Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 Week 40: Josie's Vacation

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I started listening to The Goodfellas Minute podcast and it served, not as a reminder, but as a, ok a reminder of Martin Scorsese's mastery of using music in movies (among the rest of his complete mastery of the medium). Is there a more perfect moment than that "As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster," punctuated immediately by loud horns and Tony Bennett's "Rags to Riches"? I can't think of a single more iconic musical moment in a movie, ever. And any that come close are likely also from Scorsese films. Or. . .

The only other guy that comes close to Scorsese's musical genius in my book is Tarantino. The difference between them though is Marty tends to find a way to make fairly well known, big songs work without falling into cliche. Tarantino excels in finding more obscure or forgotten gems that probably should have been bigger and captures their energy in an unexpected way. Or even just the most obvious, but goose bump inducing way, as he did with Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" in Kill Bill

Anyway, at some point I should do a full post on my favorite musical moments in movies. I'll have to figure out how to get all the scenes together and post-able, though. Not easy. Or totally legal. But, hey, I'm just a wise guy doing his thing.

Anyway, as is typical, this week's Spotify Playlist has absolutely nothing do with any of that. This one wasn't going to be this, but then a certain song popped in my head and I wound up having to listen to it over and over for some reason, even though I don't really like it. Fucking brains are assholes, but that was a previous playlist. Guess which song on this list is the culprit. Here's a hint: the playlist is called Josie's Vacation and it's vaguely about what Josie was doing far away while this guy was cheating on her. At least I think that's what the song is about. Anyway, Josie seems to have been off on some sort of adventure of her own, though I don't know what kind exactly. Maybe she's on tour. The point is she finds herself and by the end, I get the sense she doesn't come back, because fuck that dude. Let him use his own damn love. Asshole.

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