Film scores are my jam. They help me concentrate when I’m working. Relax me when I’m just idly browsing the Internet. But of late I’ve not been able to find one that’s inspired me. In the past if I’ve enjoyed a film, it was fairly conclusive that I’d enjoy the film score. Something’s changed. This isn’t happening so much anymore.
I began to worry. Is it because I’m growing older? What do I do? Do I just let this happen? So I persevered. With every new film that I saw and enjoyed, I checked out the film score. Nothing. Until Z for Zachariah.
Simply knowing that a Christopher Nolan film is being scored by Hans Zimmer is enough to get me a little excited. The Interstellar soundtrack is my new The Dark Knight Rises. It’s been playing on repeat since I saw the film. (Following my rule of not listening to a soundtrack until I’ve seen the film.)
Knowing that Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross are working on a film score is enough for me to want to listen to that score and see that film straight away. Hello Gone Girl!
I have a self-imposed rule – I am not allowed to listen to the score of a film before I’ve seen the film. It feels like spoilers. So it was rather stupid of me to get hold of the album upon film release, then have to wait months to listen to it.
Being a pretty big Foo Fighters fan, when it was announced that along with the new album release of Sonic Highways, there would also be a sort of accompanying TV show of the same name put out on HBO, this little Foo fan was very excited.
Just because I am a Foo Fighters fan. I’m not much of a music person. Sure there are certain bands/artists (Foo Fighters, QoTSA, Streetlight Manifesto, Daft Punk, Fleetwood Mac, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lana del Rey) that I know I like. Certain types of music I will listen to at the drop of a hat, but I don’t have a type of music. I don’t know new music, or really search it out. Music history is a blank spot in my mind. Music in general has never been anything more than something I’ll occasionally need.
It has taken me an awfully long time to finally sit down and watch Warrior. I’ve had it in my possession for months, but it felt like the the kind of film I needed to be 100% awake for and devote my full attention to. (I have a bad habit of just nodding off if I’m tired when I’m watching a film.) For that reason, it just kept getting put off.
As well as being a great film it’s also got a solid score, by Mark Isham. While I do enjoy the whole album, it’s the opening track, Listen to the Beethoven that gives me those good goosebumps.