Over my winter break, I had decided to go see American Hustle with my siblings. As a broke college student, I probably go to the movies like once or twice a year; it’s just easier and cheaper for me to wait for the DVD release and borrow it from the library to watch. I was so pumped to see American Hustle because it was filmed around the Boston area – basically my backyard. I remember when they were filming it, there was a breaking news on the local news stations saying they spotted Jennifer Lawrence and Christian Bale dressed in ’70s attire; as it turns out, they were filming the final scene of American Hustle where they are picking up their son at school. Also, I had seen this clip on youtube where Jennifer Lawrence blew up a microwave (or as they call it, a “science oven”):
But then my friend tweeted that American Hustle was a big disappointment and “JLaw” was the only good part. This shocked me. Do I go see this movie? Or do I save my money? What to do?! I asked her to clarify, and she said JLaw had a dance/singalong number that was worth the ten bucks (if this sounds familiar, I wrote a similar post reviewing American Hustle that you can read here). That dance/singalong was set to “Live and Let Die” by Wings, and since seeing American Hustle, I’ve just been obsessed with this song.
I find “Live and Let Die” to be infectious and rather frantic. The energy makes you want to get up and dance or run or something. The intense level of energy that comes from that orchestral/horn melody is unrivaled; I have yet to hear such a frantic/panicked/intense song. Take a listen to this panicked-feeling melody (e.g. 0:46):
Anyway, “Live and Let Die” has been on repeat today and has inspired me as a musician/songwriter, plus it was motivating to listen whilst running on the treadmill. In honor of that, and the fact American Hustle is coming out on DVD in six days (March 18th!), “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney is #PhillipsSongOfTheDay.
I found the clip of JLaw’s dance/singalong, enjoy!: