Songs + Stories – Staci’s Playlist

Staci’s Playlist: Music + Movies that Move Me

 

I can’t think of a better marriage of Songs + Stories than those partnerships we see and hear in movies. These are just a handful of my favorite examples:

Tuesday: “Lisa” (“Rear Window,” 1954)

Set in a courtyard ringed by 31 apartments, Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” includes almost 40 songs and snippets. The most pivotal is a love song called “Lisa.” Heard through an open window, “Lisa” literally saves a resident from suicide and later wraps a romantic bow around the film’s conclusion. If you’ve never seen “Rear Window,” close the drapes and take a seat. Jimmy Stewart, Grace Kelly and Thelma Ritter kill it. The Edith Head costumes are to die for. And there’s humor and suspense and a dog “who knew too much.”

“Rear Window,” 1954

Wednesday: “The Sound of Silence” + “Mrs. Robinson” (“The Graduate,” 1967)

The way director Mike Nichols weaves the music of Simon & Garfunkel through “The Graduate” is Ph.D.-level genius. “Mrs. Robinson” is there, and Nichols goes to “Scarborough Fair.” But “The Sound of Silence” speaks loudest — under the opening credits, during a montage and in that last indelible shot. The melancholy melody not only captures the mindset of disaffected Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), but also sets and resets the mood. Haven’t studied “The Graduate?” What are you waiting for?! One word: classic.

“The Graduate,” 1967

Thursday: “American Girl” (“Silence of the Lambs,” 1991)

Jonathan Demme and music go together like fava beans and a nice Chianti. In addition to helming “Philadelphia” (whose soundtrack features Bruce Springsteen, Sade and Maria Callas) and the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense,” the Oscar winner directed multiple music videos, three Neil Young documentaries and concert flicks for Justin Timberlake and Kenny Chesney. In “Silence of the Lambs,” Demme relied on Tom Petty’s “American Girl” to introduce victim Catherine Martin. As HuffPo wrote after Petty’s death last year:

“What Catherine needed was a carol that would put audiences in her corner the moment she appears. She would belt ‘American Girl’ for 30 seconds before parking outside her apartment, saying hello to a cat then assisting Buffalo Bill in loading a couch into his van. We needed to love Catherine without knowing a single thing about her, and what’s more lovable than someone rocking out with abandon, in extreme close-up, thumping the steering wheel as she goes?”

“Silence of the Lambs,” 1991

Friday: “I Want Candy” (“Marie Antoinette,” 2006)

Watch “Marie Antoinette”’s bright-and-bouncy “I Want Candy” montage, a music-video-within-a-movie in which Kirsten Dunst and her BFFs snack and shop, and witness director Sofia Coppola’s anticipation of Millennial Pink and food porn. Bow Wow Wow, the band that brought us “I Want Candy,” rubs elbows with The Cure, New Order, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Adam and the Ants on “Marie Antoinette”’s party-perfect soundtrack. Infectious ‘80s pop meets self-indulgent, 18th century, teen queen? #TheresNothingBetter

“Marie Antoinette,” 2006

Staci’s Playlist of the Week

Tuesday: “Lisa” (“Rear Window,” 1954)

Wednesday: “The Sound of Silence” (“The Graduate,” 1967)

Thursday: American Girl(“Silence of the Lambs,” 1991)

Friday: I Want Candy(“Marie Antoinette,” 2006)

 

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