23 May 2008

maybe my fave part of movies

The music.

Sure, there are a million great lines and quotes from movie that spring to mind, and insanely cool visuals, and thrilling sequences and characters and plotlines.

But in the same way that a vague whiff of certain scents is enough to send me tumbling headlong down a rabbit hole of sense memory, so are certain movie themes and musical motifs...

... the screaming trumpets in the "Truck Sequence" in RAIDERS...

... the first blare of the horns as the sun peeks over the horizon in LAWRENCE...

... the dissonant string bustling past one another in NORTH BY NORTHWEST...

... the cooler than cool bouncy theme from pretty much any '60s-era James Bond movie...

... the hammering drums of the opening to CONAN...

... the oddly sweet and innocent tinkling piano line which opens ROCKETEER...

All it takes is a few notes from any of hundreds of movie moments and themes and suddenly an entire story-world expands and takes over, and I'm left reminded of just how great 110 minutes alone in a dark theater can be.

A few times (again) in recent weeks I've had opportunity to visit with old friends in live face to face reunions, and in almost every meeting there comes that moment where they look at me and say "why movies? why not novels? Why not write a book?"

I usually fumble with all sorts of reasons and stabs at explanation, but let's be honest: a big part of the reason is because no book yet written has ever begun like STAR WARS did for me in 1977, with an explosion of brass and wind that raised every hair on my body, pulled a smile so wide it hurt, and made me immediately say "now THIS... this is gonna kick ass...."
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7 comments:

MaryAn Batchellor said...

Amen. Amen. And, AMEN! John Williams, Michael Kamen, James Horner, Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer. Seriously, I'd have never cried at the end of Rudy if it hadn't been for Jerry Goldsmith. The music picks up where words fail.

Systemaddict said...

Scores can make or break a movie. They provide a certain adrenaline that can perfectly accompany and well told story and make your enthousiasm for it that much greater.

Scores - trump most soundtrack song lists any day of the week, imo.

Chesher Cat said...

I know nothing about music.

I just stopped by to say hi to Jamie.

Hi.

Brent said...

The musician/composer in the crowd thanks you for acknowledging music's contribution. Not being the fan of movies that you are, I frequently find that part more entertaining. And since my children can watch the same thing over and over, I can bare it knowing some excellent song is coming soon.

Brett said...

Maryann--
-- Go check out www.michaelgiachinno.com. I've yet to find a Giacchino theme that I didn't like.

Jamie--
-- double check those departure times. I mean it.

Deb--
-- say hi to who?

Brent--
-- shaddup.

My work here is done.
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MaryAn Batchellor said...

Okay, I eventually got there after playing duck, duck, never cut and paste a website from Brett! Two C's, one N. Got it.

japhy99 said...

I was really psyched the other day when my daughter told me she's starting to get into scores. Immediately made her a mixed CD of some of my recent favorites. The CD kicks ass I must say...