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Sunday Song Lyric:
As it turns out, my unprofessional, uninformed Best Song Oscar prediction was wrong. Melissa Etheridge's "I Need to Wake Up" from Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth beat out Randy Newman's "Our Town" from Cars. I prefer Melissa Etheridge's earlier work -- and I'm hardly an Al Gore fan -- but this is the one that won the Oscar, so here's a taste of the lyrics.
Have I been sleeping?
I've been so still
Afraid of crumbling
Have I been careless?
Dismissing all the distant rumblings
Take me where I am supposed to be
To comprehend the things that I can't see

Cause I need to move
I need to wake up
I need to change
I need to shake up
I need to speak out
Something's got to break up
I've been asleep
And I need to wake up
Now
Etheridge performed the song live at the Academy Awards. Her website has more, including a discography.
Kovarsky (mail):
those lyrics make me cringe. isn't this category getting more ridiculous by the year - i remember the pimpology song from that terrance howard movie won last year.
3.4.2007 10:24pm
SP:
Perhaps if Melissa woke up during one of our little Ice Ages, she'd be glad that the planet occasionally warms, then cools, then warms, then cools...
3.4.2007 10:30pm
Syd (mail):
The pimp song was actually good, with a catchy refrain. This one simply sucks.
3.4.2007 11:42pm
Adam B. (www):
Skeptics about Etheridge's awesomeness must -- I repeat must -- watch her 2005 Grammy performance with Joss Stone of "Piece of My Heart".
3.5.2007 12:19am
Kovarsky (mail):
speaking of oscar awesomeness, i just saw "lives of others," which won best foreign (much to my dismay after seeing pan's labyrinth). now i get it. lives of others was the best movie this year, period - "foreign" or otherwise - by a long shot.
3.5.2007 2:42am
godfodder (mail):
When art becomes a political instrument, it is usually at the expense of the "art." Look at all the brainless kitsch that Communism inspired. I believe that there is something about politics that is poisonous to art. Well, that's going a bit too far, but there are pitfalls that few manage to avoid. Like the temptation to lecture and hector the audience. Political songs work best when they are personalized, but how do you "personalize" global warming? Especially since it is imperceptible to humans.

Oh, I know-- tell it from the point of view of a polar bear who is slowly losing his ice chunk! Actually, then it would be a lot more like the Randy Newman song. Instead of Our Town, he should have written Our Berg. (Berg, burg... get it?)
3.5.2007 11:27am
Hattio (mail):
Totally off topic, but does anybody know why Melissa Etheridge broke up the Melissa Etheridge after the first two (or three) albums? I dont' think her music has been the same since. And her bass player was the epitome of doing much with very little.
3.5.2007 11:50am
Syd (mail):
This year's Oscar nominees were a pretty weak lot, although "Love You I Do" was pretty catchy. They paid the penalty for not including the Kazakh National Anthem from Borat. Next year is looking up, since there are some nice pop songs in Music and Lyrics.
3.5.2007 12:09pm
JerryW (mail):
speaking of oscar awesomeness, i just saw "lives of others," which won best foreign (much to my dismay after seeing pan's labyrinth). now i get it. lives of others was the best movie this year, period - "foreign" or otherwise - by a long shot.




Just to second his observation. I saw it months ago in a sneak preview and had never previously heard anything at all about it. We left truly emotionally drained. It cannot be praised strongly enough. It is an outstanding movie and I strongly urge everyone to see it. I had to explain that all those drops of fluid dripping from my eyes at the end were because I developed a sudden allergy. Yes, I too think it was the best 2006 movie period, foreign or domestic. The true surprise was the Academy agreed.
3.5.2007 12:19pm