Soundtracks make everything better, and the one for From Paris with Love included not only a classic hit, but also a throwback from the pilot!
It also served as a second storyline, that, for those of you who haven't seen the movie, could get the gist of through the music!
Add these tracks to your playlists ASAP, POstables.
All the tracks captured the emotional gravity of the film, particularly towards the end, weaving a classic love story with a carefully and beautifully curated soundtrack.
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1. 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours"
I think we've all been waiting for this song to be included in the series, and there was definitely no better time than in From Paris with Love! Holly did, after all, come first class from Paris---that had to be the fastest flight from Paris to Denver in the history of flight!
To make things even better, Martha got permission from the man himself to include it---very cool!
Anyone else have it stuck in their head now?
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2. "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year"
There is no question that this song represents the crux of what this film is about.
And if ever there was a song that captured Holly and Oliver' relationship, this is it. There's even a mention of April, which ties nicely into the "April in Paris" song they dance to towards the end of the film, also sung by Sarah Vaughan.
It also had a great connection to Shane's storyline as well, as she, too, was waiting for Spring to come---both literally and figuratively!
The classic vibe it brought, in addition to its apropos lyrics, made it a great selection for the film.
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3. "Song For You"
-Adam Woodall Band
For those who have seen the pilot about a hundred times, or simply just remember an acoustic song from the film, this was the song playing when Kelly and Charlie were riding bikes in Washington Park. I recognized it immediately and it made my heart swell with joy.
Not surprisingly, this song was also playing in From Paris with Love when Oliver came into work early and ran into Shane, just before they spent time on the rafter and Shane gave him that great advice about forgiveness.
I've tried to figure out why they chose to reprise the song in this film, and what I came up with is that it's the last moment she shares with Oliver before she sees him kiss Holly and decides to leave. If you listen to the lyrics, it kind of has a goodbye vibe overall. In a way, it acts as a musical bookend to their relationship, which began in the pilot.
Regardless, I am absolutely in love with the track and have been since the pilot! All the Youtube views you see are mine. There were literally zero when I played it for the first time to test it for this post!
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4. "April in Paris"
Though it was the song Oliver chose at the Mailbox Grille to dance with Holly, I think we can all agree it was a better choice than Billy Joel-which I will admit I feared might be the case. Lucky for us, he just used the dance steps....*sarcasm*
Not to mention this finally explains why Oliver chose "Paris" to describe "April" when he and Shane played that word association game in the vault in Signed, Sealed, Delivered Season 1 Episode 9. I think every piece of that game not answered in the episode were answered in From Paris with Love.
Much like the other songs included in the soundtrack, there was definitely an element of longing and wondering and "what did you do to my heart?" There was even a little bit of hope in it. I adore it.
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5. "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning"
Perhaps one of the most painfully beautiful moments of the film is when Shane watches Oliver kiss Holly. After standing the strongest of all the POstables throughout the course of the film, the anchor for the ships lost at sea, she finally succumbs to the tide herself.
And the words of this song were so beautiful a companion to the moment as she went back to the DLO and ultimately home. It was around 2am and she was missing Oliver terribly, after all.
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6. "When It's Springtime in the Rockies"
Though it was Eric Mabius' lovely voice that blessed us with this classic track at the beginning of the film, rather than the end as featured here, it really is the musical glue that held the soundtrack together.
The reason is that this song talks about "coming home to you" when springtime returns. This is part of the first interaction Shane and Oliver share in this film where he sings the first stanza and they have that moment of chemistry that Oliver ultimately retreats from.
Then at the end, after everything they went through, Oliver shows Shane, both with the porch swing and the crocus poking through the snow, that springtime is coming and, I would argue, that Oliver is "coming home to [Shane]."
Peace, Music & #POstable Love,
P.S. Want to learn more about that French song? Composer James Jandrisch gave me the inside scoop!