Sunday, February 24, 2008

And The Oscar Goes To...

"Falling Slowly" from "Once," Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. I am not going to lie and say that I have been loving this song forever, but I always pay attention to this award the most at the Academy Awards (go figure). I listened to it as I saw it was nominated and fell in love. You can tell that it is perfect for a movie within the first few seconds. I have yet to see the film, Once, but this song has me convinced. Plus the plot revolves around music, it would make sense for it to win.

I really appreciate the songs that have a climax and peaceful ending from time to time. I know it's so traditional, and so many things about indie music push those buttons and draw the lines further, yet this song is even better for not doing that.

Another reason that I am a sucker for this song is the BEAUTIFUL lyrics. It highlights the tale of a love struggling amongst a complicated life. It gives me hope for love and its chance to prevail over life's complications. That statement right there is a reason for my obsession with music. It's an amazing experience to listen to a song that can result in an emotion or an action as strong as hope. I don't believe that the song spells out that the romance wins in the end, but maybe the love does, I think the music itself tells the conclusion...

"Take this sinking boat and point it home
We've still got time
Raise your hopeful voice you have a choice
You've made it now

Falling slowly, eyes that know me
And I can't go back
Moods that take me and erase me
And I'm painted black
You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It's time that you won"

Have a listen and let me know if you agree. I know I made some bold statements there, but I want to know if fans of other genres appreciate this score as well.

Wow. I really want to see this movie now.

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - "Falling Slowly"

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Anonymous said...

I cried when I saw them perform this at the Oscars! I was so surprised at how good it was. I really need to see that movie now, it seems like it is really respected in the movie industry.

Anonymous said...

that song is so good! The movie is excellent also. When I first heard that song I actually got chills down my spine.

Candace said...

Alli -

The song is great, the entire soundtrack really, and I was so pleased it won last night. Glen & Marketa got a lot of love from the audience last night when they won, which was sweet. The film is the epitome of anti-hollywood, being filmed in only 3 weeks for $100,000. It's beautiful and romantic, definitely one of my faves from last year. I own it if you want to borrow it! -Candace

caitlin said...

that was an AMAZING performance last night... i love the song! haven't seen the movie, but it has a great soundtrack.

Anonymous said...

Yes, a really good song. Funny enough, it's not even the best one on that soundtrack. The movie is quite awesome, especially for music fanatics.

Anonymous said...

well i guess you all haven't heard kelly singing and playing this song since the movie came out. he was obsessed as soon as it came out...i guess it wasn't too bad of a song after all..

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