Music is music, and songs are songs.
Let music be music and let songs be songs.
Music always speaks for itself and needs no words or lyrics to do the narration, move our emotions, entice our actions or feed our imagination. Many of us seem to overlook the fact that songs have become the modern replacement of poetry in our modern lives, whether we like it or not, whether we think of it as better or worse. My relation with poetry is sporadic & unreliable; mine with music is stable and utterly healthy and rewarding.
We do like “naked music” more than songs & poetry.
And we do think songs are better than poems and prose, that’s why songs are more flourishing than poems and lyrics that are stripped off melody & musicality. We like music more, whether separate, attached, arranged or chaotic. Whether it makes us react in the strange body-movements we call “dance” or leave the reaction to our heart-beats or shivery goosebumps. It is as if words of poetry and prose would be nothing without music. I, say, yes! Prose and poetry would be nothing without music. Songs without instrumental music, would be devoid of beauty!
I like many genres of music, from Rythm & Base to Pop, and from Celtic to African. Yet, of all genres of music, I caught myself a couple of years ago, being strongly (and strangely) attracted to the music behind movies; movie soundtracks.
The moment I’d hear one of them, I’d write the movie title down, type it in or rush to my PC and consult the God-sent music encyclopaedia called YouTube for a “quick fix”.
James Horner, Buck Sanders, Michael Giacchino, Marco Beltrami & Hans Zimmer.
I woke up to the shocking realization that I may be an admirer of “modern classic music”, and that I don’t mind whatever the “stigma” it carries at all. I blame the likes of Hans Zimmer and James Horner, for inflicting such a wonderful addiction upon me. I claim no sophistication of music taste, rather a confusingly wide variation of it; I only got to know them through their movie soundtracks for the likes of Titanic, Troy, A Beautiful Mind, Avatar, Lord of War, Holiday, Sherlock Holmes and many others.
I consider them, with other movie music composers, to be the crème de la crème of all music makers in our time.
Top-5 YouTube Covers of The Best Movie Sound Track of All Times
My all times spirit-uplifting, relaxing, energizing favourite is the main theme of the wonderful movie Pirates of the Caribbean. I have great admiration for Johnny Depp (especially), Keira Nightley and Orlando Bloom as performers. But, in my opinion, Pirates of the Caribbean’s success as a movie is at least 50% attributable to its great movie music work. Take the music out, and you take $500.000.000 box office revenues away. (Try to mute the music during the most exciting, most expensive action scenes and see for yourself)
Here is a collection of my top-5 best covers that have been made on YouTube:
1. He’s a Pirate (Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean Theme) Violin – Taylor Davis
2. Jarrod Radnich – Virtuosic Piano Solo – Pirates of the Caribbean
3. Pirates of the Caribbean [Main Theme] by hemo
4. Pirates of the Caribbean – Up is Down (cover)
5. New Pirates of the Caribbean Suite – Klaus Badelt