Falling Slowly (live) :: Glen Hansard and Eddie Vedder

Falling Slowly is a song written and originally performed by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, as well as by Hansard’s band, The Frames. It appeared in their 2006 film Once, from which it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards.

This won the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Before it was nominated, there was some question as to whether the song was eligible for the award, as it had already appeared on 2 albums, and the rules state that the song must be written specifically for the film to be considered.

At the 2008 ceremony, Hansard spoke first when accepting the award, but when Irglova tried to speak the microphone was cut off and they were ushered off stage. After a commercial break, Irglova was brought back to speak. She talked about independent musicians and encouraged them in their efforts. Said Irglova: “The fact that we’re standing here tonight, the fact that we’re able to hold this, it’s just to prove no matter how far out your dreams are, it’s possible. And fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. This song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are.”

The song was written while Once was in production. John Carney developed the script around songs provided by Hansard and Irglová. In the movie, the duo play the song in Walton’s music shop in Dublin, with Hansard on guitar and Irglová on piano. The couple performed it at gigs in various European venues over the next two years. Versions appeared in 2006 on two albums: The Cost by Hansard’s band The Frames, and The Swell Season, an album by Hansard and Irglová.

The above duet was captured at Day 2 of PJ20 (Pearl Jam 20th Anniversary) 9/4/11 at Alpine Valley, where Glen Hansard sang three songs with Eddie, this one, Society and Hard Sun.

Editor’s Notes: Oh my stars, how I love unexpected duets. This is fantastic.


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