Letter T- That’s How I Got To Memphis -Tom T. Hall /The Newsroom

This year for the 2023 A-Z Blog Challenge, I’m going to begin by listing a song or musical subject, and then see how fast and how far I can completely blow up my own “stream of consciousness,” and head “off the reservation,” by linking every real, and “Zulu Delta-imagined” fact, piece of music trivia, or not so apparent connection to what is racing around my head to that song in an “unstructured, graffiti-like” format. Complete and utter nonsense! Turn it up and turn it on, but as Van “The Man” Morrison said…….”It’s already turned on!”

And now the “backward video.” Mirror Images

Tom T. Hall released the song “That’s How I Got To Memphis” in 1968.

I had never heard the song until I came across it on YouTube when watching another clip from the TV Show; “The Newsroom.”

“Shocking” to my readers, but I now love this song. 

“Yes Zulu, we know you picked all the songs you hate for this blog series!”

Tom T. Hall had also written the very successful song “Harper Valley P.T.A.” sung by Jeannie C. Riley. 

That Song was the subject of another Zulu Delta 45 Blog called “Why Did Mr. Baker’s Secretary Have To Leave This Town?”


In the above videos, several very cool things are happening.

The first is Jeff Daniels, who is the lead character on the show is actually singing and playing his own guitar that he brought with him to the set that day.

The second is one of the most bizarre and fascinating things I have ever come across on YouTube….and I have come across a lot!

I don’t fully understand it all, but apparently through digital editing, and “magic mirror” technology, the same video not only exists, but the laws of physics seem to have gone astray. The garages being “mirrored and backward” is one thing, but the physical evidence of the people in the video “go from” being right-handed to left handed in the two different videos is still beyond my comprehension. I have been reading a few articles on “true mirrors” and digital video editing, but I am still in awe! If anyone reading this could explain it in clearer terms, please do so.

Anyway…..as if I didn’t have enough to contemplate, there is Jeff Daniels the actor.

I have never seen a full episode of the Newsroom, but I really should.

(Editors note…for real this time; since the time I initially wrote this blog post, I have watched all the episodes of “The News Room.” It’s excellent and I highly recommend it to anyone who follows the “real news” closely!)

Initially, I was not familiar with Jeff…..until I was. When I did a little research, I was shocked that he was the same “moron” in the movie “Dumb and Dumber.” I guess it’s a great actor that can go from one extreme to the other successfully, and he obviously has. 

I was also reminded that Daniels was the main character in the 1986 film “Something Wild” with Melanie Griffith, which really is “something wild.” I found the movie not only “wild,” but the soundtrack was awesome! By the way, Mike P, if you’re reading this, I borrowed your soundtrack cassette tape of this movie. I still have the cassette holder, but I’m still looking for the cassette; a billion years later!! Sorry!

A clip here from the song “Highlife,” Sonny Okosuns.

Of course, I would be remiss in my duties as “The Simpleton In Charge Of This Blog,” if I didn’t include the initial video that led me to this song, and all these random thoughts to begin with.

It’s one of the first clips from the TV show, and Daniels claimed this speech saved the show and his career. No small feat.

The fact that it rang so true to so many Americans is no small feat either.

5 thoughts on “Letter T- That’s How I Got To Memphis -Tom T. Hall /The Newsroom

  1. Ah, I was hoping you’d include the now-iconic clip of Jeff Daniels answering that young woman’s question. What a great series that was. Jeff Daniels is such a versatile actor. And Tom T. Hall! Excellent “T” post, Zulu!

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  2. Jef Daniels was excellent in Something Wild…. a strait-laced businessman meets a free-spirited nymphet in a greasy diner: what could possibly go wrong? The movie was directed by Jonathan Demme (watch out – here comes the music connection!), who also directed my favorite concert film of all time – “Stop Making Sense”, with the Talking Heads. Speaking of free-spirited, keep those wild interconnections coming, ZD!


    • You know John, I hardly every am curious about the actual work of a movie director; not sure why? I am now intrigued to check out Jonathan Demme. I think because you have made the connection. Speaking of connections, I always thought there was a similar connection to the men in Something Wild and Michael Douglas in Falling Down. They both seem to be on a path to go somewhere that isn’t really there….or….should I stop making sense? ZD


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