Singer-Songwriter Liz Lokre Talks Original Song "Stop Runnin'" For Romantic Comedy
Boy meets girl. They fall in love against all odds.
It’s the age-old story condensed, embellished, analyzed, and projected on the big screen in thousands of romantic comedies of our time. In Little Italy, a new film directed by Donald Petrie, Nikki and Leo (Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen respectively) turn friendship into romance despite their family feud as the children of rival pizzeria owners. It’s your classic Romeo and Juliet warfare, but it’s a rom-com, so we know there’s gotta be some sort of happy resolution, right?
Maybe, maybe not. The point is that the story is universal, regardless of how it ends. That’s why “Stop Runnin’,” a power ballad from the soundtrack, is so dynamic. It mirrors the rom-com recipe, blending heavy reflection with soaring moments, but with a lightness to it that doesn’t bring us down too much. For Canadian singer-songwriter Liz Lokre, getting to pen a track for the film was a dream come true. We asked Liz to tell us a little about the process and her love for rom-coms, which you can listen to right here.
”Stop Runnin’” opens with a gentle piano rhythm creating an unassuming base for Liz’s soulful, aching voice to float on. She builds power quickly, those husky vocals growing with urgency as the arrangement expands to accommodate a percussive heartbeat and distant synth sparkles.
For the rest of the track, Liz expertly moves through two distinct tones: the quiet, contemplative piano-led soundscape and the desperate, explosive composition where Liz’s delivery itself moves from resigned to impassioned. Built on sweet vulnerability and boosted by soulful energy, the track is a sweeping power ballad crafted with the kind of thoughtfulness that could only come from someone who had left behind a piece of her past (and most probably her heart) in these lines. It’s a beautiful effort blending subdued elegance with grandiose emotion.