This weekend I watched Almost Famous for the first time in five or six years. I had forgotten how seamless and entertaining the movie is--and a great deal of the seamlessness comes from the soundtrack.
I had no idea that Nancy Wilson from Heart is married to Cameron Crowe (the writer and director of the film) and that she did the soundtrack. She paid tribute to the rock and roll of 1972 and 1973 brilliantly--according to people who were alive and rocking during that time. I was familiar with all of the songs from the 70s thanks to my father (and of course my being born in the latter half of the decade), and whenever I see that movie or hear its soundtrack I think of him.
Thanks to his eclectic taste in music, I never had to go through a "Classic Rock" phase because my parents had (now? Um...) such great taste in music and there was never a time when there wasn't some kind of music playing in our house. I hope that if I ever have kids that I remember to make itunes mixes or get the robot nanny to play mixes in her sound system. I owe my eclecticism in music (and my eccentricity) to my parents.
Perhaps guided by Nancy Wilson and my perhaps my upbringing, I made a mix of music on my ipod that was eclectic and fun (and I'll never release the mix as some of the music I *might* be embarrassed to claim as my own), I gamboled to Giant to get some groceries for the next couple of weeks.
I will tell you that the first song in the mix is "Lucifer" by Jay-Z from the Black Album, and let me tell you, if you don't start practically dancing or running down the street as you listen to it, there's something wrong with you.
This soundtrack made the walk to the store more fun, and it make shopping more fun as well. I didn't even mind how crowded the store was and the creepy guy who works there tried to talk, I couldn't hear him past Yael Naim.
And then I went home, and made Chicken soup.