Yesterday’s post was negative toward some of Greg’s music (a song that he deleted, actually), so now, as the title says, it’s time to give something back.
In my independent film class last night, we watched “Dancer in the Dark.” It’s that movie from a couple years back that starred Bjork…she plays a poor immigrant woman who’s going blind and who needs to save up money to get an operation for her son so that the same thing doesn’t happen to him. Anyway, all I knew going in was that this movie starred Bjork, a woman whose music I have not been able to stand in the past. In fact, in yesterday’s post, I dissed Bjork as a sidenote to the whole Kenny G debate. I must say that, concerning the movie, I was completely wrong.
The movie was stirring and powerful, despite its seemingly outdated and melodramatic plot. There is effective use of musical interludes; this fits in with the recurring reference to classic musicals. Bjork’s character, when she comes to America, thinks she will find an idealized world full of joy and devoid of concerns, the world of American musicals. To fill the gap between her ideal and America’s reality, she has elaborate fantasies involving spontaneously choreographed dance numbers and songs. Of course, Bjork sings, and at first it was nearly unbearable.
I figured I was getting paid back for all the dissings I gave Bjork. Then, gradually the music began to grow on me. Bjork has a very unusual style of singing, but it’s very emotive and very raw. By the time the film was over, I felt like I had been reconciled a bit to Bjork music. I thought this was rather funny because, before the movie started, TJ said, “wouldn’t it be cool if you liked Bjork music after seeing this and then we could play Bjork in the apartment?” I just laughed at him. If he only knew how true is prediction would be.
Anyway, I’d have to say that I like Bjork now. Thanks Greg and Teej for hangin’ in there with the Bjork and seeing something that I didn’t see in her. I still don’t like Kenny G though, but I think that’s ok because no one else really seems to either. Oh Bjork…gotta love any singer whose name rhymes with pork. Gotta love that swan dress too.