Anyone who has known me for longer than a month or two, knows that I do not listen to music very often. It simply does not have the effect on me it used to before. However, there’s one kind of music that still succeeds in making my heart beat a little faster every now and again: movie soundtracks. Why, you ask? Because I feel like soundtracks have the capability to convey a story regular popsongs simply cannot bring.
I know that at least some of you are probably already like “NOT TRUE #?*@!” (I really need to stop writing slightly offensive posts), but let me explain to you why this is my view on the matter. First of all, there’s the matter of length. Popsongs averagely only last three minutes, whereas the soundtrack of a movie consists of several songs, and all together it often lasts an hour or longer. It’s a simple fact that a story told in an hour will be so much more intricate and detailed than one told in only a few minutes.
On top of that, there’s the matter of content that I just cannot leave undiscussed. I am aware that more and more often popsongs have an often interesting message they want to convey, but I want to stress that there is a difference between a message and a story. What I love so much about good movie soundtracks is that they do not only support the narrative of a movie, but also have the capability of standing alone and telling so many more stories than just the one it was originally written for.
Besides, we all know the disappointment when you watch a movie adaptation of one of your favourite books. It’s an okay movie, but not at all what you imagined it would be like. I experience something similar with songs. The message is okay and I enjoy it at that moment, but it’s a set narrative. Given I have no musical skills whatsoever, there’s no room for creative interpretation. With soundtracks, that’s different: if I listen to them isolated from the movie they were made for, I can create my own narrative.
I could list many more arguments supporting the fact that soundtrack music has a much stronger capability for narrative than regular popsongs, but this post needs to come to an end some time. So instead of continuing my ramble about the strong capability for narrative of soundtrack music, I will now go aggressively hum He’s a Pirate by Klaus Badelt.
Yo-ho once more, dear readers.
- L. Parole