The Power of Movie Music: Golden Globes 2016

As I sit here watching the Golden Globes and seeing all the awards being presented for movies and TV shows that I’ve mostly seen, I’m struck again by the power of movie music.  The power of movie music is geared to its ability to enhance the plot and the audience experience, but some composers are better at that, for my needs.

Yes, music is so very personal and individual, but for me, music from Westerns has always struck a very soft and tender place in my heart.  I have no idea why that is, but there always seems to be a sad, yearning quality to it, that just goes straight to that tender spot and often makes me just want to sob!!

Last week, I went to see the new Quentin Tarantino film, “The Hateful Eight.”  While it had a fine score, commissioned from Ennio Morrecone, the music that really got me, was at the very end as the credits were rolling.  I had never heard it before, and was somewhat surprised to see that it was a song by the country singer Roy Orbison.  Take a listen and see what you think? It was just the perfect song to end this movie.

Just to give you a heads-up, this is a very violent film with lots of (fake) blood and stabbing and shooting.  I don’t really understand why Tarantino loves blood and violence so much, but it is a great yarn and I’d recommend the movie.  Just be preprared!

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