Listen to Jeff Bridges’s ‘Somebody Else’ from ‘Crazy Heart’

Posted by · 2:14 pm · December 18th, 2009

Jeff Bridges in Crazy HeartToday we’re wrapping up the “listen to” series of featured tracks in this year’s Best Original Song race.  We spotlighted 17 contenders in total, not all of which made the eventual eligibility cut, of course.  But it’s been a nice way of giving the field it’s proper due.

Surprisingly enough, only one other song from “Crazy Heart” joined “The Weary Kind” on this year’s list of eligible contenders.  That song was “Somebody Else,” which is in fact the first tune we hear Jeff Bridges’s Bad Blake character sing in the film.  The opening lyric was a particular favorite of songwriter T Bone Burnett’s: “I used to be somebody.  Now I am somebody else.”

It’s a great moment because it introduces you to the killer soundtrack that will unfold for the next two hours and because it sheds a compelling light on the film’s central character, a man clinging to his past when he has long outgrown it.

Have a listen below and tell us what you think.

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  • 1 12-18-2009 at 5:59 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    “…a man clinging to his past when he has long outgrown it.”

    Good god, is there is shred of originality in this film? I guess it doesn’t matter when you have a soundtrack this outstanding and a leading man this cool.

  • 2 2-19-2010 at 1:01 pm

    JA Allan said...

    Great Movie and Great Songs. Congrats T-Bone and Company and Jeff for the singing!\

  • 3 3-14-2010 at 5:55 pm

    DS said...

    Roger Ebert was also fond of the opening lyric. He was disappointed that T-Bone Burnett chose not to speak when he won his Oscar.

  • 4 4-24-2010 at 9:23 pm

    Ken Smith said...

    I just saw the movie and loved the song and guitar playing on “Somebody Else”. Jeff Bridges is great.
    It kicks serious ass.
    Ken