I’m watching Rocks and Shoals (the one where they crash on a planet and Keevan is dying). This is where Garak and Nog get captured and Keevan asks if there is a doctor in their unit. Now, Garak knows from how this is going that the answer to this question determines whether they live or die. If the Vorta had asked about literally *anyone* else, he would have said yes without hesitation. But he asked about a doctor. Julian. Garak, who is always ready to do anything to survive, hesitates. And when he does say yes, it’s a very soft yes.
Muscle Shoals is known for recording many hit songs from the 1960s to today at two studios: FAME Studios, founded by Rick Hall, where Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding and numerous others recorded; and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, founded by the musicians known as The Swampers, which developed work for Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, the Rolling Stones and countless others. While the music from the area is often referred to as the “Muscle Shoals Sound”, all four of the Quad Cities have significantly contributed to the area’s musical history.
Etta James’ version of “Steal Away” is a cover of the first record cut in the Muscle Shoals studio, done by Jimmy Hughes. I featured that song right at the beginning of this blog. Etta’s version is beefed up with funky-ness, including the wonderful Wurlitzer keyboard. Etta James adds her deep vocals and really takes this tune to the next level.
One of my favorite things about Star Trek is how they value humor. Marooned on an uninhabited planet with their foes and no way of getting a message out, the crew still finds a reason to laugh. Hope and humor are never lost.