Of Gates of Heaven and Angels

The song “Streets of Philadelphia” by Bruce Springsteen won the Academy Award for Best Original Song(for Philadelphia of course) and four Grammy Awards.But that’s not why its one my favourites. For me the song is inextricably linked with Philadelphia(the movie) and the compelling story it told. At the time I had thought that the song had no independent existence without the movie because I felt that the strong feelings it conjured up in me had everything to do with the movie and not the song itself(I was young and naive).But with time I understood the larger picture(or at least I think I have) and the song is powerful as a standalone piece,the lyrics poetry and the theme universal.

There’s something healing about the song,something hopeful and at the same time there is an element of pathos in it,bleakness descends upon you ,leaving you vulnerable and raw, yet in the end you emerge somehow stronger. These are the kind of sentences you get from my feeble pen(and might I add limited vocabulary) when I try to explain the profound and far reaching impact  music has on me(and everyone else).

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4 thoughts on “Of Gates of Heaven and Angels

  1. It was one of the songs that caught my attention when I watched the movie, and then I came back to it and it stayed ever since. The way it captures the life in the movie, though was brilliant at first, it started making wider sense when I started listening to the song pretty much all by itself! What more, now I love many of Springsteen's songs.

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  2. Hmm you echo what I said.Yes the song fit beautifully into the movie.Right now I'm too much into Coldplay.After listening to this song I am also keen to hear more of Springsteen's songs.

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