Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Music from the motion pictures...

Unforgettable moments on the silver screen can sometimes be relived through their sound tracks. After all, who can ever forget Nino Rota and Carmine Coppola's haunting score in the Godfather trilogy (remember the mournful solo trumpet in the Godfather Waltz) or Francis Lai's catchy piano notes for Love story.

However being the sentimental silly that i am, one sound track that has always had me rivetted to my ear phones is Notting Hill. With a super script penned by Richard Curtis, ably directed by Roger Michell and starring the exteremely likeable Julia Roberts and the incomparable Hugh Grant, Notting Hill remains one of my all time favorite movies. A fairy tale romance between a famous movie actress and a loser of a bookstore owner, Notting Hill is absolute feel good fare. And the music in this movie contributes so much to the magic that even the sound track was a mega hit. It has something in it for everyone - from boybands (98 degress, Boyzone) tp country singers (Shania Twain) to classic soulsters (Al green, Bill Withers).

Everyone's surely heard the hugely popular "When you say nothing at all" by Ronan Keating but the album also boasts of two enchanting instrumental pieces composed by Trevor Jones on his guitar. However my personal favorites in the album are the heartfelt "Ain't no sunshine" by Bill Withers and the surreal but nice "She" by Elvis Costello.

And before i sign off, here are some lines from Al Green's "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?"
And how can you mend a broken heart?
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?
How can you mend this broken man?
How can a loser ever win?
Please help me mend my broken heart and let me live again

Track listing:
No Matter What - Boyzone
You've Got A Way - Shania Twain (Notting Hill remix)
I Do (Cherish You) - 98 Degrees
She - Elvis Costello
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? - Al Green
Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
When You Say Nothing At All - Ronan Keating
Ain't No Sunshine - Lighthouse Family (bonus track)
From The Heart - Another Level (bonus track)
Everything About You - Steve Poltz (remix, bonus track)
Will And Anna - Trevor Jones (Score)
Notting Hill - Trevor Jones (Score)

Highly recommended !

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