The most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now (part 2)

7. ‘Miracle’ (Mark Isham, 2004)

The music by Mark Isham for the 2004 Hollywoodization of the Miracle on Ice in 1980 is a slow build, but offers a big payoff. It is heavy on warmth but not overly manipulative, and the large orchestral climax seems to be a bit restrained for the genre. However, the full unveiling of the main theme in the song “The Miracle” is enough to give you the chills. Amazingly, Isham’s “Miracle” track was also used to score the ending to “Rocky Balboa” found on that movie’s DVD.

Miracle

6. ‘Chariots of Fire’ (Vangelis, 1981)

These days, although the Oscar-winning score of Vangelis is almost always used as parody, it was a groundbreaker in 1981 and the iconic main theme remains quite an inspiring piece. Besides the famous main theme, Vangelis’ other themes for the movie are also moving and offer evidence of the emotional range that electronic music can provide. The electronic approach to a sports drama has been the antithesis of convention. It works and has transcended the movie to log in the greater conscience of pop culture, inspiring would-be runners 34 years later.

5. ‘Hoosiers’ (Jerry Goldsmith, 1986)

The beloved period basketball drama offered a great opportunity for a composer to enhance the Americana through music with Jerry Goldsmith pulling it off through an usually effective mix of electronic supplements and warm orchestral arrangements, including the sound of a bouncing basketball as a percussion component. Jerry Goldsmith’s main trumpet theme for the town of Hickory is nostalgic and hopeful, meanwhile his scoring of the basketball sequences mirrors the intensity and energy of competition. The score sets up to the stirring and triumphant cue “The Finals,” where all themes are heard in their goosebump-inducing glory. In spite of its sometimes dated sound, Goldsmith’s Oscar-nominated score still offers a lot of appeal.

4. ‘Rocky’ (Bill Conti, 1976)

The iconic score of Bill Conti to the 1976 Best Picture winner ‘Rocky’ still feels omnipresent even after 43 years. From the well-known opening brass fanfare to the ‘1970s-heavy “Gonna Fly Now,” the music of the film has endured wannabe athletes and inspired athletes for decades. Although “Gonna Fly Now” is the signature piece from the soundtrack, the cue “Going the Distance” might be the best.

Guns N’ Roses Rumored to Have New Song in upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate

Do you remember that all of the instances this year where the members of the group Guns N’ Roses hinted that their new music was in the works? One fan might have figured it out – Guns N’ Roses are rumored to have a new song that is featured in the upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate.

Guns N’ Roses fan page Guns Over Oz in Australia initially posted the rumor on their Facebook account. “A source that was working on Terminator: Dark Fate has informed that four members of Guns Over Oz took part in a private viewing of a rough copy of the upcoming sequel movie of Arnold Schwarzenegger to see whether they want to put a song on the soundtrack. Meanwhile, Slash was at Axls house in order to record overdubs on a song for the rush release. Although at that point the song name is unknown, yes 100 percent verified. Guns N’ Roses new music.”

Guns N’ Roses Rumored to Have New Song in upcoming movie Terminator: Dark Fate

Over the last months, multiple sources announced that Slash had been spending some time at Axl Rose’s home, which insinuated that they were laying down guitar tracks for new music. Then Kruise Kontrol Amplification posted a since-deleted photo of an amp which the guitarist supposedly used to record new material in Rose’s home studio.

If these rumors are true, this will be the first new release from the original Guns N’ Roses trio of Slash, Rose, and Duff McKagan since their 1993 The Spaghetti Incident?. It also won’t be the first time they have had involvement with Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Terminator franchise because the Use Your Illusion II track “You Could Be Mine” was placed on the soundtrack for Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Guns N’ Roses also included the song “Oh My God” in End of Days, another Schwarzenegger flick.

The upcoming sequel movie is due for release Oct. 23, and Guns N’ Roses will kick off the next leg of their Not in This Lifetime tour on Sept. 25 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the United States.

Five Movies with The Beatles Music Being The Major Selling Point (part 2)

3. Give My Regards To Broad Street

In this maligned 1980s star vehicle, Paul McCartney performs some Beatles tracks, re-recorded with original producer George Martin.

After years toiling away in obscurity, McCartney has finally made it as a major recording artist. So he’s been offered a movie, in which he plays himself.

The Beatles were massive and McCartney was trading on those former glories. If there is anyone that should be allowed to cash in on The Beatles success, McCartney should be high on the list.

