Everything’s Better with Music

It’s going to be WordPress madness around here now that I deactivated my facebook account. Since I can no longer post the minute-by-minute blows of my life (which really are not that exciting, believe me, but fun to do nonetheless), I am turning to my blog more. Lucky you. Or not.

As I was cooking dinner tonight, I was listening to one of my favorite playlists – the music from the movie, Once. About a year ago my friend turned me onto this movie and since watching it I have been at a loss for how to describe it. When I happened to hear another friend say she loved the movie, I asked her why. She mentioned the music, of course, and the rawness of the entire story. I was left grasping for more, wanting her to explain what or why this movie is so captivating.

Once is a modern musical film. That alone can send people into visions of Julie Andrews pulling drapes off or windows or worse, Dick Van Dyke getting dirty atop a London apartment building. But this is no Julie Andrews meets Dick Van Dyke musical. In fact, I’m sure Julie would blush at the number of times the ‘f’ word comes flying from the lead character’s mouth. Indeed it can be offensive.

But aside from the language, there’s an enchantment that I can not exactly explain. After all, the story is so… well, so ordinary. Boy is struggling musician with a broken-heart. Girl is struggling mother and brilliant musician in her own right. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl make music. Emotional, sometimes dreamy, beautiful music.

While the two of them are writing songs and singing along winding streets (again, think not Mary Poppins nor The Sound of Music), they are also navigating their lives. Lives so ordinary in some respects. Lives with jobs and children and bills and obligations. But like all of us, lives complicated with our own desires and dreams. We watch as Boy and Girl intersect and hope that the future includes one another forevermore. (I will not spoil the movie.)

I suppose the reason I write this tonight is because I love discovering music that tells part of my story. I love living life set to music. And I love the way this movie does just that – sets music to the beat of ordinary lives. But what’s really magnificent about it is this notion that no matter what our circumstances may be, there is a song that fits the moment, and fills us with emotion we can’t quite explain. Sometimes the emotion is a .001 on the richter scale of emotional intensity, while other songs can bring me straight to an almost dangerous 6.0 or more.

Whatever the genre, the songs that stir me most are those with lyrics or notes that penetrate my heart in an almost transcendent way. The music from Once does that for me. It evokes emotions that range from silliness to deep longing. One review even described Once as a movie that will swoon. And no matter where we are in life, who doesn’t want to swoon every once in a while.

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3 thoughts on “Everything’s Better with Music

  1. Susan H.

    I’m so happy you love the music as much as I do!!! And the movie!! I couldn’t put a finger on why I loved it so much either. I almost never watch a movie twice, and I watched Once two days in a row. Ha.

    Since you liked that rec so much, here are a couple more for you:

    1. My favorite movie last year, bar none, was “The Lives of Others”–if you don’t mind subtitles, you really will be taken to another place.
    2. My favorite music on and off for the past two years has been Leonard Cohen’s “I’m Your Man”–his music performed by phenomenal talents like Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, U2, etc. I never go more than a month or two without going back to it.

    thanks for your post!! And for letting me know I needed to get online and check it out. 🙂 I’ll do so more often now that I know you won’t be on FB. 😦 I loved knowing what was happening in your life every day!

  2. lynnhouse

    Susan, I love your recommendations. Thanks. I’m going to check out the music and the film. Today I walked home from school with one of my sons and I had the Once soundtrack playing and a little bit of Lenka and some Goldfrapp. It was surreal walking downtown in the sunshine, albeit cold, with the music as my life’s soundtrack for the moment.
    love u, friend!

  3. Defecting from Facebook? You rebel! I actually only use my FB account for 2 things — word games and advertising my blog. Pathetic, I know.

    I’m glad you’ll be blogging more often. I love the way you write and always find it thought-provoking. In fact, I love it so much that I’ll admit a few days of yearning for a Lynn Mask, so I can be like you. Instead, I throw up a bunch of humorous/cynical stuff on my blog because I don’t know that I can be that in touch with who I am or what my struggles are right out there in the open.

    So blog on woman! In whatever way suits you.

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