Some songs are just made for the movies – so much so that you can’t look at the songs the same way once you’ve seen in those scenes, capturing the essence of situations or characters. Some of the examples that immediately come to mind are ‘Wish you were here’ of Pink Floyd in Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind or ‘When you say nothing at all’ by Ronan Keating (of course the song has much older history than that, but for this piece’s sake, let’s keep it with Keating) in Notting Hill.
But today, the song of the day is ‘California Dreamin” by The Mamas & The Papas. The song, released in 1965, was used in the iconic Chungking Express three decades later, but with the same freshness. Once you see delicate Faye Wong going about her life to the tune of this song, it’s difficult to see any other visualization going with it.
The song has countless covers – one even by THE Sia for San Andreas – but it’s surely difficult to reach to this height – even when it’s apparently incongruous to have the song longing LA’s warmth during NY’s winter in the Hong Kong setting – but what’s the magic of cinema if it can’t connect gems across the globe to make the ideas cohesive?
For the Indian section, a cover of one of my all-time favorite songs. It captivated me the first time, and never fails to do so. It’s the perfect blend of medley, vocals and composition that stands test of time.
But mostly it’s to do with the magic of multilingual India – that the song, despite changing lanes between Malayalam and Hindi remains as endearing and makes sense!