Sigur Rós – Njósnavélin (The Nothing Song) and Cameron Crowe

‘The little things… There’s nothing bigger, is there?’ – Vanilla Sky

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I came across ‘The Nothing Song’ song some years ago when I watched the final scene in the movie Vanilla Sky.  Cameron Crowe, the director of Vanilla Sky has such a great taste in music as seen by the song selections in his movies. He wrote and directed a very underappreciated movie called Almost Famous which is semi-autobiographical as Crowe himself was a teenage writer for Rolling Stone.


Interestingly, he wrote the liner notes on Bob Dylan’s legendary bootleg release Biograph. Bob Dylan songs and references feature heavily in his movies including the replication of the Bob Dylan’s Freewheelin’ record in Vanilla Sky as seen in this image.
Good on Cameron Crowe for selecting this little known Icelandic music phenomenon to bring home his movie. The last 15 minutes of Vanilla Sky always moves me, mainly because of how effectively The Nothing Song captures the final lucid-dreaming epiphany of…

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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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8 comments on “Sigur Rós – Njósnavélin (The Nothing Song) and Cameron Crowe
  1. badfinger20 says:

    Made a great atmosphere in that movie. He is good at choosing music… also in Almost Famous.

    • Yes, he knows where to put music. I like his choice of an outtake of ‘Shelter From the Storm’ for the end of Jerry Maguire too. I haven’t seen Almost Famous in a good while. That’s one I need to revisit. Did you see Crowe’s ‘I bought a zoo’?

      • badfinger20 says:

        No I’ve never seen that before…I remember when it came out…is it good?

        After I watched Almost Famous… I thought to myself…this is an instant classic movie. Maybe it’s because I love that era it was in…but I loved it.

      • I don’t think ‘I bought a Zoo’ is up there with Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire, but I found it enjoyable enough plus it’s based on a true story. If you like Crowe’s style then you should enjoy it despite it being overly ‘saccharine’. There is one scene in it about ’20 seconds of Insane courage’ which made the whole experience worthwhile for me. Also there are a few Dylan references in it, which I always get a kick out of.

      • badfinger20 says:

        I will add it to my list then… Thanks for the recommendation. Always looking for good movies.

      • You’re welcome. I still have ‘Sleeper’ to watch based on your recommendation. 👍👌

      • badfinger20 says:

        You like Woody…so you should like it…just a wacky Woody movie. I love his dialog in any movie…

      • Sounds like fun. I’ll probably see it tomorrow. Cheers buddy.

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