This has to be one of the most underutilized forms of music we have today, and I don’t see why. Most of us (hopefully) know the names of composers behind our favorite movies such as Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, James Horner, John Williams or Danny Elfman, but when’s the last time you’ve been in public and heard a song from your favorite movie or have a friend ask you “Have you heard this new soundtrack?” or “Check out this new score by ______.”
I love listening to Film Scores. It’s easy for me to find myself listening to them during any situation, whether I’m driving, taking a shower, doing some work, relaxing, doesn’t matter. I’ll listen to some of my favorites and always find myself in a better mood than I was before, even if I was in a great mood to start with. There are numerous ways I can describe how listening to scores make me feel, but I think inspired is the best way to go. They’re my meditation tool, my inspiration tool, a daily ritual that helps keep me together.
If I want to see a change happen, I have to start by encouraging others to make it happen. That is the point of this post. I’d like for more people to include Film Scores into their music collection, to encourage more people to listen & discuss film scores at least half as much as we talk about Rock, Pop, or Hip-Hop music. At this point I’d be happy if we’d talk about Film Scores a fourth as much. Hopefully this will happen in time, & that someone reading this will listen to my suggestions and pass them on to someone else.
This is something that I’m encouraging everyone to try at least once. Think of some of your favorite movies, or certain scores that stick out in your mind. Make yourself a playlist and give it a listen sometime throughout the day and see how much better you feel. For those of you who are having trouble, I’ll help get you started by including some of my favorites in the list below for you to check out.
- Forrest Gump – Original Motion Picture Score
- The Shawshank Redemption Soundtrack
- Disney’s Tarzan Soundtrack (Of course I had to throw in Disney)
- TRON Legacy Soundtrack by Daft Punk (If you haven’t heard this soundtrack before, you can thank me later)
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Soundtrack
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
There are many, many more for you to find, but I believe this is a good starting point. I hope that you enjoy the recommendations & please feel free to let me know what you think and suggest some scores that you enjoy. Also be sure to subscribe to The Wingfield Blog and follow me on Twitter @LivingWingfield.
Thank You for Listening,