I’ve had an iPod in my life since Steve Jobs released the dang thing in late-2001. Coming up on a number I always note, 13, as in years. A first generation 5 GB version began the journey. I subsequently upgraded to a 10 GB third-gen, and then a fourth-gen 40 GB Photo version. Following up with a sixth-gen 120 GB, which was re-bought in the larger and rebranded ‘Classic’ 160 GB model (7th gen) when I lost that one.
I’ve stayed with the older, non-flash memory, non-touch music player for one reason. It’s the only Apple device capable of holding all of my digitized music, along with my audiobooks. That’s important to me, especially since I continue to add both to my music library. At times, due to the movies I’ve watched. As alluded in another series, the convergence of the music and film arts is one I’ve spent much time toward.
Collecting music has been a habit of mine since my youth, really. From vinyl to CDs, downloads, and ironically returning to vinyl. Noting that a fraction of the music ended up on my iPod byway of the films that featured it on their soundtracks. Even if it was years after the initial screening, it still got there purely because of a movie. Since it begins tomorrow, I thought to post a short music series for the summer of 2014.
I’ll attempt to break these songs up into the categories most fit into, purely to make it more manageable. As a start, from the fewest to most.
I do listen and have some Country and Western music in my library. Admittedly, it’s not a lot. This portion of song takes up the smallest amount of recorded storage on the computer’s hard drive and this old iPod of mine. Nonetheless, the movies contributed some of my favorites in this bracket.
Eastbound and Down – Smokey and the Bandit (1977): Just an energetic number written by the late-Jerry Reed and Dick Feller. Sung by Reed, who was such a personable artist and an underrated actor, it’s just puts a smile on your face.
I Fall to Pieces – Sweet Dreams (1985): I’d certainly heard Patsy Cline‘s immortal tune before, but it hadn’t registered with me up to that point. Watching the film changed my mind toward the artist and song.
How Do I Live – Con Air (1997): Trisha Yearwood’s version was used in the film. Strangely, singer LeAnn Rimes‘ cut was released simultaneous and even charted higher. LeAnn’s is my preferred cut on my iPod.
Ring of Fire – U-Turn (1997): A song forever known to Johnny Cash, and whose parentage (depending upon which wife of the singer’s you listen to) has been called into question. Certainly I’d heard his quintessential tune, but it took Oliver Stone’s unique film to make me finally get it (in more ways than one).
How about you? Any country songs you’ve collected because of a movie?
The entire series can be found here.