• Jeff South

Favorite Songs of the 2010s: #5

5. "Lost Stars," Adam Levine (2014) Also, a version by Keira Knightly

Begin Again is one of the most underrated movies of the decade. Keiera Knightley stars as struggling singer/songwriter who is discovered by a burnt out producer played by Mark Ruffalo. His interest in helping her with her career reignites his passion for a music and reconnects him with his estranged family. The whole movie plays like a sweet love letter to music and its significance in our lives. A number of original songs appear in the film, most of them performed by either Keira Knightley or Adam Levine, who plays her lover about to hit the big time. The entire soundtrack is enjoyable and I recommend everyone watch the movie and listen to the album. There are some real gems.

The best of all, though, is "Lost Stars," which was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Academy Awards. It lost to "Glory" from the movie Selma. It's one of those songs that means something different almost with each hearing. Sometimes, it plays like a lament of two lovers who may never be able to fully be together. Other times, I hear the plea of someone just looking for another human to whom they can connect. As I listened to it while writing this post, I sensed a longing for purpose and significance.

However it is interpreted lyrically, "Lost Stars" is a haunting song. Two versions appears on the Begin Again soundtrack. One is richly produced and performed by Adam Levine. The other is more stripped down approach by Keira Knightley. Each present a unique take on the lyrics. Both are strong. "Lost Stars," like the movie in which it is featured, is a quiet gem that deserves to be discovered.


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