Check out the songs you'll be singing at the next talent show.
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"Signed, Sealed, Delivered" - Stevie Wonder
Because the intro.
"Closer Than Ever"
Apparently a music-only production, Closer Than Ever contains no dialogue, but its content consists of a slew of different topics and spans the emotional spectrum. Here are the selections that made it into One In A Million and when they're heard.
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"You Want To Be My Friend?"
Perhaps the most awkward possible follow-up to Oliver's epic flub, this song had me cringing even for the minute or so Nikki and Graham so cutely sang and acted it out. I almost didn't have the chance to enjoy it given the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the performance.
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"It's Never That Easy/I've Been Here Before"
The lyrics of this song might as well be the flip-side of "Brand New Key," which we heard in From The Heart. Where that tune had an optimistic outlook about getting together and exploring something new, this song about being fine on one's own accompanied Shane being left at the table while Oliver retreated to temporarily flee the mess he made.
Two key lines from this song can be clearly heard in the film. The first is, "The man leaves and I'm on my own, I just sit and watch the door..." when Oliver excuses himself from the table, a clear reference to Shane's deep wound of abandonment, most notably with her father. As you'll remember from For Christmas, she specifically references "watching the door" for her father to return. Like she said to Oliver in Truth Be Told, "it must be hard imagining any [man] staying in [her] life."
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"If I Loved You"
With Shane and Oliver's "quiet evening" hanging by its final thread, the interruption of the final performance of the evening doubled as a painful reflection on the core of Shane and Oliver's problem---being too paralyzed by the past to move forward. Her heart actively breaking, Shane slowly begins to re-imagine Michael and Sophia as she and Oliver, ultimately letting go at a critical moment, which we'll discuss next week.
Meanwhile, Oliver's heartfelt attempt to take Shane's hand ultimately failed, and he perhaps, for the first time, witnessed the depth of her hurt as he watched Shane wipe away tears after the performance. His own heart broke in that moment as well.
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"Live It Up" Kyle Tredway (Feat. Dionyza Sutt)
When Papa O'Toole visits Oliver at the Mailbox Grille this song can be heard in the background. It acts as a great predecessor to the song playing at the very end of the film by the same artist.
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"It's All Good" - Kyle Tredway
Closing out the movie, this version is the only one available on Youtube, but the version heard in the film is available on iTunes for download. You can also check it out on Spotify. It pretty much perfectly captures how love is all you need, highlighted by Oliver being surrounded by all the people and places that mean the most to him and that adorable smile he busts out right before the credits. Things really are looking up for all of them.
If you haven't already, get familiar with the soundtracks of other films from the canon by checking out the Music section.
Still Wiping Tears,