Merry Christmas, everyone!
Roger Ebert’s death reminds us to seize the day. And these two dudes on a NYC subway do just that in this must-see video that will bring you great joy!
Thanks to @bf4tbrainy, who also happens to be my wife Rebecca, for the link!
Something fun for you this Sunday:
What lyrics have you misheard?
So the other day on Twitter [you can follow me: @GoIntoTheStory], we got into a discussion about music and @MatthewMilam tweeted:
@BittrScrptReadr @GoIntoTheStory I’m surprised you guys don’t publish on your blogs a writer’s playlist.
You know what? That’s a great idea.
Me? When my butt is in the chair and I’m actually writing script pages, I can only listen to instrumental music. Here are a few of my favorites:
“The Shawshank Redemption” [soundtrack] by Thomas Newman
“The Intercontinentals” by Bill Frissell
“Le Pas Du Chat Noir” by Anouar Brahem
“Short Trip Home” by Joshua Bell, Edgar Meyer, Sam Bush, and Mike Marshall
“What Goes Around” by Shadowfax
“The Brandeburg Concertos”
Then when I need to get my ass out of the chair and… well, I can’t say dance, but at least bounce around, to shake loose the cobwebs or just get me fired up to write, here are a few of my favorites:
“Crossroads” by Cream
“Jumping Jack Flash” by the Rolling Stones
“Mississippi Queen” by Mountain
“I’m Going Down” by Freddie King
“Revolution” by The Beatles
“I’ll Stick Around” by the Foo Fighters
“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” by Jimi Hendrix
“Rocking in the Free World” by Neil Young
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
“Blackout of Gretely” by Gonn
What is your writing music playlist?
From musician Nick McKaig:
Notes on the recording:
This is my tribute to the most amazing film composer ever to live, Mr. John Williams! The recording is 100% vocals and 100% my own voice, including over 90 tracks and more than 300 hours of production time. Vocals were recorded using a Blue Spark microphone and were produced in Logic Pro 9. Visuals were recorded with a Canon EOS 7D camera and produced in Adobe Premiere. May the force be with you!
Keep on singing, my friends!
HT to @DFTVYP for the link.
Sympathy for the Devil is also the title of a producer’s edit of a 1968 film by Jean-Luc Godard whose own original version is called One Plus One. The film, a depiction of the late 1960s American counterculture, also featured the Rolling Stones in the process of recording the song in the studio. On the filming, Jagger said in Rolling Stone: “… [it was] very fortuitous, because Godard wanted to do a film of us in the studio. I mean, it would never happen now, to get someone as interesting as Godard. And stuffy. We just happened to be recording that song. We could have been recording ‘My Obsession.’ But it was ‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ and it became the track that we used.”
The other day I was thinking about music in movies, how utterly important that aspect of the filmmaking process is. For instance, you can go here and see the famous shower scene from Psycho with, then without the musical score [composed by the great Bernard Hermann].
When I see a movie and I’m moved by the soundtrack, more often than not I’ll buy it. I listen to soundtracks a lot when I write. For focus. Solitude. Inspiration.
One of my all-time favorite soundtracks is from one of my all-time favorite movies: The Shawshank Redemption, music composed by Thomas Newman. A great selection from the movie is the music that accompanies the sequence when Andy escapes.
Thomas Newman: “The Shawshank Redemption” from The Shawshank Redemption
You can go here to see the music in the context of the scene. Note how Newman uses the brass to herald that moment where Andy thrusts his hands up toward the heavens, finally a free man.
Here is a feature on Wall-E that includes an interview with Newman:
Recently I have been listening to “Time” from Inception over and over again. Composed by Hans Zimmer, it accompanies the entire denouement sequence tracing Cobb’s journey from the airplane, through customs, baggage claim, then home. It’s absolutely hypnotic and fits the moment perfectly.
Here is a video with Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer:
Hans Zimmer: “Time” from Inception
You can go here to see the ending of Inception.
I invite you to post your favorite movie composers, soundtracks, and those special cinematic moments where the music perfectly matches what is transpiring on film.