Blog of Rachel Barber. 25. Overeducated bartender. Compulsive dreamer. Obsessive to the nth degree. I like stories, rock n' roll and driving around.

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29. A song from your favourite movie

Penelope’s Theme - From The Brothers Bloom

Scored by Nathan Johnson & The Cinematic Underground

Not only is this movie just the best thing in the universe, (I love Rian Johnson) but this song. God, okay, let me tell you about this song.

Penelope’s Theme is so named for Penelope, who is an insanely brilliant recluse, but shy and awkward at first. So too, is the music. It’s lovely, but everything doesn’t quite click. So Penelope and Bloom are walking through Prague. The theme plays. And then they disappear behind a pillar. They emerge from the other side hand-in-hand, and suddenly, everything makes sense. The music is no longer stilted. Everything suddenly flows effortlessly, and the result is beautiful.

To this day, the way that the score manages to so amazingly fit the story and the visuals….. it gives me chills.

Truthfully, the entire score and the movie both are very much worth your time.

But in the end journey’s brought joys.
That outweigh the pain

Frank Turner

Journey of the Magi

27. Your favourite male vocal song

Have Mercy - The Gaslight Anthem

This might be a bit premature, because this song has only been out two weeks, but it is a good example of everything I love about Brian Fallon’s voice. It’s not perfect, it’s rough around the edges, but there’s emotion behind it, make no mistake. I like that.

9pm: "I'm going to bed now."
10pm: "I'm going to bed now."
11pm: "I'm going to bed now."
12am: "I'm going to bed now."
1am: "I'm going to bed now."
2am: "I'm going to bed now."
3am: "FUCK."
4am: "FUCK."
5am: "OKAY."

26. The first song you ever heard

Two Strong Hearts - John Farnham

Okay, so here is the story. Once upon a time my mother was 6 and a half months pregnant, and thought it would be a good idea to paint her house on the station she lived on in the remote Murchison region of Western Australia.

This was not an altogether brilliant idea.

My mother went into labour, two and a half months early. She went to Carnarvon Hospital, but they weren’t equipped to deal with such a premature birth, so she was flown with the Royal Flying Doctors down to Perth all alone in the back of a tiny plane, freaking the fuck out the whole time.

Cue reaching the maternity hopsital in Perth, I was removed from my mother’s womb like the tumour baby I am, and despite all the drugs and delirium, my Mum remembers this song playing over the PA in the hospital.

She doesn’t even like John Farnham, who at the time was in his mullety, ballady 80s heydey. And I can’t blame her. But the songs goes:

"We’ve got two strong hearts
We stick together like the honey and the bee
You and me
We’ve got two strong hearts
Reaching out forever like a river to the sea.”

And my mother went through hell, but she heard this song, and stayed focused on the monitors that told her that both our hearts were still beating up a storm, despite the odds, and what do you know, we both made it out alive in the end.

Which just goes to show that even cheesy 80s rock ballads have their place in the grand scheme of things.

25. A song that you absolutely despise

I Try - Macy Gray

I don’t exactly know why, but I’ve always really hated this song. I used to have it on a 100% Hits or Hit Machine or some really horrible compilation CD from the very late 90s, and I always skipped it.

23. A song you like from a musical or children’s movie

I Just Can’t Wait To Be King from The Lion King (1994)

I used to have this song on a tape as a child. The Lion King was the first movie I ever saw in a cinema, and the first video I ever owed. It was a BIG FUCKING DEAL to Little Rachel, lemme tell you.

Life threw me a bit of a curveball today.

So this evening my best friend swooped in, made me nachos, watched Watchmen with me, taught me some insults in Mandarin, and swept away like some goddamn Wild West hero.

He’s my favourite.

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