Carl is on hand with his recommendations of the best soundtracks to listen to whilst in lockdown
To help beat the coronavirus blues, for the foreseeable future, members of team Future of the Force will be on hand with our recommendations of awesome soundtracks to listen to during the COVID-19 lockdown. Whether its lesser-known gems, Oscar-winning classics or just celebrating the best composers – we’ll be here to give you our top picks during this difficult time.
Dances With Wolves by John Barry
A film is nothing without a decent score behind it. Case in point, 1978 and the producers of ‘Halloween‘ watch some of the footage director John Carpenter has shot and are not impressed. It isn’t scary they tell him. Wait until the score has been added says Carpenter. The film is completed, the score is added and the rest is history. The film ‘Dances With Wolves‘ is another case in point. The film is shot beautifully, the story is wonderful and the whole film goes onto Oscar Glory. But what always brings a tear to my eye watching the film? John Barry‘s sublime score. Every note of the music that is contained within the film is pitch-perfect. Every piece of music tells a story of its own. And it is quite simply, one of the finest scores to a film there has ever been.
The score is available on CD and download and if you’re very lucky, there is an expanded version available from certain retailers found on the internet. From the very start of the score, we are transported back in time to the old west. We already now know what the film contains and what we will see on the screen. But just by closing our eyes and listening to Barry’s score, we are carried away to another time, another place as we let every note swim around our ears and into our heads. We visualise every sequence or what we conceive to be a sequence as the haunting melodies play. John Barry created scores for many films over his career, some we are all too familiar with, others we are not so. But here we have Barry at his finest.
The main title theme plays in a melancholy but strangely uplifting kind of way. The track gives way to ‘The John Dunbar Theme’, a piece of music that describes the man, the character perfectly. We listen as Stands With A Fist remembers the massacre of her parents in a piece of music that portrays every dramatic piece of footage featured in the film. Even the ‘Death Of Cisco’ brings us almost to tears, the memories of the tragic events the film contains haunting us through the sad melody. Even the end credits emote feelings that we experience throughout proceedings. But one track beats them all. One track drags out feelings that we didn’t realise were there. A piece of music that I admit to having listened to back to back for hours on end, a piece of music that is so moving, words cannot describe it. ‘The Journey To The Buffalo Killing Grounds‘ is possibly one of the finest pieces of music ever created. Its haunting melody and sheer beauty is something that has to be experienced, to actually sit back and allow yourself to hear. It is so majestic that you drift away listening to it. The first part of the track is wonderous only to be brought full circle emotionally with the second half of it.
Any film score collector or fan MUST have a copy of this in their archive. It is the perfect listening material during these isolation times. Something that will enthral and entertain the listener. Turn off the TV, close up that book, unplug anything that will disturb your peace, put this score on and allow yourself to fall into its elegant indulgent tones.
Stay Safe and look after each other.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!