1. The Paradise
If you ever want to be caught up in a swirl of beautiful, delicate sounds, listen to some music from The Paradise. Elegant, floaty, and at times a bit mischievous, this music is a delight! (The show is a delight as well, in case you were wondering.)
If you doubt my words, take a look at the fluttery lace and fans during the opening theme!
Confession: I have not seen this movie. *hem.* I just haven't gotten around to it yet, ok? But I have listened to the soundtrack oodles of times! And oh, is it ever beautiful. Heart-achingly soul-wrenchingly beautiful. Especially the first song. This is what moving music is.
If you were looking for light, happy music, allow me to direct you back to #1 of this post. You will not find it here! Gorgeous music, yes, but tense. Even the happier songs have a sense of melancholy and bittersweet that definitely set the mood for the movie. If you are looking for a dramatic, powerful feel from music, listen to this movie's soundtrack. It won't disappoint!
4. Last of the Mohicans
This soundtrack feels so epic, timeless, and noble to me. The movie is one-of-a-kind; it leaves you with a feeling I have never found anywhere else. I feel like more words won't help with this one, so here's my favorite piece from the whole film:
5. John Adams
If you liked #4, you'll probably like the John Adams theme. The two main themes are eerily similar; you get the same epic feel from both. I love how this soundtrack feels so patriotic and independent. I will admit that the rest of the John Adams soundtrack does not hold up to the amazing theme, but the opening titles alone could make up for the rest of the music!
6. Little Women
I was going to try to limit myself to five favorites, but I simply cannot exclude Little Women. There is no music so dear nor so effortlessly perfect than this. I can't imagine Little Women without this music. This is an American classic for sure! I wish I could better put into words my love for this soundtrack, but if I tried a little harder I might end up writing a ten-page paper on it! ;) So I'll let the music speak for itself:
How I hate to stop at six! Good heavens, I just got to the end of this and realized that I plumb forgot to add the Book Thief! Sad music for a sadder movie, people. Honorable mentions also go to Gettysburg, Ken Burns's Civil War documentary, and Emma 2009.
What are your favorite movie soundtracks?
Which soundtrack here did you like the most?
Do you prefer serious, moving soundtracks, or light, fluttery ones?