Song of the Day #3,113: ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ – Belinda Carlisle

black_mirror_san_juniperoYesterday, I lauded the wonderful network and cable shows I enjoyed in 2016 but I neglected to mention the ones I streamed. Well, that’s because there weren’t any for most of the year.

I’m only halfway through the new season of Mozart in the Jungle, a show I absolutely love. [NOTE: Since writing this, I finished the season.]  I’m thisclose to starting Stranger Things but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I’m a season behind on Orange is the New Black. I hear great things about Bojack Horseman and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt but, well, see all of the above.

The one series I did stream in its entirety is Black Mirror, and I gobbled up its three seasons (13 episodes total) in a day and a half. It’s basically The Twilight Zone set in the near future, with technology as the ever-present bad guy (“black mirror” refers to the dead screens of our ubiquitous handheld devices).

The series is beautifully written and acted, and though most episodes end ugly, they always leave you hungry for another. I’m already in withdrawal waiting for Season Four.

The third season, the first produced by NetFlix, featured some of the series’ best episodes, including two that had Black Mirror‘s version of a happy ending. Those episodes are as good or better than most big-screen movies I saw last year.

The best of them, ‘San Junipero,’ featured my celebrity girlfriend Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Halt and Catch Fire‘s Mackenzie Davis in a bittersweet romance set largely in the 80s, with a fabulous soundtrack to boot.

I won’t say more than that, except to encourage everybody to sample Black Mirror. No need to start from the beginning… every episode is self-contained.

Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
They say in heaven love comes first
We’ll make heaven a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earthWhen the night falls down
I wait for you
And you come around
And the world’s alive
With the sound of kids
On the street outside
When you walk into the room
You pull me close and we start to move
And we’re spinning with the stars above
And you lift me up in a wave of love

Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
They say in heaven love comes first
We’ll make heaven a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth

When I feel alone
I reach for you
And you bring me home
When I’m lost at sea
I hear your voice
And it carries me
In this world we’re just beginning
To understand the miracle of living
Baby I was afraid before
But I’m not afraid anymore

Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
They say in heaven love comes first
We’ll make heaven a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth

In this world we’re just beginning
To understand the miracle of living
Baby I was afraid before
But I’m not afraid anymore

Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
They say in heaven love comes first
We’ll make heaven a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth

Ooh heaven is a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,113: ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ – Belinda Carlisle

  1. Dana says:

    I caught about 15 minutes of one of the two Black Mirror episodes you lauded and came away feeling that it was a bit too high concept and pretentious for my taste. With so much already on my must see list, I don’t see myself circling back on this one.

  2. Clay says:

    It’s definitely high-concept, I don’t know about pretentious, but I think many of the episodes would be right up your alley.

  3. Peg says:

    We plan to give it a try very soon

  4. Amy says:

    Always love a good 80’s song 🙂 When you start Stranger Things, you’ll be inundated in nostalgia for the era. Enjoy! As for adding to your streaming list, I’d put Goliath on there. And you should eventually get around to watching at least the first season of both House of Cards and Homeland.

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