Always Remember Us This Way (2018) – Lady Gaga

This is a newly added song to the musical library project, but we are backtracking as it starts with an ‘A’ and we are well into the ‘E’s of the song-list…
Gaga performs ‘..Always Remember Us this Way‘ in the film A Star is Born which I saw in the cinema when it was released but I just saw it again on cable and the melody and performance of Gaga made quite the impression. I found the first half of the film superb, but it gets bogged down in the second. This movie is similar in tone and story of Crazy Heart starring Jeff Bridges who won the gong and is the much superior film. To be reviewed here this coming Friday.

“Always Remember Us This Way” was written by Lady Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, and produced by Dave Cobb and Lady Gaga. The song received widespread critical acclaim and reached high-up in the record charts in many countries. It received a nomination for Song of the Year at the 62nd Grammy Awards.

That Arizona sky burnin’ in your eyes
You look at me and, babe, I wanna catch on fire
It’s buried in my soul like California gold
You found the light in me that I couldn’t find

So when I’m all choked up
But I can’t find the words
Every time we say goodbye
Baby, it hurts
When the sun goes down
And the band won’t play
I’ll always remember us this way

Wikipedia: According to Cobb it was magical when “[Gaga] got in the vocal booth on the microphone and the writers were in the control room. I was playing with the band, and it just happened. Her voice was as big as the house. All of us had goosebumps. That happens very seldom.” The song is a piano-driven country ballad, which is “pushed along” by Gaga’s raw, powerful vocals.

IMDB Trivia: Bradley Cooper said that Lady Gaga was the one who convinced him they should sing live. Gaga said she hated watching movies where the actors were not lip-syncing correctly to the songs, and to avoid this and get it right they needed to sing live for the film. This caused Cooper to get more extensive vocal training.

Like his character Jackson, Bradley Cooper dealt with both alcohol and drug addiction. He has spoken publicly about how sobriety saved both his life and career.

“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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