Saturday, August 15, 2009

Once More

These last few weeks of summer school are killing me. So, I'm going to procrastinate for another hour more and give you some more fun things to watch and discuss.

I have a thing for movie and tv soundtracks. I can't get enough of them, no matter what type they are; classical score or alt pop tracks, it's all the same to me, good music that reminds you of a moment, a feeling, or a story.

I'm currently stuck on the Once soundtrack (again). I listen to it when I'm slowly falling down into that depressed I'm-thirty-and-single-again mode. August is always the hardest month for me. It's fitting that the first track off this album is called Falling Slowly.

If you haven't seen this movie yet, RUN to the nearest store and get it. The story line is beautiful (knowing that even if it feels so right, sometimes things just aren't meant to be), the acting poignant (both actors are musicians and very sincere in the story they are telling), and the music some of the best you'll ever hear (composed by the actors). Go, now. I'm telling you.

Here's a scene from the movie where Girl is rehearsing lyrics from Guy's song as she walks home from the convenience store one night. Beautiful and simple, just the way I like it.

Other soundtracks/scores I've been stuck on lately have also included the Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack. It's full of a funky mix of electronic Bollywood pop which makes for some truly interesting listening. There's aren't really any videos released for it (except MIA's Paper Planes), but definitely take a listen to Latika's Theme and O...Saya. You can hear the entire soundtrack here.

The one soundtrack that is my favorite of all time though has to be from the documentary of The Buena Vista Social Club. To see these men at this age performing in front of thousands of people is awe inspiring. They tell so many stories of their lives in Havana, Cuba, at a time when things were simpler. Their music is sensual, playful, and melts my heart each time I listen.

My favorite tracks include Chan-Chan

and Dos Gardenias sung by Ibrahim Ferrer. Here is a small video of him singing it live.

Other great soundtracks to also check out: Romeo + Juliet (it also has a second cd of just the movie score which is also amazing). The Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, and Lord of the Ring scores are always enchanting, and last but not least, there's always whatever is currently on rotation at Grey's Anatomy.

So do you have soundtracks or scores that you love? Comment below! I need more music to listen to!