Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Melodies Welcome


I don't know if it's me getting older, or if music today is severely lacking, but it's not a good thing when I get more satisfaction from hearing music at the Oscars than at the Grammys.  There are some good Pop songs out there right now that get constant airplay, but more and more I find interesting music appearing in movie soundtracks.   

The 1960s clip I included above is of the title song for the James Bond movie "Goldfinger."  Dame Shirley Bassey performed it at Sunday's Oscars as a tribute to music in film.  I like the song for its bold vocals and muted trumpet. 

The 007 franchise has a lot of memorable songs for me; But so did a lot of movies from the 1970s and 1980s.  Just last week my wife and I had to pause for a while to see the last scene of "The Goodbye Girl" segue into the credits, all while David Gates sang in the background.  It's a sappy song but it takes me back to my childhood, back when catchy melodies existed.  "Sixteen Candles" couldn't have had a better finale without If You Were Here.  And The Promise fits all too well at the end of "Napoleon Dynamite."

I love a good ballad, and who doesn't?  However, it hasn't been all slow songs that I remember.  Heavy Metal (Takin' A Ride) rocks.  Any Wes Anderson, or Coen Brothers movie has plenty of songs that are noteworthy.  And how 'bout these four words?:  Oscar winner Trent Reznor.

Access to movies and music has come a long way in the last decade.  We don't consume either one the way we used to.  But at least what's constant is that a song can make a movie, and vice versa.  The stories and the players might be different.  The connection the sights and sounds make with us is long-lasting.

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