Rules for this one:
* must be primarily instrumental (Spiderman is just Sony singles and doesn't count).
* can't list trilogies as separate entries (Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, whatever--all one entry).
* only the whole album qualifies. Can't count just one great or famous song (Breakfast at Tiffany's "Moon River" is fabulous, but great movie themes is a separate list altogether).
* and Broadway musicals don't qualify (otherwise I could hand the whole list over to Andrew Lloyd Webber and be done with it).
Are we okay with this? Then here are my bids.
1. The Mission by Ennio Morricone. I didn't care for this slightly odd, slightly depressing Robert DeNiro movie but "Gabriel's Oboe" can move to tears.
2. The DaVinci Code by Hans Zimmer. I know there's a lot of controversy over the movie, the book, whatever. I loved the movie and thought the music was terrific. "Chevaliers de Sangreal" is beautiful and a perfect climax to the movie--though I do think Russell Crowe should have played Robert Langdon. Or maybe Daniel Craig. Yea, Daniel Craig.
3. Star Wars by John Williams. And I really don't need to say anything about it.
4. Nicholas Nickleby by Rachel Portman. It's the happiest, sweetest music. Perfect for this fabulous film. The opening credits are clever and cute and the closing scene with it's accompanying music makes my husband very sappy and cute.
5. Chocolat also by Rachel Portman. Overtones of Latin, a bit of the supernatural. A wonderful audio trip every time I listen to it--Johnny Depp dancing in your dreams and the smell of chocolate in my nose.
6. The Piano by Michael Nyman. Never saw the movie but I fell in love with the soundtrack and this one I still listen to. I even bought the sheet music for the piano too.
7. Titanic by James Horner. I know it's old, I don't listen to it anymore really but it was great when it came out and is worthy of the number seven spot on this humble list.
8. Master and Commander by Iva Davies. Blends contemporary with classical beautifully and is great background music.
9. Sabrina by John Williams. Everything John Williams has ever written sounds epic. Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Harry Potter, everything. But this one is different and I love the jazz element. It doesn't hurt either that Sting sings "In the Moonlight" on this one and you know how I love Sting.
10. Out of Africa by John Barry. I enjoyed Dances with Wolves' soundtrack years ago too but this one is even better. Every time that soaring, symphonic swell plays I'm seeing pink flamingos on the African savanna. Not a bad thing to see.
11. Hero by Tan Dun. I'm not a fan of Asian movies or music (sorry) but this movie was probably the most beautiful, visually stunning thing I've ever seen. The music matches the cinematography.
12. Lewis and Clark by "various artists." This was Ken Burns' series on the two famous explorers and the music, like The Civil War, is full of American folk music that I never tire of hearing. At least not yet . . .
13. Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore. You didn't think I'd make a list without including Lord of the Rings did you? Loved the whole thing, start to finish and the music was great. I'd pay to see that concert Howard Shore put together with orchestral pieces from the soundtrack. My favorite part might be where Arwen is grieving (in a future vision) over Aragorn's tomb, it's the most beautiful, touching, haunting melody.
And you may be tired of hearing about this but so many of you were so kind to nominate and vote for me and now the final voting phase of the Share the Love Awards has begun. So if you have time to click through to this link and vote just one more time you'd have my undying affection. While you're at it don't forget An Island Life, Izzy Mom, Her Bad Mother and The Zeus Excuse which all deserve awards too. I have the link attached to the button on the sidebar. Click the image to find the voting page.
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Thursday, February 08, 2007
Rules for this one: