Favorite movie song

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hands down, my answer to question number 3 in "American Songwriter"'s song spectacular is "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John. I'm sure this is the answer many cheesy girls around my age will give, not so well-versed in music of the '60s and the '70s when Almost Famous came out in 2000. I'm kind of embarrassed, but I've spent the years since trying to catch up.

Here is the clip from the movie:

I loved this movie and still love it, though it's been years since I've watched it. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. It's funny to watch this clip now, because everyone has grown up so much. Little Anna Paquin and Patrick Fugit here, and Kate Hudson who just had her second child over the weekend ... 2000 doesn't seem like that long ago, but I guess it's been some time.

When I heard "Tiny Dancer," I adored it, and then when I downloaded it and listened to it over and over again, I thought it was ME. Well, the me I wanted to be. A free bird, a Band-Aid (but only in the best ways) ... I took pride in my low maintenance and thought I was a true "blue jean baby." I so badly wanted to be an L.A. lady, to marry a music man. I thought I had a bit of a pirate smile and I had grown up dancing ... I could SO relate ;). It even became forever linked to me when I went and printed part of the lyrics in my high school senior half-page. Yes, 17-year-old me went there.

I just now looked the song up on SongMeanings.net and SongFacts.com and it seems that the general consensus is that it was written about a woman named Maxine!

So maybe the song is about me after all.

I do have another song I love (or used to) from another movie, though the movie I am lukewarm about. The song is "Kissing You" by Des'ree from Romeo + Juliet from 1996, the one that stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

I also happen to think that the teen flick 10 Things I Hate About You has a fantastic soundtrack -- Sister Hazel's "Your Winter," Jessica Riddle's "Even Angels Fall," Save Ferris and Joan Armatrading.

Other movies with great soundtracks: How To Deal (with "Promise Ring" by Tremolo, "Why Can't I?" by Liz Phair, "Thinking About Tomorrow" by Beth Orton and "Wild World" by Cat Stevens), Garden State (virtually the entire soundtrack) and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, another children's film. "Sugar Mouse" by Oh, Atoms never fails to put a smile on my face.

But "Tiny Dancer" wins, by a comfortable mile.

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