The theme for One Word Sunday is SKULL
Here is my take, street art from summer 2018 (Richmond, Virginia). There are so many little things to like here – the token skull, drips, silver paint, the name MEL??? And check out the payphone.
The payphone in the street art is what really caught my attention.
So I wanted a song that connected to a phone – and maybe an older song.
I thought about Ring My Bell (here), Request Line (here), or a song came to mind that I don’t really like, but it played a lot back in the day, which was You Can Call Me Al (here).
Then…. I remembered watching a Pink Floyd documentary – many years ago (maybe Trent knows the name of the doc) – and the band members talked about the phone operator in the Young Lust track.
I guess that they did not know how many attempts it would take to get “live operator footage” they could use for their song. A band member placed the call from the US to the UK and said he was trying to connect to his wife. They had it set up with someone ready to hang up when the call came through.
The first phone call did the trick – the operator believed him – and they were able to get perfect footage for their song:
At the 2:55 mark:
Yes, a collect call for Mrs. Floyd from Mister Floyd
Will you accept the charges from United States?
Is there supposed to be someone else there besides your wife there to answer?
This is United States calling, are we reaching?
See, he keeps hanging up, and it’s a man answering.”
Here is the song:
These next two photos were taken right down the road from our payphone street art:
Another song that comes to mind – you know, seeing that we brought up Pink Floyd and we have these robust brick walls – well one of my top ten Pink Floyd songs is Mother and so I have to add that here.
You know what to do – go get some headphones and….
Care to join in with Travel with Intent’s One Word Sunday?