Tuesday, May 10, 2011

perhaps it’s the color of the sun cut flat, and covering the crossroads i’m standin’ at, or maybe it’s the weather or something like that, but mama you’ve been on my mind


In a belated ode to Mother's Day I celebrate the original 'Mama' Michelle Phillips. Michelle is the last surviving member from the original lineup of the Mamas and the Papas. With her long brown-blonde hair, wide eyes, and rich hippie style in kaleidoscope colors, it's easy to see how Michelle had pretty much the entire male population California dreamin' over her. Besides her legendary relationships with John Phillips, which started the Mamas and the Papas, and Denny Doherty, which led to her temporary expulsion from the group, Michelle dated Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty, married Dennis Hopper (their union lasted eight days, but Michelle has said that those days were "the happiest days of my life"), Grainger Hines, Robert Burch, and Steven Zax (to whom she is still married). In 1968 Michelle had a daughter, the gorge and talented Chynna Phillips (of super-chick-group Wilson Phillips), with partner in marriage and music John Phillips. After a legendary life like hers, I hope Michelle got the proper treatment fitting for a legendary mama this Sunday.


Title: from "Mama, You've Been On My Mind" (Bob Dylan)

6 comments:

lhu said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I like your choice of title. I came across this song ling time ago in a music book and this line is one of my favourites, although there are others that I rate as some of his best. I don't know why he didn't record it.

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Cute title :)

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Love ya profile picture :)
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Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

lhu - thank you :) the lyrics are so incredibly beautiful, touching, and straightforward (which isn't something you can say about other dylan songs). i was so moved by these lyrics i wrote them down in my journal and saved them.

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks Jessica! You can never go wrong with Dylan ... he's like the Birkin of lyrics! (though Bob himself would morally oppose to that assessment)

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Summer baby - thank you very much! It's a tad bit Gossip Girl-esque I've been told, but I swear the camera just cut off our faces like that! At least it's showing part of my face now ... baby steps haha :)