However, it would be hard to argue that our world really needed these new versions of Good Day Sunshine, The long and winding Road, or Eleanor Rigby without his erstwhile bandmates.

4. Across The Universe

Across The Universe has an attempt to twist the music of The Beatles into one long narrative musical style. It’s like Mamma Mia albeit bleaker in tone.

While the music of ABBA found success in a romance set on a picturesque island, Across The Universe covers death, conscription, deportation, and shell-shocked soldiers returning from Vietnam.

There is also space for some lighter stuff such as Eddie Izzard as trippy spiritual guru Mr. Kite. In addition to the leads are charming as various artists in the orbit of a 1960s New York City apartment owned by a suitably sexy Sadie.

The movie’s script finds room for all the Beatle references that you could ask for and find time to veer into the surreal territory in the final third.

The songs are given interesting arrangements that breath new life into old classics. Moreover, they’re all competently sung.

5. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Another jukebox musical, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is based on an off-broadway stage show. This fantasy was produced by rock manager Robert Stigwood, who also cast his own band The Bee Gees as leads, alongside Peter Frampton.

The movie uses most songs from the Beatle album of the same name as well as most of the tracks from Abbey Road and some from other albums.

One mystery, given how many Beatle songs that are given actual names of the women like Michelle, Elanor Rigby, Julia, etc…, is why this movie’s love interest is called Strawberry Fields.

The most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now (part 1)

An inspiring movie usually owes a lot of thanks to a similarly inspiring soundtrack. Especially in sports movies, the right music matched well with the images of competition can elevate a scene to greatness, stick in our heads forever, and remain in our memory to be replayed whenever we accomplish something special in our life.

Here is a list of the most inspiring sports-movie soundtracks up to now.

1. ‘Rocky IV’ (Vince DiCola, 1985)

Director Sylvester Stallone of the “Rocky IV” installment wanted a different musical sound and chose composer Vince DiCola over franchise staple Bill Conti. The result was a 1980s blend of synthesizers and drum machines, creating the perfect accompaniment for Cold War-inspired training montages. In spite of the dated approach, the music remains a fun listen with standout tracks “Training Montage” and “War.”

2. ‘Tin Cup’ (William Ross, 1996)

Although William Ross’ score to the Ron Shelton-directed golf film is an eclectic mix of musical styles, during the movie’s final act, the music with old-fashioned orchestral bombast gives the action a boost. Brass fanfares lead the way, helping provide momentum as the finale plays out. The standout track is “Master of the Game,” scoring the historic final hole in the dramatic and uplifting fashion of Roy McAvoy.

3. ‘Remember the Titans’ (Trevor Rabin, 2000)

The football drama ‘Remember the Titans‘ is inspired by a true story. Up to now, it remains a favorite among many sports fans 19 years after its release. A big reason is Trevor Rabin’s orchestral-rock score which adds to the movie’s emotional resonance. The music of Trevor Rabin is high on energy, adding to the uplifting nature of the film. It is also noteworthy for its inclusion in the presidential campaign of Barack Obama in 2008. Trevor Rabin’s one contribution to the CD soundtrack is the cut “Titans Spirit,” actually a suite of his music that was culled from various points in the film; however,  the seven-minute piece hits all the right highlights.

Five Movies with The Beatles Music Being The Major Selling Point (part 1)

In 1964, people tried to convert the popularity of The Beatles’ music into box office success for the first time. With A Hard Days Night, United Artists attempted to cash in on the four lads from Liverpool as well as their “Mersey sound” before the bubble burst. As the decade wore on with Beatlemania refusing to become a passing fad, The Beatles were given some more star vehicles, the last of which was 1970’s Let It Be, which then won an Oscar for its soundtrack. Here I have created a list of films that rely on the enduring quality and popularity of Beatle music.

1. I Am Sam

”Major selling point” maybe a little unfair to such a touching, custody-battle movie like I Am Sam. Although The Beatles aren’t the film’s main focus, they run right through it like the name through a stick of rock.

I Am Sam was directed and edited with a Beatles soundtrack in mind. As director Jessie Nelson said, “I was so naive writing the script that I thought, ‘Oh, this wonderful. I will get 12 Beatles songs and we will just have them run through the movie’.”

Due to failing to secure the rights, he settled for covers instead. However, there wasn’t much space for the artists to experiment on their tracks. The film was already edited, so bands had to record to a click track to make their covers match the tempo of the originals.

