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1. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" -Stevie Wonder
Obviously here to stay, this song is one of the few things that got me through the three month wait for Truth Be Told. I'm excited to see it become a staple.
Loved that it played in the background when Norman spotted Rita first thing Monday morning. It made for a super cute moment between the two to start the movie off right!
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2. "Times They Are A-Changin" - Bob Dylan
I'll never look at playground flashbacks the same way again.
Little Oliver on the playground will forever be locked in my mind.
I long suspected that acoustic sounds were soothing to Oliver, as his favorite song is Peter, Paul & Mary's "The Wedding Song (There Is Love)." Leave it to Martha to make the guitar Joe O'Toole's instrument of choice. Oliver's penchant for it clearly stretches back to childhood.
And, of course, Bob Dylan is classic, which is definitely Oliver's thing, so it's a great fit on that note as well.
The stanza chosen talked about water rising high, which, with the news of his father's death still fresh---despite it being the wrong father, but, of course, that's another story!--- probably left Oliver feeling like he was drowning in emotion.
It's a great piece for the aura that encapsulated Oliver's flashback, and now it's part of Signed, Sealed, Delivered's ever expanding soundtrack.
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3. "It Was You" - Peter Katz
The song is about loss and how the singer would go back and do everything again, despite knowing how it turned out in the end.
It had two specific functions in Truth Be Told: One has to do with Oliver and his father, the other with ShOliver.
Since I like to make you wait, we'll discuss its relationship with his father first.
This song plays while Oliver is re-evaluating his faith and identity in that beautiful church, ultimately deciding to go after his dad.
Definitely take a listen to this song and think about it from Joe's perspective, and it will be enough to break your heart and make you see his side as a parent, even if you've never had children.
Now the good stuff....
You think Oliver can't say what he wants to, but this song says everything about what it means for him to have someone stand beside him. He could go another hundred rounds if he knew Shane would be there, to pick him back up, to simply sit there in silence or simply place a gentle hand on his shoulder.
He needs her. Why do you think he keeps returning to her porch throughout Truth Be Told? It's his way of seeking the support he so desperately needs without having to ask. Shane gives it freely.
But what you must pay attention to these lines from the song:
Had my life, it was you
These lyrics played at two very specific times. The first was when Shane looked back before leaving him after the hug. The second was when they shared that lingering look at the end of the film, caught by Papa O'Toole!
I think that song is trying to tell us more about where Oliver is at in his relationship with Shane. Speaks volumes, don't you think?
Hang tight---there's an extended theory regarding this song in relationship to ShOliver and the strides made in Truth Be Told. We'll get to it in the coming weeks!
- The one that played in the background when Phoebe was eating her hamburger at the Mailbox Grille; and
- The one playing while Rita and Norman were at Bonnie Brae ice cream.
Once again, the soundtrack had stories all its own to tell, only adding another poignant layer to Martha's masterpiece and this casts' excellent performances!
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