Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Oscar Brown, Jr: Brother Where Are You?

Recorded live at The Cellar Door, Washington DC, late 1964.

Pop quiz: Which writer said that 'cellar door' was one of the most beautiful sounding phrases in the English language?


Anonymous said...

I heard you knocking at my "cellar door", i love you baby, can i have some more, ......, the damage done.... (neil y.)

don't know the answer, but i totally agree! it sounds great!

kind regards from the pais vasco

ano II (slightly borracho from the local Brandy)

Anonymous said...

Tolkien, but in the film "Donnie Darko", Drew Barrymore's character attributes the quote to a famous linguist, possibly Poe.

Sheridan Dupre said...

Correct! The prize goes to Anonymous, Anonymous the latter. And extra credit for the Donnie Darko reference. I remember her mentioning it in DD, I don't remember if she credits Tolkien.

And hey, I'll accept the Neil Young answer too!

emmett said...

I think Henry James's favourite most beautiful phrase was "summer afternoon"?

I will submit "windowsill" as the most beautiful word in the English language.

Sheridan Dupre said...

windowsill is fucking lovely.

thenelms said...

As discussed with emmett long ago, "fireplace" must be the most primitive word.