The awesome thing about today’s 30k destination run (maybe the only awesome thing) from the Port Colborne YMCA is that upon return, I’m already here and only a 30 second – albeit painful – walk upstairs to the gym to stretch out with a little yoga before having a hot shower and heading home again to the couch. Oh, and hey, Tim Horton’s is only a three minute walk away afterwards; that’s not a bad thing either. I wanted to give Brian Eno a little break this week, so I prepared something else for this particular stretch, something I had forgotten I even still had in my collection, the ‘Floating Into the Night’ album by the dreamlike Julee Cruise.
This album, released in 1989, was produced and all songs were written by composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch (Badalamenti composed the music, to which Lynch wrote the lyrics). Two singles were released from the album, ‘Falling’ and ‘Rockin’ Back Inside My Heart’, which were also both featured in Lynch’s weird television series, ‘Twin Peaks’; the instrumental version of ‘Falling’ was actually used as the theme to the series. In addition to the two singles, a number of other tracks from the album were also featured in the television series (‘Into the Night’, ‘The Nightingale’ and ‘The World Spins’). The track ‘Mysteries of Love’ was prominently featured in Lynch’s 1986 film ‘Blue Velvet’. Put all this together and what you have is one helluva album to trip balls to. Yes, it’s true, I spent many an evening in a drug-induced coma listening to this album as well as watching the ‘Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted’ video by David Lynch, which is basically the stage adaptation of this same album (think: spooky saxophones, creepy midgets, large demonic-looking reindeer things and, well, let’s just say a crapton of other disturbing imagery to make you lose about a years’ worth of sleep). The quick trip down memory lane was fun enough I guess, but the imminent creepiness of the albums tone didn’t make for quite the peaceful and relaxed workout I had originally envisioned. Oh well, live and learn.
To compensate, here is today’s short playlist of post-workout sad songs with which to center myself prior to actually getting up off the mat and moving again.
- My Weakness – Moby
- Better Than the Truth – Patterson Hood
- Wait – M83