I was listening in the car to FM Radio on the low end of the dial where all the public radio stations are-and came upon a folk-rock song with vocals that sounded a little like Bono. The DJ didn’t say what the song was –and so when I went home, I tried to figure it out. I had trouble googling the lyrics because I hadn’t been able to make out the words to well. All I could remember was “She is a lily” or “She is like lily”. So I tried figuring which radio station I had been listening to –it turned out to be WUMB and then I looked on their website to see if they had a playlist-they did.
The song was called “Lily-a-passion” by Grant- Lee Phillips. It’s an original song available on a solo album of his called Virginia Creeper. So what’s a “Lily–a-passion”? I don’t know, maybe Grant is referring to the flower called the Passion Lily.
The town square on the video looked familiar-and I thought to myself that it was the same town square that was used for the Back to the Future movies. Well I was correct , the location was a back lot called Courthouse Square which is movie set for Universal Studios. Somehow from there I looked up the Back to the Future movies and learned that Eric Stoltz (of Mask fame) was the original Marty McFly. Five weeks into the shooting of the film, director, Robert Zemekis recast McFly because Eric Stoltz wasn’t funny enough. Michael J. Fox took over the role and the rest is history and future history. I was also reminded that the second and third Back to the Future movies were shot back to back-one of the earliest set of big budget films to be filmed in tandem, so as to save production costs.
Eric Stoltz playing Marty McFly. Eric with dark hair-that's wrong right there!