I've noticed that some of the blog entries have started to have coloured backgrounds which weren't intended. Manually editing the html code only seems to make things worse, so I'm going to write this entry without changing the colour of the text in the hope that this will prevent problems.
I saw the Hugh Grant/Drew Barrymore film "Music and lyrics" again over the weekend. This is a great rom-com and really speaks to me, presumably because Hugh Grant is a has-been musician who has difficulty in writing songs and records in a home studio.
I saw this film in a cinema with my daughter several years ago and even then I was aware that the editing (or continuity) was somewhat suspect - especially the scene which takes place in a diner. Drew Barrymore also manages to change clothes even though she's spending time in Grant's flat and brought no clothes with her. Minor carping aside, Grant and Barrymore could have been the romantic couple of the decade had they made more films together, in the same way that Woody Allen and Diane Keaton defined (for me) the romantic couple of the 70s, and Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks the couple of the 90s.
I am always peeved by this film that the song 'Way back into love' is never performed in its entirety. Grant and Barrymore perform the first two verses when they're recording the demo, but there's talking in between the verses. Grant and Hayley Bennett (playing the part of Cora Corman) sing the first two verses and the middle eight in the concert, but the first verse is talked over. Bennett sings the third verse in the studio but the recording peters out as Grant is surprised by the lyrics.
So I decided to try and create a composite version and make a complete song. I played the different parts of the film on my computer's dvd player and recorded the soundtrack. I needed to record four parts:
- The Indian intro (recorded at Bennett's studio) - no singing
- Opening verse by Drew Barrymore (recorded at Grant's studio)
- Second half of first verse and onto the middle eight and instrumental - concert
- Final verse by Bennett
Most of the editing went well, although it turns out that Drew Barrymore's first verse is in a different key to the concert version, although the final verse is in the same key as the concert version. In order to complete the song, I looped the chorus and middle eight from the concert. I feel like Phil Spector artificially lengthening one of the final Beatles' songs because it was too short ("I me mine", if I remember correctly). The finished version sounds ok but not astounding.
I find it interesting that Drew Barrymore apparently sings the opening verses. When she appeared in Woody Allen's musical "Everyone says I love you", she was the only actor not to sing, because her voice was so bad.