The Best Scores & Soundtracks | Part 2

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A month ago, I published the first part of my list of favorite movie scores and soundtracks. It was a shorter post compared to what this one will be..I have made the decision on only talking about 12 of them as I didn’t want to drag it on. I feel like this a great selection of soundtracks. A lot of them you have probably enjoyed growing up or as you got older. I have also arranged them in alphabetical order again just to help myself keep everything straight.

Burlesque (2010)

Have you ever seen a new movie promo and feel this immediate attraction to it? I felt it the day I saw the Burlesque trailer. I am a really big fan of Christina Aguilera and to find out she was making her debut in a movie was really exciting! The weird thing is that despite I was purely watching it for Christina, I actually love it because of the whole cast. My favorite character out of everybody is actually Stanley Tucci’s “Sean,” he can play a really good gay man! I was thoroughly surprised!

As far as talking about the soundtrack, I can literally listen to it from top to bottom. I loved the movie so much that for one Christmas, I actually asked for the soundtrack rather than the movie itself. I think the main reason for this was maybe I already had it on my DVR, but have lost it a couple of times in the course of three years. Thankfully, I have it in my main folder and if I want something to watch that I know I am going to enjoy I will turn it on. I try not to sing the songs late at night but sometimes I can’t help myself and it comes out. I have also been known to dance as well, but nobody can hear me when that happens so that’s okay!

Dreamgirls (2006)

When this one came out, I was at the start of getting really into musicals in general. It was a film that I actually watched on my own, without any other introductions from either people or the trailers on TV. Nevertheless, I genuinely loved it!

If it had came out at the peak of Beyonce’s career like now, after she’s lent her voice for the live action remake of “The Lion King” would I have enjoyed it as much is still up in the air, but my focus was never on her. I actually love it for Jennifer Hudson, like everybody else, I was stunned to find out that she was on American Idol but was later eliminated. I thought her voice was beautiful! I loved her sass towards pretty much everyone and felt horrible after the gorgeous performance of “And I Am Telling You” with those high notes! Good God, I can tell you that I can’t even hit those notes and I’ve tried to improve on my voice for the last few years, but still struggle reaching for the Earth-shattering vocals. Thankfully, I’m not bitter about it!

One thing that I was even more surprised about was Eddie Murphy. The only time I have ever heard him sing before was in Shrek and it wasn’t even as intense as what you hear on this movie! My ultimate favorite is “Patience” it has so much raw emotion in it.

Descendants 3 (2019)

Before watching this film, I had actually been pushing this post back further and further away because I knew how much time consuming it would be, but after I seen it I knew I had to basically bite the bullet and even include it onto the already long list!

It has actually been a long time since I have enjoyed watching a Disney Channel Original Movie, so I wasn’t expecting to like it very much but I had been really curious about it after the death of Cameron Boyce, and I was shocked on how much I loved it! I watched it live and recorded it for my main folder so whenever I wanted to watch it I could with ease, but I can’t seem to move past the song “Queen Of Mean” and really I still have trouble continuing because I just want to hear and sing it. After finishing it, it took me about a month to complete the other two movies, but I didn’t like it as much as this one though.

From Justin To Kelly (2002)

I know this movie wasn’t very popular when it came out, but I actually love it to pieces! If you’ve never seen it (which you probably haven’t) apparently it was a test film whether or not to see if American Idol winners could act. If this had a better outlook during the first weekend it premiered, executives would have continued to create similar films after every AI finale to jack up profits of the stars they helped make in the process. However, this was not the case but all wasn’t lost though. Kelly Clarkson still acts here an there. Hell, she even has her own talk show now!

Here’s something really interesting about the film itself. It also features another familiar face: Anika Noni Rose. No, she wasn’t on AI but she was on Dreamgirls as “Lorrell” the love interest of Jimmy Earl and “Tiana” on The Princess and The Frog. This movie was one of her firsts before making it into these huge sensations!

As far as the music goes, there is a lot of sass in the movie, and luckily the music runs right with it. I have always loved revenge songs, and there are two songs that are all about revenge and maybe even a little showoff-y too. There is “Wish Upon A Star” that is sung by our antagonist Alexa, even though she has this very high pitched voice when she sings, it still has that spunk of her personality. The other is “Madness” that is by both Kelly and Anika’s character Kaya. This is a really fun song with a lot of sass against these crazy boys in the film. My ultimate favorite is “Timeless” and it features both Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini. It is so beautiful and very gentle compared to the other songs on the soundtrack.

Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)

I tried my hardest to not make this list all about my favorite Disney soundtracks so I have only three on here that I have truly adored for years.

