by Melissa Uhrin
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?"
Whether you care for music or not, it is the perfect accompaniment to highlight unspoken emotions in film.
On November 7th, we lost our master composer of movie soundtracks, Canada's own Leonard Cohen. Ever since the news was announced, I have been listening to his music and reliving memories of key movie moments that the songs bring to mind.
Another movie I haven't watched in DECADES (I hate that that's a thing I can say!) is Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Again we find another song put to incredible use as the opener for a film ("Waiting For The Miracle"), set to sexy crazy chick dancing, scorpions being mowed down in the prime of their life, dirty leering truckers and violence, so much violence.
Watchmen. You can't unsee it once you've seen it, but Leonard Cohen's deep raspy voice will help you through. Rufus Wainwright's cover of it in Shrek brought it to a whole new generation of kids. With over 300 versions of the song covered by everyone from Bono to Justin Timberlake, it's sure to stand the test of time and accompany many more film moments to come.
Also on my list to watch, 2005's Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, which I have been trying to track down but haven't had any success as of yet.
Music and lyrics, much like art in all its forms, is open to interpretation, and there is something in any given song that will speak directly to us. The power and ever-eternalness of Leonard's Cohen's poetic wordplay will live on both onscreen when filmmakers need his words to bring to life a particular scene, and when we sing along to the voices in our heads.