10 incredible moments of music and cinema with David Lynch
This month a fantastic production will be making its way to Bristol for the only UK date on a European tour.
In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited celebrates the fertile relationship between music and the cinema of David Lynch by inviting a host of wonderful musicians, including Jehnny Beth (Savages), Conor O’Brien (Villagers) and Stuart Staples (Tindersticks), to revisit the songs and instrumentals of the director’s films.
Music is used by Lynch to punctuate intense cinematic moments that are often the climax to operatic scenes of suspended time, where the emotional areas of tenderness and horror collide – moments so distinctive in style that the adjective ‘Lynchian’ was coined to describe them.
On Thursday 19 November we will host the only UK date of the In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited tour, before it heads to Paris for a two-night residency.
You can book tickets now at: www.bristolbeacon.org/shows/in-dreams-david-lynch-revisited
In anticipation, here is a selection of 10 musical moments that undoubtedly embody the essence of Lynch’s marriage between cinema and music.
1. In Heaven (Eraserhead)
Lynch’s debut film established the reputation of the director as a master of sounds. “In Heaven”, composed by Peter Ivers who was particularly taken by The Pixies, is extracted from a memorable sequence, sung by The Lady in the Radiator, who appears in visions to the main character.
2. Love Me Tender (Sailor and Lula)
As at the Opera, time stops for Lynch when speaking is not enough to express the feelings of the characters. As in the final sequence and credits of Wild at Heart, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, where Nicolas Cage sings “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Presley.
3. Just You (Twin Peaks)
Another instance of suspended time: in an episode of David Lynch’s television series, Twin Peaks, James, Donna and Maddie record a sweet love song in the style of a tender 1950s ballad, an unreal three minutes.
4. Bill Pullman Plays Saxophone (Lost Highway)
Lost Highway, a masterpiece of post-Twin Peaks Lynch, from a screenplay by Barry Gifford, recounts the descent into hell and the mental illness of a saxophonist, including his schizophrenia which is brought to the fore by his instrumental style.
5. Llorando (Mulholland Drive)
Silencio! The two main protagonists of the film are listening to a Spanish a cappella cover version of “Crying” by Roy Orbinson called “Llorando” by singer Rebekah Del Rio. A moment of absolute grace.
6. Blue Velvet (Blue Velvet)
Witness the fascination of the young Jeffrey before the singer Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini), under the anxious eyes of his girlfriend. A passion that will lead the character, played by Kyle MacLachlan, into very murky waters.
7. Sycamore Trees (Twin Peaks)
The final episode of the series Twin Peaks, is full of mysteries and unforgettable experiences for viewers. When the FBI agent Dale Cooper enters “The Red Chamber” (The Other World), he is greeted by singer Little Jimmy Scott who interprets “Sycamore Trees” by David Lynch and Angelo Badalamenti.
8. The Pink Room (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)
When Donna tries to follow her friend Laura Palmer into the night, she enters a world that is foreign. Lynch chooses to mount the volume and reproduce the atmosphere of a club by covering dialogues, making them almost inaudible through the group performance.
9. The Voice of Love (Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me)
The spin-off film from the Twin Peaks series delivers the ultimate key to Laura Palmer’s secrets by telling the story of the last seven days of her life, with her assassination being the starting point of the first series.
Laura Palmer listens to “Voice of Love”, with a vision of an angel alongside Dale Cooper; she surrenders to a vision causing her tears and laughter. This is redemption of a youth murdered: A Requiem for Laura Palmer, composed by Angelo Badalementi.
10. In Dreams (Blue Velvet)
This is all of Lynch condensed into a few minutes. The greatest violence, terror and the threat of Dennis Hopper’s character gives way to the eruption of the greatest musical tenderness. Frank, the scary boss is moved to tears by the playback of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams”. A few grams of tenderness in a Lynchian world: the harmony of opposites.
IN DREAMS: DAVID LYNCH REVISITED
At Colston Hall Thursday 19 November 2015. Book tickets now at:
Musical direction and original concept: David Coulter