Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Song of the Siren byThis Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins and The Lovely Bones

I have always liked the Cocteau Twins and the beautiful voice of Elizabeth Fraser. Many years ago, she contributed vocals to the group This Mortal Coil. One of the songs they recorded was "Song of the Siren", written by Tim Buckely back in the 1960's. She gave this song a whole new life back then, so I was very happy to see it used in the new Peter Jackson film, "The Lovely Bones." It comes in on a key scene near the end of the movie. Perfect fit for the scene. The Cocteau Twins song "Alice" is also used in the film in one of the first key scences, another perfect fit. I won't post the parts of The Lovely Bones - you can find them on Youtube.

Elizabeth Fraser has one of the most beautiful voices in music. The songs stand well on their own, but are even better in the film. Lovely Bones is a depressing movie. I have a 12 year old daughter, so parts of the film was disturbing. I did read the book, and enjoyed it. The movie was not as good as the book, as often happens.

Check out the Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil.

Tim Buckley's version

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