Despite the fact that I have grown a better appreciation for the first Lion King film, my favorite will always be ‘Simba’s Pride’ because there wasn’t that big of a death on it. Yes, Nuka gets killed but it’s nothing compared to the killing of Mufasa, at least that’s my opinion anyways! Another reason why I have always liked this one more is because I think there are more songs included, especially after little Kiara and Kovu get taken back by their parents after meeting each other, there are two songs going on back-to-back. This doesn’t happen in the first film.

When I was younger, my favorite song was the theme song in the beginning which was “He Lives In You” which is still by Lebo B, who sung “Circle Of Life” in the first movie. I thought it was a little bit feminine as it was softer and not exactly in your face as COL was, it kind of gave you that feeling that this story was going to be totally different. My second favorite was “Not One Of Us” and I always loved to see the other animals get involved like you would in a big community. Although that whole section is really sad for both Kovu because he’s being forced out for his past and of course, the pleading Kiara makes more emotional because she loves him so much and is basically the only one to look past his heritage. Now as an adult, I really love “My Lullaby” because it is so fierce and powerful with a female vocalist and finally, there is “Love Will Find A Way” which use to make me very hopeful as a child but now I just enjoy it for the loving way of the lyrics and music in the background.

Purple Rain (1984)

My mom will be very proud of me for having this on my list. I grew up watching the film Purple Rain when I was a really young, and considering the amount of sexual things on it, I probably shouldn’t have been doing that!

I know there is the soundtrack with the songs with Prince and The Revolution, but as for this post I will be discussing all of the songs on the movie. My mom and I are still pretty obsessed with “Jungle Love” by The Time. They were the cockiest guys on that film and it wouldn’t surprise me if they were the reason why I hate people like that in general. The other song that was maybe the second track for someone at the age of 7 or 8 shouldn’t like right away was “Sex Shooter”. Personally, I thought Apollonia was gorgeous and I was never put off by the very risqué outfit she wore during that performance.

For the songs only by Prince, the list is a little bit bigger. I love “The Beautiful Ones” after watching the movie, my mom found a cover by Mariah Carey and I think Boyz II Men. I like it, I mean it isn’t Prince but I think it’s pretty good otherwise. The other favorites are “When Doves Cry,” “Computer Blue,” Purple Rain,” and “I Would Die For U.” I’m not really sure which ones my mom loves the most, so if she reads this post on my Facebook page, she’ll probably leave a comment with her answers so if you’re really curious, you’ll have to hope that this happens.

Spirit: The Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

I literally almost forgot about this! While I was working on the one below, the sentence about how it’s my favorite Disney music of all time, I remembered my ultimate non-Disney favorite, which is Spirit! What makes it interesting is that it has something in common with the Tarzan soundtrack, as they were created by one person. For Spirit, it was Bryan Adams. Now I had never heard of him prior to this movie but I thought he was perfect as the story’s muse if you will.

This movie is a little different from the rest as it is generally like a silent film. The horses, who are the main characters, are just plain horses but in animated form. You have the humans that have voices, and Matt Damon as the narrator, but the music is basically at the forefront of the entire thing. I was nine years old when I saw this in theaters, and everything about it made me happy! And I’m pretty sure for Christmas that year, I received the soundtrack and I still listen to it every once in a while too!

Despite loving the entire soundtrack, of course I have my favorites and they are “Here I Am” which is played at the beginning when Spirit’s mom is giving birth to him, the rest of the scenes tell the story of he went from a little colt to this massive wild stallion in charge of his whole group. The next song is actually placed at a sad part because it’s where Spirit is captured by these humans who plan on taming him. It is called “You Can’t Take Me,” and at this time in my life, I wasn’t listening to country, rock, metal, anything like that, but this song is actually what made me interested in country-rock music, like Brantley Gilbert. Anyways, I think it’s pretty good but it is nothing compared to “Sound The Bugle” as it is the saddest scenes and song out of the whole thing! It’s on when Spirit gets captured again, he is taken away from Rain (his girlfriend) who is really hurt, and where he’s on the train obviously upset about everything from missing his mom and rest of the herd to possibly never seeing Rain ever again. So, it will probably make you cry as it does every time I watch it. The song itself isn’t much better; it’ll just create more tears that flow down your face!

Step Up (2006)

Recently I found this on our movie channels, so I am happy to finally hear these songs again because every time I look them on YouTube, there seems to one or two missing from the play list made by a fan. I do have the soundtrack itself but have nowhere to play it, so this is my only option right now!

