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March 30th, 2006

SOTD @ 11:00 pm

bonoffee:
Today's Song of the Day is...

Beach Sequence from Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1

Ah, getting back to 90s U2 is like putting on a pair of comfy shoes, for me! I am such an obsessive it's ridiculous. And as I'm sure I said before when I SOTDd Corpse, I love Passengers. It seems an album U2 fans either love or hate, but I developed my love over a period of time and I'd suggest if you don't like it yet, give it time and listen to the songs at the right time. That can make all the difference.

That said, I think Beach Sequence is a song you don't necessarily have to be in the right frame of mind for. If you're not there already, it can get you there! Don't believe me? Okay, picture this.

You're on holiday on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. One with white sandy beaches and turquoise clear water. There are palm trees shading you as you lie on the sand and close your eyes, letting the sun bathe you in its rays from up in a cloudless blue sky. Everything is so relaxed; you have no cares and nowhere else to be. You can hear the sea washing up on the shore, a lapping, swishing sound of harmony and tranquil. You're not asleep, though, because something is keeping you in touch with reality, a sort of sweet music that permeates your mind and helps you drift into a state of semi-slumber. The piano player isn't expert but his few, brittle notes fit the mood perfectly, unhurried and well-paced. Far off in the distance you hear a man singing, just four words but they are sung in a slightly broken voice, one wistful, the singer dwelling on the transience of time in words and melody. It all seems so peaceful, so perfect...

And then you hear rain pattering on the window pane and you wake out of your wonderful dream to see water pouring down from the sky outside, bringing you back to reality. You realise you've spent what seems like hours immersed in your dream, and you know what your dream-singer told you was true - time does shoot on by.

That's how I see Beach Sequence. A dream-like state. It's landscape much like the songs of The Joshua Tree are; it creates a sound picture you can get really involved in. If you're in a relaxed sort of mood, put it on and let yourself drift. If you're stressed out, lie down, close your eyes and listen to Beach Sequence, imagine that dream, wonder at the creation of a song that sounds so effortless and so right.

And if none of that has convinced you, there's always the amusement of Bono's piano playing. The song was originally termed 'One Finger Piano' because that's the extent of Bono's expertise. Some of his best work! His contribution works well, though, and his extremely short vocal performance somehow still manages to put across emotion and soul. The background swishes and water-esque noises are lush, and what I take to be rain at the end is such a lovely touch.

I hardly need to look up the lyrics:

Time shoots on by...

Yup, that's it. No, seriously! But sometimes brevity is the friend of beauty.

Song uploaded to Savefile.

See y'all next week for more fun and fangirlishness!
 
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From:achtungeternal
Date:March 30th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
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Completely off-topic, but YOUR ICON. Bwahaha.
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From:bonoffee
Date:March 30th, 2006 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Lol thank you! It was made for me by my friend samuti!
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From:inklingfair
Date:March 30th, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)

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The twin to "Endless Deep"! I love this song. :) And this absolutely sets the summer mood. Late afternoon on a hammock.
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From:inklingfair
Date:March 30th, 2006 11:53 pm (UTC)
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*meep!* I meant "A Different Kind of Blue". Of Course, "Endless Deep" is the other one-liner "Where do we go from here?"
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From:canadanne
Date:April 2nd, 2006 02:45 am (UTC)

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Mmmm, Passengers. :)

Not sure how much I'll have to say about this particular track, but it's definitely lovely... very dreamy and peaceful. I love that laid back guitar, and of course Bono's delicate piano that complements the other musical elements so beautifully. All the background effects that you mentioned really help to create a rich and evocative soundscape. And I absolutely agree with your descriptions of Bono's brief vocal contribution - it may be only four words but they have such a haunting quality, somehow. It's just the way his voice sounds like some echo from the distant past, coming to you on the breeze.... you're remembering something you haven't thought about in a very long time; someone, maybe. Feels like it must have been a previous lifetime. You shiver involuntarily, wondering where all those years have gone....

I can't recall anything about the movie scene this track was used in, apart from the fact it was indeed a beach sequence. ;p  I could be wrong but I *think* it was a fairly windy, chilly-looking scene... at least, that's the mental image I tend to get from the song. Walking alone on the beach on a brisk winter's day. (I'm pretty sure I taped over the film because I figured I'd never feel like sitting through it for a second time, and now I somewhat regret doing so... heaven knows if and when it'll ever get shown on TV again.)

Thinking about it, I suppose this song isn't a million miles away from "October", what with the striking piano and wistful vocals.
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From:canadanne
Date:April 2nd, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)

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Ha, whaddya know!  I looked up the film on the IMDb just out of curiosity to see what it would say, and what should I find in the featured review but the following paragraph:

"There are a couple of visual moments that are absolutely spectacular, some of the best I've ever seen. This includes an ethereal scene where Malkovich explores a deserted playground on a beach. He sits on a swing, spins around in it with a shot that involves a beautifully moving camera, and then we watch a strong wind blow sand around on the beach (Antonioni loves showing the wind in his films)."

My memory can't be all that bad!

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