Music Moves Me Monday: Music with the Fox

This week’s 4M is a free choice week. Since a local adaptation of James Brock’s rendition of Aesop’s Fables, which I am a part of, will open this weekend only at a local playhouse here in Nagoya, I dedicate this 4M to the fox.

Everyone knows about the “Tortoise and the Hare” from the Aesop’s Fables collection! But have you heard “The Fox and the Sour Grapes”? Or even the “Donkey and the Lion Skin”? Or perhaps, “The Fox and the Crow”?

Why did I choose the fox for this 4M? Well, that is because I am playing the character of the Fox in one of the fables. I also play the role of Betty who is a bit of a snob and wants everything her way, think Gretchen Wieners from Mean Girls or a snobby rich girl from Clueless. (Note: This play features humans transforming into different animals, It’s also an ensemble play.) I can’t reveal the whole story (but you can find parts of the play on Google Books) as you have to come to Nagoya to see it! Of course, I can post the highlight video when it comes out.

(I am not going to offer a whole lot of commentary this time as this week as I am preparing for the play as well as working.)

Elton John – “The Fox”

This should be my theme song! Betty is a character who is stuck-up and feels like she is entitled to everything. She is a prima donna. I feel like parts of chorus is Betty’s character, like this part:

‘Cause I am the fox, like it or not
I’m always gonna be there running over the rock
Yes I am the fox, a fascinating cross
Of sharp as a whip and tough as an ox
Yes I am the fox

Frankie Valli – “Fox In A Bush”

“Fox in A Bush” isn’t exactly about a fox. But, I do like the dramatic opening a lot!

James Brown and The Famous Flames – “Stone Fox”

Who doesn’t like that soulful guitar melody?

The Hollies with Sellers – “After the Fox”

I knew about The Hollies beforehand. But, I never heard of the 1966 film After the Fox — which the screenplay was written by Neil Simon. I love this song A LOT! I am a big fan of 60s rock that is styled like this song. This is going to be my earworm of this week!

Big Country – “Red Fox”

Fact: My brother is a fan of Big Country. This is dedicated to him!

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6 thoughts on “Music Moves Me Monday: Music with the Fox

  1. Amy,

    I like your theme for ‘your choice song picks’ week! The interesting thing is I didn’t know any of these songs, which surprised me just a bit, so thank you for the intro!! Enjoy doing the fox part in the play – sounds like lots of fun. Thanks for joining the 4M gang on the dance floor. Have a boogietastic week!

  2. Although I knew these artisits, I did not know any of these songs. The one that amazed me the most was the Frankie Valli song – wonderful, sad lyrics and him not singing in his usual falsetto – what an amazing talent he is. There are a lot of lessor known Elton John songs and you picked one. I enjoyed the opening of the movie the Hollies sang the theme of – I grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and never heard of that movie. Big Country I only know one or two songs so that was enjoyable, too. Nicely done!

  3. Arlee Bird says:

    I remember the “After the Fox” song very well. I might have seen the movie–I’m not sure now–but I saw the preview and heard that song there I guess. They must have played it on the radio as well to have made such a big impression in my memory.

    How fun to be in a stage production! I used to do that a lot, but it’s been a long time.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  4. I was just passing by and found this Post. What beautiful songs you have chosen. You’re very talented do you know that? I happened to love Frankie Valli. His voice is phenomenal. Thank you for posting his song that many never heard or they have forgotten. Such a story it tells. Is that your picture lovely lady? So you’re duh Fox! Very cool. Good luck & have a great day!

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