It’s happening again

Last week, as I was flipping through the new arrivals at my local record shop, I suddenly stumbled upon Death Waltz Records’ recent reissue of the Twin Peaks soundtrack by Angelo Badalamenti . I’ve been wanting to add it to my collection for years so I didn’t even think twice about picking it up and went straight for the register. That week’s record budget had been spent …

Damn good coffee and cherry pie that’ll kill you.

As I got home, I carefully got the “Damn Good Coffee” colored record out of it’s sleeve, dropped the needle and heard that familiar opening tune for what must have been the x hundredth time.  I don’t really know why I’m so fascinated by the show and it’s soundtrack. Ever since I first saw the shots of the mill’s blades being sharpened, the city limits and the pan of the Great Northern’s waterfall in the opening credits, I got fascinated by the grim yet beautiful setting that is Lynch’s version of the Pacific Northwest.

Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island was my first trip to the Pacific Northwest region. It had Twin Peaks written all over it. Photo: © Gil Plaquet

For some reason, the atmosphere threw me back to a rainy, dark family weekend in the Ardennes somewhere in the early nineties. I must have been 4 or 5 and am fully aware that my memory is probably biassed and/or altered by now, but somehow I associate what I remember to be a wood-paneled bungalow, the nearby river, the surrounding forest and the general gloominess of that autumn weekend with what’s probably one of the more famous towns in recent TV history.

Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island. Photo: © Gil Plaquet

I didn’t see the show until I was 19 years old. Up to that point I had only heard about it in a Kurt Cobain quote where he describes Aberdeen, WS as “Twin Peaks without all the action”, never fully knowing what it referred to. Since then, I’ve probably seen both seasons at least 3 times but still haven’t gotten around to seeing “Fire Walk With Me“, mainly because I’ve always heard mixed reviews. With the upcoming release of the third season, the time has probably come to do so anyway.

Update: I’ve seen “Fire Walk With Me” since writing this post and am glad I’ve waited so long to do so. Though it definitely has it’s own memorable scenes, I find “Fire Walk With Me” a bit too raw and in your face compared to the TV-show. I prefer the more mysterious “leave it to your imagination”-feel of the the series.

Recently, I found a CD copy of the soundtrack in my grandparents’ collection. I have no recollection of ever putting it on growing up and gramps doesn’t remember how it ever ended up there. Maybe they already had it when I was a kid, maybe that’s how I first heard it and maybe that’s why I get chills every time I listen to it. I guess I’ll never know. But, in the spirit of the show, I guess it’s probably best to keep it a mystery …

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