Posted July 3, 2019
by JBFC Marketing Associate Paige Grand Pré
JBFC Mixtapes is an initiative from the Burns to highlight the music—from soundtracks to scores—that makes the cinematic experience so special. Vol. 16 of the JBFC Mixtapes comes to us from JBFC Marketing Associate Paige Grand Pré, who put together an eclectic mix that features (at least!) one song per film screening as part of annual series Sounds of Summer. With some nostalgia-tinged classics and fresh favorites, this mix is an ideal soundtrack for that perfect summer day. Listen to the full playlist through Spotify now, then jam with us at Sounds of Summer: Music Films, Old and New at the JBFC through August 21!
- “Our House” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Inspired by David Crosby: Remember My Name, screening July 2. This song is so beautiful it hurts sometimes.
- “So Long, Marianne” by Leonard Cohen – Inspired by Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, screening July 3. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful relationship.
- “Paper Planes” by M.I.A. – Inspired by Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., screening July 8. Want to see a room full of people absolutely lose their minds? Put this song on at a party.
- “Borders” by M.I.A. – Inspired by Matangi/Maya/M.I.A., screening July 8. On a more serious note, this M.I.A. track gets to the heart of her politics as she issues a scathing condemnation of the international community for failing to meet the challenges of today’s refugee crisis. As an aside, the music video is also incredibly powerful.
- “I’m on Fire” by Bruce Springsteen – Inspired by Asbury Park: Riot, Redemption, Rock & Roll, screening July 10. One of the most poignant, heartbreaking songs about the pain of love ever written. Period. Springsteen could’ve gone with any “burning love” trope in the book, but instead went with the raw, gorgeous “I’m on Fire,” making it so much fuller of longing and honesty as a result.
- “Star Spangled Banner (Live at Woodstock)” by Jimi Hendrix – Inspired by Woodstock, screening July 11. How else are you gonna intro the Woodstock section of this playlist? I mean, c’mon.
- “With a Little Help from My Friends (Live at Woodstock)” by Joe Cocker – Inspired by Woodstock, screening July 11. Forever and always the best cover of this song, especially when performed live. Mad Dog Joe Cocker is a force of nature in front of a crowd.
- “Piece Of My Heart (Live at Woodstock)” by Janis Joplin – Inspired by Woodstock, screening July 11. A classic performance from one of the most tragic members of the 27 club.
- “I Shall Be Released” by The Band – Inspired by Woodstock, screening July 11. The Band has plenty of numbers that bring down the house, but the quiet power of this song always gets me.
- “Voodoo Chile” by Jimi Hendrix – Inspired by Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church, screening July 15. Nearly 10 minutes of the best guitar ever recorded – in my opinion, it’s Hendrix’s magnum opus.
- “I Want You” by Satan and Adam – Inspired by Satan & Adam, screening July 16. I barely knew this band before the film, but now I can’t imagine my life before them.
- “Shelter from the Storm” by Bob Dylan – Inspired by Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, screening July 17. This song marks the end of Dylan’s more folksy era, a quiet love song released at the start of the Rolling Thunder tour. In line with the song and tour’s titles, this was definitely the calm before the coming storm.
- “Hurricane” by Bob Dylan – Inspired by Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese, screening July 17. In stark contrast to “Shelter from the Storm,” “Hurricane” is a rabble-rousing, angry protest anthem. Released as part of Dylan’s album Desire, the album and song marked a dramatic shift in the content, subject matter, and tone of Dylan’s work.
- “Stash” by Phish – Inspired by Between Me & My Mind, screening July 19. Everyone loves jamming to Phish. It’s a fact.
- “Parallel Love” by Luxury – Inspired by Parallel Love, screening July 22. A gorgeous song from an incredibly underrated band.
- “Creeque Alley” by The Mamas & The Papas – Inspired by Echo in the Canyon, screening July 29. As an alumna of Swarthmore College, this song—which features a line that references my alma mater—is always a favorite, but I’m biased.
