Today’s Prompt: Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you?
Music. It’s my life-blood after all.
But write about just three songs that mean something to me? Herculean task, right there! Of all the songs I have listened to till now, different songs have meant differently to me through the times. Some songs that I got emotionally attached to as a teenager, don’t give me the same feel when I listen to them now. And moreover, add the fact that I seldom pay attention to the lyrics. Yes. I’ve said it finally. I consider myself more of a purist when it comes to music so my focus has predominantly always been on the instruments and orchestration. I have been known to go nuts over a guitar strumming pattern or that mesmerizing violin bit that takes a song to all new highs. With this in mind then, I think I’m going to write about three musical scores that mean a lot to me.
1. Leaving Hogwarts – John Williams – Harry Potter
This should come as no surprise if you’ve read my yesterday’s post. This is still one of my most heavily played songs according to my Last.fm account. The reason probably has to do with the fact that this one always leaves me with a bundle of emotions. It gives me hope when I’m low, it gives me peace when I’m stressed. It simply makes me want to believe that everything is gonna be okay. If I cut back to the movies, three scenes comes to mind that have this song in the background. 1. Harry’s first night in Hogwarts, he’s sitting on the window sill smiling to himself. He finally felt like he belonged somewhere. 2. End of first year, Harry is leaving Hogwarts. He’s both happy and sad. 3. Final scene of the series, Harry, Ron and Hermione send off their kids to Hogwarts. All was well.
2. Life and Death – Michael Giacchino – LOST
If someone were to ask me what’s the best TV show ever, I’d say LOST without a blink. Because what LOST did to me, no other show even came close to. It was not just a drama or a thriller. LOST was about life. It was about people, ordinary people with extra-ordinary stories. In the process, it taught me a lot of things – of empathy, courage, pragmatism, hope and an unflinching desire for the truth. This central musical theme called ‘Life and Death’ just ties everything together. I cannot help but get emotional whenever I listen to this piece. It has minimal instruments, but that tune always has a way of pulling at my heartstrings.
3. Happy Ending – Danny Elfman – Silver Linings Playbook
If my life had a background score, it would be this. It’s not because my life has got anything to do with the movie. But the original score Danny created for this movie is simply phenomenal. It’s difficult to really explain why I feel this connected to this song but I guess you could say it precisely reflects my state of mind. It’s simple, mellow and then suddenly becomes hauntingly beautiful.
Here are the songs, in case you’re interested.