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Music is Memory and a Movie List

The number of songs on my iPhone is ever-increasing. Many of the songs are OSTs from various movies that struck a chord with me at some point. I will think about a movie I saw and then go in search of the soundtrack. Many times, just hearing the music will bring back pleasant memories of the movie: my favorite scenes, my favorite character, my favorite quote. You get the picture.

Music can tell stories. How many people can listen to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and not think about Mickey Mouse trying to sweep thousands of bucketfuls of water out of the castle? This tone poem was written to bring about memories, although Mickey Mouse didn’t exist when the song was written in 1897.

This morning, I listened to John Barry’s High Road to China score and recalled many of my favorite scenes from that classic movie just by listening to the music. It was a nice trip to an exotic world of high adventure, romance, and intrigue. High Road to China has always been on my list of the top ten movies to watch.

My list of movies that I can watch over and over and never tire of is:

  • Nate and Hayes
  • High Road to China
  • Sahara (Brook Shield’s version)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • The Magic of Belle Isle
  • Love, Actually
  • The Holiday
  • The Intern
  • The Princess Bride
  • Dances with Wolves

All of these movies have memorable soundtracks and just hearing one of the songs brings the entire movie to mind.

How did you spend your morning?

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