The Musical Heroine of Moneyball

Last week, I finally watched Moneyball. Man, that is one good movie! I genuinely wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. Everything about it surprised me, from Brad Pitt's careworn, layered performance to Activision CEO Bobby Kotick's capable performance as Oakland Athletics' owner Stephen Schott.

But one of my favorite parts of the entire movie was when Billy Bean (Pitt)'s daughter sings him a song she's written, accompanying herself on the guitar in a music shop. It's a lovely moment, her little voice floating over this pop melody and chord progression and giving it life. Pitt's reaction is priceless—it's a moment of humanity.


I had the song stuck in my head all day yesterday, and mentioned it on twitter. The friendly Adam Austin-Andrew pointed me towards the real version of the song, which is performed by a singer named Lenka, of whom I'd never heard.

So, I thought I would share it with you all here. Want to play it? It's easy. It revolves around four basic chords on the guitar: C major, G major, A minor and F major. Then it sits on G for a couple bars at the end of each chorus.


Burt Macklin

Moneyball is actually a really good movie. It totally surprised me myself. While I know that Brad Pitt can pull off Oscar worthy stuff, the movie itself never really clicked on me as a good movie due to the fact that Jonah Hill was there. But after watching it, even I was surprised at Jonah Hill's performance as it was a complete opposite of what his movies really are (Superbad and Get Him to the Greek to name a few). While the little girl singing was nice, I thought that best part of the film is the 20 Wins.. since it happened in real life, it felt that I re-lived that moment all over again...

However, no matter how great that moment was, and how great the movie was... I am still a Blue Jays and Padres fan..