About The Music
With a box-office draw the likes of Britney Spears, whose debut album, "...Baby One More Time" sold over 21 million copies worldwide, it's conceivable that her
gigantic following would not only want but expect her to sing in the film. And according to producer Ann Carli, Spears' fans will not be disappointed.
At the same time, however, it was important to both Carli and director Tamra Davis that "Crossroads" wasn't simply a vehicle for Spears to sing. They didn't want to make an extended music video, or just have a string of musical sequences. They wanted a full-blown coming-of-age adventure with music woven into the plot.
To keep audiences focused on the story that "Crossroads" has to tell, Carli says that she and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes looked very carefully at a lot of movies with music in them.
"We looked at films that worked and didn't work, checking out the timing and the placement of every song," remembers Carli, "and we found that ultimately it all boils down to character development. If your characters are three dimensional, they'll tell you how to put the music in the film."
It was then up to the director to separate the superstar Britney Spears from the character Lucy, and Davis recalls one particular scene in the karaoke bar that was a particular challenge.
"We set up the idea that Lucy could sing and dance in the beginning when she's bopping around her room using a spoon for a microphone," explains Davis. "We did this so that when Lucy busts out with 'I Love Rock 'N' Roll' in the karaoke bar, it doesn't come out of nowhere that she's got some talent. And we didn't choreograph the scene, either, so that audiences would feel they were seeing Lucy sing, and not Britney."
Spears remembers drawing on memories of her early career to stay in character, since at first it was her inclination to 'just let loose" and do what audiences expect of her.
"I took myself back to when I had to prove myself to people who didn't know who I was since that's how Lucy would have felt," recalls Spears, adding that her favorite
part in the scene, however, was in the end when Lucy finally does gain confidence. "That's when I could be a little bit of Britney again. That's when I could let loose, go crazy and have fun!"
While all the music in "Crossroads" plays an important part, according to Spears, the two main songs, "Overprotected" and "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman," lyrically tell the story
Say Hello to the girl that I am.
You're gonna have to see through my perspective.
I need to make mistakes just to learn who I am.
And I don't wanna be so damn protected!
"That's how Lucy feels," explains Spears. "She's tired of her dad telling her what to do when she knows in her heart what she wants, and the song is saying just that."
The ballad "I'm Not, A Girl, Not Yet A Woman," stems from a poem by the same title that Lucy has written in her journal. Basically highlighting the theme of the film, the song identifies the experience not just Lucy is going through, but also that of her rediscovered friends Mimi and Kit.
I used to think I had the answers to everything
But now I know that life doesn't always go my way
It feels like I'm caught in the middle
That's when I realize I'm not a girl, not yet a woman
All I need is time, a moment that is mine, while I'm in
"It's a pretty song and very heartfelt," says Spears. "It says, the
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