Music Monday: "Waiting in Vain," Annie Lennox

Monday, December 03, 2012

source: Annie Lennox's Facebook page
I was in a Christmassy mood recently and had the desire to watch the movie "Serendipity," a movie I don't think I've seen since it hit Pay-Per-View/the cable movie networks following its theatrical release. It came out when I was in my late teens and I didn't think it was very good then, so I never cared to revisit it until I was overcome with the desire to watch a movie set in the wintertime.

It wasn't nearly as bad as I remember it being, though I never cared for movies that were obvious in foreshadowing beyond the point of ... well, what I feel is ridiculous. I know this particular movie inherently needs that foreshadowing more than your average romantic comedy because of its focus on fate and, as it were, serendipity, but ... still.

(By the way, I think I've mentioned this before but it never hurts to mention it again ... the restaurant this movie was linked to, Serendipity 3, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, saw a surge in popularity following the movie's release. To this day, it remains a tourist trap. I've been a number of times and I'm telling you now ... STAY AWAY. It's not ludicrously expensive, but for the quality of food you get, it is overpriced. There is a minimum charge, and only their desserts are anything remotely worth writing home about. Please, please, please if you do go, do not order any of their actual food. But also keep in mind that you're going to have to harangue the minimum fee per person out of a combination of their drinks and desserts. And the frrrrrozen -- or however many Rs go into that name -- hot chocolate? It's basically an oversized Dunkin Donuts Coolatta with whipped cream topping and chocolate shavings.)

Anyway. I don't remember what scene it was anymore, but a lovely Annie Lennox song came on. One that turned out to be a Bob Marley cover! "Waiting in Vain" was originally released in 1977 by Bob Marley, and then rereleased by Annie in 1995. Annie's version has a distinctly late 80s/early 90s feel to it that attracted me to it ... sort of smoky, sultry with saxophones. All the necessary Ss. I guess I'm not quite over my 80s phase yet, huh? I don't think I ever will be ...

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  1. I don't know how many times I have seen the movie. My sis made me. She was (still is I suspect) in love with John Cusack.
    When I'm in a christmas-y mood, I watch Home alone haha.



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