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Train of Thought: From William Shakespeare to Ray Charles

Updated: Jan 10, 2019

How do we get from William Shakespeare to Ray Charles? Watch the video or follow the train by text below.



Stop 1: William Shakespeare


Patrick Stewart in Macbeth, 2010


First, you share the cabin with the one and only Macbeth where you might hear the following: “It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury...”


Stop 2: Sound and Fury


Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall starring in The Big Sleep, 1946


It is the title of a novel by William Faulkner, who wrote screenplays such as the noir classic The Big Sleep, based on the Raymond Chandler novel, and starring…


Stop 3: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall


Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not, 1944


The Big Sleep was the couple’s second film together. Their first is To Have and Have Not, the one where 17-year old Bacall taught Bogie how to whistle.


DETOUR: Ernest Hemingway


Ernest Hemingway by Yousuf Karsh, 1957

Also directed by Howard Hawks, that movie was based very loosely on a failed novel by Ernest Hemingway. But more to the point of our journey, it co-starred the deliciously named...


Stop 4: Hoagy Carmichael


Hoagy Carmichael and Lauren Bacall singing Am I Blue, 1957


The masterly singer-songwriter who composed such classics as Stardust, The Nearness of You, and of course, Georgia on My Mind, made eternal by...


Stop 5: Ray Charles


Ray Charles singing Georgia on My Mind, 1976


And that’s where this train ends, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for riding the #TrainofThought.