Until

Music is a strange thing. It is a series of strung together sounds that are pleasing to the listener. Unless of course you are an old crotchety man waving his stick at the damned youth of today. But music has a way of instilling emotions, making you move fast, or slowing you down for just a moment.

A song that often makes me stop is Sting’s “Until”. It isn’t what you’d expect me to say, I know, but its true. Have a listen.

It is an enchanting, fairy tale of a melody. There is something grand yet intimate about it that just begs to be listened to. The lyrics themselves are that of a fairy tale. Of found love, trapped in that perfect moment, on your way to living happily ever after.

The instrumentals leads you to think of ballrooms, gowns, princes, and princesses; a perfect little world where all is well.

” Until” was released in 2001 and didn’t get much airplay. It is not the type of song that fits easily into place on top 40 stations. It was part of the sound track for one of the, though kind of cute, dumbest movies ever, Kate and Leopold. This time travelling love story irked me because there is one ridiculously blaring plot hole which made a lot of the rest of the movie make no sense. Why the hell were there still elevator shafts if there was no such thing as elevators?

I got over the fact that you can apparently travel through time by jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge and that a person from the 1800’s would so easily accept the concept of time travel and what the modern world is. But if you are messing with time which leads to elevators not being invented why, through all of history, would people construct buildings with elevator shafts and people actually know what elevators are? Or more likely, wouldn’t someone else have come up with maybe a different type of “elevator” that would be represented in the building? UGH!

And how is it possible that this movie with such an insipid plot have an inexplicably decent, even good, cast that included Meg Ryan, Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, and Natasha Lyonne. 

The song was actually nominated for an Oscar against songs from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Pearl Harbor, Vanilla Sky, and ultimately losing to “If I Didn’t Have You” from Monsters, Inc. I think the loss had little to do with the song, it was up against songs that, while good, were (to me) inferior to “Until”. It lost because who wants to say that a clich├ęd, predictable, cheesy romcom won an Oscar in any capacity? Yes the Randy Newman song was cute (who didn’t love everything about Monsters Inc.?) but come on it is not Oscar worthy.

But I digress. I just came here to say I like the song ” Until” by Sting and I thought you should know.

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