Saturday, April 2, 2016

B is for...

…(the) Big Chill

Soundtracks That Mattered (to me) is my theme for the A-Z Challenge this April.

I honestly can't remember if I saw this movie first when HBO was sort of a new and exciting thing, or if it was on video. I was a teenager who probably was not old enough to fully grasp the angst of the movie, but the music certainly provided me with the comfort of familiarity. They were songs I'd hear playing, being sung or just hummed around the house. This cassette kicked around in my collection for a long time. 

Look at that list! Granted, there are a couple of songs there, I'm looking at you Whiter Shade of Pale, that I don't necessarily enjoy when pulled out of the context of this soundtrack, as if I need to hear them together in this order. I actually might need to do that right now, while singing very loudly, as I am pretty sure all of these lyrics are still taking up some very important space in my brain. Good Lovin'? I can barely sit still!

45 comments:

  1. I've never seen this movie either! I just looked up the soundtrack on Amazon. There are about 3 tunes I really like. Did you know that the dead guy is Kevin Costner? I remember reading that somewhere. You don't see his face, just his hands or something, at the beginning.

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    1. I have faith that there is going to be a movie here you've seen, as I am hardly a movie buff! ;) I did know that was Kevin Costner.

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  2. My husband always watches The Big Chill when it comes on. I don't know that I've ever sat down and watched it all the way through. When it first came out, I was way too young and even when I was a teenager, I wasn't interested for some reason. But at this age I could definitely relate (even though I'm sure I'm MUCH older than they were supposed to be!)

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    1. Seems everybody has those movies they have to stop flipping channels to watch, even if they are ones we own on dvd. I haven't seen this movie since the 80's, and am thinking I need to revisit!

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  3. I recognise the name of the movie, but it's another one I haven't seen :). You're right though. that is some soundtrack.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings (72) | Wittegen Press (74) | FB3X (AC) (75)

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  4. I really liked this movie (I Loved About Last Night). It's so 80's but I can't get my head around the Glenn Close and Kevin Kline bed scene. I would never allow it!
    Rosa
    @RosaT_Author
    Rosa Temple writes...

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    1. Oh my gosh! I's been so long I don't know if I remember it!

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  5. I haven't seen this movie in years. Loved the music. Did you know Kevin Costner was the dead guy?

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  6. I swear I don't recall if I've ever seen this whole movie before! I'm certainly familiar with it but I was 13 when it came out, so yes, probably wasn't something my uber-Catholic mom would have ever allowed me to watch!!

    -andi

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    1. Hahahaha! Not sure why I got to watch it.

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  7. I fell in love with the soundtrack before watching the movie. Turns out I love the soundtrack (still), but the movie not so much. Funny how that works!

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    1. Definitely more about the music for this one, although I am thinking about watching the movie again!

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  8. I don't think I've ever seen this. I've heard of it, but never sat down for it.

    Transformed Nonconformist

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    1. You could watch it standing up! ;)

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  9. Never saw the movie but I think I still have a copy of the soundtrack somewhere. Sometimes the soundtracks are better than the movies. ;-)

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  10. I caught the end movie a year ago on HBO, maybe?
    I had no idea what it was. It was intense. Thanks for educating me about it!

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    1. I barely remember the movie, just maybe 4 highlights of the plot.

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  11. I first saw this movie on Netflix even though it was on when I was old enough to see it in the 80's.
    But it would have been totally lost on me in the 80's because I was lost in my teenage years.
    NOW I totally get this movie and that soundtrack is amazing.

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    1. I really do need to watch it again!

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  12. The music is something to remember, the movie, not so much. LOL
    Thank you for posting for the A to Z! Ninga Minion @YolandaRenee from
    Defending The Pen
    Parallels
    Murderous Imaginings

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    1. Definitely had its moments, but the music is undeniable.

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  13. Whiter Shade Of Pale is one of my all time favourite songs.
    I've never actually watched this movie all the way through. Not sure why.

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  14. I remember wanting to dance in the theater! Stopping by from A to Z.

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    1. Yes, that music must have been incredible at the theater!

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  15. I love movie soundtracks, and if I listen to a particular one often enough, hearing them out of context is weird. It's like, "wait...that's not the song that comes next!"

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  16. Oh wow. Look how young they are. I may have to watch this again now! Good luck on the challenge! We're doing “I’ve Got The Music In Me” this year on The Road We’ve Shared. – looking at how important music is in the Down syndrome community. I hope you’ll stop by and see/hear! http://theroadweveshared.com/category/a-to-z-blogging-challenge-2016

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    1. I know! The clips I watched were wild to see.

      Will certainly swing by! Cool theme!

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  17. How truly wonderful to see this post. This is my absolute favorite movie! Its been way too long since I've seen it or heard the music. Thank you so much for the post. I'm smiling and crying at the same time. It is my dream to have a house/place where all my friends can meet every once in awhile...just like in the movie, yet not because of a funeral. Thank you for making my day!!!!

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    1. This is so cool that you landed here for some bittersweet nostalgia!

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  18. I loved this movie back in the day and I bet I'd appreciate it even more now. Great pick!

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  19. I loved this movie back in the day and I bet I'd appreciate it even more now. Great pick!

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  20. Hi there!

    I’m stopping by from the #AtoZChallenge. I've never seen this movie but after watching that trailer, I think I might have to go rent it...;~)

    I have two blogs in this challenge…my author blog at THE STORY CATCHER (www.donnalmartin.com) and my KICKS Kids Club blog (www.kickskidsclub.blogspot.com) . If you get a chance, check them out and good luck with the challenge!

    Donna L Martin

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    1. And after the trailer, I really want to see it again!

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  21. I love the Big Chill too, there's so much good stuff in there... I still am affected by the opening credits, when "Heard It Through the Grapevine" plays and we see all of the cast learning the news. Thanks for sharing. (I am also a movie lover and I am doing the A-Z challenge at Reelfan.com. I will be back to check out your posts!)

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    1. I watched the opening credits when I was picking a clip to include here and they are moving!

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  22. I loved this movie. I saw it at the theatre the year it came out. Great flick. Visiting from A to Z.
    Ann Bennett @annbennett12

    Too Much To Choose From
    Science Ladybug

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  23. I get goosebumps with some of these songs!
    I love Kevin Kline!

    Heather M. Gardner / @hmgardner
    Co-Host, Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
    The Waiting is the Hardest Part

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  24. I still listen to this soundtrack. My CD is scratched. And I loved this movie. Oh, you are picking the good stuff

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