(I tried to embed Youtube videos for the soundtracks I discuss, but it did something wonky to this post, so that was out. Sorry for any inconvenience.)
For a while I thought about writing a blog post listing my top ten favorite movie soundtracks but I eventually gave up on that. The thing is, there’s not too many soundtracks that I listen to all the way through so it would be hard to write about them and pinpoint favorite tracks and so on. But there are loads of composers whose work I love and I thought spotlighting each one was a pretty good way of talking about my favorite soundtracks.
So, first up…Michael Giacchino!
Now, I won’t say he’s my favorite composer of all time. I just decided to start the series off by talking about him because I’ve been listening to quite a few of his scores lately. He’s composed the music for some of my favorite movies: ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Sky High’, ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Inside Out’, ‘Rogue One’, ‘Coco’, etc. I think you can see from that list that he’s a made a pretty big name for himself working on Disney films. 🙂
I first began to notice Michael Giacchino’s work when I listened to one of the tracks from ‘Rogue One’ – “Your Father Would Be Proud”. It’s such an achingly beautiful, emotional piece of scoring. So I listened to more of the soundtrack for ‘Rogue One’ and, yep, it blew me away.
Then there’s ‘The Incredibles’, an epic movie made even better by its epic soundtrack. Apparently, Giacchino was inspired by the spy movies of the 60’s and I can definitely hear that influence, especially in the track “Lava in the Afternoon”. Another one of my favorite pieces of music from Michael Giacchino is from a movie I haven’t even seen – ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ – and that track is, of course, “London Calling”.
Lastly, I really love the fun, yet sometimes bittersweet vibe of the soundtrack for ‘Coco’. Not going to link to any specific piece here – they’re all really great and definitely worth a listen or two.
Anyway, I’ll leave my gushing here for the day. Who are some of your favorite composers? Do you appreciate Michael Giacchino’s awesomeness? 😉