Unusual Way

Unusual Way by Laura Benanti (2003)

In a very unusual way one time I needed you
In a very unusual way you were my friend
Maybe it lasted a day, maybe it lasted an hour
But somehow it will never end

In a very unusual way I think I’m in love with you
In a very unusual way I want to cry
Something inside me goes weak
Something inside me surrenders
And you’re the reason why, you’re the reason why

You don’t know what you do to me
You don’t have a clue
You can’t tell what it’s like to be me looking at you
It scares me so that I can hardly speak

In a very unusual way I owe what I am to you
Though at times it appears I won’t stay, I never go
Special to me in my life, since the first day that I met you
How could I ever forget you once you had touched my soul?
In a very unusual way you’ve made me whole


This song pounds me in a specific corner of my heart that I thought didn’t exist anymore. I used to think, “Well, it was years ago and time heals,” But lo’ and behold, now every time I listen to this song (I know this sounds hyperbolic) that corner screeches.

In a very unusual way I owe what I am to you. If I happen to be someone the way that I am now, it all thanks to someone I immediately think when I listen to this song. The bitter and cynic me when it comes to young love.

Kalau ada di antara kalian yang pernah nonton film Nine pasti tahu lagu ini, Nicole Kidman yang nyayi. Now I have nothing against Nicole Kidman, she’s a fine actress. But as a singer? And comparing her rendition of Unusual Way with this version of Laura Benanti (who’s pretty much a musical theater legend in the making)? It’s just simply unfair. You go have a listen for yourself. Be my guest. :))

I have been wondering for so long, “Why don’t I listen to more female singers? I don’t listen to female singers as much as I want to. Why aren’t there more female indie-folk singers that I like, for example?” Because that’s true. Aside from, like, Adele and Thalia, I don’t usually listen to female singers and I’ve wondered why. Go see my library and I’m sure 80% of it filled with male singers. Some times ago I tried to dose myself with Sara Bareilles and Colbie Caillat’s songs, but that also didn’t work out. They’re fine, their songs are fun, but they’re just too pop and cheery for me. I’m more of a slow-ballad-brooding music kind of person. :P

But then I found this amazing magical unicorn named Laura Benanti for the second time, and I was hooked!

Why, the second time? Because of course I knew her from Matthew Perry’s show Go On four years ago and Benanti’s character was the one I liked the most. She’s very pretty, and she’s a brunette, and she’s funny, etc etc. Above all, she looks older than her age. Of course I fell for her. It really doesn’t take much for a woman to win over my heart. :P
I knew she’s more famous on Broadway but then okay, the period passed.
A month ago, Alifia tried watching Go On and we talked about it and damnit she made me want to rewatch the show. So I did a quick review. And there I fell in love again with Laura Benanti. Per usual, when I’m in love with someone I’d look for every project they ever did and dose myself with it.

And that’s when I found out that Benanti is truly a beautiful treasure magical unicorn angel baby because I fucking love her and her voice so much! She has this live album that I LOVE because she’s basically a stand-up comedienne thru the whole record, and OF COURSE with that soprano voice, she gives my heart a nudge. :)

Now, before you think Benanti’s pronunciation is weird or exaggerated in this song, it’s because she sings it in character. They’re (she and the cast) supposed to be Italian or something. Well, if you’ve seen the movie, you’d know. :P
If you wonder who that guy is at the end part of the song, it’s Antonio Banderas. Yes, I just knew myself that he has that kind of singing voice. *swoon*
Banderas and Benanti were in Broadway 2003 rendition of Nine. There are clips of the scene when they sing this song on Youtube if you want to look it up.

Conversation

Conversation by Joni Mitchell (1970)

He comes for conversation
I comfort him sometimes
Comfort and consultation
He knows that’s what he’ll find

I bring him apples and cheeses
He brings me songs to play
He sees me when he pleases
I see him in cafes

And I only say hello
And turn away before his lady knows
How much I want to see him

She removes him like a ring
To wash her hands
She only brings him out to show her friends
I want to free him

Secrets and sharing soda
That’s how our time began
Love is a story told to a friend
It’s second hand

But I’ll listen to his questions
I’ll give my answers when they’re found
He says she keeps him guessing
But I know she keeps him down

She speaks in sorry sentences
Miraculous repentances
I don’t believe her

Tomorrow he will come to me
And he’ll speak his sorrow endlessly and ask me why
“Why can’t I leave her?”

He comes for conversation
I comfort him sometimes
Comfort and consultation
He knows that’s what he’ll find


Could you sense both the sweetness and sadness in this song? Why can’t I make such a simple and incredible song like this one? Well, it’s because I basically can’t write. That’s why.

I just realized Joni Mitchell is a soprano singer. Anyway, LOVE the strumming.