BRIGHT LIGHT BRIGHT LIGHT - CINEMATOGRAPHY III
THIRD EP FEATURING COVERS OF SONGS FROM CHRISTMAS MOVIES
Gizmo's Theme (The Little One / The Gift)
From The Motion Picture 'Gremlins'
Originally by Jerry Goldsmith
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Featured In The Motion Pictures 'Home Alone', 'Meet Me In St Louis' & 'When Harry Met Sally...'
Notably performed by Mel Tormé, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
From The Motion Picture 'Gremlins'
Originally by Darlene Love
Put A Little Love In Your Heart featuring Nerina Pallot
From The Motion Picture 'Scrooged'
Originally by Al Green & Annie Lennox
Face To Face
From The Motion Picture 'Batman Returns'
Originally by Siouxsie & The Banshees
When Love Is Gone
From The Motion Picture 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'
Originally by Meredith Braun
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CINEMATOGRAPHY III, at a glance ...
'Choreography' was inspired by scenes from my favourite films and written to be the soundtrack to my own ridiculous colourful film, so as sister EPs, the 'Cinematography' series covers of some of my favourite songs from cinema. Because I love Christmas films so much, I thought it would be fun to do a special festive EP. More often than not, the soundtracks are a huge part of what makes the films so special. I wanted to have fun on a third 'Cinematography' release, so thought a Christmas special would be a nice way to round off a really fun year.
'Gremlins' is evidently close to my heart, as my moniker comes from the film, and I think Jerry Goldsmith's score is stunning. I included my take on Gizmo's song, which appears in numerous incarnations throughout the score as a repeated motif.
'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' is one of my favourite Christmas songs as it's so bittersweet. I love the melancholia that seeps into so many Christmas films and stories, as it reminds you that it's not the utopic time of year it's painted to be on cards. While Judy Garland sang the seminal version that brought the song to public adoration, it's Mel Tormé's version in 'Home Alone' I really love, seconded by the Bing Crosby version in 'When Harry Met Sally...' - a film very close to my heart as a New Yorker!
The sound of Christmas is really Darlene Love's TIMELESS vocal on 'Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)' which is one of the best songs ever. (Mariah's version and Slow Club's version are also both really fantastic). The second this song starts I'm in my happiest place, I love this track so much.
Bill Murray's 'Scrooged' film is so, so wonderful. His performances in that era are so legendary, and this modernised 'Christmas Carol' film is one of my favourite Christmas films. Al Green & Annie Lennox did a wonderfully 80s version of the Jackie DeShannon classic for the film, and I asked one of my favourite singers Nerina Pallot (who's also a good friend I'm happy to say) to be my duet partner on this track. It's SUCH a great song, and a real joy to sing.
I have a real love for the Christmas-set horror / action films like 'Die Hard' and in that vein, 'Batman Returns' is one of the best. Michelle Pfeiffer's performance as Catwoman is the best, best, BEST. I love everything about that film from the soundtrack to the gorgeous visuals, the camp and the macabre. This song 'Face To Face' by Siouxsie and the Banshees is a really great slice of dark gothic pop that sits perfectly in the world of the film, and makes for a really unusual Christmas time song, so I thought adding it to this list would be a nice nod to the darker side of the festive season.
Rewatching 'The Muppet Christmas Carol' again and again, I couldn't believe that the scene of 'When Love Is Gone' was removed from the film, because it was too sad apparently. It's a GREAT song, and a lovely scene that humanises Scrooge in a way that allows you to really feel for the character. I asked my friend Harkin to sing with me on it as we're both obsessed with the film, with Christmas, and with making music.