Last minute, my boss asked me to sit in the HOT SEAT on Monday night, which means I play an hour of whatever I want on mvyradio at 9PM. I really had no idea what I’d do for a theme, but I said yes, and a day or two later I came up with a pretty fun idea.
I’m a huge fan of movies, and especially in the winter I watch them pretty frequently (a movie a day lately). I have a small collection of my favorites that I watch again and again…a BIG part of what makes me love them – the soundtrack ! Good music placed at a particular point in a film is SO memorable. I could probably do a 2 hour show with this theme, but I’ve got to choose! Here are a few I know I’ll include:
MOVIE: The Royal Tenenbaums
SONG: Nico – “These Days”
MOVIE: The Life Aquatic
SONG: David Bowie – “Life On Mars”
MOVIE: Garden State
SONG: The Shins – “New Slang”
Tune in on Monday at 9PM for my HOT SEAT on mvyradio.com
Paul Simon turns 70
There are some musicians that played a large part in my childhood and who sort of faded into the background as I got older. In April, Paul Simon released a gorgeous album of songs that’s one of my favorite albums of this year. This is the same artist who put out “You Can Call Me Al” in 1986, one year after I was born. The video to that song is one of my earliest memories.
I vividly remember singing “Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes” late night with friends in college. I’ll never ever forget spinning a Simon & Garfunkel album in the basement of my grandparent’s Cape house – the soundtrack to my favorite summer. I can remember the first time I REALLY listened to “A Dangling Conversation”, and how much it moved me. Paul Simon’s tunes perfectly compliment some of my favorite movies – like “The Only Living Boy In NY” in Garden State and “Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard” in The Royal Tenenbaums. I remember falling a little bit more in love with my boyfriend, the first time he played his version of “Duncan” for me. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” was one of my Mom & Dad’s romantic tunes when they first got together. And lately, I’ve really been enjoying “Obvious Child” and “Late In The Evening” after finally seeing Simon and his dynamite band live at the Wang in Boston earlier this year.
70 years old today and still putting out songs that REALLY move me, Paul Simon is one of my favorite artists of all time. His music has been the soundtrack to my life.
Happy Birthday Paul!
My favorite track from the new album, “Dazzling Blue”
I mentioned soundtracks to movies the other day, and the soundtrack to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is one of my favorites. In fact, this movie is probably my second favorite movie ever. I know it seems sort of strange, but there’s something about it. I love it more and more each time I watch it. Brazilian musician, Seu Jorge does several Portuguese remakes of David Bowie tunes for the movie/soundtrack, including a gorgeous rendition of “Life On Mars”:
Here’s the scene where the David Bowie version of “Life On Mars” is used… one of my favorite scenes of the movie:
Check out The Life Aquatic Soundtrack
Well, I certainly seem to be watching a lot of movies lately…and specifically movies with great soundtracks! Yesterday I saw “Away We Go” starring the hilarious John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph. The movie was cute…I definitely laughed, but it was also pretty serious and touching. What I enjoyed most was the music. The soundtrack is almost entirely tunes from the wonderful Alexi Murdoch, with tracks from Bob Dylan, George Harrison and The Velvet Underground sprinkled in.
If you don’t know Alexi Murdoch, he’s got a very calming, soothing way about his music. It’s a bit like Damien Rice and Nick Drake. Definitely check him out if you enjoy those artists.
Away We Go
Soundtrack on Amazon.com