Friday, April 28, 2017

On Giving a Song New Life

UB40's Greatest Hits was my first album. I listened to it on cassette tape when I was eight years old. Ten years later, I saw Bringing Out the Dead (Martin Scorsese, 1999) with my brother in Manhattan. Towards the end of the movie, Frank Pierce, a crazed EMT played by Nicolas Cage, enters the den of a druglord after a bloody shootout. Blood is everywhere, mixing with spilled water from an aquarium. A steadicam captures everything, taking in every shade of red to the pace of the relaxed, steady beat of UB40's cover of "Red Red Wine."

This is the last time I was stunned to hear a piece of music matched to a particular set of images. 

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