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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Gonna make a pie with a heart in the middle

This song keeps looping in my head tonight. I just finished watching Waitress which was more complex than I had thought, not just about baking pastries in a small town. Keri Russell plays a waitress with heart in a small town who bakes amazing pies. Her husband doesn't support her dreams, the joy she finds in creating something small and sweet that makes people smile and brings joy into their day. As her belly grows with pregnancy, something begins to ferment and rise within her as she flirts with the ideas of other roads for her life to follow.

This charming melody is something that she sings a few times in the film while she bakes, a lullaby and a little love song. It's bluegrass-tinged, a little sugary, and not at all rock and roll, but I'm a sap for good sweet singable melodies for kids, so I ripped this one and already do a pretty mean rendition.

Baby Don't You Cry - Quincy Coleman
[there's some good stuff on her MySpace, check it]

In addition to making me hum the Tori Amos song "Waitress" all day (which is not on the soundtrack), the film also included tunes from the likes of Cake, The Bottle Rockets, and these two:

You're Gonna Get It - Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings [link]
The Electric Love Letter - Langhorne Slim [link]

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At January 03, 2008 3:56 AM, Anonymous last year's girl said...

Thanks for these songs, Heather. Waitress was one of my favourite films of 2007 because it was so sweet and so un-cynical. And therefore like nothing else I usually watch! I found a little card with some pie recipes from the movie and the untimely death of writer/director/actress Adrienne Shelley, and I keep meaning to try out some of those recipes.

At January 03, 2008 1:33 PM, Blogger D. said...

this is a beautiful movie... thanks for the song!

At January 03, 2008 2:18 PM, Anonymous joel said...

Hey Heather,
This is a comment totally unrelated to the post, but I just started reading No Country for Old Men and am enjoying it. His prose style is very evocative, but I'm curious of your take on his punctuation shenanigans. Namely, not using apostrophe's for contractions and forgoing quotation marks. It seems utterly pointless to me and adds nothing to the narrative. Just curious. Thanks for a great blog and all the great music.

At January 03, 2008 3:46 PM, Blogger heather said...

Joel, thanks for the question. While generally lazy usage of punctuation bugs the snot out of me, in McCarthy's case I don't take his lack of punctuation as shenanigans for two reasons:
a) it almost adds to the clean lines and austerity of the writing in the settings that he chooses. after noticing it for about 2 pages i ceased to notice it and it all just flowed fine for me
b) he's not doing it as a gimmick or to be cute; he is an amazing amazing writer and trims the fat relentlessly from his writing, if you will. I think of it as an interesting tool to focus on the words.

Hope you like the book! He's definitely one of my favorites and you should read All The Pretty Horses next.

At January 03, 2008 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's crazy, I just watched this movie on New Year's Day. Then I read the story about Adrienne Shelley which was really horrible. Between this and Juno I've been on a chick flick kick lately, crazy.

- Neil

At January 03, 2008 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. - Did you find it weird that the guy from "Clueless" played the abusive husband? Oh yeah, and Matlock was in this movie! Ok, I'm going to stop now.

At January 03, 2008 6:21 PM, Blogger Ruralgurl said...

Thanks for the tunes, Heather. I loved Waitress, too. When the hub and I went to the show and the Bottle Rockets tune came on, I was so surprised that I blurted out "Bottle Rockets!" right there. It's St. Louis, so no one minded the unexpected cheer for local boys done good. Inspired, I waited to see if Wilco's "Pecan Pie" showed up. Ya can't have everything.... But you can have pie.

At January 03, 2008 10:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for your input, heather. your reasons both make sense, now that i think about it, and i am about half way through and I don't notice it much anymore. Hope you enjoyed into the wild (i think i remember your mentioning reading it somewhere on the blog?). I have loved everything i have read of Jon Krakauer's. Under the banner of heaven is excellent as well. Take care.


At January 04, 2008 8:41 AM, Anonymous dwymer7003 said...

try Patty Griffin's great song...Making Pies..one of her best.

At January 07, 2008 11:45 AM, Blogger Chad said...

Waitress was certainly one of the best movies of last year...I couldn't stop talking about it when I first saw it...


At January 07, 2008 12:48 PM, Blogger muruch said...

Waitress was my favourite film last year, too. I still find myself humming that tune. I posted another Quincy Coleman song from the movie last month if anyone wants it.

At January 17, 2008 4:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks alot for the songs
i ve been looking for it for so long...thanks again :)

At July 01, 2008 9:03 PM, Blogger Nikitangel said...

Thank you so much for the song!! I was looking everywhere.

At January 01, 2009 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i loved this movie, i saw it when i was pregnant, then i miscarried. i vowed to not see it again til i was again pregnant. saw it tonight. i hope this one makes it! hugs, Raelene, 9 wks

At February 03, 2009 9:57 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Just have to say thanks for posting these, and I just cannot get enough of this movie. Maybe because I often feel trapped like her (and I did get out of my marriage), I have a baby girl who saves my life every day I see her, and I love pie. :)


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