Monday, July 18, 2011

Music for your Monday

As I've mentioned before, I usually have to write listening to music without vocals. I end up singing along and typing out the words and get nothing done. Movie soundtracks keep me sane. They're all sorts of exciting, emotional, epic, calming. I've gotten two soundtracks recently that I can't stop listening to.

Super 8 

Super 8 was a fantastic movie. It was all the best parts of Spielberg and Abrams wrapped up into a solid movie focused on a group of kids who have never acted before and did an INCREDIBLE job. (Plus Kyle Chandler was in it.. BONUS)
But this post is about the MUSIC. Michael Giacchino is BRILLY. We've heard his musical stylings before in movies (Up) and television (Lost), but he really hit the mark with this one. It fit the action and emotions of the movie perfectly, and listening to it by itself, I've even gotten choked up (I'm a nerd, shut it). It's gorgeous. 

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [+video] [+Digital Booklet]

Alexandre Desplat is one of those composers with a style so obviously his own, you know when it's his music. I loved his score of New Moon, and I listen to HP&tDHpt1 soundtrack constantly. I knew before it was released that I'd be buying part 2, but I have to admit, at first, it felt lacking to me. It's so DIFFERENT than part 1, I didn't get it. Then I saw the movie. 
Now it's love. 
I guess I needed that visual connection to it. It's funny, people have recommended soundtracks to me, but if I haven't seen the movie and I give the music a listen, I probably won't connect with it enough to listen to it over and over again while writing. 

So maybe this post is more encouragement to go see these movies if you haven't yet, and pay special attention to the great music that ties all the action together. 
It just might be something to write to! 


  1. Okay, so I will try this again. I really loved the New Moon score. Alexandre Desplat is awesome! So I definitely will have to check out the HP scores. And Super 8? I so want to see that! And HP too.

  2. I haven't seen Super 8 but I've heard amazing things.

    I loved Harry Potter PT 2 the soundtrack was amazing! I cried so hard and most of it was due to the incredible music involved. I loved PT 1 but more for the story, though I don't remember the stories... sorry.

  3. I shame-facedly admit I haven't seen either of these movies, but when I do, I'll be sure to listen to the music. I can't write to music with lyrics, either. I was trying to work the other night on the laptop in the same room with my husband who was watching U2 videos on YouTube (over and over again) and I got zero done. Should of moved to the living room!


  4. I can't wait to get my hands on these...hint hint!

    I think I'm going to have to go see Super 8. Have heard WAY too many great things to keep passing it up.