3月 13, 2010

Crazy Heart & Brand New Angel by Jeff Bridges

忍不住再來推Crazy Heart的另一首極好聽耐聽的插曲。這首Brand New Angel是新科影帝傑夫自己出馬唱的,是故事主人翁Bad Blake決心戒酒振作復出後唱的第一首歌。整首歌迷濛呢喃,低語婉轉,由傑夫略著滄桑沙啞的歌聲來詮釋,特別有種舔舐傷口吟訴生命,並且以緩慢的步伐重新找回中年自我的一股魅力。

我後來回想這部片,越來越感覺到以音樂轉折來呼應角色生命轉變的用心。電影前半段Bad在放逐和怨天尤人中迷茫度日,他所唱的歌多是典型的中快板鄉村流行歌曲,輕巧俚俗,玩世不恭。戒酒振作後的Bad在片中只唱了一首歌,就是Brand New Angel,一改先前討巧貪娛的樂風,變得沉緩低吟,溫柔內斂。這首歌和The Weary Kind一樣走含蓄暖軟的曲風,呼應Bad Blake的轉變,他對過往荒唐人生的反芻。反覆聽這首歌,我比較能感覺到傑夫布里吉用歌聲來演繹角色的功力。聽歌唄。



Brand New Angel

Well it rained last night
And the stars shone bright
And way off yonder
We heard the whippoorwill

At the first light of dawn
We heard that he was gone
Our hearts was empty
And our eyes was filled

Open the gates
Welcome him in
There’s a brand new angel
A brand new angel
With an old violin

In music he heard
All the songs of the birds
And he said that some songs
Was like clear fall day
Well he gave his last refrain
O but his song will remain
Though he’s put his bow down
And closed his case

Open the gates
Welcome him in
'cuz there’s a brand new angel
There’s a brand new angel
With an old violin

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