Mood: Heart-wrenching

19 Mar

1. Rachael Yamagata

Rumor has it that Rachael Yamagata is putting out a new album this year. After releasing Happenstance in 2004, Yamgata has been pretty much MIA.

Baby says I can’t come with him
And I had read all of this in his eyes
Long before he even said so
Why go, I asked?
You know, and I know why
And it’ll be just as quiet when I leave
As it was when I first got here
I don’t expect anything

mp3: Quiet [Rachael Yamagata]

mp3: Moments with Oliver [Rachael Yamagata]

More about Rachael Yamagata on her website.

2. Damien Rice

We might kiss when we are alone
When nobody’s watching
We might take it home
We might make out when nobody’s there
It’s not that we’re scared
It’s just that it’s delicate

mp3: Delicate [Damien Rice]

mp3: Delicate (Live) [Damien Rice]

3. Corrine Bailey Rae

mp3: Like a Star [Corinne Bailey Rae]

It used to feel like heaven
Used to feel like may
I used to hear those violins playing heart strings like a symphony
Now they’ve gone away
Nobody wants to face the truth
But you wont believe what love can do
Till it happens to you

mp3: Till It Happens to You [Corinne Bailey Rae]

Corinne & the Johns at the 2007 Grammys. Hands down, my favorite Grammy performance ever! Just an incredible display of talent.

4. Rufus Wainwright

Complainte de la butte [rufus wainwright]

Sorry, no mp3 for this beautiful song. Rufus, as always, justifies the song’s beauty.

5. Edith Piaf

Sylvia Testud (Momone) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (Edith Piaf) in La Vie En Rose

Despite having greatly anticipated La Mome (the movie’s French title), I would not go as far as to say that La Vie En Rose is a great movie. It is somewhat hard to follow (I had to wikipedia Edith Piaf when I got home to understand who was who and what was going on) and sometimes painful to watch Piaf’s terrific destitution in early life. However, the film is a great vehicle for displaying Marion Cotillard’s talent. Cotillard is absolutely spectacular. Absolutely Oscar worthy. Her performance made the movie.

Other thespians on Cotillard:

Cate Blanchett: “Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose was absolutely astonishing, and the synthesis of the performance with the whole film is superb. As much as inhabiting Piaf, she was also creating a creature, and I thought that was astonishing and inspiring… one of the most remarkable things I’ve ever seen.”

Ryan Gosling: “Not only did she craft a flawless impersonation of a famous personality, but Marion’s humanity elevated her performance to a devastatingly honest and yet seemingly effortless personification of integrity and grace. To me,this is more than just a great performance; it’s a document of this actress’ overwhelming ability to love.

Keira Knightley: “I think that’s one of the most extraordinary performances I’ve ever seen.”

Oprah Winfrey: A “transcendent performance.”

mp3: La Vie En Rose [Edith Piaf]

mp3: La Vie En Rose (English) [Edith Piaf]

mp3: Non, je ne regrette rien [Edith Piaf] aka I have no regrets. I love the way (the real) Edith Piaf rolls her ‘R’s in this song.

Check out the trailer to the film here.


One Response to “Mood: Heart-wrenching”

  1. bdevine March 26, 2008 at 4:59 pm #

    Great post

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