Blue Valentine Soundtrack (2011)

When I first heard about Blue Valentine towards the end of last year, I couldn’t wait to see it – Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Half Nelson & Lars and the Real Girl to name a few) and Michelle Williams (ex-Dawson’s Creek *fourth wheel* in the Dawson-Joey-Pacey love triangle, grown up into a talented actress) in a movie telling the interwoven tale of love’s hesitant blossoming and its ungraceful demise six years later.

This isn’t a movie review but I feel the need to say I left the cinema angry that day. Angry at Cindy (Michelle Williams) for not being happy with Dean despite his best efforts and angry at Dean (Ryan Gosling) for not being enough for Cindy. Even though I, as everyone in the audience, knew it would end that way right from the start.

Wasted potential.

What it did give me though, is this song:

Penny & The Quarters – You And Me

The recording has the crackly vinyl quality to it that instantly makes you feel nostalgic and at home – a song played over and over again on repeat because the owner of the record loves it that much.

The story on the bio makes me sad – the song is from a box of tapes found at an estate sale in Columbus, Ohio containing demos, rehearsals and a few finished songs recorded in the late 60s and early 70s for Prix Records at Harmonic Sounds Studio. The bio says that Penny & The Quarters‘ “You And Me” is a random rehearsal by a group nobody can remember – I wonder how many more lost recordings just as great as this one are fading away, never having been heard…

The Numero Group and their Digital Dig is somewhere I think I’m going to be spending a fair bit of time rooting around – who knows what else I might find courtesy of this archival media treasure trove.

The rest of the soundtrack is mostly Grizzly Bear…with a musical cameo from Ryan Gosling himself that features in the film.