Agnés Varda’s second feature film (Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961) opens starkly, sans any musical overture, with an overhead shot of a tarot reading taking place. Two women are heard discussing the cards. A young woman, the eponymous Cléo (Corinne Marchand), chooses nine tarot cards—three to indicate the past, three for the present, three for… Read More Beautiful Music: Michel Legrand and Agnès Varda’s “Cléo from 5 to 7”
During my teen years I was obsessive about music. I studied classical piano, was a member of the school choir, and played euphonium (like a baby tuba) in the school wind orchestra. But rock music was where I escaped and really found myself. Back then (the mid/late ’90s) there were no streaming services- I would have to… Read More 10 Albums that meant the world to one teen girl
I received a pretty exciting present from Bloomsbury… My very first book, dedicated to one of my favourite soundtracks and composers, will be out February 9th. From the book’s blurb: How did a unique collaborative process between a director and composer result in a perfectly post-modern soundtrack that ran the gamut of musical styles from… Read More Soundtrack from Twin Peaks 33 1/3 book available for preorder
[Blue Velvet] was the song that sparked the movie! —David Lynch Blue velvet, red lips, sprawling, manicured neighborhood lawns; the transgressions that go on behind the closed doors of ostensibly squeaky-clean American suburbia; the mysterious melancholy behind a pop song written in the early 1950s: these were the things that inspired David Lynch to write… Read More Kiss Forever in a Darkness: The Music of David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet”
Halloween: an excellent excuse to indulge in all things macabre! Why not soundtrack the occasion with some gloriously spooky sounds? Here are some of my favourites, from classic horror movie music and television soundtracks to devilish ditties and beyond!
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days immersed in Netflix’s new original series, Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, the show proved a wonderful exercise in nostalgia; a delightful amalgam of the wide-eyed Spielbergian ingenuousness and nightmarescapes of Stephen King that so informed my youth. From the… Read More Recent piece for MUBI:The Sound of Strange(r) Things
Upon waking this morning, I found myself thinking about sad songs, the sort of songs that are incredibly sad yet pleasurable to listen to. What is it about a sad piece of music that makes it so attractive? Are we drawn to a particular song or composition because it is tied to a memory of a person or a time, or… Read More Sad Songs