I’m the type of person that can get a bit obsessive at times. Movies, TV shows, food (currently avocados), places; you name it, I can obsess over it. But music – whether it’s a song, artist, or album – has always been featured in the ultimate realm of my mind’s obsessions. In these bouts of preoccupation, I may replay the same single song dozens of times in a day. By the end of that day (or days) I feel overwhelmed by my fixation, but with each replay I continue to awaken with a jolt of comfort and happiness.
In short, it’s a joyful sort of overwhelming. If I’m listening to something on repeat it’s because it moves me in indescribable ways.
My current obsession has been the score to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 film, Vertigo. It has come to the point where the music lives outside of Hitchcock’s world and is now a part of mine. I’ve listened to the entire soundtrack far more times than I’ve seen the film, and although I think Vertigo is spectacular, my love for Bernard Herrmann’s score reaches a place far beyond it.
As an ode to those composers, artists, and musicians who shape the way we experience some of our most beloved films, I’m planning on posting more about the topic of music in film.
In the meantime, what are some of your favorite scores and soundtracks?