This is Julee Cruise singing the Twin Peaks Theme, composed by Angelo Badalamenti; David Lynch gets a songwriting credit so I suppose he contributed lyrics. Like Audrey Horne said, “I love this music; isn’t it too dreamy?” Some dreams are nightmares.

The sky is still blue
The clouds come and go
Yet something is different

Isn’t it too dreamy?

I work in a building in downtown Vancouver that makes a visual statement; its lobby is full of light and soaring timber, and there’s a Fazioli piano that I hear cost $300K and anyone can play; usually pretty anodyne stuff. But one time I came back from lunch and this guy was playing the Twin Peaks Theme, the piano melody going up and up into the light and space; it was almost unbearably intense. I went and sat near him while he finished, and then I said “so cool”, surprising him; he gave me a big smile and we shared a moment.

I never watched the Twin Peaks reboot, but I watched it all the way through the first time — on actual TV, with commercials. What a piece of work.

This is part of the Song of the Day series (background).

Links · Spotify playlist. This tune on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify. There’s no live video of Ms Cruise singing this, but I think anyone who knows this music will appreciate the official video. All these years later, and some of the soft-focus clips of fresh-faced young people romancing still make me shudder.

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