30 Day Music Challenge Day 26: Elephant Love Medley (Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman)

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In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 26 is “a song that makes you want to fall in love”. There were only really ever going to be a handful of choices for this one for me, and this is the obvious one that won out today.

Elephant Love Medley always struck me as an odd title for a song, but when the time came to take a closer look at it and actually get a feel for the material (while studying how to adapt the film to the stage for Cue), the whole thing just blew me away. I looked like a goon who could simply not stop grinning at the faculty room computer. I’m a sucker for cleverly working in references to things, so this was always going to really work for me. The sheer cleverness of folding in damn near every existing lyric with the word “love” in it into a medley with such a lovely melody (brought to life by their wonderful vocals) had me sold on it from the intro (“A life without love? Love is like oxygen! Love is a many-splendored thing! Love lifts us up where we belong — all you NEED is love!”). That it fit so well with the narrative by being the spur-of-the-moment composition of ahead-of-his-time writer character Christian was nothing short of brilliant.

What can I say, the whole thing just makes you want to believe in falling in love.

I’ll link you to the number from the film so you can see the delightful chemistry between Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman, which works in concert (heh) with the great romantic mashup that the medley offers.

We could be heroes, forever and ever.

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30 Day Music Challenge Day 14: Complainte de la Butte (Rufus Wainwright)

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In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 14 is “a song that you would love played at your wedding”, which is a super tough call as I have honestly never given a wedding the slightest thought. Besides, it seems more apt to let the bride pick her music (grooms don’t really get an entrance, unless you’re Test).

I’ll probably go with Complainte de la Butte as performed by Rufus Wainwright. I’d considered Come What May, also from Moulin Rouge, but having actually seen that it doesn’t really feel like me. (Still love that song to bits though.) Nevertheless, Complainte de la Butte’s accordion and piano, smooth Rufus Wainwright vocal, and everything-sounds-sweeter-in-French vibe would make for a lovely atmosphere at this hypothetical wedding — and the translated lyrics are quite nice, too.

Princesse de la rue, soit la bienvenue, dans mon coeur brise.