For all the bad press it gets, the Internet can be a magical place. This evening, after four big meetings/gatherings on Zoom through the day, some housework, phone calls, and then dinner in the summer porch made by my sweety, I finally settled down to write today’s post.
I was looking through a few songs by the English progressive rock band Yes then, somehow, landed on the official music video for “Cups (When I’m Gone),” a song performed by American actor and singer Anna Kendrick. I remember her debut film role in the Todd Graff comedy-musical-drama Camp (2003) and later opposite a job-cutting George Clooney in Up in the Air (2009).
Anyway, I gave the video a play with a recollection of having really liked Kendrick’s acting and singing. (And if you haven’t seen Camp yet, you really must. It is terrific; I’ve previously shared a song from its soundtrack.)
The beginning of today’s selection grabbed me immediately with its apparent parody of the intro to the Pink Floyd song “Money” from 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon. From the sound effects leading into sound of the old-fashioned cash register and onward, “Cups (When I’m Gone)” carries that opening “riff” through all the sound effects of a 1950s-style American diner. That opening culminates with Anna Kendrick’s percussion work in the kitchen with the empty plastic cup she’s using to cut dough into biscuit shapes, setting the stage, as it were, for her to sing her story.
It’s a brilliantly conceived and produced video, a delightful and serendipitous discovery on the tail end of a long and busy but fruitful day.
Originally part of the soundtrack for the comedy musical film Pitch Perfect (2012), “Cups (When I’m Gone)” comes from the extended play CD More from Pitch Perfect, and the EP producer and film’s director Jason Moore made the official music video as well. We have never seen the film, but must, soon!
The song is a remix/reworking of “When I’m Gone,” written in 1931 by A.P. Carter, founder of the American folk music ensemble the Carter Family, which made music from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.
Here’s the video for the song from Anna Kendrick’s official VEVO/YouTube channel:
A reminder that June 30 will be my last post on My Song of the Day for Today — A Daily Dose of Music for Your Soul while I dose my soul with cycling and other outdoor fun until resuming the blog in September.