Hello nerdlings! It’s a wonderful Wednesday and I thought today I would stray from the topic of books and go book adjacent to music. Some people listen to music while they read and others cannot stand it. Personally, I listen to movie scores but anything with words has me singing instead of reading. In case you didn’t know the movie score is the orchestra/piano/ background music that you here while the scenes are playing. It has no words and is usually all written by the same person throughout the movie. I really love how a movie score can just pick you up and put you in this wonderful mood. Sometimes its scary and intense. Other times you feel alive and free. Music has such a powerful hold on me and my life. So today I’m going to go through my top movie scores. The only condition is that I must own it and have actually listened to it a few times.
Star Trek by Micheal Giacchino.
This soundtrack makes me pumped and read to fly in deep space nine. The highs and the lows take you for a ride you won’t forget. If you’re a trekkie or just happened to really enjoy this movie then I recommend trying this out.
Song of The Sea by Bruno Coulais and Kila
This is a precious animated film about an irish/celtic fairytale. The music is perfect for it and makes you feel like you are traipsing through a fantasy world.
Hook by John Williams
This was my first venture into famous composer John Williams. I adored this movie as a child. And the orchestra pieces in this remind me of peter pan and hook immediately. Williams has a gift for making strong pieces that help define the movie.
The Secret Garden by Zbigniew Preisner
I love how Presiner perfectly captured the tone of the movie. Young Mary has just moved from India and you can feel it in the music. I always feel like this soundtrack makes me dream of far off places.
A Little Princess by Patrick Doyle
Also doused with Indian undertones, this soundtrack tends to make me cry. Mostly because the movie makes me cry. My favorite song on it does have words but it’s short and sweet. “Kindle My Heart”.
Guardians of the Galaxy by Tyler Bates
I love superhero movies. And their scores can really get you pumped up and ready to face the day. This one in particular is special because this was the first superhero movie I watched with my husband. It’s our special thing.
The Mortal Instruments by Atli Örvarsson
This may have been a terrible movie compared to the book but I personally really enjoyed the music. I thought it was clean yet atmospheric. I’ve listened to this while reading Cassandra Clare’s works.
Twilight 1-5 by Carter Burwell (1,4,5) Alexandre Desplat (2) and Howard Shore (3)
We all would like to pretend that Twilight wasn’t part of our past. But I personally liked the movies. And this music is iconic. Bella’s Lullaby was my ringtone in college for a while. I could sit back and listen to these soundtracks all in a row and be perfectly content. They are smooth and like a gentle breeze to your ear.
Beauty and the Beast by Alan Menken
This soundtrack is what brought this whole post on actually. See I saw the movie and immediately got the deluxe soundtrack. Which I then started listening to while I reread ACOTAR. Because you know… it’s beauty and the beast. Menkan has written the music for almost all of my favorite modern Disney movies. In my eyes he is perfection. The score to this particular movie was so well done and simply beautiful. You won’t regret listening to this.
Star Wars by John Williams
Williams has done the music for MOST of the Star Wars movie franchise. His music is iconic and easily recognizable. It really puts you in the star wars mood. I love listening to this while I clean house. I mean the Imperial March? YESS
Pirates of the Caribbean by Klaus Badelt (1) and Hans Zimmer (2-5)
These soundtracks are also very iconic. When I hear the pirates theme playing during the trailer I start humming along with it. Great soundtrack for adventurers and secret pirates alike.
Studio Ghibli by various artists
I have a collection of the best music from Studio Ghibli and it is my go to soundtrack for working, studying, or just chilling in the bathtub. It brings my heart such joy to get wrapped up in each note and embrace the melodies. Heck some of my favorites are for movies I still haven’t seen.
Harry Potter by John Williams (1-3), Alexandre Desplate (7&8), Patrick Doyle (4) Nicholas Hooper (5&6)
If you don’t know this music then I think our friendship is on the line. KIDDING. But seriously I would listen to this while I painted or did crafts in college. And I got to the point where without looking I could tell you what scene the song was from.
Fantastic Beasts by James Newton Howard
He used the main tone from the Harry Potter score yet took it in another direction for this series. I love this soundtrack listen to it pretty regularly.
The Hobbit by Howard Shore
This music is pretty spectacular. I really feel like I’m living in a fantasy world and on a great adventure when I play this soundtrack. I listen to it while reading frequently. However I do sometimes end up humming along. It can’t be helped.
Lord of the Rings 1-3 by Howard Shore
These are my all time favorite soundtracks. They are my go to for any mood. I love the songs that are sung by the cast. I love the Hobbit theme. This music just entangles me in it and makes me so happy.
Well I hope you found an interesting soundtrack to try out. If you love any of these or there is one you love that I didn’t mention then please comment down below and chat with me. I hope you’re having a lovely day!