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What A Difference A Soundtrack Makes

Thursday, March 29, 2018

What A Difference A Soundtrack Makes



Guardian of the Galaxy, Dazed and Confused, Forrest Gump, A Knight’s Tale, Titanic, Sound of Music, Singing In The Rain, the list could go on and on, and on…



Imbedded In Our Minds


A good soundtrack can, really, be instrumental to a movie’s success, longevity, and memorable scenes. Take Singing In The Rain, for example. Tropicana used one of their most recognizable and famous songs in a recent commercial - “Good morning, good morning, we’ve talked the whole night through…” We don’t know about you, but we cannot hear the phrase ‘good morning’ without thinking about that song. Or, how about Alice Cooper’s, ‘Schools Out (For Summer)’ - who doesn’t think of the scene from Dazed and Confused? All the kids running out of the classrooms throwing their papers everywhere, shredding their books.



Not A Match


However, a soundtrack can also be a distraction if not fitted to a movie correctly or placed within the scenes at appropriate times. We’ll use A Knight’s Tale for this example. Granted, it was one of the first movies in a long time that did not blend the soundtrack with the time period of the movie. So, we’ll give them kudos for stepping out and being bold.


That said, the soundtrack was received with wildly mixed emotions. Some enjoyed it and thought it was a nice change, bringing something new, while others thought it was mismatched and completely unfitting to the movie. Making it distracting and hard to enjoy.



Emotions and Personality


Not to be confused with the score, which gives the emotions to a movie, it’s in the soundtrack where you’ll find the personality.


A good soundtrack can show the personality of the characters, the director, and the movie itself. A song can show you a wide array of personality traits in a character. One song will show you the charming side of the protagonist, and another will show you the arrogance of the antagonist.



That’s A Wrap


Music is as beautiful and imperative as the colors used in a film.

Music creates the memories, the characters, the unforgettable scenes…

(queue John Cusack, Say Anything).



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