My 41st Favorite Song of All-Time


“Wise Up” by Aimee Mann

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Magnolia”, and the extraordinarily talented Ms. Mann  is responsible for most of the very distinctive soundtrack for that movie.  In my early and mid 20s I watched the movie roughly once a week—that’s an average, meaning some weeks, I watched it daily.  It’s sights and sounds bring back immense amounts of memory material.  But nothing can compare to the scene in the film (which is not a musical) when the characters–who are all in an immense amount of turmoil and pain–quite unexpectedly sing the bitterly painful Mann song “Wise Up”.  That scene from the film is embedded below:

One Response to “My 41st Favorite Song of All-Time”

  1. Kyle Sundgren Says:

    Yeah she struck gold when she wrote that one. The scene in the movie too never ceases to amaze me. Paul Thomas Anderson probably sold his soul in order to make such beautiful movies, but it was a…wise deal!

    Did you see the ‘Portlandia’ episode with Aimee Mann in it?

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