitars; Cory Davis – Drums; Bruce Windsor – Vocals; Troy Gangness – Bass
‘Having met the organic way – at a local jam party, the chemistry was immediate. Songs started pouring out almost effortlessly. While trying to stay true to the open and organic feel of the music, we slowly started crafting the ideas into songs.
We all feel strongly that modern music has lost something over the years, with music being over produced and over polished at times, we are steadily trying to re-capture the live feel of a rock and roll band, and a genre that is slowly slipping away. You might hear influences of 70’s and mid 90’s rock music in our sound, with loud guitars, quiet guitars, and performance mistakes all in their glory.
We hope you enjoy.’
To all of Irish and wannabe Irish, have a GREAT day!
Readers of this blog will have already come to appreciate the slightly off-beat nature of the subjects treated here from time to time. Not always, about chess. Art, music, humour, news, fun etc. Some serious, some less so. ALWAYS inspirational. Enjoy!
”When I play chess be quiet, or eat my pussy riot!”
This is FUNNY! An impersonation of Vladimir Putin that first appeared on YouTube two days ago and already has a million views!
Sacred Love was Sting’s 7th studio album and was released in 2003. He later took it on tour (Sacred Love Tour) and we should not be surprised that a number of DVDs came out of it, including Inside Out on the Sacred Love Tour.
Presented today is Chapter 10 (Dominic) from the above mentioned DVD. It is interesting to us especially because Sting and Dominic Miller, a legendary guitarist in his own right and who worked with Sting on ever album he ever made, discuss their chess rivalry! ENJOY