2. All This And World War II

All This And World War Two is a collage of World War 2 newsreel footage and clips from old war movies. The visuals of the movie are backed by a collection of The Beatles covers, helping the film provide an anti-war message. The songs in All This And World War Two was intended to convey a commentary on the events onscreen.

Although the film has never been released on video or DVD, the soundtrack itself was released as a vinyl album.

The Greatest Hollywood Movie Soundtracks of the 2010s (part 2)

SAFE & SOUND – THE HUNGER GAMES

Although Taylor Swift doesn’t present a lot of movie soundtrack songs, all ones that are contributed by her are usually received the audience’s love. Her soft, thin, and beautiful voice is extremely attentive to the acoustic rhythms of Safe & Sound, forming a smooth lullaby as the characters expected when returning from the mortal arena. In a space filled with death and war, all we need is peace. That’s the reason why it is cold and blue through the MV but in the end, there is a burning fire full of warmth.

BOOM CLAP – THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

As impressive as the movie and novel The Fault In Our Stars, the soundtrack Boom Clap version of Charli XCX also receives a lot of love from the audiences. Boom Clap is not only a song with catch-up melody and easy to sing along lyrics but also the heart beat of the couple in the movie. Following the spirit of the song, the MV is also filled with cheerful and eye-catching images.

ALL THE STARS – BLACK PANTHER

Besides the content and the character development, the factor that contributed to the success of the superhero movie Black Panther is the African-American cultured soundtrack album including the song All the Stars presented by Kendrick Lamar and SZA. Its creative MV with brilliant visual effects on a dark background also creates an interesting highlight. In addition, the lyrics is like the position affirmation of the colored people.

NOT TODAY – ME BEFORE YOU

Known as a rock band but when Imagine Dragons released the soundtrack song Not Today for the love drama Me Before You, many viewers were surprised because they performed so sweetly. Not Today is a romantic song, recreating the encounter and affection process of Will and Lou couple. No matter how difficult it is, although today we have a quarrel, tomorrow will come with things getting better. And the memories will follow us to the end of the road.

HOW CAN MUSIC ENHANCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE? (PART 2)

2. Music Helps Regulate Our Emotions and Moods

Many athletes listen to music before their competition to help them get ready. Music can have a great influence on our emotions and moods by elevating positive aspects like vigor, happiness, and excitement, and reducing negative aspects like tension, fatigue, and anger. So, if you need to lift your mood and get in the zone to workout or perform, pop in headphones and listen to music to calm you down or psych you up.

Have you ever listened to a song that makes you want to dance? Most people used to synchronize their movements to the music that they’re listening to. This could be a simple tap of the toes or head nod. An athlete can synchronize their movements with the type of music he listens to during their workout. For example, a fast tempo song can help an athlete increase their movement to a faster pace. The opposite is also true, in that a slower tempo song will help produce slower movements.

3. Music Uses the Entire Brain

Music can help regulate our emotions and moods, and synchronize our movements. The reason is that music can activate several major parts of our brain at once. Some research show that music affects all the areas of our brain which are crucial for athletic performance, including the occipital lobe, the parietal lobe, the frontal lobe, the temporal lobe, and the cerebellum. For example, music can control stress by reducing the levels of stress hormone cortisol. Music can also help coordinate our limbs while doing exercise by helping with the motor cortex.

Music can be powerful, and there is no wonder why so many athletes use music as a preparation tip for their workouts and competitions. The impact on sports of music can be very useful for not only athletes, but also for anyone who wants to get active. Therefore, if you’re preparing for a big competition or going to workout, let the music help you succeed.

The Greatest Hollywood Movie Soundtracks of the 2010s (part 1)

The movie soundtracks that can fit the theme of the movies with meaningful lyrics and sweet melodies not only help sublimate the audience’s emotions but also contribute to the film’s success.

In the second half of the nineteenth century, the inventors succeeded in recording motion pictures and the first films were born. Time passing, silent films gradually became more vivid when there was a band playing in parallel, making it easier for the audience to immerse themselves in the world of movies. Up to now, music – including sound, background music, and soundtracks – are indispensable elements of a movie. In fact, some movies have slightly faded content, but thanks to the appropriate theme song, they still leave a special impression on the audience. Here is the list of the greatest Hollywood movie soundtracks that make it easier for the film to enter people’s hearts.

REMEMBER ME – COCO

Remember me

Referring to the Coco cartoons that recently won an Oscar, besides the delicate story and fascinating images, what the audience thinks of is its soundtrack – Remember me. Although there are several versions presented by different characters, the duo of Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade has received a Golden Globe nomination and an Oscar in the best soundtrack category.

