(This is our second annual “Favorite Songs”series. It’s a chance for Range Life fans, friends and family to shout-out and share some of the songs that made 2009 better, dancier, more deeply felt, more memorable and enjoyable. Songs are presented in no particular order. Submissions are welcome! Send a song link and whatever you want to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Song: “Daniel” by Bat For Lashes
Song Link: HERE
I like the Karate Kid… I actually like it a lot. The film really spoke to me as a child and even as a bigger kid today there is still a lot that I take from it. In fact, it’s a semi-known fact within my circle of friends that I have a treatment and half written screenplay for a 5th installment of the franchise in my arsenal, which would’ve been amazing (I even found a place for Hilary Swank’s shameful “The Next Karate Kid”). After Noriyuki “Pat” Morita passed in 2005, I abandoned the project all together because without my Mr. Miyagi, what the fuck was the point?
So while things like this will break my heart to no end, a perfect songwriter like Natasha Khan and her Bat For Lashes project can come along and bring me hope of the classic film’s integrity by capturing something like the true love of a fictional character and do it completely honestly and pitch-perfect. Now I never quite fell head over heels for Daniel LaRussio, despite Ralph Macchio’s dirty Jersey charms, but I can relate to the general idea here.
It wasn’t a surprise for me to enjoy anything by Bat For Lashes: she has now delivered two great albums complimented by perfect pop singles and their inventive music videos, but the concept behind “Daniel” is so compelling and original to me that it just stood out even further then any of her other output. I said it for “What’s A Girl To Do?” and I’ll say it for “Daniel” too: this gal is the real fucking deal.