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On music in film…

I started thinking about music last night. I was putzing around online, playing Music Challenge on Facebook, and admiring the use of music in Watchmen. This got me thinking about how there are certain songs that are irrevocably connected to particular scenes. The right song can help set the scene, or make an otherwise ordinary moment memorable for viewers. Here, in no particular order, are 10 (alright, technically 13)  of my favorite song/scene combinations:

Mazzy Star: “Fade Into You”/ Angus: The Winter Ball Dance

With tracks from The Goo Goo Dolls, Weezer, and Green Day, “Angus” is full of late-90s musical goodness. There is something about the way that this song and scene are paired, however, that makes them stand out to me. It may be that its use in this film was the first time I encountered “Fade into You”. More likely, it is the emotional intensity of the scene, as Angus combats his own insecurities to dance with Melissa Lefevre. The song presents a perfect alt-rock waltz, and the vocals have a hauntingly romantic quality to them. The song seems to mirror Angus’ emotions toward Melissa…saying what he has always wanted to, but couldn’t.

Elton John: “Tiny Dancer”/ Almost Famous: The Bus Scene

Its such a brief moment, but the way Elton John’s song pulls everyone together in this scene makes it a memorable one. Even Dave Grohl commented that he hadn’t ever heard the song before Cameron Crowe used it in “Almost Famous”, and got everyone singing along.

Bob Dylan: “The Times They Are A-Changin”/ Watchmen: Opening Credits

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a better introduction. This literally gave me chills.

Peter Gabriel:  “In Your Eyes”/ Say Anything: The Boombox Scene

What would the 80s have been like without John Cusack? We may poke fun of this scene now for being cheesy, but really, that’s what young love is. Cheesy and over the top. People relate to Lloyd Dobbler. The difference between young Lloyd and the rest of us is that we don’t have the balls to stand outside of someone’s window in the middle of the night, in the rain, blaring Peter Gabriel from a boombox held over our heads. When Lloyd does it, its charming. Anyone else, its kind of creepy.

Kenny Loggins: “Danger Zone”/Harold Faltemeyer “Top Gun Anthem” / the Righteous Brothers: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” / Berlin: “Take My Breath Away”/ Top Gun

Alright, I hadn’t intended in including so many tracks from Top Gun. When I first thought about it, I laughed at the idea of including “Danger Zone”. There’s something so over-the-top about the song, and the image of Tom Cruise in his flightsuit. But try thinking about the song without conjuring images of fighter jets. Now, try and do the same  while listening to “Top Gun Anthem”. And try not to shed a tear while thinking about Goose.

Ah, to be serenaded by a bunch of drunken sailors singing karaoke…

Passion. Drama. More passion.

There’s a reason that the Top Gun soundtrack is one of the best selling soundtracks of all time.

Iron & Wine: Flightless Bird, American Mouth/Twilight: final dance scene

There is something incredibly soothing about this scene…the soft lighting, the beauty of Iron and Wine’s ballad. It’s almost as though, after the events of the film, Catherine Hardwicke decided we needed some comfort and reassurance. Of course, this lasts only a moment, and is torn away as soon as the credits start, but it’s nice nonetheless.

Jimi Hendrix: “All Along the Watchtower”/ Forrest Gump: Vietnam

Music is often used in film to set a scene. While a group of soldiers humps across a rice paddy, we get Forrest’s voiceover: “I got to see a lot of the countryside…We would take these real long walks…”. He pauses just long enough to let Hendrix’s lyrics come through: “There must be some kinda way out of here…”

…doesn’t get much more brilliant than that.

Q. Lazzarus: “Goodbye Horses”/ Silence of the Lambs: Buffalo Bill dance

The extreme close-up, the dialogue, the dancing…who could forget this scene? In case you have, it has spawned a ton of parodies everywhere from Family Guy to Clerks 2, to all the amateur videos on Youtube. “Goodbye horses…I’m lying over you!”

Arthur Smith/Eric Weissberg/Steve Mandell: Dueling Banjos/Deliverance

Drew and Lonnie,an urban businessman and an inbred banjo prodigy, engage in an impromptu bluegrass jam at the beginning of this Thriller. All seems just dandy, until Lonnie refuses to even acknowledge Drew afterward, let alone shake his hand. Lonnie’s coldness gives the viewer the feeling that something isn’t quite right…The instrumental set the stage and stuck with moviegoers enough to hit #2 for four weeks on the US pop chart in 1973. I’ ll say that again. A bluegrass duet for guitar and banjo at the top of the US POP chart. Something tells me that won’t be happening again anytime soon.

Pixies: “Where is My Mind?”/ Fight Club: final scene

I’ ll be honest. This was my whole reason for making this post. I LOVE this scene. I love the song. I love the way that it ties into “Jack”‘s insanity. I love how it becomes a sort of romantic rock ballad for “Jack” and Marla, with the exploding buildings being almost like fireworks as the two of them come together and hold hands. They’ve come through the madness, the world is burning below, and they’ve got each other. It’s beautifully twisted.

What’s in a blog?

If you’re reading this, chances are you came here via a link on another one of my blogs or a social networking site. It all started 10 years ago, when a couple friends introduced me to Livejournal. At the time, my mind was blown. I could read posts from friends and strangers all over the world! There were communities that I could join to discuss common issues and interests! Whoa!

Then came Friendster, which was quickly surpassed by MySpace. MySpace gave the illusion of a personal interation, whereas Livejournal seemed more discreet.

Facebook seemed to merge the two experiences, which might be the reason for its success. That, and the additiveness of games like Farmville and Bejewelled Blitz, anyway…

Along came Twitter, and the world of microblogging.  I, along with many others apparently, love the little bite-sized tidbits of information we can get from people who try and sum up their situations in 80 characters or less.

All of these sites have their appeal. Here is my problem:

I currently have accounts with the following:

Google/Gmail/Reader/Wave/Buzz

Twitter

Livejournal

Facebook

Simler

Tumblr

Blogger

HubPages

Formspring

DailyStrength

Not to mention a number of profiles on sites geared toward specific activities, ie. listening to independent music, knitting, etc.

Needless to say, its a lot to keep up with. A lot of these seem redundant. I’ve noticed more than a few people migrating to wordpress…I seem to like the format so far…

So I think this will be an experiment. I’m going to try and keep this as my “hub” or “home base” for awhile.  We’ ll see how it goes.

formspring.me

Beer or Liquor?

It depends on my mood, what I’m doing, and how much money I have. If I’m out at the bar hanging out, I’ll have a beer because it isn’t very strong, I drink it slower, and its cheaper. If I’m having a drink with dinner, I’ll usually have a glass of wine, or occasionally a mixed drink. If I’m home or at a party and don’t mind getting a bit tipsy, I’ll have a gin and tonic, or a rum and coke…Also, it depends on what beer is available.

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