I let the music take me where my heart wants to go :: Year-by-Year Movies and Music

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Almost Famous (2000)
Written & Directed by Cameron Crowe

Songs are the backbone, and internal subtext, of Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical cinematic tale Almost Famous, and it is near impossible to choose the most musical evocative moment within the film. On each consecutive viewing, though, I find myself drawn into the weaving together of character and context, which is sewn intricately into sound and lyric; afterwards I find myself still singing-along to another discovered song among the scenes, for days after.

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In the director’s cut of Almost Famous, fittingly titled The Bootleg Cut, a scene resides which shows Penny Lane, unnoticed for once, dancing alone on the flower-strewn floor of the band’s most recent venue. It is in this scene that you see the real Penny, exposed in both her absolute love of music, her wistful heart, and her hidden sense of loneliness.

Cat Stevens beautiful song, The Wind, with the lyrics “I let my music take me where my heart wants to go.” says more about those inner-workings of Penny then any piece of dialogue, or reel of film, ever completely conveys. And that, to me, is what makes a soundtrack song one of the best, and why I chose The Wind to spotlight — it’s addition to Almost Famous both extends the mood, as well as the characters and the stories they are on-screen to tell; especially Penny’s.

(Written today on 2007)

The Wind :: Cat Stevens
from Almost Famous Original Soundtrack (2000)
Originally from Teaser & Firecat (1971)

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