- “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield – Inspired by Echo in the Canyon, screening July 29. Few songs evoke the feel of anti-Vietnam sentiment and fervor as much as the first few bars of this classic.
- “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys – Inspired by Echo in the Canyon, screening July 29. While The Beatles were known for their ability to layer musical tracks in the studio, The Beach Boys came out of the Laurel Canyon scene with a new innovation – multi-track vocals, wherein the vocals were layered almost as if they were separate instruments. This song is beautiful in its simplicity now, but at the time was fairly cutting-edge in terms of the technology behind it.
- “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” by The Byrds – Inspired by Echo in the Canyon, screening July 29. One of the catchiest, most upbeat songs every written about the fact that life moves on.
- “Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Inspired by Bad Reputation, screening July 30. It’s impossible to listen to this song without feeling like a badass.
- “Crimson and Clover” by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Inspired by Bad Reputation, screening July 30. It’s surreal not only how different this cover is from the original, but also how well it works.
- “Carmelita (feat. Dwight Yoakam)” by Flaco Jimenez – Inspired by Norteña: Two Short Films by Les Blank (Chulas Fronteras), screening July 31. A lovely, lilting number typical for the artists featured in Chulas Fronteras.
- “Las Nubes” by Little Joe & La Familia – Inspired by Norteña: Two Short Films by Les Blank (Del Mero Corazon), screening July 31
- “Quiero Que Sepas” by Chavela Oritz – Inspired by Norteña: Two Short Films by Les Blank (Del Mero Corazon), screening July 31
- “Friend of the Devil” by Grateful Dead – Inspired by the Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies on Aug. 1. Possibly the best sweetest ever written about an underage love interest. Whoops!
- “Fortune” by Otis Burris & The Mountain Ramblers – Inspired by Fiddlin’, screening Aug. 7. Unbelievable musicianship from a repeat champion at the Old Fiddler’s Convention.
- “(There’ll Be) Peace in The Valley” by Thomas A. Dorsey – Inspired by Say Amen, Somebody, screening Aug. 8. Regardless of your religious beliefs, it’s impossible not to be moved by this song.
- “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure – Inspired by The Cure: Anniversary 1978-2018 Live in Hyde Park, screening Aug. 9. Definitely the most dance-able tune from The Cure.
- “Silouan’s Song” performed by the Cello Octet Amsterdam – Inspired by That Pärt Feeling: The Universe of Arvo Pärt, screening Aug. 12
- “Once in a Lifetime” by Talking Heads – Inspired by our annual screening of Stop Making Sense in celebration of Jonathan Demme on Aug. 13. I guarantee it’s 100% impossible to listen to this song and stay still. You can’t help but groove with a melody like this, and that’s exactly what Jonathan Demme and David Byrne would want from audiences.
- “Theme from Shaft” by Isaac Hayes – Inspired by Wattstax, screening Aug. 14. This has to be one of the best theme songs ever penned for a film, right?
- “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Singers – Inspired by Wattstax, screening Aug. 14
- “Best of My Love” by The Emotions – Inspired by Wattstax, screening Aug. 14. This adorable tune never gets old.
- “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” by The Beatles – Inspired by Deconstructing The Beatles Abbey Road: Side 1, screening Aug. 19. The contrast between the chorus and verses of this song takes listeners on a wild roller-coaster of a ride through the pain of longing and love.
- “The End” by The Beatles – Inspired by Deconstructing The Beatles Abbey Road: Side 2, screening Aug. 21. The ONLY way to end a playlist that features songs from Abbey Road.
JBFC original series Sounds of Summer is sponsored by The Lucille & Paul Maslin Foundation and Janet Maslin & Ben Cheever. The exclusive media partner of this series is WFUV. Tickets are available for every Sounds of Summer screening through the series page on the JBFC website.
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