Sunday, February 24, 2008

The importance of the good fight

Yay!!!! Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová won the Oscar award for best original song tonight for "Falling Slowly." The "chill moment" is an oft-used criterion for assessing the emotional impact of a piece of art. I have probably never experienced a more sublime "chill moment" than the first time I saw Once and they performed this song.

What I love about this version is the stripped down arrangement devoid of any strings. Not that I don't love strings, but there's an intimacy in this performance that's unparalleled anywhere.

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