Sunday, February 22, 2009

Week 39: "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova

I am writing this entry on Sunday afternoon a few hours before The Academy Awards. Appropriately, this week’s song of the week is the song that won the Oscar for best song in a motion picture last year.

That song is “Falling Slowly” from the beautiful and heartbreaking movie Once. Once, a kind of Generation X, alternative-folk musical set in Ireland, tells the story of the spontaneous friendship (and unrequited falling in love) between a street musician (played by Glen Hansard) and a Czech woman (Marketa Irglova.) The most memorable scene in the movie features them bonding while playing this song in a music store. It is a scene to which no words can do justice.

There is so much to love about these musicians and this song. There is Glen Hansard’s structurally unsound guitar. There is the sweet softness of Marketa Irglova’s voice. The song is deeply gorgeous and touching and transcendent. And fortunately there are tons of videos of them performing the song live on youtube. You should definitely check it out!

Here. Here. Here. Here. And Here.

As a bonus. Here is a clip from the movie of another great song, "When Your Mind's Made Up."