What’s a Wonderwall anyway? :: VOTD

Writing to Reach You :: Travis
from the album, The Man Who
Directed by John Hardwick

Writing To Reach You is the first single taken from Indie band Travis’ second studio album, The Man Who.

The song was written by Fran Healy, who admitted that he took the guitar chords from Oasis’ Wonderwall; as an overt acknowledgement of this, the song contains the lyric “and what’s a wonderwall, anyway?”.

According to Q Magazine’s 1001 Greatest Songs, Fran Healy of Travis says he basically borrowed this from Wonderwall by Oasis: “I just changed the rhythm and melody. You can sing Waiting To Reach You over Wonderwall, and vice versa.”

In 2004, both Writing to Reach You and Wonderwall were mixed with Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams in the popular mash up, Boulevard of Broken Songs. The single was the group’s first release in Japan and Australia, following their success in the United Kingdom.

The song also earned Travis their first appearance on Top of the Pops. The single peaked at # 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

The music video (see above) features Fran Healy walking in the countryside and being attacked by a pair of innocent looking schoolchildren. They pelt him with stones and shoot him with arrows, only to find that he is wearing body armor, which he takes off with the arrows still embedded. They then ambush him with a B-F109 fighter aircraft.

Editor’s Note: I often connect fictional characters to music, in the media I take in (film, television, books), as well as characters in my own writing. It is how I connect art, and how I am inspired to create art. This song is connected to the characters of Beatrice and Jacob Grace, from the book God-Shaped Hole (by Tiffanie DeBartolo), in an always way. The coolest thing about this is, I recently put together a playlist to go along with the book and sent it off to the author and she said it was cool that a song I chose was one that she listened to often while writing the book. There were songs she mentioned by name in the story, as well as characters that could be aligned with certain musicians, but this one was not an obvious choice. This was the song. To me, though, I feel the characters in it, I can see them in it. I love connections like that.

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