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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lana Del Rey - Young and Beautiful (from "The Great Gatsby" Soundtrack)



In my last blog post I reviewed the 2013 released movie The Great Gatsby. One of the songs on the soundtrack for that film has been haunting me. Young and Beautiful sung by Lana Del Rey. That's a good way to describe the song, haunting. Now that I think about it I heard it on the movie preview and it was one thing that drew me to the film - and that Leo and Baz were a part of it. I love it for its ability to convey a specific mood that really fits the film and the novel. I think it succeeds at that the same way the novel and film do - they capture a specific time and place. The Great Gatsby is a novel about more than the characters lives in the book. It captured the time of the roaring twenties. This song captures a tone from the film really well. I like things that can do that. My two favorite books are The Body by Stephen King, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Both of those stories capture intimate stories of childhood merging toward adulthood. In a way you could kind of say that The Great Gatsby captures that time for our country. Am I stretching it? 

May I submit to you that youth and beauty are fleeting things and we should not put our stock in them. That's not the message that normally is crammed down our throats by the media but it's true. I still love the song though. Anyways, Just wanted to draw your attention to this song. It's one I bought on iTunes - don't you love being able to buy singles? Thanks for stopping by.

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