Monday Movie Music Moment

From one of my favourite flims of all-time, this scene is only one amongst so many fulfilling film music moments in the hit 2004 film. Garden State, directed by lead actor Zach Braff, emerged during a period of movie-making in which it felt like so many soundtracks were making splashes as those overflowing with emerging artists and underground sounds. Featuring a number of indie musicians like The Shins, Zero 7 and Nick Drake, Braff says he crafted the Garden State soundtrack based on his own musical preferences at the time: “Essentially, I made a mix CD with all of the music that I felt was scoring my life at the time I was writing the screenplay.”

This scene comes later in the film after one of my other favourite film music moments, when upon first meeting him, Natalie Portman (Sam) passes Braff (Andrew) her headphones – telling him to listen to a song (“New Slang” by The Shins) because it will “change his life.” Anyone who knows me knows I usually insist on this when handing over a favourite song, so to stumble upon the movie in high school – I was over the moon to hear it penned into a script.

This scene, like some of the other best moments in this film, doesn’t have too much dialogue in it – therefore making it simple to appreciate the perfectly assigned tunes. Andrew, his friend Mark (Peter Saarsgard) and his love-interest Sam go to retrieve something from a man whose job is to guard an underdeveloped quarry, which the man jokingly refers to as his “infinite abyss”. As you’ll see, Andrew – who for different reasons has felt numb for the better portion of his life – clearly has an epiphany, finding alternate meaning and clarity out of the whole encounter. Whether it’s his yelling into the abyss, kissing Sam for the first time, or the amazing lyrical song choice of “Only Living Boy in New York” by Simon and Garfunkel – it was an automatic classic for me the first time I saw it.

If you haven’t yet – this movie is one worth watching start to finish. So, go grab a copy!

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About Jess Huddleston

Jess (@JessHuddles) is the music mama and song savvy nut of in a nutshell. Since she was young, Jess has noticed new acts, harassed people to find out what tune is playing and asked everyone to repeat themselves because she's plugged in. After completing a journalism degree at Carleton University, Jess stepped into the world of communications, music publicity and magazine writing, while still making time each day to share sounds. Although this funny gal also has a strong passion for fashion and all things pop culture, you're most likely to hear her rave that a particular song or album will "change your life." * Bad Habit: Smart Food. * Favourite Food: Avocado everything. * Favourite Restaurant: La Carnita. * Wine of Choice: Merlot. * Favourite Band/Artist(s): The Boss, Ryan Adams, The Walkmen, Band of Horses. * Favourite Song: All Springsteen songs, "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison, “Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John, "I Go To The Barn" by Band of Horses and "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding. * Fashion Icon: Emily Weiss. * Favourite Movie: Only You, Forrest Gump, The Departed. * TV series: Breaking Bad or Friends. * Sport: Basketball and Soccer. * Team: Duke... but, realistically, Florida. * Blackberry or Iphone: iPhone. * Favourite Books: The Great Gatsby, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and all Kerouac.

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