Playlist: Karey Kirkpatrick
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 13:24:15
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"Nothing hits me harder than a great song," says Imagine That director Karey Kirkpatrick.
Watching Imagine That, with its eclectic sonic backdrop, that's definitely apparent.
Karey's a genuine music fan, and his love for music comes through in the film's rhythmic sensibility. In fact, Imagine That is just chock full of great tunes!
About his personal playlist, Karey explains, "Nothing can take me back to a particular time or place like a song can. It's hard to pick just a few because there are so many I love. For my playlist, I've gone with ones that have inspired or impacted my life in one way or another. I'm sure I'll read this list next week and hate it—or want to change it. But here goes."
Karey shared his playlist with ARTISTdirect.com in this exclusive feature. Check it out below and be sure to catch Imagine That in theaters this Friday June 12.
Karey Kirkpatrick's Playlist:
1. John Lennon & Paul McCartney — "Yesterday"
It's the perfect song—perfect melody, beautifully simple idea and great rhyme scheme. I just love it every time I hear it. I love how it opens on a major chord, then right after "Yesterday" goes minor, letting you know yesterday was good but now—not so much. Like I said, it's the perfect song.
2. Stephen Sondheim — "Finishing the Hat"
It's hard for me to pick one Sondheim song that inspired me, because pretty much all of them do. However, this song, from Sunday in the Park With George, so perfectly encapsulates the creative process and what it does to your personal life and the demands placed on those who must endure those of us who are in the creative arts. It's sung by the character George Seurat about how he watches the rest of the world through a window while he obsesses over finishing a hat in his painting. "How the kind of woman willing to wait is not the kind that you want to find waiting." Wow. Now that's a lyric.
3. Stephen Sondheim — "Move On"
Also from Sunday in the Park With George, I listen to this song when I'm feeling stuck in my life or when I'm feeling down about something that has happened to me. There are so many great lyrics. "Move on, stop worrying where you're going. Move on, if you can know where you're going, you've gone—you have to move on. I chose and my world was shaken, so what. The choice may have been mistaking, the choosing was not. You have to move on." It is the go-to song for me about pulling yourself up and just pressing on. I love it.
4. George and Ira Gershwin — "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
Ah, George and Ira. The masters. I don't know why, but I just marvel at this song. It's the perfect blend of music and lyrics, the way it captures those little things you love about someone. "The way you wear your hat, the way you sip your tea, the memory of all that (great rhyme there) No, no they can't take that away from me."
5. James Taylor — "The Secret of Life"
Again, it's hard for me to pick one James Taylor song. I learned to play guitar when I was 12 listening to James Taylor records. I love so many of them ("Sweet Baby James", "Fire and Rain") but in this one, I love the chords, the finger picking pattern and that lyric "try not to try to hard, it's just a lovely ride." I try to live by that one.
6. Led Zeppelin — "Rock and Roll"
The quintessential rock song about rock from the greatest rock band ever. This song inspires me to pick up an electric guitar because it is so damn fun to play.
7. Queen — "Killer Queen"
The first time I heard this song, it blew me away. I was 9, I think. 1974. I had never heard anything like it; the harmonies, the chord changes, that Brian May sound and those completely unique lyrics. Freddy was way ahead of his time.
8. Fleetwood Mac — "Dreams"
The whole Rumors album had huge impact on me as a kid. I love all of it, but I marvel at this one because the whole song is comprised of two chords. Two chords! Amazing!
9. Metallica — "Enter Sandman"
Come on, I've got to have ONE heavy metal song. Believe it or not, the first time I heard this song was on Guitar Hero. And after mastering it all the way to expert level on that format, I just had to learn how to play it on real guitar. And there is something so primal and gut rumbling-ly (is that a word) satisfying about playing it at extremely high volumes.
10. Joni Mitchell — "Real Good for Free"
Joni is so great in so many ways, but I don't think there is any better songwriter at capturing little moments and with simple and beautiful lyrics. "Across the street he stood and he played real good on his clarinet for free." I can just close my eyes and picture the scene. That's what a great song does.
11. Tom Petty — "Free Fallin'"
I always liked Tom Petty growing up. Then I saw the Bogdonavich documentary Runnin' Down a Dream and now I LOVE Tom Petty. He's a true artist who has never changed what he does over the years. I think I love this song, not only for the vibe and the cool lyrics ("She loves Jesus and America, too") but also because of the way it's featured in one of my favorite films, Jerry Maguire.