Music, Videos and a Book About Following Your Own Path
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Local Hero is a cult film classic. It's a gentle comedy set in a small, pristine Scottish village, where a Texas oil company representative faces a dilemmachoosing between his high-powered job or taking the road less traveled and following his heart. It was written and directed by Bill Forsythe and stars Peter Riegert and Burt Lancaster. It also features a beautiful Soundtrack by Mark Knopfler.
Lane was the heart-and-soul of the Small Faces and the Faces. He said in 1970 that one day he would leave the limelight, start up his own rock n roll tent show, then perform throughout the English countryside. He did it, too. These songs are from that era and exhibit feelings of fun, warmth and spontaneity that can come from pursuing your own creative path.
Crowell drifted from the Nashville country-pop mainstream to create some of the best music of his career, first with The Houston Kid in 2001, then Fate's Right Hand in 2003. The latter deals with issues such as the homeless and the environment alongside songs about "Still Learning How to Fly."
Perry was raised in New Auburn ("Nobbern"), Wisconsin, a small town where he eventually returned as a registered nurse. His independence of spirit is readily apparent in this book of warm stories of his experiences as an EMT/volunteer firefighter (hence, the book's subtitle, "Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time"). The primary difference between tales of Nobbern and those of Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon is that Perry's are for real.
This Ken Burns-produced video documentary tells the story of Lee de Forest, Edwin Howard Armstrong and David Sarnoff. For these three people responsible for the invention of the first "mass medium," there were no models. They were pioneers who had to hold a deep faith in their own creative and scientific abilities.