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More Soundtracks…”Aloha”

The film “Aloha” was released in 2015, and before its release evidently this film was riddled with controversy.  Criticism initially stemmed from what is regarded as insensitive casting choices, and then in the wake of Sony studio’s hacked email communications, it was revealed that some studio executives believed the film was a mistake and the studio would lose money.

I saw “Aloha” on DVD the other night – it isn’t a great film, and in my opinion some of the plot lacks plausibility.  The chemistry among the actors was believable, however, and that kept my interest.

What “Aloha” does have is a cavalcade of good music ranging from traditional Hawaiian songs to selections by David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Hall & Oates, Eddie Vedder & his seven-year-old daughter, Harper, and more.  Given that the writer/director, Cameron Crowe is a former editor/writer for Rolling Stone Magazine, and Crowe’s other movies have similarly memorable musical moments, the abundance of music in “Aloha” is not all that surprising.

“Heart is a Drum” by Beck Hansen is a song in the film that captured me.

Soundtracks

I like to watch now and again movies that I saw some years ago when they were first released. If it’s been a number of years (25 or more), I often remember the film’s basic story line and not much of the details. Some movies I like to see more than once after it’s been a long time. A movie that I just saw for about the 3rd time since its initial release is quite full of music from an era of time when the film’s characters first met.

At this 3rd viewing of the film I thought about all the songs that are featured in it and thought of what my two top favorite songs are among them all.

Here are the songs that appear in the 1983 film “The Big Chill” that have emerged as my favorites:

“The Weight” by the Band

I wasn’t really aware of the Band until they broke up. I think it was the 1978 film “The Last Waltz” that introduced me to their music in a complete way, and ironically it was a film about this group’s final concert. “The Weight” is a song that has grown on me over the years.

“Gimme Some Lovin’” by Spencer Davis Group

I have loved this song and it’s uptempo beat since it was first released. This a song that will make a person want to dance! (and shout “hey!”)

In the film “The Big Chill” this song is played when there is a backyard touch football game going on.

I’m just realizing here that “Gimme Some Lovin'” is actually a fairly short (time-wise) song.