This was actually the movie that made realize how great classical and hip hop go together! The opening track by Petey Pablo was amazing, the combination of violins and a heavy hip hop beat. What made it even better was during the credits, you have ballerinas and hip hop dancers in separate areas dancing to the same song. So, it gives you a nice sweet taste of what is to come for the whole thing. The best song though is “I’mma Shine” by Youngbloodz. Although the classical parts are taking a backseat, there are still very present on it but the whole thing is amazing! It plays during Ty and his friends at a party where Miles takes control of the DJ stand and Nora is forced to figure out her showcase as a soloist.

What I found cool though was that I wasn’t purely about the upbeat songs in the film. I really love Anthony Hamilton’s “Dear Life” as I think it brought out the vibe of Tyler’s life as a foster kid, and not being able to make that commitment to Nora. And of course, I have to add “U Made Me” by Gina Rene. I still think it was the perfect song for that scene between them, if you didn’t think there wasn’t any chemistry between Ty and Nora, you knew it after that little dancing scene at the docks.

Tarzan (1997)

Personally, I have never enjoyed watching Tarzan both growing up or as an adult–I don’t even like to watch it with my nephew! There are two big scenes that were always a little too much for me, but the one thing that keeps me interested are the songs. Out of all of the Disney movies and their soundtracks, this is and probably be my ultimate favorite of all time!

Even as an adult, my dad likes to tease me about the fact that I am listening to songs by Phil Collins. I cannot tell you how many times I get told to listen to Genesis every time I start singing the Tarzan songs! What really gets me is that he has yet to show Nolan any other song by Phil or Genesis. Why is it always me? Anyways, I have always loved the main theme that is on at the very start of the film. “Two Worlds” has a very upbeat sound but boy, if you watch the scenes where that baby gorilla gets chased and eventually killed by that leopard; it’ll definitely make you tear up! And then of course, I love “You’ll Be In My Heart” as it’s such a sweet, sweet song. I always like to give Nolan a kiss at the end of it.

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

This is the final Disney soundtrack of the post! Honestly, for a while this was the only one I would admit to loving out loud. I think because it was such an underrated film that I just wanted to help grow among my friends. Disney is not really known for making movies with darker themes but they have experimented with them in the past. It didn’t matter that it was an animated film, it still talked about “getting rid” of the gypsies and anybody that didn’t fit Frollo’s version of the perfect person. This also means that he intentionally abused Quasi about his differences, and told him that he would never be welcomed among the people of Paris.

One of my ultimate favorite songs of the movie will always be “The Bells Of Notre Dame” I just loved how powerful it sounded back when I was little, but I still love it for being that way! I also have to point out that after years of hard work, I can finally hit and hold that last note of the song. It was the coolest thing for me to do that for the first time. My second favorite is “God Help The Outcasts” and I just really love how beautiful and gentle it is to the other songs in the movie. And finally, we have “Hellfire” which is the sinister song that I have heard in a Disney movie, but that never made me want to stay away from it, it just intrigued that they would even create a song like this in the first place, you know?

The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

I remember the first time I ever watched this movie. It was during one day while I was in concert choir in eighth grade. Our teacher was getting ready for a play so he left all of us in our classroom with this film. I still don’t like the scene of when the Phantom appears behind Christine’s mirror, but I just love the whole thing!

Before watching this, I hadn’t listened to opera so this was something completely different for me. I was surprised that I would even enjoy it. I am happy to say I can hit several of those high notes in the songs “Think Of Me” and “Angel Of Music” but I really love “The Music Of The Night” but there’s nothing that freaks me out more than knowing that the Phantom is played by Gerard Butler! I know a lot of people didn’t like him for that role, but I loved it! I thought it was an interesting role for him.

Well I am finally done with this post! This took me longer than I wanted it to, but I think that was purely my fault, I had too many thoughts to include with each part and before I even got to the letter “P” I was kind of dreading to come back to it, but it’s finished and I’m happy with it!

What is your favorite movie soundtrack of all time? do we share any favorites?

After Rent | What Live Musical Should Be Next?

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Back in late January, I recorded the newest musical production to set live in television. FOX is the network that has been bringing the last four to us, and for this year they brought us the very beloved show “Rent” to life. I had only heard one or two things about it online and actually thought I had already missed it by a couple of weeks, but in reality I only had 10 minutes before it premiered! I like to be surprised when it comes to these types of programs, I don’t like to know too much about the story or cast beforehand so when it came on, I just hit the record button and proceeded to watch the whole thing!

