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WILD IS THE WIND

CHAN MARSHALL VERSION, THE COVERS RECORD 2000

I didn’t know "Wild Is the Wind" written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis I always thought of it as the haunting Nina Simone 1966 version.

On the first day of shooting with Mélanie, in the morning before we got going, I left her in her trailer with my I-pod cued up to Chan Marshall's version of this song. When you listen to the way Chan sings this song; with such simple and real loneliness and longing, I thought this was a way to experientially share with Mélanie how much her character Anna wants love, "you kiss me, with your kiss my life begins" and simultaneously how easily it all falls apart. The way Chan sings "we are creatures of the wind, wild is the wind" feels so real to me, the words are amazing but the quality of her voice, all the emotion in there is what I hoped to communicate. Not sure, but I think Melanie came away from that thinking I was pretty intense - that's funny.

And just on a Cat Power note – how cool is Chan? She turned into like the best, freest performer in the world. Moremore  … and more.

And I still love good old Chan singing a great great song.  And now some historical comparison, channeling a little Mary J. Blige? And with an amazing amazing band.

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