According to my new close friend Wikipedia, we’ll call him Wiki, the correct definition for the genre Soundtrack is that it “refers to three related concepts: recorded music accompanying and synchronized to the images of a motion picture, television program or video game; a commercially released soundtrack album of music as featured in the soundtrack of a film or TV show; and the physical area of a film that contains the synchronized recorded sound.” Since I was young I have had a special love for movie soundtracks. Not only do I love movies and music but to have them together is a whole other experience. I love how just by the addition of something like strings or even a full on song it can allow someone to fully embrace the mood of a scene or an underlying message. Imagine how boring it would be to read the credits of a movie without music behind it. So many classic movies are known for their musical themes, for example: Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Gone with the Wind, the list goes on. It’s incredible how when I listen to a soundtrack it can take me right back to a scene in a movie and make me laugh or cry all over again. One song in particular that moves me is “Let Go” by: Frou Frou (Imogen Heap, before she went solo) which was in Garden State. I always see Sam (Natalie Portman) crying on the steps not wanting to “let go” of Andrew (Zach Braff), then he leaves and she’s crying in the phone booth, he’s on the plane and the next thing we know he’s decided to come back to her! What a perfect ending. Another memorable one is “Colorblind” by Counting Crows in the movie Cruel Intentions when Annette (Reese Witherspoon) is going up on the escalator to find Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) is right at the top waiting for her to tell her he’s in love with her. Some of my favorite instrumental (or mostly instrumental) soundtracks are Braveheart, Edward Scissorhands, The Titanic, The Horse Whisperer, The Man in the Iron Mask, Jurassic Park, Bed of Roses, Meet Joe Black. The Truman Show, and the Prince of Egypt (which also includes the well known song “When You Believe” performed by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey). The soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo and Juliet is pretty good too, with songs like “When Doves Cry”, “LoveFool”, and “Kissing You” (which plays during the scene that Romeo first discovers Juliet). Some fun ones are My Girl, Now and Then, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Juno, Grease, Moulin Rouge, and Mission Impossible. Just to name a few out of the ordinary ones I am particularly intrigued by: The Saint, Virgin Suicides, Vanilla Sky, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I also loved the original music written for the movie Once, which won a 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song (for the song “Falling Slowly”) and received a Grammy nomination for the soundtrack as a whole. Needless to say I really really really really like movie soundtracks. Enough rambling for one night, happy listening!
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