“If the music score is the narrative, the song is the punctuation” – Zach Efron
OK, so were not about to begin taking music direction from a Disney-made High School Musical star, but “Troy” may be on to something. A film’s music score is a subtle instrument for molding and shaping an audience’s perception of what is taking place on screen. And many times, the score serves as a precursor of events yet to come (think of the tension built by the score for a horror or action-adventure film).
So what role does the original song play? Depending on film’s subject, a song can play “hammer” to the score’s “feather” – driving home key elements in the arc of a story. But more often, a song written specifically for film has a way of providing a summation for the story. In other words, an original song can serve as shorthand – clarifying the filmmaker’s intent and reinforcing the salient points of the movie. Or it could be just a damn good song.
This afternoon on Great River Radio we will be playing some of favorite original songs for film in our 3rd annual Oscar Music Show. The playlist will be diverse, with songs by Ry Cooder, Tom Waits, Air, M.I.A., The Jesus and Mary Chain, Toots Thielemans, Elliot Smith, Doveman and many others.
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Miss Misery-Elliott Smith
Save Me-Aimee Mann
Thngs Have Changed-Bob Dylan
Just Like Honey-The Jesus And Mary Chain
I Love Paris-Toots Thielemans
Across The Borderline-Ry Cooder
Jai Ho-A.T. Rahman
Gran Torino-Jamie Cullum and Clint Eastwood
Les Barricades Mysterious-Patricia Mabee
Please Call Me Baby-Tom Waits
Falling Slowly-Glen Hansard and Market Irglova
Waiting For Somebody-Paul Westerberg
A Love That Will Never Grow Old-Emmylou Harris
Unknown Legend-Tunde Adebimpe
Raise It Up-The IMPACT Repertory Theater
Go All The Way-Perry Ferrell
Another Way To Die-Alicia Keys
Let’s Hear It For The Boy-Doveman
The End-The Doors
The Wrestler-Bruce Springsteen
Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat-Beck