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An 2012 inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mary Chapin Carpenter revisits 10 of her personal favorite songs and has GRAMMY®-winning arranger Vince Mendoza orchestrate them with a 63-piece orchestra, a 15-voice choir, and select high-caliber session musicians for the aptly titled Songs from the Movie. Carpenter has never fit comfortably into any particular genre. She’s been lumped into country music, but her own sophistication often makes adult-contemporary folk as obvious a choice. It’s fitting that now such well-known (but not overexposed) Carpenter tunes as “Only a Dream,” “I Am a Town," and “Come On Come On” are given the wider cinemascope sound that one could imagine for a voice that’s always played it relatively low-key. As the album title suggests, the songs are arranged to sound as if they’d appeared in films, with their tasteful, never overdone orchestral instrumentation casting them as timeless pieces no longer chained to their original settings or circumstances.

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We The Movie

When you hear a familiar song, do you like it because of the memory of it or because of a new way of hearing it that makes it new again? For me, it’s both. What I hear is filtered by who I am, today.
So this new offering by Mary Chapin is both familiar and new.
We know the melodies. We know all of the words. We know the themes of her work: searching, belonging, emptiness, transcendence, connection.
The ‘new’ is the orchestral accompaniment. The new is the juxtaposition of sweeping arrangements alongside her intimate voice. Ultimately, though, the ‘new’ is how each of us hear these songs in 2014.
If the ‘movie' refers to Mary Chapin’s catalogue of songs or to her career, then all of us have roles. We take something from these songs and carry it into our own lives.
“Sparks upon the wind.” Now that’s connection!

amazing song craft

voice like velvet, calm and comforting and haunting. Just so beautiful. Perfectly orchestrated & produced. Just as good as ever.

A gorgeous masterpiece

MCC's music is perfectly suited to orchestral arrangement. No one writes or sings with the heart-stirring beauty of this talented artist.
This is one of her best albums yet. It is simply gorgeous.


Born: February 21, 1958 in Princeton, NJ

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Mary Chapin Carpenter was part of a small movement of folk-influenced country singer/songwriters of the late '80s. Although many of these performers never achieved commercial success, Carpenter was able to channel her anti-Nashville approach into chart success and industry awards by the early '90s. Carpenter was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, the daughter of a Life magazine executive; she spent two years of her childhood in Japan, where her father was launching the Asian edition of Life....
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