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Oct 18 2010, 10:27am

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thanks... [In reply to] Can't Post

...for all the work. If it hasn't gotten the response it deserves it's probably for the same reason I hadn't replied until now: so much good stuff, so many interesting questions that I just decided to jump in here arbitrarily.

As for soundtracks in general, I had a few favorites up to this time but nothing of this scope and depth for obvious reasons. I wasn't familiar with Shore's other work. David Garland (WNYC) had an interesting interview and played some other selections but nothing else has grabbed me yet. One thing I did notice: my classical music listening used to start with the Middle Ages and Renaissance and taper off at the end of the Baroque Era. These days I find myself much more open to what I used to dismiss as "movie music" (even when it wasn't from a film) and I'm sure it's due in large part to positive associations with this music. I've been listening a lot to R. Vaughan Williams whose music makes a great "alternate Shire" soundtrack (as I think we discussed a while back).

As for "How often...?": A lot. I do a lot of driving and I live in a semi-rural area so it makes great background music (no condescension there) and sometimes I'll put on the headphones late at night and listen more closely, still finding things after all this time. TT might get a little less time than FO and RO but only a little.

Overall, the music does what the story does: it gives you all the sense of awe and wonder that mythology does plus the emotional content of a great historical drama and the human element (even when the characters are not strictly "human") of real people (even when they're not "real" or "people") caught up in extraordinary events. It relates to people and situations in my own life and shows me how they connect with the bigger picture, "Life" with a capital "L".

And that "matters" a lot by any definition I can think of.

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**TTT-EE Appendices Discussion -- Music for Middle-earth -- In The End *** Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 8 2010, 2:45pm
    Blending the Themes Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 8 2010, 2:57pm
    The Road Goes Ever On Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 8 2010, 3:05pm
        thanks... dijomaja Send a private message to dijomaja Oct 18 2010, 10:27am


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