Saturday, December 22, 2018

Song of the Day: "I'll Fight"

If Diane Warren receives an Oscar nomination for "I'll Fight" from RBG, the acclaimed documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it will be her 10th.

If she doesn't, it won't (right?).

I posted a song by Jennifer Hudson for Musical Theater Therapy yesterday or the day before. She's growing on me.

Song: "I'll Fight"
Artist: Jennifer Hudson

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Song of the Day: "Not Today"

I don't remember the specifics anymore, but I do remember that the first time I heard Alessia Cara, I knew she had something special. "Here" put her at #9 for my favorite singles that year (whatever year it was, that was that year).

With "Not Today" she's got a bit of an Elle King vibe going (King also had a good debut that same year--her "Exes and Ohs" came in at #15 that same year, which was also that year).

What's my point? I forget. Maybe I just feel like I should type something when I do these.

Song: "Not Today"
Artist: Alessia Cara

Monday, December 17, 2018

Song of the Day: "Girl in the Movies"

I was a little surprised to see the 3 Golden Globe Original Song nominees that aren't the big song from A Star is Born or the big song from Black Panther: an awful Annie Lennox song, a well-intentioned but forgettable song by the dude from Sigur Ros (and someone else), and a song by Dolly Parton from a movie about falling in love with Dolly Parton!!!

The plot of Dumplin' is a bit confusing (read about it here), but it's on Netflix so shut up and watch it tonight. Dolly wrote 6 new songs for the movie and recorded another 6 (making 12 songs from Dolly in total, duh). Can it beat "Shallow"?

Song: "Girl in the Movies"
Artist: Dolly Parton

Notes on Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a downbeat movie that is matter-of-fact about its unlikeable characters. Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant, who are both very good in the movie, don't try for anything but portraying grim and very real people. And they succeed nicely.

The movie's best shots at Oscar nominations are Richard E. Grant for Best Supporting Actor (an award he's picked up from 5 critics associations, and nominated for by the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), Melissa McCarthy for Best Actress (an award she's won from 3 critics associations [plus 2 nebulous awards from film festivals], and nominated for by the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), and Best Adapted Screenplay (received from 2 critics associations, with a handful of nominations pending as well). 

The movie is too austere for me to see it getting additional nominations (although, frankly, the costume design is great, the production design is nice, and the cinematography is good--but none of these things is sufficiently flashy to get attention come Oscar nomination time).

All 3 (Grant, McCarthy and Adapted Screenplay) are likely nominees, with Grant the most likely of the 3 to win.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Song of the Day: "King of Alabama"

That Brent Cobb's Providence Canyon is a really good album doesn't mean he's not a record label's attempt at having the next Chris Stapleton. Or does the success of one long-haired, blue collar, Nashville songwriter stepping up with a musical combination of country, rock, and bluegrass, naturally mean that Nashville record labels have always supported this exact kind of act for decades?

It's like Adele getting signed right after Amy Winehouse hit big, or Coldplay after Radiohead, or Tracy Bonham after Alanis Morrisette, or Counting Crows after the Dave Matthews Band, or, wait, what's my point? I forget.

This song is about Wayne Mills who probably shouldn't have been smoking there.

Song: "King of Alabama"
Artist: Brent Cobb