Day three of resting up and I must say I’m already finding it difficult to sit still. I guess that’s part of the whole living alone thing: no matter how many times your doctor expressively tells you to take it easy and you go ‘ok, ok. I will, jeez’, there’s always this small part in my brain that immediately starts planning all the things I could do while I’m at home. I’m trying to take his advice to heart, though, and while I HAVE actually decluttered a couple of shelves and closets (while sitting down most of the time, props to me), I did try to take it easy and rest up properly for the rest of these past couple of days. The best soundtrack for that, in my humble opinion? Definitely film scores, so I’ve rounded up a couple of favourites (from an immense playlist, believe me) that always, always leave me absolutely breathless every time I listen to them, and decided to share those with you today. The goal is definitely to update this playlist as - blogging - time goes by, but let’s just start with these ten beauties, shall we?
KING OF PRIDE ROCK || Hans Zimmer & Lebo M. (The Lion King)
Let’s start us off with a piece of music that will have most of us weeping, or at least gripping our chests as we feel our hearts jump all over again when we see Simba finally climbing Pride Rock in our heads. I probably don’t have to tell you how iconic this soundtrack and its movie are, right? All the feels.
LEIA’S NEWS/LIGHT OF THE FORCE || John Williams (Return of the Jedi)
This is definitely, 100% my favourite bit of Star Wars score, especially the minute the Force theme song takes over in this piece. Goosebumps, every time, because that reprise of Binary Sunset really sums up the epic proportions of my love for these movies.
FORTH EORLINGAS || Howard Shore (The Two Towers)
If you’d ask me what my favourite moment out of all The Lord of the Rings films is, I wouldn’t hesitate for a second: when Gandalf and the Rohirrim ride to the rescue during the battle of Helm’s Deep. I hate to repeat myself, but there are really no other words for it than 'absolutely breathtaking’.
STOICK’S SHIP || John Powell (How To Train Your Dragon 2)
Remember that time when we were all excited there’d be a new How To Train Your Dragon movie because the first one was so epic and cute and beautiful, AND THEN IT WENT AHEAD AND TORE OUR HEARTS OUT? Yep, this is that moment.
THE NEVER-FEAST || John Williams (Hook)
Because it doesn’t all have to be sad, tearjerking tunes, here’s a piece out of one of the best soundtracks ever written, if you ask me. Ok, if you love Hook as much as I do you still might get a bit teary-eyed, but they’d be happy tears just from the sheer brilliance of John Williams and the pure Neverland fun this piece emanates for its entire five minutes or so.
FREEDOM / THE EXECUTION / BANNOCKBURN || James Horner (Braveheart)
Can’t. Type. Crying too hard. You all know by now that I have a weak spot for Braveheart, so it should be a given that its soundtrack is in fact my all-time favourite. It’s the bagpipes, for sure. And in this particular bit? That build-up at the end, I just can’t. 💙
STAY || Hans Zimmer (Interstellar)
Speaking of build-ups, here’s another one. From the master of build-ups, nonetheless. That’s probably why I’m such a fan of Zimmer’s music, actually. The man knows how to keep you on edge as you wonder ‘is this the epic finale? Is this is?’ and then completely blows you away when that finale finally hits you.
TO THE STARS || Randy Edelman (Dragonheart)
Do you guys remember Dragonheart? Ever seen it? We used to watch it so often on family movie nights and I actually have it on DVD, but it’s been aaaaages since I last saw it. I don’t even know if I’d still love it as much, but at least this piece of music hasn’t lost even a little of its magic. It’s another sad one, mind, and if you know the film you’ll know exactly what this moment is. Sniff.
FAREWELL || Alan Menken (Pocahontas)
I feel like instrumental Disney soundtracks don’t get enough love, don’t you think? Well, at least not in comparison to the songs we all know, which is quite a shame because there truly are a lot of memorable Disney scores out there. One of my favourites is this one, to be heard right at the ending of Pocahontas. Another favourite? The Hunchback of Notre Dame’s instrumental score is absolutely mind-blowing, just passing it on.
LASIURUS || James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer (Batman Begins)
Confession: I don’t really like the Nolan Batman soundtracks all that much (I’m a total sucker for Elfman’s take on The Bat, though). I guess it’s because I find them a bit too harsh? Which totally fits the films, though, and I do like the (first two) films, but… Anyhow. Not all that much love for this soundtrack, EXCEPT - of course - for this particular piece. Perhaps it’s just cheesy enough for me, haha! PS: the whole idea of naming every ‘song’ on this album after a species of bat? Ok, so I quite loved that little aspect of it.
Q || Let’s talk film scores! What’s your favourite bit of soundtrack?