Falling Slowly

Close-up shot of Ovation guitar neck and strings, with bokeh. Image by Su Leslie 2019

“Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice, you’ll make it now.”Falling Slowly, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, 2007. Image; Su Leslie 2019

Who doesn’t like a good love song? Especially when it belongs to a film as touching and beautifully made as John Carney’s Once.

All of the film’s original music was written and performed by the lead actors Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.

This song, Falling Slowly, won the pair an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2007.

My dear friend Sarah at Art Expedition is hosting 30 Days, 30 Songs for the month of June. You can see her latest post here.

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43 thoughts on “Falling Slowly

  1. Oh Su, this is one of my favouritest songs ever! And I adore the movie. We sing this song in my singing group. In fact, we sing a number of Glen Hansard’s songs. He’s a beautiful songwriter.
    One of my favourite memories of this song is having it playing in the car and my Youngest Son sang the melody while I sang the harmony, all the way home from school. ❤

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      • Well, I’m glad I watched it even though it was a bit too much of a good thing for me. No sound engineer would throw frisbee on the beach at the break of dawn after the all-night shoot. 😀 It has the feel of a looong videospot. Nothing wrong with that. It was fascinating to learn that Mr. Hansard (who I remember from my beloved Commitments) had to step in after Mr. Cillian Murphy dropped out. His and her musical performances are amazing. Their acting not so much. 🙂

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      • That’s correct! When they are not acting, they are the best. Once they start to act – for example the first time she is at his place and he asks her to spend the night, since it’s in the script, and her reaction to it – it gets a bit cringe-worthy. 🙂

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  2. What a beautiful song. I had never heard it before and now I have to add this film to my To-See list. I love this music challenge so much. I’m discovering so many new artists. That’s wonderful. Thanks Su.

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