I Heart Soundtracks
When I was about 14 years old, I bought my first soundtrack. My mom, sister, and I were on our way to Tennessee to visit a family friend. For the trip, mom let us buy a CD each. For some reason, Lexia and I decided we wanted to buy soundtracks. She got "Braveheart," and I got "The Last of the Mohicans." Immediately after listening to them, Lexia said, "Yours is better." And at the time, maybe it was. It had a few songs that were more thrilling, anyway.* I think now, though, Lexia and I would agree wholeheartedly that "Braveheart" is the stronger soundtrack of the two. In fact, I think it's the best I've ever heard. After listening to it recently, I was thinking about my favorite soundtracks -- the ones I listen to over and over and over again -- and of course I decided to blog about it. So without further ado, here are my top soundtrack picks. (I'm only including original motion picture soundtracks in this list.)
- Braveheart, James Horner
- Little Women, Thomas Newman
- Meet Joe Black, Thomas Newman
- Chocolat, Rachel Portman
- Mansfield Park, Lesley Barber
And finally, two of my most favorite soundtracks that are instrumental, but not original scores:
In today's world, it could be called "Mozart's Greatest Hits."
- The Pianist
Janusz Olejniczak's performs Chopin beautifully.
*I'm specifically thinking of The Kiss. What a great song. I defy anyone who doesn't like it.
Thing I'm thankful for: motion-picture composers. Truly. I'm convinced that at least half of the emotional impact of a movie is the music.