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5 Songs Beautifully Used In Films

Here is my opinion on some of the best uses of songs in a movie scene; film scores are excluded. These are in no particular order because I don’t particularly like ranking things. I’m not a sap so don’t worry, there’s no ‘My Heart Will Go On’ on this list

 

The Departed: I’m Shipping Up To Boston by The Dropkick Murpheys

It might just be my roots, but the movie and the use of the song are perfection. Just a heads up, there are some f-bombs dropped in this scene.

 

 

Warrior: About Today by The National

Spoiler alert! This is the ending of the movie so if you plan on watching it (and I highly suggest you do) it may not be wise to watch this clip. About Today is a beautiful song on its own and this scene would not be half as emotional without it. The intro and outro of the song was edited by Mark Isham for the movie. I will admit I cried the first time I watched it on the big screen. Be reminded these two characters are brothers!

 

 

The Graduate: The Sound of Silence and Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel

I couldn’t comprise this list without including The Graduate and Simon & Garfunkel. Whether or not a song is effective in a film is pure opinion; however it is a fact that The Graduate changed how film utilizes soundtracks. The Sound of Silence and Mrs. Robinson, in my opinion, are the two most strongest songs in the film. I spent awhile debating which one was more effective, then I gave up and decided “What the hey, let’s put them both in.”

 

 

 

Remember The Titans: Peace Train by Cat Stevens

It only last about a minute, but the use of this song creates a huge emotional resonance that leaves me with goosebumps.

 

 

The Breakfast Club – Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds

I don’t think I need to explain this one. I’ll leave you with this.

 

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Hear You Me – Jimmy Eat World

Music has always been a way for me to deal with emotions and understanding what’s going on around me. Two weeks ago from today, my friend Tony suddenly passed away. Ironically just the week before I had rediscovered the song Hear You Me by Jimmy Eat World on my iPod. After all that’s happened, the lyrics really speak to me. I feel like Jimmy Eat World is a very under-rated band. Most known for their song The Middle, most people don’t look past that but they’ve come out with some really solid albums.

“A song for a heart so big, God wouldn’t let it live.” – Jimmy Eat World

A Silent Film

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You know when you stumble upon a band and just know they’re something special? Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to A Silent Film. I never heard of them before last night. I made a last minute decision to attend a concert at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC where four bands were performing, the last band up was A Silent Film. During the first song off their set list I could already tell they were a rare gem. Hailing all the way from the UK, A Silent Film are an alternative rock band with poetic flowing lyrics and a strong indie vibe.

Robert Stevenson – Vocals/Piano
Karl Bareham – Guitar
Ali Hussain – Bass
Spencer Walker – Drums

After listening to their recorded music today, I have to say they’re even better live. They did an amazing job last night and the energy of the crowd was incredible. I’m definitely seeing them again as soon as I get the chance. I was truly amazed with how connected they were with their own music. You could tell they absolutely love what they do and that’s what music is all about. I have no doubt they’ll make it big time. Here’s a video a fan took at the show, they covered Bruce Springsteen’s Streets of Philadelphia for their encore: (believe me it was more energetic than this during the show!)

Check out their new single Harbour Lights:

Love it? You can get this song and plenty more on iTunes

Check out their website for more information by clicking here

Tyler Ward – 5th Year YouTube Anniversary

I’ve been wanting to do a Tyler Ward post ever since I started this blog, however I wanted it to be great and do him justice. I thought today would be an excellent time to sit down and finally do this post because 5 years ago, on this day, he posted his first ever YouTube video. About 3 years ago I stumbled onto an amazing cover artist on YouTube. Since then he has become very special to me and he has become very successful. I’m not a huge fan of covers, but Tyler’s are amazing. He puts such raw emotion into each song, whether it’s happiness  sadness, contempt, angst, love. His voice and skill with a guitar are amazing (and it doesn’t hurt that he’s very good looking)! Check out his cover of Somewhere With You originally performed by Kenny Chesney:

The biggest problem cover artists have is the switch to releasing original material . Tyler Ward’s original songs are just as amazing (if not better!) than his covers. For the past couple years he has been releasing a few on YouTube every now and then, but on September 25th of this year he released his first original album, an EP titled Hello. Love. Heartbreak. (pictured below). Featuring six songs, this EP takes a step away from Tyler’s usual sound and embracing a more alternative pop-rock feel. It’s an album you can jam out to in the car and sing your heart out. You rarely find an album that is worth listening to every single song on the track-list, but Hello. Love. Heartbreak. is one of those rare gems. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve listened to that album start to finish. Each song is as good as the last, you can really tell he put a lot of work to make this album perfect.

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What makes Tyler Ward such a great artist is not only his musical ability, but a big contribution is his personality. This guy is not afraid to be himself and that’s something that’s hard to find these days. He really does have a heart of gold. He’s always takes time out to interact with his fans and puts in the hard work it takes to be successful. He’s an outgoing, energetic, and sometimes crazy guy, and you really see it in his videos and while he’s on stage. I was blessed with the opportunity to go see him in concert twice this year, once in Charlotte and once in Boston, and it was hands down the best concert I’ve ever been to. Everyone was on their feet the whole time and he was so engaging with the crowd. His music is perfect concert music, where you can’t help but rocking out and singing along.

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Here’s a picture that I took of him while at the concert in Charlotte. I think it captures his fun-loving nature perfectly. At the end of the show, he came out and sat down with crowd. He was very humble about how lucky he was to be able to play his music and tour. He ended with an acoustic cover of Amazing Grace that was absolutely beautiful. I highly suggest going to one of his concert’s if you ever get the chance to. Tickets were only $20 and the show is definitely worth every penny.

To hear more of his music, check out his YouTube channel

Hello. Love. Heartbreak. can be found on iTunes for only $5 by clicking here!

Keep on rocking Tyler!

Wings – Macklemore

I first heard of Macklemore about 4 years ago when a friend had me listen to one of his songs, and I honestly can’t say I remember a single thing about it. His single Thrift Shop was released this past summer, which quickly raised to mainstream fame when his first studio album The Heist was released in October. Wings was the second track I heard from the album (first was Thrift Shop) and I was instantly hooked. If you love Nikes or Jordans then you’ll love this (or if you don’t then I hope you still love it also).

A rap song that does not mention sex, drugs, or alcohol! Is this real life? Not only is the song clean, but it captures the culture of our generation. We willingly spend an extra 20, 50, 100 dollars on something just because of the brand name. How crazy is that? Macklemore brings us back to the reality of how ridiculous it really is while also shedding light on how that addiction starts. And he does it all in a lyrically and instrumentally fantastic song! Job well done. No doubt I’ll bring up Macklemore in later posts. This guy is going to change our world.

“This is the source of my youth, this dream that they sold to you. For a hundred dollars and some change, consumption is in the veins. And now I see it’s just another pair of shoes.” – Macklemore

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