Born Into This Soundtrack | James Wesley Stemple
an emily blunt review
Charles Bukowski was a difficult man. The documentary Bukowski:
Born into This, gives an audience a rare peek at what makes
a man mean and how a mean man can take that pain and turn it into
some of the realist prose and heart retching writing the world
has ever seen.
film's music needed to be subtle and yet vibrant - after all the
man himself was somewhat invisible by choice. He was a man who
"poured whiskey on the bluebird in his heart to keep it from
getting out", and could light up your imagination with his
affecting, haunting, often humorously grim style of writing.
and music producer James Wesley Stemple has taken his subject
and correctly, and beautifully, created notes to accent a legend's
life. Bukowski himself may have let his "bluebird" fly
a bit with the Track 1, Main Title, in particular.
cd is a musical montage of individual ranging pieces like little
shots of top-shelf audio bourbons; short, sharp and full of kick.
The ensemble of musicians, from Randy Kerber's piano, to The Miami
Sax quartet, to some principal players from the Los Angeles Philharmonic
lend a talented hand to Stemple's notes.
Montage', Track 3, is an ode to the Wurlitzer. It's a swanky cocktail
-n- bellbottom organ driven snapshot of the music that played
in the background during alcohol rubbed mock mating rituals in
bars across the US around say 1971.
in the bar-beat, apropos as Bukowski was an infamous alcoholic
that would have made uber-playwrite Eugene O'Neill shiver, there's
a sexy 'Mean to Me' mix, Track 9, captured by vocalist Diane Schuur
that you'll have a hard time not drifting into some bar-fly infested
dive of Anytown, USA while it fills the sound system.
cd is short at 29 minutes but within the 29 minutes of delightful
musical bits, Stemple's got a little Bukowski - himself - reading
himself, it's the shiny silver shaker that truly completes his
audio cocktail soiree of sound. Enjoy.
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