A newly established habit for me is to turn on my Fiddler on the Roof station in the evening while I am doing chores. I have been on a soundtrack kick recently, and since nearly everything that I am passionate about is in a list of favorites, I decided to arrange my soundtracks into a list as well. It’s not quite organized by favorites; I tried my best but I feel that it may be a bit scrambled. Oh, well…
10. The Sound of Music
As with any musical, the songs do start getting on my nerves every once in a while, but they’re fun and the movie has been one of my favorites ever since I was little.
9. He’s a Pirate (from Pirates of the Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) Klaus Badelt
I will admit I’ve never seen the movie, but the film score is a new-found favorite. In fact, the song is playing on our computer as I type this.
8. Fiddler on the Roof Soundtrack John Williams
I only saw the movie once, but the soundtrack is dreadfully funny and catchy. And by the way, did you know that the same guy who composed the music for Fiddler on the Roof also did Star Wars and some of the Harry Potter movies? In other words, John Williams knows what he’s doing.
7. Beauty and the Beast Alan Menken
I love all of the songs from this movie, but this particular one is probably my favorite. I have a strange and spontaneous appreciation for Disney musicals. This album was one of the first that I downloaded onto my mp3 player, and I have been listening to it ever since.
6. The Star Wars Film Scores John Williams
These songs bring back good memories of my little five year old self completely obsessed with Star Wars. Maggie and I and whoever I could convince to play with me would reenact the exciting scenes. And, being someone who likes to talk, 75% of the things that came out of my mouth were about Star Wars.
5. Misty Mountains Howard Shore
Really good – it’s exciting, catchy, and it captures the spirit of the book and movies very well. One of my favorite cross-stitch projects was of the first verse. Far over the misty mountains cold,to dungeons deep, and caverns old, we must away, ‘ere break of day, to claim our long forgotten gold.
Definitely on my (admittedly rather short) list of “pros” for the Hobbit movie series.
4. The Call Regina Spektor
This song is amazing! Definitely one of those songs that has become tangled with the emotions I had while listening to it.
3. Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack Dario Marianelli
I began listening to this before I saw the movie, but I happened to be reading the book at the time so I was still able to appreciate it. Shortly after watching the movie, I bought the piano book, and I play these songs constantly. So far, my favorite is Darcy’s Letter.
2. The Lord of the Rings Howard Shore
Sandwiched between the Let it Go and Love is an Open Door stations, my Lord of the Rings Pandora station seems to stand out. Maybe that’s just because it’s pretty easily my most-loved. Last birthday, I bought this book with my birthday money and I’ve been playing it fairly consistently ever since. When it comes to favorites, that and the Pride and Prejudice piano book are in serious competition. However, having said that, and without any further ado my number one favorite actually is…
1. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Soundtrack Harry Gregson-Williams
It’s a long story how, but this album was probably the first of it’s genre that I listened to. That was back when I was about five, so I’ve been listening to this album for over the majority of my life. I love everything about the song, soundtrack, and movie. Everything.
And, as I side note, my favorite composer is still Howard Shore. I strongly recommend trying out his work, LOTR is probably his best.
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” -Victor Hugo