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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Treme 2.5: "Today I'm Gonna Write a Song"

Back from Barcelona - where the music is also pretty good and the food is just great - with a delayed review of Treme 2.5, where both the food and the music are sensational (or, the food looks sensational and the music is).

Steve Earle (Harley) tells Annie that, if she really wants to be a star, she has to sing and write her own songs.  Annie takes this advice to heart, and tells Davis, "today I'm gonna write a song".  Much as I like Annie, I wasn't unhappy to see her fail - songwriting, though it seems to be easy, just coming right out of your head, can take years to perfect as a craft, even if you have the talent.   The song she writes sounds good - but, as Harley tells her, Dylan already wrote it ("Don't Think Twice," which Annie unconsciously copied).

Meanwhile, back up in New York City, Janette's career seems to be recovering from the Sazerac - cognac cocktail - she threw in a top food-critic's face.  In fact, she's benefiting from the buzz, and her benefactor Tom Colicchio gets her another job as a chef in a great restaurant.  I was expecting Janette to return to New Orleans, but a scene with her enjoying Delmond's rendition of Jelly Roll Morton in New York City may be signaling an important reason for her to stay here (I live in New York, so it's here to me):  wouldn't it be fun if Janette and Delmond hooked up (I always thought she was beyond Davis).   But if that's where this is headed, we're in store for a stormy triangle, because Delmond's manager likes him also.

Delmond is already - as always - having further problems with Albert, who's making moves to leave New Orleans.  If he did that, he'd miss a chance to hear Antoine, who hit some good lines in "Slip Away" in this episode.

But Albert wouldn't miss the increasing crime.   The episode began with a funeral (not sure if the deceased was a victim of a crime) and concluded with an "enough is enough" rally of people in New Orleans sick and tired of the muggings, beatings, and murders.  Lt. Colson looks on at the demonstration with satisfaction, his boss does not, and also in this story is Oliver Thomas, playing himself as the charismatic Councilman who would later plead guilty to bribery charges.  Gutsy of David Simon to put in Thomas as himself in this role, but, hey, that's part of the charm of the series.

And my favorite song from episode 2.5:  well, we didn't actually hear it, but even a mention of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" makes it my favorite ...

And here's a taste of Dylan's Don't Think Twice ...

See also Treme Is Back! ... Treme 2.2: Bounce and Jazz ... Treme 2.3: Crime and Music ... Treme 2.4: Angry Albert

And also Treme! ... Treme 1.2: "If you ain't been to heaven" ... Treme 1.3: Fine Sweet and Sour ... Treme 1.4: New Orleans, New York, Nashville ... Treme 1.5: Delicious! ... Treme 1.8: Passions and Dreams ... Treme 1.9: Creighton ... Treme Season One Finale: Happy Sad Life

And: My Favorite Moment in Treme (Season One)

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