Is it just me or have you also made a music video in your head while listening to your favorite song? Have you even acted out a scene that you’ve already seen in the video? I do it all the time, there’s nothing like putting a visual to a really good sound.
From rolling your eyes like 50 cent to seem gangsta, or winding your waist like Ciara to be sexy, it’s a life of creating a soundtrack to enhance one’s daily experiences. I often find myself as a screenwriter/director drawing my inspiration from music. Music as a movement has been an overtaking force for generations. Music helps you on a personally level such as to calm one’s nerves. Music helps on a professional level as well, when providing a message, selling a product, or introducing a show.
Take for instance the Pepto Bismol jingle “nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea, Yeah Pepto Bismol.” I’ve caught myself singing this jingle a time or two when I didn’t even have the symptoms. Even if you’ve never bought the product you still know what it is and how the dance goes. Beyonce’s hit song “Single Ladies” has everyone wagging their fingers, including my four-year-old daughter who still gets excited each time the song comes on. Music’s sole purpose is to ignite a feeling and it does this ever so brilliantly in cinema.
“The Body Guard” movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner grossed over 400 million in sales world wide and the soundtrack did over 16 million, and is still the highest grossing movie soundtrack of all time. Now is this because the movie was just that awesome or did someone realize there’s a correlation between films and their soundtracks? When you put one of the greatest singers in the world into a film’s leading role you’re almost guaranteeing a hit in both mediums.
Being talented also plays a factor, of course.
I’m not saying that type of combination guarantees a worldwide smash. Mariah Carey’s movie “Glitter.” Need I say more? But in most cases having a great movie with a great soundtrack, it’s the music that helps create the ambience.
Just imagine waking up in the morning to an alarm of your favorite song, and if you’re like me that song is ‘Sex is on Fire’ by Kings of Leon. Then have music narrate the rest of your day with Ice Cube’s song “Today was a good day.” All along each event from you singing in the shower, arguing with the car in front of you for making you late, flirting, giving attitude because you’d rather be anywhere but where you are at the moment (work), hearing things in the bathroom from the next stall that you wish you hadn’t, arguing with telemarketers who somehow managed to get your cell phone number after you specifically asked to be on the “Do Not Call” list, etc, etc. to the end of the day. You would have a compelling musical documentary, especially if you’re like me and can’t believe the things that happen to you in an average day. Music would help enhance what would normally be seen as routine, it would help express each emotion, allowing others who listen in to be more interested.
I’ll admit I’m guilty of listening to someone tell me about their day and wishing music was on, or pretending to play a violin when I’m sick of hearing them complain.
I couldn’t even begin to fathom what movies would be like without music. Or school, or life, etc… Could you?
Written by Kay Mac
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