Here’s what is really interesting about the whole thing, despite the fact that I said it was a “beloved,” I had never seen it before, The only thing I knew about it, was the song “Seasons Of Love” because it was a song we performed in choir when I was in middle school. It had been a long time since I had heard the song, but surprisingly I still remembered most of the words! I was pretty impressed myself!

It wasn’t until probably May that I finally got to watch the movie, because Showtime was airing it many, many times in the beginning of summer. I took advantage of the opportunity and even though, I was a bit hesitant about whether or not I would like it as much as the live version, I still wanted to learn more about the characters and of course the lyrics to the songs better!

To be honest, I still really love the live version, mostly for the fact that the audience was incorporated around the stage and cast members too! It was different and fun, it wasn’t like anything they had done before so of course I would prefer going in that direction

.For this post, I wanted to share some of my favorites or musicals that I have never seen but would like to one day, and I don’t care if it’s on Broadway or television! So, here is my list below in no particular order.

Rock Of Ages

Legally Blonde

Newsies

Fame

The Lion King

Footloose

Mamma Mia

Dreamgirls

The Wizard Of Oz

Jersey Boys

High School Musical

Mary Poppins

I feel like this is a good mix – you have some musicals that would be controversial and others that could be interesting to see with undiscovered talent. I mean, I love Vanessa Hudgens and Jordan Fisher a lot, but so far they’ve been in two of these productions,.I want to see some new faces and voices too, and I think that’s reasonable if they’re going to continue doing these shows, at least I hope they do more! .I want to see more African-Americans and disability actors on stage like this, let’s give everybody a chance to show us what they got!

Now I turn it to you, what are your thoughts about updating these musicals? Do you have one that you hope they’ll turn into a live production one day?

For The Love Of Musicals

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It’s crazy to think I’ve actually never talked about my love of musicals! Well, that’s actually not true. I have said some things here and there, but never fully explained how it got started and what are some of my favorites! So I figured this would be a good opportunity to do it now!

A little background story!

Funnily enough, I’ve been interested in musicals for YEARS! It had to have started whenever I was in concert choir in middle school. Now I know I’ve said this a few times, so I apologize if this is your second time hearing this part of the story. When it was musical season, our choir director would basically take time out of our class periods to do things in the auditorium and set up certain things. We would go back and forth between the auditorium and the actual room, so he could keep an eye on us.

When we were in the auditorium we hardly did anything but talk, but at least we were all in the same place, whereas when he’d leave us in the room, he’d set up a different musical for us to watch. In the two times I was in choir and four seasons of musicals they did, I’m pretty sure I saw like 10 musicals! One of which was Newsies and it was his favorite, but I saw it 3 times! Twice in one year actually! I’m making him out that he forced us to watch them all, he’d try to threaten the people in the classes that if they pay attention or got any louder we’d be quizzed on it. So I always feared that would happen considering how many times I told everybody to shush! Honestly though, I did enjoy watching each one! I really liked choir and singing, but my thing was the dance numbers! Those were my favorites! After the first three films we ever watched, I did grow to love them a lot.

I’ve been fairly proud of myself for still being interested in musicals after high school. I’m pretty open on the different topics. I wish I could watch some of the older ones though. I remember one day my choir teacher showed us a scene of Bye Bye Birdie and I remember all of the yellow dresses and that it featured Dick Van Dyke but we never got to finish it and I’ve never seen it since. It’s basically one of the reasons why I keep Turner Classic Movies on my channel guide!

Some of the musicals I remember we watched were: The Wiz, Damn Yankees, South of the Pacific, and Camelot (this was the film our teacher told us that has the first actor that played Albus Dumbledore in the first Harry Potter films in it!).

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Now let’s talk about some of my favorites!

Grease (1978)

I don’t remember what year it was when I first watched this movie. I think it was either a year or two before I had my surgeries though. I watched it with Blondie and a friend. This was the first time I was introduced to the whole 1950’s culture. Surprisingly I loved the fashion, the dresses were very pretty! I love a period piece even if it is for a musical!

I was a bit shocked to see John Travolta in it as a young dude! I had been watching different movies with him in it for a few years before I saw this. I was familiar with his dancing skills but not at this level. I really love the big dance scene in the gym, where everybody’s doing these different moves and tricks! It’s so hard to pick a favorite in the film, but I think my favorite characters are Rizzo and Frenchy!

From Justin To Kelly (2002)

This movie has a LOT of people hating on it. Even Kelly Clarkson hates it! I sort of understand why people don’t like it though. It is a bit corny in parts, finding your soulmate on spring break and losing them even though they all commute around the same places! And the whole thing of putting Kelly and Justin’s characters together was even worse!

