Yay! Yet another excuse to add a picture from Tin Man. Which at some point I will post something besides stupid babble about because in the commentary on the DVD one of the producers or perhaps directors points out that the Wizard of Oz was the first truly "American" myth. Which I think is both true and not true because in many ways it has a lot to do with the Homeric epic storytelling tradition but updated with a bit of "American" melting pot idealism. And the one thing that I think is interesting about this version is that many people have questioned the title "Tin Man" because the center of the story is Zooey Deschanel or DG not Neal McDonough or "Tin Man" character. But in the updated version the "Tin Man" has two meanings one is a name for police officers or law enforcement people the other is the "Tin Suit" that members of the resistance to the current oppressive government are forced into and then locked up in for years. In the case of Neal McDonough he's forced to watch a scene where he believes his family is killed because of his involvement with the resistance and there is an element to all the characters that join DG where they have all been forced to stand aside and watch as terrible scenes that damage their lives are acted out over and over and the "quest" is one of finding empowerment of finding a way to become involved in one's life after all being "tin-suited" in their own way.It is also about finding a way to resolved the damage as best as possible and overcome a bad situation.
And the other thing I wanted to mention is that I think in She&Him, Vol.1 on the song "I thought I saw your face today" Zooey pulls a Maria Wyeth in her lyrics! She writes "The cars and freeways implore me to stay away out of this place/My mother said, "Just keep your head, and play it as it lays." She not only references the title of the Joan Didion book that I worship but she brings up the iconic image of Maria Wyeth driving the freeways endlessly merging into traffic herself heartbroken and distraught. I am not sure if this is an actual scene in "Play it as it Lays" because I haven't read the book in such a long time it is just that she puts the touchstones in her lyrics. I still have to listen to the whole album but I love what I've heard so far.
I also read somewhere that Keira Knightely is doing vocal work on something and it kind of isn't fair that Zooey gets tainted by the Actress-slash-singer categorization and that somehow that makes her project less vaiid and automatically a vanity project when it really isn't. And I have to stop defending the fact that I like the albume and that I think Zooey should be taken seriously as a musician because then on some level I'm buying into the idea that an actress is less of a musician. It isn't fair to her project. Just because other actresses have projects coming out that don't have the credentials that Zooey does, doesn't mean she should be lumped in the same category.