Wednesday, June 23, 2004

I love music and old movies..., yes, I was watching AFI's list of the top 100 movie songs last night.

I can't dispute the choice for number one movie song..."Over the Rainbow," from the Wizard of Oz. Judy Garland's young voice is at its loveliest, and the song is wistful and sweet, and an enduring classic.

In fact, I was struck with just how many terrific Judy Garland songs there were on the list. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"..."The Trolley Song"..."C'mon, Get Happy"..."The Man that Got Away"...Judy was an incredible talent. Too bad her life was so troubled, and that she died relatively young.

Some of my other favorites:

~"White Christmas" from "Holiday Inn" (one of my all-time favorite movies!)
~"Don't Rain on My Parade" from "Funny Girl" (I can't stand Barbra Streisand's politics, but as an entertainer, she almost always grabs me)
~"It Had to Be You" from "When Harry Met Sally" (I have that soundtrack, and LOVE launched my affection for Harry Connick Jr.)
~"Come What May" from "Moulin Rouge"
~"My Heart will Go On" from Titanic--yes, it's a bit melodramatic and overwrought, but it will endure...

You can check out the entire list here.

What's your favorite movie song?


Aaron D. Wolf said...

My favorites:

"Do Not Forsake Me (The Ballad of High Noon)," music by Dmitri Tiomkin, was sung by Tex Ritter for what is, in my opinion, the perfect movie.

"Wild Colonial Boy" is the song that John Wayne and Barry Fitzgerald sing in the pub and across Innisfree in "The Quiet Man."

While I'm tempted to list every song from "The Music Man," I'll stick with "Ya Got Trouble," which could only be sung by Robert Preston (Prof. Harold Hill), because that song reminds me of my fundamentalist upbringing.

"I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," previously recorded by Dr. Ralph Stanley and the late Norman Blake, launched the Old Time Music revival when Dan Tyminski recorded it for "O Brother, Where Art Thou." The soundtrack was better than the movie.

And no list would be complete without mentioning Nino Rota's unforgettable composition, "The Godfather (Theme)."

Thanks, Cindy!

joy mccarnan | said...

Ditto Aaron on the soundtrack being better than the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou." I like "Big Rock Candy Mountain" on that one, just for fun.

I'm not sure where else it's used, but I love the medley version of "Over the Rainbow" that is used when the credits roll for "Finding Forrester." I believe it combines "Over the Rainbow" with "What a Wonderful World."

On the list, I like "Moon River" and "The Way You Look Tonight."

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Mabs said...

I love old movies too. The Sound of Music is my all time fave, one of the the best movies ever!

Mabs said...

I do love watching old movies. One of the best movies ever.

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