music monday: penny & the quarters
When I watched the movie Blue Valentine last year, I thought it was one of the best films I've ever seen but also the most depressing. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams' portrayal of a married couple slowly drifting apart was so brutally honest that I felt like I was being punched in the gut. I don't think I'll be watching it again any time soon but I do really love one of the songs from its soundtrack.
The song is You and Me by an unknown soul band called Penny & the Quarters. It is said to be an unreleased demo from the 70s and somehow ended up among other demo tapes in an estate sale in Columbus, Ohio. Not much is known about this song, the band, or its back story which makes it even more bittersweet. I love how its so simple and raw and it evokes a certain feeling of longing and hope, very much fitting for Dean and Cindy's story before they started to grow apart.
Oh, and the fact that Ryan Gosling picked this song might have something to do with it too. Because you know, I have such a mad crush on that boy (ha!). Have a listen below.
Penny & the Quarters :: You and Me