Vashi Bunyan, Robert Forster, Sybille Baier and “Connie” Converse…
Mousey asked me to pay special attention to the music when I went to see Babyteeth, as it was composed by a friend of his in Sydney. The film was so engrossing that I completely forgot about his request. But then came a scene where Milla and Moses sat happily by the poolside to the soundtrack of a song I know rather well, Diamond Day by Vashti Bunyan. And it worked perfectly.
Vashti sent off in 1968 in a horse-drawn carriage to join Donovan’s commune on the Isle of Skye.
Who would have suspected that a song from her long-forgotten cult album from 1970 would re-appear in an Aussie indie film in 2020?
Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens, that’s who!
Trying to make a connection between Australia and Vashti, I just stumbled across an excellent piece he wrote in 2009 about three “lost women” of popular music..
Vashi, Sybille Baier and “Connie” Converse…
What an excellent writer he is!
Go and see the film. Read the article. And listen to the artists that Forster writes about.
But first, answer this question.
Have you had any moments recently, while watching the telly or at the cinema, when a very familiar piece of music has suddenly cropped up in a very unfamiliar context?