Significant Songs (120)

Dear Love

As well as qualifying as one of my significant songs, this post is also something of a film review in miniature too. As well as the music, I can recommend the film ‘Big Driver’ that includes this song on the soundtrack.

Earlier this year, I watched this film on TV, knowing little or nothing about it. I was attracted by the cast, which includes Maria Bello, Joan Jett (of rock and roll fame) and the menacing Will Harris. It is a tough film to watch, involving sexual abuse, and a woman’s revenge. The story is about how a female novelist tracks down the man responsible for the attack on her. In doing so, she uses as her inspiration the heroine of her mystery stories, an elderly female detective played by Olympia Dukakis. Of course this is a fictional character, so only visible to our heroine. I later discovered that this story was from a novella by Stephen King. Perhaps that explains why I liked it so much. A run-of-the-mill TV film that delivers so much more that it might seem at first glance.

But I digress.

The song featured in the film got my attention immediately. Smoky, husky vocals with a jazzy theme. Right up my street, as the saying goes. I had to look it up the hard way, as I missed it on the credits. I searched the film, searched the ‘theme song’, and soon found it was by Rachel Ann Weiss, someone I had never heard of. It seems to only be available on a digital download album, something I don’t really do. The other eight tracks are of the same high standard though, and would make for good listening on a CD in the car.

More research revealed that she is also an actress, and appeared in the film ‘Little Monsters’ (1989) alongside Fred Savage. (But she was only two years old…) Her mother is the famous star Kathleen Turner, so it would seem that talent does indeed run in the family. I rarely go to such effort to track down a song, especially one I cannot buy on CD. However, thanks to You Tube, I can hear it whenever I want to.

33 thoughts on “Significant Songs (120)

  1. What a great song. I love the beat and the husky voice. And… she’s Kathleen Turner’s daughter! Wow! “Jewel of the Nile” is one of my favorite movies. Clearly, talent runs in the family.

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  2. I will have to look that film up, Pete. I worked a week’s run of ‘Tallulah’, Kathleen’s one-woman show. She always gave me a hug and kiss before she went on. I also got a hug and kiss from Rachel after the final show.

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  3. When this kicked off, I went straight to the Zombies. Her voice is a little “manufactured” or “built to purpose” but it’s a great tune and she pulls it off. But I’m tellin’ ya, Zombies/Doors inspired with a 21st Century aesthetic.

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    1. The Zombies were a big favourite of mine in my teens. I later followed the careers of both Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone after the band spilt. As for Rachel’s voice, it is my kind of vloice, so I don’t mind if it is ‘built to purpose’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. The Zombies Argent brought life to the generally lame keyboard arrangements of the era, as did Ray Manzarek. Brian Auger. Then Emerson and Wakeman showed up… I worked at Sequential as one of the three global sales synth guys with Bobby Stiles, the manager of Argent’s London keyboard store. Rock n Roll.

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  4. I remember seeing Rachel Weiss in something, quite a while ago. It seems she is kept quite busy. Didn’t know she was daughter of the very talented Kathleen Turner. It is neat how much you can find out these days without much effort…I guess…

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    1. That’s a different Rachel Weiss. That actress is married to James Bond actor Daniel Craig, and is in a lot of films. Her name is spelt Weisz, and she is no relation to Kathleen Turner. She is so attractive, I could watch her read the phone book! Here she is.

      Best wishes, Pete.


  5. Kathleen Turner. Wonder what happened to her? She had a heck of a smokey, husky voice. Glad to hear her daughter is great with her voice, too! I liked her sound. Thanks for sharing the video, Pete.


  6. It’s a good song, Pete. I couldn’t find much information on Rachel Ann Weiss.

    But her mother! I have several of Kathleen Turner’s films: Prizzi’s Honor (1985), The Jewel of the Nile (1985), Crimes of Passion (1984), Romancing the Stone (1984), and Body Heat (1981). I’ve seen The War of the Roses (1989), and have read the book in French translation. I’ve also seen Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). I would like to see V.I Warshawski (1991) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986). By the way, Kathleen Turner was born in 1954 in Springfield, Missouri. I was born the same year, and in the same city. Maybe the same hospital?

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    1. You could have been in the next cot, David, and never have known!
      I have seen all the films you mention. ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ is a time-travelling favourite of mine, and well-worth seeing. Glad you liked the song.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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