Friday, January 11

New Year's Revolution

So this week’s topic is music—and it just so happens to be a big week for music here on the home front. Which is definitely a good thing, since I ended 2007 in what can only be described as a musical rut. It was the kind of thing that started slowly, and came with little to no warning. And before I knew it I was listening to the same thirty songs on my most favored iPod playlist—and ignoring everything else.

And then—my BFF and her BF threw a New Year’s bash

(Check out her boots!)

And I spent the entire night dancing to this band--

That, my friends, is a picture of guitar legend Johnny V! And let me just say that he and his band--ROCK THE HOUSE! Or in this case--the backyard! I've seen them before at Humphrey's

(photo taken at Humphrey's- me with Johnny V sax player, the completely amazing- Walter!)

But getting a private show was a treat! And the funny thing is, that old Elvin Bishop song- "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" was on my most favored playlist-- and, as it just so happens, Mr. Johnny V played that song when he toured with Elvin Bishop for 6 years!

And then, while I was listening to my Johnny V CD (over and over again), I went through a major movie going/renting phase, which just so happened to spawn a major iTunes shopping spree.

It all started with JUNO (if you haven’t seen it yet, please drop whatever it is that you’re doing and Get thee to the Cineplex!). The second I got home I downloaded Mott the Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes” (I already had the David Bowie version, but it’s always nice to have the original), and “Anyone Else But You” because I really liked the ending where the two characters sang it to each other.

And then I saw INTO THE WILD—(another must see!)—and found myself downloading a bunch of those moody Eddie Vedder songs that so perfectly made up the movie’s soundtrack.

My recent re-rental (is that a word?) of ALMOST FAMOUS inspired the purchase of “Wind” by Cat Stevens because I love that scene where Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) is dancing alone on an empty stage with that song playing in the background. Actually I love just about everything about that movie and am extremely envious of Cameron Crowe’s childhood as (according to the movie) it was WAY more glamorous and exciting than mine!

Watching HIGH FIDELITY (for the gazillionth time) didn’t spawn any recent downloads, though it did confirm my zealot’s love of music and anything Nick Hornby.

So what about you? Has a song from a movie ever inspired a music shopping binge??

Alyson Noel is the author of FAKING 19, ART GEEKS AND PROM QUEENS, LAGUNA COVE, FLY ME TO THE MOON, KISS & BLOG, SAVING ZOE, FIST KISS (THEN TELL), CRUEL SUMMER (May 2008), and MY IMMORTAL (Fall 2008). You can visit her at:


Gerb said...

Remember A Knight's Tale? Yeah. I had to have the CD from that one... Also got into Seal because Kiss From a Rose was in Batman. OK, not *in* it, but they did play it during the credits. More recently, I left PS I Love You with several songs stuck in my head.


Alyson Noel said...

Yup, Kiss From a Rose- me too!
Didn't see P.S. yet-- how was it?

Erica Orloff said...

Where do I start? LOL!

First, those are friggin' AWESOME boots.

I have boot envy.

Second . . . the soundtrack to ONCE, the soundtrack to EASTERN PROMISES, the soundtrack to . . . God, I just have to clock through my iPod. Hundreds of the songs (of the thousands I have) are movie based.

P.S. GREAT, fun post!

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Erica-
I KNOW! And the boots are even better in person!

Okay, you just listed the two movies I'm dying to see, going over to Netflix to reserve my copy now. . .

Amanda Ashby said...

My fav CD EVER is the Clueless soundtrack which I went and bought the minute I first saw that movie(and which actually has a version of All the Young Dudes on it!!!!!). I also put All Star on my playlist last week because the kids had been watching Shrek. Oh, and when you went on your Eddie Vedder download spree, did you happen to see what he looks like these days. Gorgeous!!!!!

Amanda Ashby said...

Boy, am I chatty this morning! Anyway, I meant to say, if you liked Into the Wild, you must see Madagascar if you haven't already. Hiliarious! (sometimes it's handy having young kids because it's a great excuse to watch these things!!!)

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Amanda-
I LOVE Clueless, everything about it! I used to use my niece and nephew as an excuse to see all of those animated movies--until one day they rolled their eyes and said' "Adults always like that stuff!"
So when I saw SHREK, it was just my husband and me!
Madagascar is definitely on my list, and yup, Mr. Vedder is BABEALICIOUS!!

Wendy Toliver said...

I saw JUNO last night and ... wow! It was such a perfect movie. I loved every second of it, and yes, the music was fabulous!

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Wendy-
I KNOW-- I thought it was AMAZING--loved, loved, loved it!

Sara Hantz said...

Ditto on the boots.... they are SOOOO cool!!!

I saw Hairspray last night.... OMG I LOVED it and first thing this morning will be popping out for the soundtrack..... which I know my daughter and I will be fighting over.

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Sara--
Oh, Hairspray! Adding it to my "Things to See and Do" list!

susanhatler said...

Totally agree about Juno. LOVED that movie. Into The Wild was great too. As for music...I loved all the songs in A Walk to Remember. :)

Alyson Noel said...

Hey Susan-
Can you believe I never saw Walk to Remember?? Hanging my head in shame. . .

susanhatler said...

I've watched it more than a dozen times. Put it in your Queue!

Erica Orloff said...

I refused to see Walking to Remember. A film snob, I just refused on grounds it was sappy and probably awful. And then I was sick in bed, and nothing was on and I started watching it, not realizing what it was. I was SOBBING by the end. And really loved it. LOL! So much for being a film snob.

Oh, and I'm going to see JUNO tonight.

Alyson Noel said...

Susan and Erica- I'm convinced! Adding it to my queue-- and Erica, can't wait to hear what you think of Juno!

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