Sunday, September 23, 2012


there's an exhilaration going on here — a combined landscape love and two people love in a new rental car, borrowed for four days, let loose and sweeping a landscape these passengers have returned to after an absence of decades. little has changed, unlike where they have come from and will return to. the territory is too far away from the mainstream and too extreme in its properties to be easily changed — see how the highway, built for and by farmers and woodsmen and large families and isolation, sweeps with the lay of the land, each building needed and cared for or else long gone. this is a no-fooling place, and we are self-guiding through, passing through, having been here before, exactly the same way: of love for one another and for the earth but hurdling at large speed through large landscape. for days and weeks and months and years before this moment we have been on-foot, traveling. now this. tense changes in the text will be unavoidable. someone watching this knows exactly where we are, but I'm calling it earth since we are caught in a matter of time

the film began on the far northern reaches between two states, finally stopping for gas, traveling since the middle of the night, climbing climbing to this spot, where like I say we've been here before. a corner market and not much else, still a pay phone, big old fashioned coca-cola sign white and red lettered, a much older sign rusting and saying even more of what this place once was. a beatup car pulls in next to us, solo driver, a pit-stop with a cd or tape left going, window cracked, the driver grunts getting out and will grunt when he stoops to get back in behind the wheel, pearl jam is playing. he's local — you can tell from his clothes, his walk, his familiarity, and the car has been diminished to short runs. we have pearl jam somewhere with us and so from this driver and stranger we take up his music as we continue our journey, over a landscape that will be slowly but surely disappearing, although it hasn't that much in the four decades since we've been away

no one is about where we are, some of these buildings we pass may be abandoned, though someone has run up that flag, and someone is caring to mow that cemetery, it's saturday and people are home, good size trucks are parked in dooryards and we're still early birds. where's this highway going? it's wilderness and expansive tracts of water, lakes, ponds, bogs, swamps, the famous pointed fir trees of another author's book title. and what will keep it all sustained? the landscape will do quite fine without us, thank you, but what of this highway and where it is all headed to? there is an exhilaration in the love and to the land, the music brought along but inspired by its use from another and taken from his car into this car, the camera is running


film © bob arnold
once in vermont films


Mark Murphy
photo by Gary Brocks

What If by Mark Murphy on Grooveshark

Mark Murphy (born March 14, 1932)
    1956 Meet Mark Murphy (Decca)
    1957 Let Yourself Go (Decca)
    1959 This Could Be the Start of Something Big (Capitol)
    1960 Mark Murphy's Hip Parade (Capitol)
    1960 Playing the Field (Capitol)
    1961 Rah! (Riverside Records)
    1962 That's How I Love the Blues (Riverside)
    1965 Swingin' Singin' Affair (Fontana)
    1966 Who Can I Turn To (Immediate)
    1970 Midnight Mood (Saba)
    1973 Bridging a Gap (Muse)
    1975 [[Mark 2 (Muse)
    1975 Mark Murphy Sings (Muse)
    1977 Mark Murphy Sings Mostly Dorothy Fields & Cy Coleman (Audiophile)
    1978 Stolen Moments (Muse)
    1979 Satisfaction Guaranteed (Muse)
    1981 Bop for Kerouac (Muse)
    1982 The Artistry of Mark Murphy (Muse)
    1983 Brazil Song (Cancões Do Brazil) (Muse)
    1983 Mark Murphy Sings the Nat King Cole Songbook (Muse)
    1984 Living Room (Muse)
    1985 Beauty and the Beast (Muse)
    1986 Kerouac Then and Now (Muse)
    1987 September Ballads (Milestone)
    1990 What a Way to Go (Muse)
    1991 I'll Close My Eyes (Muse)
    1991 Night Mood (Milestone)
    1996 North Sea Jazz Sessions, Vol. 5 (Jazz World)
    1997 Song for the Geese (RCA)
    2000 Some Time Ago (High Note)
    2000 The Latin Porter (Go Jazz)
    2001 Links (High Note)
    2002 Lucky to Be Me (High Note)
    2003 Memories of You (High Note)
    2004 Bop for Miles (High Note)
    2004 Dim the Lights (Millennium)
    2005 Once to Every Heart (Verve)
    2007 Love Is What Stays (Verve)
    2010 Never Let Me Go (Self produced)