寫完了先前關於Kat Edmonson的介紹文章，就覺得不如再來整理某些印象中令我難忘的聲音，像是加拿大女歌手凱蒂蓮（k.d. lang）。還記得在90年代時，我偶爾會在報紙或余光音樂雜誌中看到她的名字，但一直沒有去留意她的歌曲。直到有一次在007電影《明日帝國》（Tomorrow Never Dies）的原聲帶中，聽到她唱的 Surrender，從此便對她的歌聲留下了深刻的印象。 繼續閱讀 醇味之聲：k.d. lang
最近發現去年在這裡寫的一篇有關秋天的中文歌曲的文章，似乎還是很應景，還是有人在搜尋這類的資訊，今天就想不如來介紹一下英文的歌曲。我很喜歡這首收錄在《Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil》電影原聲帶中的〈Autumn Leaves〉，由Paula Cole演唱，充滿了爵士風味，帶著一股淡淡的哀愁及慵懶的氣息，很適合想要放慢腳步，讓心思暫時跳脫當下時空的時候。這首歌有好幾個人唱過，但我比較喜歡這個版本的感覺，也許是先入為主的緣故吧！ 繼續閱讀 秋天的葉子之歌
Actually I planned to write my thrid blog about McEwan’s Atonement tonight, but I was drawn to the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and then was entirely enthalled by the enging track Skylark, a version sung by k.d. lang. Now I can’t write anything about Atonement because most part of me just wants to stay with my memory of the melody I heard half an hour ago. k.d. lang once sang a track for Tomorrow Never Dies–one of the 007 movies, if you still remember–and that one is also a fabulous and unforgettable track.
As for the movie, I have known it for a long time, as it was in the theater more than a decade ago. It’s a 1997 movie, as old as my favorite movie Gattaca. When you see Kevin Spacey and John Cusack still look so young, you can tell that is really long time ago.
Although the movie was a boxoffice disappointment at the time it was released, it is actually good and enjoyable right now. It does have the atmosphere of midnight: calm, slow, quiet. It’s too bad I missed some thirty minutes of the film as I really had something to take care of. It will be the film I want to see if I can’t fall alseep in the midnight and want to do something else. A film like this for a sleepless night? Yes, this murder in Savannah has lots of sensational elements. There is a relationship that is not to be honnored. There is a certain identity, sexuality, or behavoir that is not to be welcomed. Someone’s got murdered, and then someone’s got killed, mysteriously. There are voodoo rituals being performed. But overall the atmophere is slow, steady, and quiet, like the atmosphere of k.d.lang’s Skylark and the Bird Girl statue at the first and the last scene. So this goes well with my imagination of midnight–after all, I mostly fall asleep at the time.
People in this film are more or less searching for love. Some express it directly, some may not. Some may want to hide it. When things go beyond control, tragedy happens. The sadness of the tragedy, however, is diluted by jazz music–a jazz song can sound relaxing while the lyrics is sad–and then it evaporates along with the song Skylark and replaces with the memory of the song. But still there is one scene that stays in my memory. It is the scene when the defendant’s lawyer urged the jury to leave the judgment about private life to God and just to focus on the incident. That is a brilliant saying. I hope I can watch the film again without missing any part of it.
Skylark / performed by k.d. lang
Have you anything to say to me?
Won’t you tell me where my love can be?
Is there a meadow in the mist
Where someone’s waiting to be kissed?
Have you seen a valley green with spring?
Where my heart can go a journeying
Over the shadows and the rain
To a blossom covered lane
And in your lonely flight
Haven’t you heard the music in the night?
Wonderful music Faint as a will o’ the wisp
Crazy as a loon Sad as a gypsy serenading the moon
Oh skylark I don’t know if you can find these things
But my heart is riding on your wings
So if you see them anywhere
Won’t you lead me there
Oh skylark Won’t you lead me there?