“Once”: Demands To Be Played More Than Just Once

26 Aug

Are you like me in that when you find a new musical artist that’s really taken your fancy, you can’t stop listening to them?

In a world crowded with Top 40 radio stations playing the most plastic fabrications they’ve irritatingly labelled as “music”, I have retreated to NPR, channeled through my local station of 89.3 KPCC. Over the years, colorful radio shows like This American Life with Ira Glass have helped me to quite successfully block out the latest horrific plastic pop, and indulge in hearing stories, a very favorite past time of mine. Simple, yet insightful episodes like “The Super” have kept me transfixed, letting the 405 traffic I am sitting in fade away around me.

But one can’t listen to public radio all the time. The human ear has a craving for musicality. How do I find new music, you ask? Most of the time I stumble across it randomly, have my super hip German friends send me some CDs, get dragged to a concert by my super hip cousin Amette, or even listen to the recommended music by the NPR program All Songs Considered. (I was introduced to The Detroit Cobras by this program. My favorite Detroit Cobras song: Silver & Gold.)

However, there is one group of artists that I have been seriously addicted to, and today, upon realising that I was playing the album on repeat for the fifth time, I knew I had get it out of my system partially by posting a blog entry dedicated to them. The music has an organic quality to it, evidenced by the fact that most of the film was shot by handheld cameras, some of the original musical performances even being captured as they were shooting, and dubbed over by their studio recordings afterwards. Here are Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the actors and musicians behind this year’s most incredibly charming indie film, Once, singing the Academy Award-winning original song, “Falling Slowly“.

I hope that you fall in love with the beautiful simplicity and the elegance of the arrangements of this original soundtrack. Other favorites of mine include “When Your Mind’s Made Up” and “Say It To Me Now“.

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2 Responses to ““Once”: Demands To Be Played More Than Just Once”

  1. bigepaz 26 August 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    They truly deserve all the success! If you have a chance go see them in concert. I saw them last April and it was one of the best concerts ever!

  2. lovemedeux 27 August 2008 at 2:36 am #

    Ack! I need to see them in concert. I wonder if they’ll play a smaller venue as opposed to a humongous theatre.

    I am seriously obsessed with the soundtrack. I played it on loop for half a day and didn’t get bored.

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