I have to say this was my first musical I ever watched on my own! I don’t think my choir teacher would ever see it. I don’t even remember why I bought it. I want to say it was given to us as a gift considering we saw the American Idol finale at Shriner’s while I was recovering from my surgeries. My mom and some of the nurses were watching it. I think we got like a year or maybe three years afterwards. So I had heard of what everybody had been saying about it. I didn’t care–still don’t. I still like the songs and dances, even the clothes were awesome! At one point, I even tried to get the same hairstyle and color into my hair, didn’t look as cool as Kelly Clarkson I’ll just say that!

The Phantom Of The Opera (2004)

I actually saw this movie while I was in concert choir. I had actually tried to dodge it in the previous years after it came out, but you weren’t given that option in choir so I watched and kind of enjoyed it! I still try to shield myself from the scene when the phantom comes into the room from the mirror. I was haunted by that for a few months or so afterwards!

This was my introduction to the play, it wasn’t until probably 2012 that I found out there were a couple other versions and films but I really enjoyed Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler in it. This was definitely the reason why I love opera so much! I don’t know very many because some do give me headaches but I’m hoping one day I will be able to experience a real ballet/opera/play one day!

Dreamgirls (2006)

I remember watching the previews for this movie, but I think it took me like two years after it was released to actually watch it. So I kept hearing about the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for the entire film and Jennifer Hudson!

I liked how it wasn’t necessarily directed towards just Beyonce, which is what I was worried about while seeing the trailers. Everybody has a role, whether it’s a main or supporting. They each have a different story to tell within the plot. Some of the things I really liked about the movie itself were the costumes, the scene where they’re at Cesaer’s Palace about to perform for New Year’s Eve and they are in those blue dresses! I loved them so much and then the last scene of their farewell performance and they’re in those gray/purple dresses! They looked so beautiful!

My favorite songs were “Family,” “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” “When I First Saw You,” “Patience” and both versions of “One Night Only”

Burlesque (2010)

This is probably one of the most recent ones I’ve seen! I’ve seen a lot of remakes, not any originals lately. And yes, I did watch this because Christina Aguilera was in it! Don’t judge me!

I have never heard of burlesque before I saw this, so the fact that there are some actual differences between just stripping your clothes and this was very informative I thought! I really like the glitz and glamour despite not having the guts to do it myself! I really liked the characters, Kristen Bell basically plays a bad girl and not only was this Xtina’s first film but it was Julienne Hough’s first too! I really loved both Cher and Stanley Tucci’s characters, they were hilarious and Stanley plays a good gay guy!

Are you a fan of musicals? What are some of your favorites? 

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Fuzzy Pants and Dirty Dancing

This has been an interesting two days. Yesterday was better than I expected it to be minus a few things. Today I woke up not as early as yesterday morning, but it was still earlier than I’ve been getting up before Thanksgiving even arrived. I woke up this morning with my bladder about to explode! I hate that and I woke up at 5am. I got about four or five hours of sleep, which is better than I thought I’d get at all. Since I took a three-hour nap after we came home from nana’s, I seriously thought I wouldn’t get any sleep that night, but Just Dance I think wore everybody out. After I did “Tightrope” for the second time in a row I was pooped and said, “I’m done for the night.”

Today though was fun. We went black Friday shopping in town. It wasn’t as bad as what I thought it would be. I kept imagining all week long that it could be very crowded or not at all. It wasn’t thank God! Mom found some work scrubs and Emily found some cute flats and a shirt. I’m somewhat picky when I go shopping. I’ll stop and look at different things and show mom or Em but I don’t usually want it that bad enough to get it. I usually want an iTunes card, and I got one of those and I should be making a list of songs right about now too. Mom found some cute yoga and fuzzy pants and got those for me for Christmas. Then when we were in the movie section, she pointed out “Dirty Dancing” and then I found “DreamGirls.” I love that movie, but she got Dirty Dancing instead.

After that we went back to nana’s house and eat her fruit and veggie trays. I think I ate too much veggies today. Before I even started eating the veggies I had a cupcake, nana was good and made cupcakes instead of an actual cake. While I was eating the cupcake I almost got choked on it, I was trying to chew it and breathe at the same time. It doessn’t work like that. Today my Aunt Laurie, her boyfriend Mike, and her son Tate are going back home. I’m sad about that, because mom’s home this weekend, but Emily’s got a basketball game tomorrow night and apparently it’s suppose to storm. Which means I’m not going to it. Oh well, I’ll go to the next one that’s on a Saturday.