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?

My New Wheelchair!

Howdy!

This seems so strange to talk about online, because it’s been an incredible long journey getting to this point where I can say “I got a new wheelchair” with a smile on my face! What I find to be even weirder is that, this is the first wheelchair announcement I’ve ever done on my blog! I got my first chair dubbed “the purple chair” when I was four! Honestly, I still don’t think children under the age of four, need a power chair. The only reason why I say that is because of how much of a monster I was driving around in it! I managed to scare everyone I came into contact with, because I was either speeding, not watching out for others, and running over feet left and right. I was a terror on the loose!

In 2006, I received the hot pink chair two days after Christmas. Thankfully, by this time I had sort of grown out of the menace stage, but I still loved to drive fast and threaten people that if they didn’t behave accordingly, I would run over them. So, maybe I didn’t grow out of it after all! If you’re looking at those dates and wondering why there’s such a big gap in between them, honestly, you’re not supposed to have a power chair longer than five years, because of the way your body changes and grows overtime, but after the mess of getting the pink chair, I had both of them passed the five and even 10 year mark! My logic was if it still worked, then why switch to a new one?

For this chair, the journey started back in 2012, when I was in physical therapy for the first time since I was in middle school. My pink chair had officially crapped out on me. It no longer wanted to charge for us. This was also the time where my mom exchanged it with this puny $20 transfer chair, that I would end falling out of close to six times from 2015 to like mid-February! This is why it is literally called, “the death trap” within my family. My dad would do anything to pitch it because he hates it that much! By the end of 2017, I was basically done with anything and everything that had to do with getting a brand new chair, because we kept being stopped by our insurances. It was exhausting and frustrating at the same time!

I want to say a couple of days before we moved into our new house, we got some papers back of things that we wanted included on the chair, that were approved; I was shocked! The only thing that worried us was the fact our wheelchair provider had to order it before the end of the next month. The government doesn’t allow a lot of leg room! And then, we were finally told to look forward to the first week of February, because that was when they were going to deliver it to us! Again, I was stunned! My dad was even surprised on how fast this was now going after waiting almost 7 long years. One of the main reasons why everything was going so quickly was because we had been waiting so long, that we all just wanted a wheelchair that had a joystick on the left side of pedals and it all worked, that’s it. I am supposed to have a whole custom seat put on it soon, but that’ll only happen when the weather improves and my dad can work on the deck and ramp to get me out of the house, because right now I’m a little stuck!


Try to ignore the commode in the background, okay?

The wheelchair itself is very different compared to the previous chairs, because I tend to look at them as the standard powerchair, motor underneath the seat, joystick at the feet. Okay, so maybe that last part isn’t really standard, but is it for me! Anyways, this chair is really bulky. It has a lot of structure and weight, because of the improvements that was put on it,  that wasn’t on my last two.

When I first saw the chair, I was a bit wary of it. After we were told that we would be receiving it soon, I immediately got very nervous of the prospect of having a motorized wheelchair again. I didn’t think it would have been such a big deal at first, because I was mobile while I was in the manual chairs, why was this suddenly becoming an issue? I still haven’t found the answer to that overwhelming question, because I actually haven’t spent a lot of time in it yet to finally feel comfortable with it yet.

Here are some new things that was put on this chair!

  • It has 3 controllers!
  • I have two different speed features – indoors & outdoors!
  • It can lean back while I am still in the sitting position.
  • The joystick and foot pedals can move up and down.
  • I have 6 wheels!
  • While I change directions from left to right, the middle tires stay straight but upper part of chair and little wheels turn instead.
  • The armrests lift up like a Lamborghini
  • I have headlights but no turn signals unfortunately.
  • When you look at the back of it, you’d swear I was a damn Transformer!
  • Oh, and it’s red.

I think the two things that has everybody freaking out is first the fact that I can lean all the way back. I could actually sleep in my chair! Once I get my new seating, I might just be doing that if it’s really comfortable! When I sat in it, that was one of the first things that I was shown because the dude that helped us get it, Shelby, is as much of a goofball as I am! However, since I was already nervous about having a wheelchair again, this happens.

I was way too happy to be back to normal, sitting upright again, after he showed us the rest of the changes made to it. The “main” controller really is cool, because a lot has changed since my first chair where I only have the color coordinated lights of how much battery there was, and knobs for the power, horn and of course the joystick. These newer models are progressing to the point where they have a good quality screen, it’s easier to read and understand. You can apparently hook it up to your phone to move it even if none of the controllers want to work for you! Even though, I have one controller that is situated on my left armrest that is purely for what I’ve just explained a little bit ago, I can also do it on my own screen using the buttons and stick to alternate how back or forward I need to be. This feature is on all three controllers on the chair!

Now we get to discuss the color preference. This was actually really easy compared to the second chair, which I will stand here and tell you that I never picked one out. I would never chose hot pink for anything! I even tried to talk my sister out of having me wear baby pink for her wedding! I thought since I was her maid of honor, that I could get away with wearing it in silver, but nope. I lost the battle. So, this time I was determined to pick a color for this chair to hopefully avoid this disaster again.

This time around, there wasn’t a large amount of colors to pick from, but even then I still felt obligated to get purple because I love dark purple, but then I saw both the electric blue and red. I thought about having a blue chair for my love of Butler basketball and of course my papaw, but once I saw the red, I knew I would automatically go for it. I was asked twice how color I wanted my chair and both times I said red. If you’re unsure why I decided on red, well it’s for my love of another basketball team: Houston Rockets. Even though I love and watch four separate teams, I just felt like I needed to choose a team and color that I know I enjoy watching during the colder months. Since I picked out the color back in October, you should have seen my reaction to the color of my new camera I got for Christmas! It’s navy blue like Butler!

What do you think of my new wheelchair? For those of you wheelchair users, were you ever nervous before getting your chair? Do you have any special reasons for the color of it too?

Back In The Day

We have this shelf that has nothing, but video tapes and old CD cases on it. Since we don’t have a working VCR anymore, they’re just collecting dust. I haven’t seen this shelf in a while. So it’s probably five stories, I probably have that wrong. Anyways, moral to the story is that I was looking at all these tapes and smiling because I was seeing shows that my Uncle David had taped for my mom, like Cheers and Mad About You. Which was pretty cool, since I remember watching those just as much as she did. I’d love to know what those other tapes are down at the last row. That’s probably where all my Barney tapes are. That’s funny to say now! Especially for that one tape.

Besides the tapes, the CD collection we actually have is amazing! Seriously! There isn’t that much light between the kitchen and my parent’s bedroom, but with the light you can see Christina Aguilera’s CD cover of Stripped and Hank Williams Jr. Hell, I even found a Metallica CD case. I didn’t even know she even had a CD from them. I knew she liked them, but I didn’t think she’d ever have one before. Sad part was I was actually looking for Motley Crue. I’ve recently figured out something. Dad makes fun of me (somewhat) for listening to some of my parent’s music back in the day. But I never get a complaint from my mother.

Then I thought about it. Found out, after I had her get Guns N Roses: Greatest Hits for me. We listened to it. I enjoyed having a moment with my mom. Just like we use to do whenever she played Prince when I was little. She never makes fun of me since I’ve been listening to Gn’R and Motley. Back then, they only had cassettes. CD’s went as big as they were back then. So since our only radio that has a cassette player is about shot. She’s been pretty well supporting me with this. She’s the one who bought the Motley Crue songs for me. The only reason why she can’t say anything is because we don’t have a cassette player. See, I do have a smart mind!