A Look at Illusion: The Pleasant Disguise

Posted: November 18, 2012 in Folk Music, Rock Music, Vocal Music
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Tennessee Williams

Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.

Tennessee Williams in The Glass Menagerie

Somewhat of a segue from my earlier post on libraries and book shops, a stroll down the “W” aisle in the Drama section brings us to this gem of a quote by the late Tennessee Williams (1911 – 1983).  “The Glass Menagerie” premiered in 1944 and is considered to be largely autobiographical.  It did well on Broadway and eventually made its way to the big screen twice.  The quote above is from the lead character’s (Tom) opening lines.

So like the playwright, songwriters delves into illusion with their own version of truth …or… Perhaps it really is something up their sleeves”?

  1. “The Grand Illusion” – Styx
  2. “Moonchild / The Dream / The Illusion – King Crimson
  3. “L’Illusioniste” – Keren Ann
  4. “Imitation of Life” – R.E.M.
  5. “Up Our Sleeve” – Humble Pie
  6. “It’s Only Make Believe” – Glenn Campbell
  7. “Make Believe” – Tony Martin & Kathryn Grayson (from “Showboat”)


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