Saturday, September 29, 2012

Random Rant: Soundtracks

Saturdays are my "Random Rant" days... and I seriously I have nothing to talk about.

I mean literally nothing!

I could talk about school and homework, I suppose, but I do that every other day of the week.

And I guess I could talk about what I did today, except I didn't really do anything but homework and go to Target to pick up plates for Ahsoka's birthday party.

Maybe I could rant on and on about the unfortunate fact that Target (or at least my Target) doesn't sell SWTOR game cards, but I really don't have much to say other than "they really, really should sell those cards!"

And some of you are probably wondering what I thought about the Clone Wars Season 5 premiere, but remember that I'm putting my opinions on that stuff in podcast form, so it will be a few days before I have it up and running.

So I guess that leaves me with talking about some great music I've been listening to lately.

For those of you who don't know, my favorite genre of music is soundtrack. There's just something so amazing about soundtracks, something that I can't really put my finger on. Even if I've never seen a certain movie, if it has a good soundtrack then the music alone can transport me deeper into my Imaginatrix, the place where all of my ideas are created, stored, revised, and completed. And soundtracks - good soundtracks - can get my creative juices going better than anything else. It's like the ultimate creative catalyst!

When I want to get myself into writing my book, I turn to the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings soundtracks.

When I want to get myself into writing my screenplay, I turn to The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

Even when I want to focus on my homework, my go-to music is the "Introduce a Little Anarchy" track from The Dark Knight soundtrack.

And when I just want to get lost in my dream world, I have practically a whole playlist of songs to run through.

Honestly, I love music so much that it feels weird when there's no song playing in the background. There's just something so wonderful about music that I would seriously just sit down all day and do nothing but listen to song after song after song after song.

Is that obssession, I wonder?

Anyway, here are some of my favorite songs and when I listen to them.

Title: "Main Titles"
Film: X-Men: First Class
When: I listen to this track when I'm writing an action scene and I want it to sound epic, or when I'm bored and I want an adrenalin rush.

Title: "Wade Goes to Work"
Film: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
When: When I want something I'm writing to sound really cool, or when I want an adrenalin rush.

Title: "Imagine the Fire"
Film: The Dark Knight Rises
When: When I'm writing scenes or very dark emotional scenes.

Title: "Introduce a Little Anarchy"
Film: The Dark Knight
When: When I'm doing homework. It makes homework a little more bearable.

Title: "At the Sign of the Prancing Pony"
Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
When: When I'm writing a scene with an awesome villain.

Title: "Shutting Down Grace's Lab"
Film: Avatar
When: When I'm writing a traumatic or heavily emotional scene.

Title: "Quaritch" [Album Version]
Film: Avatar
When: This is one of my all-purpose tracks, but I also use it when I'm writing a scene that takes place on a more primitive world or deals with more tribal characters.

Title: "Mombassa"
Film: Inception
When: Whenever I feel like rocking out or doing nothing but listen to music.

Title: "Hassansin Attack"
Film: Prince of Persia
When: Whenever I'm writing a quick battle scene, like a geurilla attack or something. Or something with assassins.

Title: "End of the Line"
Film: Tron: Legacy
When: When I'm writing science fiction in general.

Title: "Nottingham Burns"
Film: Robin Hood
When: When I'm writing something in a medieval setting.

Title: "Battle of the Heroes"
Film: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
When: When I'm writing a sci-fi battle sequence.

Title: "Duel of the Fates"
Film: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
When: When I'm writing a more ethereal scene (if that makes sense).

Title: "Across the Stars"
Film: Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
When: When I'm writing a scene with two characters who love each other.

Title: "Barbossa is Hungry"
Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
When: When I'm in a pirate mood (of course!).

Title: "Molossus"
Film: Batman Begins
When: Battle scenes, when I'm in the mood for epicness, really anything.

Title: "Concerning Hobbits"
Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
When: When I'm in the mood for happy and carefree.

Title: "The Return of the King"
Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
When: When I'm in a happy mood, and for writing endings to my stories.

Title: "Main Theme"
Game: Battlefield 3
When: When I'm writing scenes with soldiers.

Title: "Interrogation"
Film: National Treasure
When: Action scenes, when I'm in the mood for epicness, when I'm bored, basically whenever.

And those are just a handful of my favorites. I would include all of my favorite tracks, but then this post would be extremely insanely long. =)

But what are some of your favorite soundtracks? Do you like soundtrack music, or do you have another favorite genre?

 - Edessa, signing off


  1. I like classic rock, Christian rock, and soundtrack the same. My favorite songs are Star Wars main theme, MASH theme, Inspector Gadget Theme, Doctor Who theme, Superman theme, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly and about a hundred more.

  2. Finally some one who also likes X-Men: First Class' soundtrack, it is one of my favorite and one of the most underrated. I have a very similar opinion of soundtracks as well, I just do not listen to anything other than soundtracks 99% of the time. I write so much better while listening to soundtracks. Excellent choice of music, many of these are my favorite.


  3. i like rock, soundtrack,and Owl City. (not sure what genre that'd be) personally,i think Wade Goes to Work, End of the Line, Mombassa, and ,like ,everything else was totally epic!

  4. *grins* Thanks Edessa. Now I don't have to go to like 20 different links for my favorite soundtracks. =P

    I have a very wide music taste. I can rock out to heavy metal and roll with classical music. My favorite soundtrack is probably Star Wars and Iron Man (the first soundtrack)...I used to love TRON, but then I got sick of it. =P


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