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If books could sing: The Red Leather Diary movie soundtrack

Hi, Ms. C! I hope you enjoy my presentation.      

http://youtu.be/pp0p1cDCzVc Our story begins with a young writer for the New York Times trying to figure out what she wants from the world. Just as she is trying to figure out what she’s doing with her life she finds this old diary that tells of someone else’s. The song I picked for this first part of the book is I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab For Cutie. The song is essentially a love song but it mentions a book that you can’t understand yet and that they should “spend time” with (it) and it will “possess your heart” just as Lily Koppel ends up doing with this red leather diary she has found. 

http://youtu.be/T5s-Fm92Lvo As the scene shifts from Lily in modern day New York we are taken to Florence Wolfson’s birthday party in 1929, the day she receives her diary. Unthought Known by Pearl Jam talks about what goes on in your mind and what you have the potential to do. I think this diary— every diary— helps Florence to organize herself mentally and realize “all the thoughts you never see, you are always thinking.”

http://youtu.be/zmU-oC8SCpI (Bi-curious) girl meets idol in the introduction of Eva Le Gallienne into Florence’s life. Le Gallienne was a famous actress that Florence admitted to loving. There is the matter of Florence being 15 and Eva 31 when they met. Florence comes off as a foolish, love sick teenager, sentiments that are expressed in Lovefool by The Cardigans: “So I cry, I pray, and I beg” and ”Love me, love me (Say that you love me) Fool me, fool me (Go on and fool me)”

http://youtu.be/RGv7BXBW9S4 Florence’s first female love is a really big part of her life. Florence meets Pearl through her school’s newspaper and they have…quite the experiences together. Although this song, Glory Box by Portishead, is written for a man it fits the theme of Florence’s romance with Pearl quite well. "Gonna give my heart away leave it to the other girls to play" and "Give me a reason to love you, Give me a reason to be a woman” are lyrics from the song.

http://youtu.be/qY—Yu4kzz0 After Pearl comes the realization that she could drop one girl and pick up with another and she goes back and forth between her dates as she pleases. She writes of the delightful promise of sex to come which is why I thought Animal by Neon Trees suitable for this promiscuous mindset with lyrics like “Here we are again, I feel the chemicals kickin’ in, It’s gettin’ heavier.”

http://youtu.be/1HRlDATxODg (kinda loud) In the end, though, Florence turns around and marries her old flame Nat. She had been through so many other relationships and hadn’t spoken to Nat in person in years. She almost moved on but a letter with a proposal stopped her. This song fits because they met at a hotel and met when they were young and spent a lot of time innocently talking at late hours of the night. The situation parallels to “there’s a place off Ocean Avenue where I used to sit and talk to you, we were both 16 and it felt so right, sleeping all day staying up all night” and they unwillingly separate for a while but Nat has had the intention of coming after Florence: “I remember the look in your eyes when I told you this was goodbye” and “If I could find you now things would get better, we could leave this town and run forever, I know somewhere, somehow we’ll be together.”

  • 27 April 2011
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