Hang Me, Oh Hang Me
Every once and a while directors find a way of incorporating a movie soundtrack that doesn’t just complement the film, but instead features it to such an extent that it becomes a piece of art in itself. If any of you haven’t checked out the Coen brothers’ newest film Inside Llewyn Davis, definitely do so – or at least check out the soundtrack. The film follows the story of a struggling folk singer in the sixties named Llewyn Davis who finds himself struggling to succeed musically, as well as financially. He finds no approval in the opinions of his musical peers and critics, which forms an outlet in his beautiful music. His music is largely appreciated by us as the film’s audience, but less so by his audience in the film. The character of Llewyn Davis is fictional, but largely inspired by the singer/songwriter Dave Van Ronk who wrote the original version of Hang Me, Oh Hang Me. T Bone Burnett, who you may be familiar with as he produced the soundtrack for O Brother Where Art Thou, produced the soundtrack for Inside Llewyn Davis. It features new actor/artist Oscar Isaac who performs his own rendition of Dave Van Ronk’s original Hang Me, Oh Hang Me, among many others. The song is featured in the opening scene of the movie, and perfectly sets up what is to come. You can almost hear the long nights of whiskey and cigarettes that make up the sad story that is Llewyn’s life. So often the most beautiful and sincere pieces of art seem to stem from suffering and the contemplation that that brings. This isn’t the only gem on the soundtrack. Others like Please Mr. Kennedy sung by Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver from the show Girls, as well as Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song) sung by Marcus Mumford from Mumford & Sons are just as worth the listen.
Tim and Maddy