Peter Gabriel didn’t show up last night at the Oscar’s to perform his song from Wall*E, “Down to the Ground.” Apparently, he’s protesting the fact that the song was to appear for only 60 seconds as part of a medley of it and the other nominated songs.
His stance is that the music is just as important as any other component and should be given it’s due.
To me, there’s probably a middle-ground. Putting all the songs in a medley really blurs the lines between one song and the next – especially last night. Also, you lost some of the purpose the song served in a film. (More often than not, these songs are written to emphasize or enhance what’s happening in the film at that moment).
But when the song is over 6 minutes, maybe a truncated version of the song could be performed?
Here’s a clip of the Peter Gabriel song (it’s not an official video, just a fan-made set of clips).
In my opinion, this song is somewhat more of the same from Gabriel. But on the plus side, it’s not Randy (re-write new lyrics for the same tune for every animated film) Newman. So its got that going for it.