As well as qualifying as one of my significant songs, this post is also something of a film review in miniature too. As well as the music, I can recommend the film ‘Big Driver’ that includes this song on the soundtrack.
Earlier this year, I watched this film on TV, knowing little or nothing about it. I was attracted by the cast, which includes Maria Bello, Joan Jett (of rock and roll fame) and the menacing Will Harris. It is a tough film to watch, involving sexual abuse, and a woman’s revenge. The story is about how a female novelist tracks down the man responsible for the attack on her. In doing so, she uses as her inspiration the heroine of her mystery stories, an elderly female detective played by Olympia Dukakis. Of course this is a fictional character, so only visible to our heroine. I later discovered that this story was from a novella by Stephen King. Perhaps that explains why I liked it so much. A run-of-the-mill TV film that delivers so much more that it might seem at first glance.
But I digress.
The song featured in the film got my attention immediately. Smoky, husky vocals with a jazzy theme. Right up my street, as the saying goes. I had to look it up the hard way, as I missed it on the credits. I searched the film, searched the ‘theme song’, and soon found it was by Rachel Ann Weiss, someone I had never heard of. It seems to only be available on a digital download album, something I don’t really do. The other eight tracks are of the same high standard though, and would make for good listening on a CD in the car.
More research revealed that she is also an actress, and appeared in the film ‘Little Monsters’ (1989) alongside Fred Savage. (But she was only two years old…) Her mother is the famous star Kathleen Turner, so it would seem that talent does indeed run in the family. I rarely go to such effort to track down a song, especially one I cannot buy on CD. However, thanks to You Tube, I can hear it whenever I want to.