OSCAR WINNER ERNEST THOMPSON AND TWO DELEAULTS IN STEREO MAKE MUSIC FOR TIME AND CHARGES FILM
This lyric was inspired by the plight of the character Ernest plays in Time And Charges, a man whose integrity has been misplaced among the ruins of fortunes lost, marriages failed, promises unrealized. Because he’d set the scene in a Greenwich Village bar that could just as easily have been in Berlin, Ernest wanted to acknowledge the universality of the situation: men, and women, everywhere can lose their sense of direction. “How about a Bavarian kind of sound, do you have any thoughts about how we could accomplish that?” Ernest asked Joe Deleault, not understanding yet that there’s no apparent limit to his musical range. Out came the accordion. And the exact dark ambience the moment in the movie needed. “Now all we need is a singer,” Ernest said.
Joe had that, too, as it turned out. His wife Jill not only has a world class talent and voice but, conveniently enough, is fluent in German. She added the intro that sets the mood for what follows. Life once was a party, a mix of Bacardi and laughs. What happened to that? Should we bother to ask? Jill’s styling is so fluid and seductive and ironic that the listener doesn’t know what’s coming next, the counterpoint. But you’ve always said, there’s no blow to the head that can keep a good man on his ass.
Because, it turns out, that’s the character’s mantra, the song reinforces the defiance anyone can feel. Hang in there; life sucks; you’ll win, you’ll see. And this too will pass.
THIS TOO WILL PASS*
Lyrics by Ernest Thompson
Music by Joe Deleault
Vocals by Jill Deleault
Guitar by Pat Herlehy
Keyboards by Joe Deleault
*Licensing rights must be obtained and are available through The Office of Ernest Thompson. Click here.
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