Song of the Day #3,492: ‘Bellbottoms’ – The John Spencer Blues Explosion

Before getting to my next 2017 movie music moment, I want to give a shout out to a song I’m not featuring this week because I posted it during my movie wrap-up last month. That track is the Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Crash Into Me,’ which was used so beautifully in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, not once but twice.

The first time ‘Crash Into Me’ plays, it’s a bittersweet but comic moment, as Lady Bird and her best friend cry to the song over a failed relationship. The second time, it marks a lovely moment of growth for Lady Bird as she becomes more confident in who she is and who she doesn’t have to pretend to be any longer. (I’m being vague because I know some of my readers haven’t seen the film yet and I don’t want to ruin its many lovely surprises).

So ‘Crash Into Me’ is technically my top movie song of 2017. But let’s get to the car chase!

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Song of the Day #2,815: ‘Baby Driver’ – Simon & Garfunkel

bridgeoverMy fourth favorite album from 1970 is the final record by Simon & garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water. I’ve already featured five of this album’s 11 songs on the blog so clearly it hits a nerve.

This record was a smash hit for the duo. In fact, for the decade before the release of Michael Jackson’s Thriller in 1982, this was the best-selling album of all time. But Simon and Garfunkel has already decided to part ways. The front cover, with Simon partially obscuring Garfunkel’s face, was perhaps unintentionally symbolic of the dynamic between them.

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