“The Thing Called Love” is a 1993 film about a young woman from New York who is a country music fanatic. She aspires to become a singer and songwriter, hence decided to take her chances in Nashville, Tennessee. That woman was Miranda Presley played by actress Samantha Mathis. When Miranda arrived in Music City, she met James Wright played by the late young actor River Phoenix. James was an aspiring country singer in the film, full of charm but who’s also moody. Despite such, the two instantly fell in love with each other. Miranda also met other songwriting aspirants who were aiming to sell their songs or land a gig, namely Kyle Davidson who’s sweet and open-hearted and the spunky Linda Lue Linden. They became friends and strove to find their place in the music scene. While the movie didn’t sell, it provides a flavored view of the lives of these young aspiring songwriters in Nashville. Additionally, the participation of several country music artists who also performed their songs in the film which added color and authenticity to the story.
Country Artists and Songs Featured on the Film
Country artists featured in the movie were Trisha Yearwood, K.T. Oslin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Katy Moffatt, Jo-El Sonnier, Pam Tillis, and Kevin Welch. On the other hand, those featured on the album are Clay Walker, K.T. Oslin, Kevin Welch, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Rodney Crowell, and others.
Some of the songs featured on the movie were “Standing on the Rock” by Rodney Crowell, “She’s in Love with the Boy” by Trisha Yearwood, “Jackson” performed by Johnny Cash and June Carter, “Blame it on Your Heart” written by Harlan Howard and Kostas, and “The Hard Way” written by Clint Black and Hayden Nicholas.
Watch a segment of the film where Samantha and River are performing the soundtrack “Blame it on Your Heart.”
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