Author Topic: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)  (Read 9794 times)

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"Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« on: November 16, 2006, 01:50:59 am »
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In the book, "Brokeback Mountain: Story To Screenplay", Annie Proulx said that she listened to the song "Spiritual" as performed by Charlie Haden and Pat Metheny to write the scene where Jack has almost fallen asleep standing up and Ennis comes behind him and sings to him. (AKA The Dozy Embrace)  :)
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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2006, 09:07:36 pm »
I love this, Eric, one of my favorites. 

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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2006, 03:00:37 pm »
Bumpin' this to tha top.

BTW, this has been added to the "Brokeback Mountain Radio" playlist.  :D

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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2006, 03:46:34 pm »
Heya Eric,

Here's another youtube video with "Spiritual" that's set to the dozy embrace scene in slow motion. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yi6i8bfwV-w

Here's what Annie said about it:

"The most difficult scene was the paragraph where, on the mountain, Ennis holds Jack and rocks back and forth, humming, the moment mixed with childhood loss and his refusal to admit he was holding a man. This paragraph took forever to get right, and I played Charlie Haden's and Pat Metheny's Spiritual, from their album Beyond the Missouri Sky (short stories) uncountable times, trying to get the words. I was trying to write the inchoate feelings of Jack and Ennis, the sad impossibility of their liaison, which for me was expressed in that music. To this day, I cannot hear that track without Jack and Ennis appearing before me."

Paul
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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2006, 06:51:56 pm »
There are several other songs from Beyond the Missouri Sky (short stories) that are really nice (although none are as good as Spiritual). Their names even seem to fit:

He's Gone Away
Message to a Friend
Moon Song
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Our Spanish Love Song (well, maybe not so much the name...)
Two for the Road
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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2006, 03:28:58 am »
Pat Metheny's Beyond the Missouri Sky is one of my favorite CDs. I love love love that track. I can see how it inspired that scene.
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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2006, 02:37:58 pm »
Eric and Paul, thanks so much for posting those videos.  The second one especially, with only the Dozy Embrace in slow motion, beautifully evokes the tenderness mixed with pain that is so much what I feel when I think of Ennis and Jack.  Heartwrenching and beautiful!

I wish we could save those YouTube videos.  If you ever see a version that's downloadable, please let us know.
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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2013, 06:57:29 pm »
Gotta bump this for Throwback Thursday. 

The slow-motion video of the dozy embrace is the first video I ever favorited on youtube. 

It still gives me chills.  Somehow, I wish most of the film, especially the scenes with both our boys, were in slow motion so they could last a little longer.  Probably, I'd want the film to linger for, I dunno, about 12 hours...

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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #8 on: August 29, 2013, 07:12:01 pm »
I was introduced to this album by friends from Texas, back in 1997.  I like to think that I was listening to this album at the same time as Annie, who was writing the dozy embrace paragraph.  I recall that I recognized several of the pieces on the album (like the two from Cinema Paradiso, and Two for the Road), but Spiritual definitely stood out.

Clearly, I'm obsessed.  This scene affected me so much, even on the first showing.  The tenderness, the look on Jack's face as Ennis rides away--it's pure love. I know Heath is amazing, but Jake, in his "supporting role" has moments of brilliance, and this is one of them.  And, the contrast, at the end of the flashback, is devastating.  Yet, it's the same face.  Brilliant. 

I tend to lose it at the "gonna snow tonight for sure" scene, and it's several hankies until the end of the film for me. 

Here is another video in slo-mo, but with the words from the short story.
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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2013, 04:03:22 pm »
Wow, it's even more powerful with the words added!

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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2013, 04:29:24 pm »
I was introduced to this album by friends from Texas, back in 2007.  I like to think that I was listening to this album at the same time as Annie, who was writing the dozy embrace paragraph.  I recall that I recognized several of the pieces on the album (like the two from Cinema Paradiso, and Two for the Road), but Spiritual definitely stood out.

Clearly, I'm obsessed.  This scene affected me so much, even on the first showing.  The tenderness, the look on Jack's face as Ennis rides away--it's pure love. I know Heath is amazing, but Jake, in his "supporting role" has moments of brilliance, and this is one of them.  And, the contrast, at the end of the flashback, is devastating.  Yet, it's the same face.  Brilliant.  

I tend to lose it at the "gonna snow tonight for sure" scene, and it's several hankies until the end of the film for me.  

Here is another video in slo-mo, but with the words from the short story.




yes,yes and yes. Jack´s glance at Ennis as he rides off....I have no words. Just so damn pure. Just like Ennis, Jack too wears a mask a lot of the time. But in that moment he is so naked and he´s still young and full of love and hope. Oh Jack...

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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2013, 04:51:02 pm »
I remember when I saw the movie the very first time, I refused to recognize Jack's disappointed and disillusioned look for what it was; I kept trying to find some trace of hope and love in that sad face...   :-\

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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2019, 04:34:08 pm »
Bumping this.

The slo-mo video is still up and available!


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Re: "Spiritual" by Pat Matheny & Charlie Haden (The Dozy Embrace)
« Reply #13 on: August 22, 2019, 05:45:20 pm »
It's been a while since I last saw it.

Turns out I still love it! Who'd've thought?

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