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Soundtracks Of Our Lives

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Whenever I see another good movie – I always take note of how the music plays an important role in that journey – as I’m watching it.

Music is what is said when words just don’t say enough.  It becomes a vehicle  touching something without words – that is indescribable.

When we saw ‘Secretariat‘ last week – I knew this movie would be great because of the wonderful musical score that was used.  It did what it was supposed to do – bring emotion and help the audience feel something when mere words are just not enough.  I sat there mesmerized – teary eyed and deeply moved. The story itself is amazing – but the music….inspirational.

Other movies that have done this are:

Meet Joe Black - Probably my favorite musical score – hauntingly beautiful.

Apollo 13 – Amazing – brings out the emotions especially at the end

From the Earth to the Moon (mini series) – backing up Kennedy’s speech is a thing of beauty – and both my husband and I get teary eyed when watching this – no matter how many times we’ve seen it!

Anne of Green Gables (mini series) The ‘Anne’ theme is a work of art

Titanic - Sounds just like you’d expect – with mystery, water sounds and ‘ghosts’ of the past

To Kill A Mockingbird – based on a simple child’s melody – and builds into an amazing  journey that makes you believe you’re really living the adventure.

And the list goes on and on.  Any great film – usually always has a great musical score – to compliment and bring out what the words cannot.

As a musician, I am well aware of the power of music.  It sets the tone, enhances and most of all – music has a language that everyone can understand.  This is why we all have our favorite songs – and our favorite moments in life.  And they are usually surrounded by our favorite song.  If we think back to those great moments that shaped us – good or bad – we can usually always think of that moment – and be transported in time – when we hear that song.

Below is one of two musical scores found on youtube from the movie, ‘Secretariat’.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Comments on: "Soundtracks Of Our Lives" (6)

  1. I agree on the importance of a good soundtrack. It can heighten the highs and deepen the lows, make you feel that little bit “extra” that enhances the story for you! My favorite movie, Gettysburg, has a marvelous soundtrack, too. I think I’ve seen it about 70 gazillion times and can pretty much hum every bar. :)

  2. It wouldn’t be a good movie without a good soundtrack!

  3. I listened to most of the soundtrack, very beautiful. I could see the beautiful Secretariat trotting gallantly to the music. I’ve never rode a horse, but we had a horse named Red when I was a little girl. I fell in love with the eyes and the hair. I am mesmerized when I see their eyes. I do have to watch this movie, even if I wait till it goes on dvd. I usually just buy the movie and then I can watch it again and again. Thanks for sharing.

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