• Chris Davy

S is for... Soundtrack

The soundtrack. A vital component to any film. A vital part of any life. Why do I care to write about soundtracks? Well, I studied film. I have a B.A. in Film Studies/Media & Cultural Studies from Kingston University, Kingston-Upon-Thames. The grade? A third.

What do I know about soundtracks? Or what do I think I know about soundtracks.

Well, if you want to go on an emotional roller coaster, listen to music. If you want to go on a better emotional roller coaster, watch a film. If you want to go on the best type of emotional roller coaster there is - go and watch something live. Live is where you best experience soundtracks. Unless of course you are going through your own kind of emotional roller coaster in the real world that you aren't enjoying, in which case my best bit of advice is - make a new roller coaster or find a way to improve the one you are on.

I guess the trick is this. The soundtrack, in film, is a tool to be used to manipulate the audience. A well crafted film, with the right piece of music can evoke overwhelming emotion. When we go to the cinema that is what we are paying for. Emotional escapism, amongst other things. The issue? You always come back to reality. So how do you deal with reality? I mean, don't get me wrong, a lot of the time reality is cool. But at the exact same time, a lot of reality is not cool. Bad shit happens and you don't want it to.

Managing the soundtrack to your life is a great way to lift your mood. To motivate you. To inspire you. Be your own music director at the same time as being your own audience. The power that a well crafted playlist has is incredible. You are basically using a method of self-motivation. You can use it to manipulate yourself. For example, you'll see a lot of athletes do it. Listening to music on the way to a game or competition.

My other piece of advice. Be open minded. Someone made the music for whatever reason they made it. It served a purpose to them. Maybe they don't even like it. But being open minded is something I always try to do. To figure out why someone likes something. I used to pretty much hate country music and dance music. As a big lyrics person I often found I didn't like music that much that didn't have lyrics in it. But as I got older I appreciated more there is a time and place for instrumental music. I also really used to find that the accents in country music would really grate on me. But you know, I grew up. Still, no point in denying the truth.

Who doesn't love a good quote?

"I frequently hear music in the heart of noise." - George Gershwin

Songs to listen to now:

I Believe I Can Fly - R. Kelly - Space Jam

Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry - Back To The Future

Extreme Ways - Moby - Jason Bourne Series

Born to Raise Hell - Motorhead - Airheads

It's All The Way - Lakeside - Eddie

Wild Thing - The Troggs - Major League

Come See About Me - The Supremes - Beverly Hills Cop III

Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf - Easy Rider

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