*originally published in Sound Waves Magazine December 2018
The time is nigh for Christmas movies. Love ’em or hate ’em, some just stick. For me, it’s that crazy, multiple story-line, mish-mash of wonder: “Love, Actually.” It’s about a broken-down, dried-up, down-hearted ex-rockstar trying to make a comeback with a cover of the Troggs’ “Love Is All Around,” brilliantly played by that British dude Bill Nighy. It’s about lots of other things too, but for me, it’s all about the soundtrack.
From the pop-up musicians at the church wedding doing “All You Need is Love,” to Norah Jones’ “Turn Me On,” to “Wherever You Will Go” as the English guy hooks up with the girls in the bar in Wisconsin, to Dido’s “Here With Me” (I can’t breathe) playing when the guy walks out of his apartment yanking his sweater zipper up, to the British Prime Minister running around 10 Downing Street to “Jump For My Love,” to Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” to “Kelly Clarkson’s “The Trouble with Love Is,” to Eva Cassidy’s version of “Songbird,” and then the wrap-up “God Only Knows” at Heathrow Airport.
This is what dream soundtracks are made of people. The movie should have been called “Music, Actually.”
It’s about the music. Everything is about music. It’s a proven fact (in my book anyway!) According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), Nick Angel was the music supervisor for the movie… apropos. Cheers to that dude for sure.
At a gig the other night, with a festive crowd and festive lights and festive drinks, and even a Christmas tree on stage, I proudly and rather emphatically said over the mic: “We are working on Christmas songs. They won’t be ready until after the new year.” Enough said!
Who needs Christmas music when there’s so much REAL music? So, I say: Enjoy the holidays. And you don’t have to play that….other stuff…. just so ya know. Good times can still be had by all.
Cheers and Happy Holidays to one and all!
I wrote a book about this stuff! “They Made Me Play a Polka” is available here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1725534584/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0