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What song gets Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood going on early morning film sets?
Atwood, up for an Academy Award this year for her work on Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland, shares her top songs as part of Los Angeles public radio station KCRW’s Guest DJ Project.
1. Cool Water’s “The Sons of the Pioneers”
2. Jimi Hendrix’s “The Wind Cries Mary”
3. Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah”
4. Kanye West’s “Everything I Am”
She says the song is dedicated “to everyone out there who’s made their life what it is. When I first heard this song, I loved it, ‘cause I thought it was so about people, like myself, that maybe didn’t do everything right at one point in their life, but you just kind of soldier through it and get on with it.”
5. U2’s “Beautiful Day”
“A lot of times, we start the day at 3:30 or 4:00 in the morning and we get in our cars and we drive up to an hour, hour and a half sometimes, to locations for work, and as we’re driving, we listen to a lot of music,” she says. “The first time I heard this song, I was just coming over a hill going to Trona Pinnacles when I was doing a movie called “Planet of the Apes” and it came on the radio and the sun just came up over the mountains and it was so true to the song and such a visual for me that every time I hear the song, I kind of think, ‘Okay, it’s a morning song. We’re going to get up and we’re going to go to work and it’s going to be a fantastic day.’ It’s a great energy song to play.”
Her set is streaming, for download and as a podcast (w/ a transcript) here.
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