INTERVIEWER: Are you concerned about what you’d leave behind?
JERRY GARCIA: No, I’m hoping to leave a clean field – nothing, not a thing. I’m hoping they burn it all with me. I don’t feel like there’s this body of work that must exist. There’s enough stuff – who needs the clutter, you know? I’d rather have my immortality here while I’m alive. I don’t care if it lasts beyond me at all. I’d just as soon it didn’t.
Interview, Rolling Stone, 2 September 1993
Written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
Performed by the Grateful Dead
Photo by Jan Saudek: Children Playing in a Cemetery (1973)
Life is precious, every minute
And more precious with you in it.
Music: Little Person
Written by Charlie Kaufman and Jon Brion
Performed by Deanna Story
Synecdoche, New York (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (2008)
Two Tribes (Annihilation Mix)
Music by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson and Mark O’Toole
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
12″ single (1984)
Screen capture from the Two Tribes video
You might know Carter Burwell’s music but not his name. He wrote music for nearly all of the Coen Brothers’ movies (e.g. Fargo, True Grit), much of the Twilight series (‘Bella’s Lullaby’), and many other films.
Mr. Burwell first hit my radar in 2002, when I purchased the DVDs for Being John Malkovich and The Man Who Wasn’t There on the same day. The menu-loop music for both DVDs was jaw-droppingly beautiful. I checked the credits and found that both pieces were by the same composer. I sought out the soundtrack albums and loved them. Burwell’s soundtracks are now permanent fixtures on my iPhone music player.
He is also a smart essayist and runs an excellent website (with free music downloads and samples) called The Body.
You shall know a man by his works. What we know about Carter Burwell is that he has a lot of soul.
Music by Carter Burwell (four favorites out of many):
Malkovich Shrine and Embarcation, from Being John Malkovich (1999):
I Met Doris Blind, from The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001):
SeDuctIon, from Fur (2006):
Opening, from Moving Gracefully Toward the Exit (2006):
Photo of Carter Burwell (2001) by Chianan Yen
Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
Music by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans (1956)
Performed by Sly & the Family Stone
Photos by Brassaï
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