Some velvet morning when I’m straight.

I thought I’d share with you another piece of amazing writing. This is from Britain’s Financial Times, written by Cathi Unsworth in 2017. The subject is a 1967 duet by American songwriter and performer Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. It’s title: “Some Velvet Morning.”

The song has been banging around in my head for the last few days, since I’d heard it on a local radio station. Of course, being an oldie myself, I recall being blown away when it first came out. The first two paragraphs are:

There’s a glissando of strings, like waves breaking on a shore, then a man’s voice, rich and dark, intones the most enigmatic opening lines in pop history: “Some velvet morning when I’m straight/I’m gonna open up your gate/And maybe tell you ’bout Phaedra/And how she gave me life/And how she made it end/Some velvet morning when I’m straight.”

In response, a woman’s voice, light as a summer’s breeze, chants an invocation: “Flowers growing on a hill, dragonflies and daffodils/ Learn from us very much, look at us but do not touch/Phaedra is my name . . . ”

You can find the complete article here.

And you can find the video on YouTube, featuring Hazlewood and Sinatra, right here.

I do love and appreciate great writing.

 

About Michael McKown

Journalist, specialty magazine editor/publisher for 22 years, entrepreneur, co-founder of America's largest working dog organization, producer/director, and co-founder of Ghostwriters Central in 2002.