Friday, 21 October 2005

The music of Cameron Crowe films



The Dallas Observer discusses the music of Cameron Crowe films. Actually, I think one of the best uses of music in a Crowe film is the "Tiny Dancer" scene in Almost Famous, especially because it wasn't an out-and-out "cool" song to choose - unlike, say, "Feel Flows" from that same film, "Dyslexic Heart" in Singles, and I'd presume My Morning Jacket's "Where to Begin" in the upcoming Elizabethtown. "Tiny Dancer" can be a fairly naff song - hey, it even has swelling violins - but somehow it fit in perfectly in the context of that film: it was just the kind of song that would have come up on the radio in the 70s, one presumes, and it showed the reconciliatory mood on the bus.

My old friend Raj used to say Cameron Crowe had the life he most admired, and why not, right? Journalist for Rolling Stone at a tender age, gifted director almost from the get-go (Fast Times at Ridgemont High), married to a rock star, and he seems to have full creative control of his soundtracks.

Now if he only he could fit in his wife's "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You" in one of his films.



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