I’m an avid music lover, and I often like to say that there’s a perpetual soundtrack playing in my head. Usually it’s an eclectic mixture of genres, from movie soundtracks to classical music, pop songs to hymns. Sometimes they’re connected by a theme or singer, sometimes it’s whatever pops into my head and sticks there. This past month, the songs that have been stuck in my head all have to do with movie soundtracks, and I thought I’d share some of my favourites here.
1 – Be Our Guest – Beauty and the Beast (2017)
I watched the live-action Beauty and the Beast a little while back, and there were many things I loved about it, not least of which was the Be Our Guest scene, which was also my favourite scene from the animated version and which did not disappoint in the live-action. The song itself is one of my favourite Disney songs, and I was on the edge of my seat as it played in the theatre. Ewan McGregor and the other cast members did a great job on it, and I’ve been re-listening to it every day since I watched the movie over a month ago. Fantastic song, fantastic performances 🙂
2 – We Know the Way – Moana (2016)
I finally watched Moana a couple weeks back, and wow, what an amazing movie! Definitely one of the best movies Disney has ever made, in my opinion, and the music is beautiful. One of the songs I really loved was We Know the Way, which was sung in the scene where Moana discovers her people’s heritage as voyagers, and the music just captivated me.
3 – I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors) – Moana (2016)
Another Moana song that I really loved. It was a very beautiful scene that was well done, and I loved Auli’i Cravalho’s performance. Myself, I see it as a song of confidence, of becoming sure of who you are and where you come from and where you’re going, and the way that it’s sung perfectly encapsulates the journey to and moment of discovery of who she is. The composition and music is lovely, and the performance makes it perfect.
4 – Know Who You Are – Moana (2016)
Yet another Moana song that really touched me when I heard it. It’s very short, but it just perfectly captures the themes of the movie, and it’s a wonderful contrast to the climactic scene, very calm and soft in the middle of the action and drama. The lyrics are simple but poignant, and once again, Auli’i Cravalho gives a stunning performance.
5 – Elephant Love Medley – Moulin Rouge (2001)
I haven’t watched Moulin Rouge yet, but I’ve heard good things about Ewan McGregor’s singing and so I thought I’d check out the soundtrack for this movie, and wow. He and Nicole Kidman make a beautiful duet, and the medley is very nicely put together. It’s a more recent addition to my internal soundtrack, but I’ve been singing bits of it constantly over the past week or so and I thought it warranted a mention.
And that’s my playlist for the
month week! It can probably be summed up as Moana, and Ewan McGregor damn that man can sing. If you want to have a listen to these songs, they’re all readily available on YouTube. Next week (probably) I’ll be back with more Songs of the Week, so until then, au revoir and good listening!