The Lyrics of “Bella’s Lullaby” come straight from the book text (written for the main character Bella by her vampire lover Edward). The Song is only described on paper and was composed out of the describing words of Stephanie Meyer.
Rufus delivers a withering critique of California life, veiled in a poppy tune with Beach Boys harmony. It recalls how he worshiped Hollywood as a kid, but how now he’s disillusioned by how seriously California takes itself. “Ain’t it a shame,” he says, that the rest of the world “can’t enjoy your mad tradition” and the “soft-skinned boys” that can still bruise you. It’s a satirical comment on a world he has to live film in to do the work he does. The last line says it all: “Life is the longest death / in California.” Funny that the first time I spent time with this song I was driving the 101 to LA.
With a heart-wrenching lead song like Mary J. Blige’s “I Can See in Color”, the director brings you into the private life of an abused 16 year-old, Claireece Precious Jones. The film begins in the late 80’s and resurrects the old Queen Latifah hit “Give Me Body” and Sunny Gale’s version of the 1933 hit “Did you Ever See a Dream Walking”. Together with a few other little-known finds with powerful messages, this soundtrack underscores the colorful dreamscapes that our heroin fantasizes about while being victimized in countless hard-to-watch scenes of severe abuse and neglect.
At the root of so many of the problems which afflict black men is self-love. From self-love comes self-respect. From self-respect comes honor and pride in who you are; not what you do or how much money you make. Self-love and self-worth are delicately intertwined.
My next series of articles will explore the Mediaeval Baebes’ discography, briefly discussing the origins and history of the music they have drawn upon to create their classic recordings. I hope you enjoy them.
Road tripping has been an integral part of American life since the advent of the automobile age. The myth and romance of the open road was created in such classic films as Easy Rider, Vacation and even Thelma and Louise. That same freedom is the topic of great American novels like Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, and it inspired the maniacal true life events depicted in Tom Wolfe’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The open road pervades the American consciousness, just as the Arctic pervades the Canadian.
Cinderella’s Sister is a Korean television drama that depicts the story of Song Eun Jo, Cinderella’s evil stepsister. The drama tells you about Song Eun Jo’s challenging life, influenced by her mother who cons and steals from other people. Song Eun Jo and Hong Ki Hoon fall in love for each other but they conceal their feelings for one another.
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles – This is a great song to play when you have an hour left in a long, hard shift. It makes you feel good about everything in the world and feel like the hardest bit is about to pass. When you can’t take a hot bath, listen to this song.