There's a scene in the Charlie Kaufman-penned Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind where Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet sit on a sofa and devise a plan to find a memory the two can hide in together. Carrey reminisces back to his most cherished childhood memories—splashing about in puddles and catching raindrops on his tongue and fingertips, garbed head-to-toe in a yellow slicker and matching boots. "Row, row, row your boat," he remembers. Then it begins to rain inside the apartment where Carrey and Winslet sit, as if the memory has taken on a life of its own. It's an unforgettable moment, one made all the more affecting by the quietly entrancing piano melody in the background composed by Jon Brion.
Brion's a solo musician in his own right but has also crafted the scores for I Heart Huckabees, Punch-Drunk Love and the aforementioned Sunshine. Brion will collaborate with Kaufman again, this time composing a song entitled "Little Person" for Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche, New York.
The track can be streamed from the film's Facebook page.
Enlisting vocals from jazz singer Deanna Storey, the sleepy piano ballad will certainly only improve when viewed in context of Kaufman's film. But Brion's lyrics are as melancholic and timeless as ever: "I'm just a little person, one person in a sea / Of many little people, who are not aware of me / I do my little job, and live my little life / Eat my little meals, miss my little kid and wife."
Synecdoche, New York—starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Michelle Williams, Samantha Morton and Catherine Keener—hits theaters in select cities Oct. 24.
Listen to Jon Brion's "Row" from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind:
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