Of course I've made a John Williams playlist, but think I need more.
When I think back about movie soundtracks, there are 3 people/groups that I think have influenced me the most. First, growing up on classic Disney, was the Sherman Brothers. They didn't do just Disney either, but also Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Charlotte's Web. "A fair is a veritable smorgasbord orgasbord orgabord After the crowds have ceased." (You're welcome.)
Next, came the Disney renaissance, which means Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Even now, I keep finding gems in Ashman's lyrics, which make the songs brilliant. He put in all these layers so everyone, no matter their age, could enjoy the songs. I also love the scores to Disney movies, thanks to Menken. When D23 had a songbook concert with Alan Menken and Richard Sherman in 2013, I would've given ANYTHING to have been there. At least their parts are on youtube.
Then came John Williams's music. As I got older, and my parents thought I (and my attention span) could handle more complex movies, they started with Star Wars. Even if I don't care for a movie, the score stays with me. I mean, we all know most Star Wars fans don't like Phantom Menace, but I definitely have "Duel of the Fates" on my iPod. It's a GREAT song to run to.
Anybody have a favorite composer or group you could listen to all the time?
Thinking Out Loud with Amanda.