Play this while reading my latest blog post
it will make it EPIC
I often judge if a movie is worth seeing based on who wrote the score. In 1977, I was 16 years old, and I saw Star Wars for the first time. When John Williams’ score played, as Luke Skywalker looked at the twin suns setting on Tatooine, I fell in love. I fell in love with Luke Skywalker and with movie music. I had never heard such music in a movie before. That summer I saved my babysitting money and bought the album of the Star Wars Soundtrack. When I listened to it I could see and revisit each scene in my head. And so began my Star Wars fan journey and the beginning of my love for movie soundtracks.
I know that 50% of why I cried when Han Solo said “Chewie…we’re home” is the familiar John Williams music. And all the other teasers and the trailers I have seen since are tugging at my heartstrings. The Journey to The Force Awakens has been an awakening for the Star Wars fan. We find ourselves in a place of sheer joy, and when that happens tears of joy happen. There is a new Star Wars movie hitting the big screen in just weeks, and I thought there would never be any more Star Wars Movies. Dreams are coming true, and when that happens, tears happen. Star Wars fans are privileged and blessed to have John Williams around and still able to compose another epic score for our beloved Star Wars.
This music, these scores, can get me through a bad day, or inspire me. Hey, the “Time” theme from “Inception” can make any task you are doing EPIC. Next time you vacuum, do it to that score, you will be vacuuming EPICALLY!
Some of my other favorite composers and their movie soundtracks – What are yours? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear about them.
James Horner: Bicentennial Man (one of my most favorite), Avatar, Braveheart, Titanic, Apollo 13, and The Rocketeer
Hans Zimmer: The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Night, Gladiator, The DaVinci Code, The Man of Steel – I could listen to the Chevaliers de Sangre al from that over and over again and the Time theme from Inception.