Derek Sivers

Programmer, writer, entrepreneur, avid student of life. I make useful things, and share what I learn.

Articles → Across the Universe

Just saw Across the Universe last night.

Surprisingly good! Some brilliant arrangements of Beatles songs. The actors did all their own vocals amazingly well, with the help of auto-tune in a way that only musicians will hear.

CD Baby artist Dana Fuchs stole the screen as Sadie, and there was a big scene with Bread and Puppet, who I know from my circus days. Martin Luther from the San Francisco area did an amazing job of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and if that was him doing a Jeff Beck style instrumental guitar melody to “Day in the Life” then I’m even more impressed.

Best thing was the creative re-contexting of songs, like “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” as Uncle Sam and Statue of Liberty as the I and She. A great reminder that context can change everything, another subject I should rant about some time.

Just don’t expect it to be a movie, really. It’s really more of a 2-hour music video with just a few bits of non-singing. Very worth seeing for anyone who appreciates great vocals, and new arrangements and contexts for the well-known songs.