Remember me has simple and sincere lyrics of the father dedicated to his daughter. Until now, many of us still shed tears when listening to its lyrics.

LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO – FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Although all the three parts of Fifty Shades of Grey are not highly appreciated because the content is somewhat superficial and the actors’ performances are not excellent, it is undeniable that its soundtracks are quite catchy. Ellie Goulding’s Love Me Like You Do, released in 2015, is higher appreciated than Wanna Live Forever and For You of the next two parts.

Love Me Like You Do is not only suitable for the movie but also for the passionate new couple in love.

The best music festivals this summer 2019

Music festival season is coming. It’s clear that music lovers all over the world are looking for the best lineup to immerse themselves with music. With various festivals to choose from, you’re easy to be caught in the chaos. Here’s a quick list of the best music festivals to expect this season.

Governors Ball Music Festival

Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2

Randall’s Island Park, New York

Governors Ball Music Festival, the Memorial Day weekend event of the year, will take place at Randall’s Island Park in New York with the performances of popular headliners such as Tyler, Lil’ Wayne, The Creator, Brockhampton, Major Lazer, Florence + the Machine, The Strokes, Nas, The 1975, SZA, and a large haul of smaller artists.

Bonnaroo Music Festival

Thursday, June 13 – Sunday, June 16

Great Stage Park, TN

Back for another year, Bonnaroo Music Festival 2019 with headliners including Phish, Post Malone, Odesza, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, and The Lumineers.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21

Union Park, Chicago, IL

The 14th Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates music from a diverse group of artists. 2019’s headliners include HAIM, The Isley Brothers, Mavis Staples, Charli XCX, and Robyn.

Pitchfork Music Festival

Lollapalooza Chicago

Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4

Grant Park, IL

Lollapalooza, originally a traveling event in the early 1990s, has become an international music event. The Lollapalooza Chicagoin Grant Park include headliners such as The Strokes, Childish Gambino, The Chainsmokers, Tame Impala, J Balvin, Twenty One Pilots, Flume, and Ariana Grande.

Outside Lands

Friday, August 9 – Sunday, August 11

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

The premier festival of San Francisco returns in August for another big event with headliners including Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, Lil Wayne, Childish Gambino, Flume, Kasey Musgraves, and The Lumineers. In addition to great music from a diverse group of artists, this festival prides itself on its sustainability efforts, especially with waste diversion. 92% of the 2018 festival’s waste was diverted from landfills, according to the its website.

Top musical instruments you can easily learn to play (part 6)

 

  1. Cello 

The cello, a bowed stringed orchestral instrument, is versatile with a rich voice. This member of the violin family is most closely associated with classical music of Europe. Normally, it is made from wood with the top and back being traditionally hand-carved. One incredible thing about this musical instrument is that it can become every string instrument in the orchestra. Due to their sound being easily transformed, cellos can be mostly unrecognizable in certain parts.

Learning to play the cello is not difficult; however, it is important to remember that the cello is not an instrument of instant gratification. It requires focus, daily practice, as well as a good teacher to guide you along the way. Cello is more easy to learn for ones with experience reading notes and rhythms. Learning a string instrument such as the cello is a great example of comprehensive learning. Playing the cello encourages teamwork and leadership skills and also teaches general music knowledge. It is a great instrument for improving confidence, concentration, and focus.

  1. Clarinet 

The clarinet, belonging to a family of woodwind instruments, means ‘little trumpet’. It is played by using a single-reed mouthpiece. Its cylindrical shape is mainly responsible for its distinctive musical notes. The tone quality can greatly vary with the musician, the instrument, the music, the reed, and the mouthpiece. It is such an easy instrument for beginners to learn. While advanced players will recognize easily how difficult it is to get things such as tone, dynamics, and tuning correct, if you are a beginner who sticks to maybe a two-octave range, the clarinet is incredibly forgiving. From a controlled and precise exhale to a relaxed and open inhalation, both woodwind and brass instruments can give your lungs a great respiratory workout.

  1. Trumpet 

The trumpet group includes the instruments that have the highest register in the brass family. Small gusts of air are blown strategically into the trumpet to cause vibrations inside the tube. It requires a lot of skill, personal strength, and breathing techniques to learn when and how to blow the right amount of air into the tube in order to create different notes and different tones. In some ways, it is easy to play the trumpet. However, in other ways, it can be argued that the trumpet is the most difficult instrument.