Most of my friends will tell you that I am the queen of bad pop music and seriously weird (or more accurately poor) choices for iPod additions. I listen to a lot of different stuff but am somewhat stuck in the 80s and I am pleasantly surprised when a friend sends me something completely out of my usual zone and I end up loving it.
As a rule, I tend to be drawn to lyrics and then the music. My iPod is engraved with my initials and the quote “Music is the shorthand of emotion.” What I am listening to reflects my mood. Maybe because my current mood is less than rosy at the moment (with a few chipper rays of light here and there) explains the reason I am drawn to the Twilight soundtrack.
I will once again admit that my introduction to the soundtrack was via my young teenage daughter. When she asked to download it to her iPod and I actually listened to the clips, I thought she was nuts. This ain\’t the Jonas Bros. which is her usual fare. So I downloaded it and began to listen to it. All I can say is…LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!!
My lame excuse for a track by track review is below:
1. Supermassive Black Hole (Muse) – If you want some “driving fast” music, this is it! The only improvement would be the crack of the bats in just the right places as there was in the film. I can\’t listen to this one with kids in the car. They leave nail marks in the leather seats. They never knew I was a speed demon, although their father would be happy to share his personal horror stories about my adventures behind the wheel. I guess I can\’t listen to it when he\’s in the car either. :p
2. Decode (Paramore) – I have this one at the beginning of my treadmill workout. I would call this “dreamy” warm up music.
3. Full Moon (The Black Ghosts) -Reminds me of Van Morrison, who I absolutely love. I\’ll definitely be listening to this one by the pool this summer or when taking those long summer walks. This is my “cool down” track for this month\’s treadmill play list.
4. Leave Out All The Rest (Linkin Park) – My love for Linkin Park was well established before the soundtrack was released. I love the capacity for their songs to be just the right end as the films rolls the credits (I felt the same way about their contribution to Transformers which is extremely treadmill worthy). This one leaves me singing and dancing out of the theater, which not only is totally out of character for me, but mortifies my teen – “Stop it mom! People are watching!” – problem is, I usually am joined by other women my age. 😀
5. Spotlight [Twilight Mix] (Mutemath) – This is another one for the treadmill. Very fast. Not driving fast material, but definitely gets the feet moving.
6. Go All The Way [Into the Twilight] (Perry Farrell) – I have to be in just the right mood to enjoy the cheeriness of this one, but when I am, I can definitely call it danceable, although with flashbacks to my high school cafeteria decorated in streamers.
7. Tremble For My Beloved (Collective Soul) – One of my fave CS songs. Was very excited to see it included on the soundtrack and can never get enough of it. I dug out all my old Collective Soul CDs. It was like saying hi to an old friend.
8. I Caught Myself (Paramore) – I can sing along with this one with ease. LOVE the lyrics in this one. Especially “Now when I caught myself, I had to stop myself, From saying something that I should have never thought.”
9. Eyes on Fire (Blue Foundation) – This definitely fits the film and its story, but I tend to skip over it more often than not.
10. Never Think (Rob Pattinson) – I more than like this one…let\’s just leave it at that before my friends have me committed to the “actor/musician/intelligent thinker” infatuation loony bin. He co-wrote this one too….sigh.
11. Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Iron & Wine) -I can\’t get enough of this one. If he didn\’t think I was nuts, I would be dancing with my husband in the kitchen to this one every night. I can definitely see some summer evenings in the hot tub with this one. 😀
12. Let Me Sign [Bonus Track] (Rob Pattinson) – The short tune from the end of the fight scene provided a perfect partner to the montage and I was thrilled to see it included as a bonus track. Very haunting. Again, I more than like this one and could listen to it for hours, but will refrain from gushing for the same reasons given for Track 10. The song writers (Marcus Foster and Bobby Long) recently released the lyrics (including verses not included in this track):
She was standing there by the broken tree
Her hands were all twisted she was pointing at me
I was damned by the light coming out of her eyes
She spoke with a voice that disrupted the sky
She said ‘ Come on over to the bitter shade,
I will wrap you in my arms and you’ll know you’ve been saved’
Let me sign, let me sign, can’t fight the devil so just let me sign.
13. La Traviate [Bonus Track] (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Who can not like a classic!
14. Clair de Lune [Bonus Track] (The APM Orchestra) – I don\’t think I would ever get tired of this one. I listened to this a lot while reading the books. A glass of wine completes the package. 😀
15. Bella\’s Lullaby – I actually have the remix of this one too that starts with Edward\’s “Are you afraid?” It was a free download from MovieTickets.com when we first saw the film. I like the remix, but prefer the instrumental. Of course, my daughter can\’t get enough of the remix with all the Edward dialogue.
A pretty good representation of the film\’s feel and the story\’s appeal to audiences. Definitely something for everyone and several tracks are seriously ring tone worthy!
So endeth my Twilight posts for this blog (for now anyway) in an effort to prevent the intervention and processing of the commitment papers. They can\’t take away my iPod though!! 😀
Check out a sample of most of the tracks below for a sneak listen.