Elliott Hall of Music, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
TR: These are the good years for Barb and me. The weather's turned chilly, so we stayed in and watched old movies every night----- . And we got a new app for the phone that tells you when a political candidate is heading for your house to shake your hand and give you some literature. So we sat there and watched one of the few movies Jimmy Stewart ever made with Marilyn Monroe, "Our Town" ------
SS (MARILYN): Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it -- every, every minute?
TR (JIMMY): Well, maybe some folks do, Emily. When they're in love.
SS (MARILYN): Look at that moon.
TR (JIMMY): People are meant to go through life two by two. 'Tain't natural to be lonesome. It's awful lonesome being the Stage Manager, Emily. I saw you marrying George and it about tore my heart in two.
SS (MARILYN): I didn't know you felt that way.
TR (JIMMY): Ahh. You're shivering. Here. Let me put my arm around you.
SS (MARILYN): But you're the narrator.
TR (JIMMY): Not any more I'm not. I'm the hero now. (MUSIC UP, SWELLING)
SS: You know what happened to me today?
TR: What? I saw Bunny Dobrynski today.
TR: Who is she?
SS: You remember her. She graduated from Wilson High five years behind us. She was the star of her class. She went to Hollywood and she became the lead singer of a group called The Doo-Dads ----remember? They were on TV---- when she sang----- (SINGS)
Can't you see I love you
Aren't you satisfied?
I am your fried chicken
With mashed potatoes on the side.
She was so cute and they were in a movie ---- "Beach Blanket BeBop" and then she lost her voice when she choked on a cheese curd and I saw her today in the supermarket. She said, "Paper or plastic?" and I looked up and there was Bonnie.
TR: So did you say hi?
SS: Of course not. She just looked so awful. Old and washed-out and big black lines under her eyes.
TR: It ought to make you grateful you didn't pursue a career in show business.
SS: She used to be so glamorous. A big recording star and now she's bagging groceries. She carried my bags out to the car----
TR: Did you get paper or plastic?
SS: Plastic. ----She carried them out to the car and I slipped her a twenty and I told her she was an inspiration to all of us and she got very huffy and said she wasn't allowed to accept tips and she slammed the trunk lid down and she busted my eggs.
TR: She broke your eggs?
SS: Got a dozen eggs and she cracked half of them and I was going to complain to the store but now I guess we'll just have scrambled eggs for supper and put ketchup on them, Jim.
TR: Sounds good. I'll bet she wouldn't've choked on that cheese curd if she'd thought to put ketchup on it.
SS: I think you may be right about that-----
TR: Probably wouldn't have choked on it if she'd put ketchup on it.
These are the good times, October paradise.
Sitting on the porch, drinking sweet tea on ice.
Life is flowing, like ketchup on french fries.
GK: Ketchup. For the good times.
Lovingly selected from the earliest archives of A Prairie Home Companion, this heirloom collection represents the music from earliest years of the now legendary show: 1974–1976. With songs and tunes from jazz pianist Butch Thompson, mandolin maestro Peter Ostroushko, Dakota Dave Hull and the first house band, The Powdermilk Biscuit Band (Adam Granger, Bob Douglas and Mary DuShane).