As an avid music fan, and someone who has multiple Van Morrison cds and records, I knew what I had to do when this task was assigned – find something related to music that overlaps in theme or concept to Company. Now, this very same week “ABC” by the Jackson Five, followed by Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge over Troubled Water” lead the billboard top 100, but even more coincidentally, Van Morrison held one of his most legendary concerts, featuring songs such as, “Moondance,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Crazy Love,” and the list goes on. All of this music, interestingly paints a unique image of relationships and marriage that coincides with Company. Furthermore, they are all from the position of the man. “Brown Eyed Girl,” is the same sentiment and fond, authentic regret as we see expressed through Bobbie, a song that changes meaning from the lens you see it. At times a happy song, at times the saddest song in the world. Then, we have “Moondance,” a spectacle of romantic intrigue, a convincing of a man to a woman, but not for marriage, purely for the physical aspects of the relationship. A pollution of the expectations of marriage, physical intimacy, for one more night, over the long ephemeral love. However, this song, in pop culture, holds high brow as an anniversary and wedding song for marriages, a marriage of old pushed forth by the man, but the decision ultimately still lay with the woman of whether she will offer the moon dance, contrary to Company where only the male has the choice. I think the general popular music of the time is in heavy conversation with the more stereotypical scholarly works.
That’s all for now! Let me know what y’all think. Thank you!