In Your Ear: Mario Van Peebles

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In Tell Me More's ongoing series, "In Your Ear", filmmaker Mario Van Peebles shares some of his favorite tunes and discusses a special song he co-wrote with a friend called "That's What Lovers Do."


And finally, we end today's program with a segment we called In Your Ear; that's where some of our guests on TELL ME MORE tell us about their favorite music. We recently spoke with filmmaker Mario Van Peebles about his new documentary, "Fair Game." So what music is catching his ear now?

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. MARIO VAN PEEBLES (Filmmaker, Actor): I'm Mario Van Peebles, and right now what I'm listening to? I'm listening to a song called "Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe," that my dad played for me as a kid. And I'm listening to a lot of country because I'm working on a film called "Black, White, and Blues," that's two guys on a spiritual journey and they go through the heartland. So it's "Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe" - interesting song, got a nice irony to it, by Bobby Bare.

(Soundbite of song, "Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe")

Mr. BOBBY BARE (Singer): (Singing) And the sign on the wall says In God We Trust, all others have to pay. And it's two in the morning on Saturday night at Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe.

Mr. VAN PEEBLES: What country music does is it sort of like it sees the play of life and towards the end of the song you sort of understand that the storyteller is, in fact, on the stage with them, that we're not outside of it, that we're inside of it, but the ability to look at it from the outside makes it something you can see with perspective almost with your third eye.

(Soundbite of song, "Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe")

Mr. BARE: (Singing) At two in the morning on Saturday night at Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe.

Mr. VAN PEEBLES: I'm also listening to "That's My Job," and that's by Conway Twitty, a pretty song. It's got this sort of a father and son story. Nice song.

(Soundbite of song, "That's My Job")

Mr. CONWAY TWITTY (Singer): (Singing) My world revolved around him - I couldn't lie there anymore. So I made my way down the mirrored hall and tapped upon his door. And I said, daddy, I'm so afraid. How will I go on with you gone that way? Don't want to cry anymore. So may I stay with you? He said that's my job, that's what I do. Everything I do is because of you, to keep you safe with me. That's my job, you see.

Mr. VAN PEEBLES: The third song I'm listening to is "That's What Lovers Do."

(Soundbite of song, "That's What Lovers Do")

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) Mama (unintelligible) I saw the tears in her eyes. Papa said he always loved us but he was leaving tonight.

Mr. VAN PEEBLES: And this was a song I wrote with a buddy of mine, Tree(ph). We got this woman to sing it and she has got this soulful voice, and it tells the story of how we grow up with deception and we internalize it without understanding it, and at a certain point you gotta outside of it. So it's (unintelligible) it's called "That's What Lovers Do."

(Soundbite of song, "That's What Lovers Do")

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) Now I have kids of my own. Swore I'd never leave. I won't get to see them get grown. Giving my...

MARTIN: That was filmmaker Mario Van Peebles telling us what's playing in his ear.

And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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