Saturday, October 21, 2017

RWASD Pied Piping the Muse Songlist and Process

Examples used during today’s workshop:



“Charging Fort Wagner” from the Glory soundtrack by James Horner

Group Challenge Songs:

“Main Title” from Red Dragon by Danny Elfman

“The Yearning/Sirens Suite” from the Sirens soundtrack by Rachel Portman (character)

Suggested Song/CD List

“Main Theme” from the Sleepy Hollow soundtrack by Danny Elfman (dark, fantasy, action, horror)

“Main Theme” from Blood on Satan’s Claw by Marc Wilkinson (horror, witch, historical)

“Ebudae” by Enya (setting)

“La Resa Dei Conti” by Ennio Morricone from the For a Fistful of Dollars soundtrack (western epic, action)

Batman soundtrack by Danny Elfman (dark hero, action)

“Carmina Burana” by Orff (epic action/battle, victory)

“Imperial March” remix by Rage Against the Machine (futuristic, dark, gritty, adventure)

 “An Epitaph to War” (melancholy, epic hero) by James Horner from the Glory soundtrack

“Spanish Guitar” by Bo Diddley (new-wave Western setting or hero)

“Main Title” from Rain Man by Hans Zimmer

“Mail Title” from Pirates of the Caribbean” by Klaus Badelt and Hans Zimmer

“Main Title” from Game of Thrones (epic adventure) by Ramin Djawadi

“The Raiders’ March” (epic hero) and “Truck Chase”? (action/chase, adventure) by John Williams from the Raiders of the Lost Ark soundtrack

“Ode to Joy” choral by Ludwig Von Beethoven

“Anakin’s Theme” by John Williams from the Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace soundtrack

“Main Theme” from A Dangerous Mind soundtrack (inspirational, Ivy-league setting, a bit eerie)

“Main Title” by Danny Elfman from the Sleepy Hollow soundtrack (horror, menace, scary chase)

“Main Theme” by John Williams from the Schindler’s List soundtrack (major heartstring plucking)

“Hoedown” by Aaron Copeland (western imagery)

“Main Theme” from the How the West Was Won soundtrack (epic western, cowboy hero)

“Main Theme” from the Silverado soundtrack (western imagery)

“Exotica” (mysterious, sensual, modern) and “Something Hidden” (exotic, mysterious, sensual, tragic)   from the Exotica soundtrack by Mychael Danna


“Main Theme” from The Natural soundtrack (mid-western imagery, Americana)

“Main Theme” by Hans Zimmer from the Crimson Tide soundtrack (meltingly gorgeous hero, action/adventure)

“Introduction (Titles)” by Danny Elfman from the Edward Scissorhands soundtrack

“The Imperial March” (epic black moment, menace) from The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack by John Williams

 “You’re So Cool” by Hans Zimmer from the True Romance soundtrack (whimsical romance, innocence)

“Flight to Neverland” by John Williams from the Hook soundtrack (whimsy, innocence, adventure)

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King by Howard Shore (epic action/battles, fantasy)

“Early 18th Century Gypsy Music” by Bubak and Hungaricus found on the Amadeus soundtrack (wild bohemian celebration)

 “Han Solo and the Princess” (epic romance) from The Empire Strikes Back soundtrack by John Williams

“Main Theme” by John Williams from the Born on the Fourth of July soundtrack (tragic hero, sadness, heartbreaking reflections)

“March Past of the Kitchen Utensils” (whimsy) from the Sirens soundtrack by Rachel Portman

“The Chairman’s Waltz” (romantic, tragic, flowing) from the Memoirs of a Geisha soundtrack by John Williams

“Libra Me” by Elliot Goldenthal from the Interview with the Vampire soundtrack (melancholy, horror, vampire, gothic)

“Cursum Perficio” by Enya from Watermark (action/battle, fantasy)

“Dracula – The Beginning” and “Vampire Hunters”  (menace, horror, vampire) and “The Brides” (dark seduction, romantic horror, vampire) by Wojciech Kilar from the Bram Stoker’s Dracula soundtrack

“Main Title” (epic hero, romance, adventure) and “Promentory” (romance, adventure) by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman from The Last of the Mohicans soundtrack

“Harvest” (melancholy mid-west) and “Days of Heaven” (melancholy mid-west) by Ennio Morricone from the Days of Heaven soundtrack

“Aquarium” by Camille Saint-Saens (atmosphere, dreamy, sensual yet innocent)

“Duel of the Fates” by John Williams from the Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace soundtrack (epic action/battle)

All of “Requiem, K. 626” by Mozart found on the Amadeus soundtrack (sublime melancholy, action/adventure dark moment, dark forces, aftermath of a mentor’s death)

“Love Theme” by John Williams from the Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones soundtrack (epic romance)

“Progeny/The Wheat” (exotic epic setting), “The Battle” (epic action/battle, epic hero), “Barbarian Horde” (epic action/battle, epic hero) by Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard from the Gladiator soundtrack

“Humming Chorus” by Puccini from Madama Butterfly (romance, melancholy)

“Main Title” by Jerry Goldsmith from the Basic Instinct soundtrack (classy, mystery, suspense)

“Main Title” by Ennio Morricone from TheGood, the Bad, and the Ugly soundtrack (mysterious/dark hero, western setting)

“Forrest Gump Suite” by Alan Silvestri from the Forrest Gump soundtrack (mid-western setting, innocence)

“Main Title” (gentle Irish pluck, sweeping romance, inspirational) and “Tryouts” (inspirational action) by Jerry Goldsmith from the Rudy soundtrack

“Overture” by Maurice Jarre from the Lawrence of Arabia soundtrack (epic exotic setting, sweeping romance, epic hero, sheik stories)

“Main Title” by James Horner from the Willow soundtrack (swashbuckling action/chase, fantasy, romance)

“Main Theme” by Jerry Goldsmith from the Patton soundtrack (epic military hero)

“Paranoia Prima” by Ennio Morricone from the Grind House/Death Proof soundtrack (eerie, dangerous, bad-ass)

Black Hawk Down soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (intense action/ battle, exotic setting, mournful, soulful farewell)

The Last Samurai soundtrack by Lost Summer (hero, epic battles, eastern influence)

The Passion of the Christ soundtrack by John Debney and Mel Gibson (hero, inspirational, exotic locale)

The Aviator soundtrack by Howard Shore (action, Hollywood/Coconut Grove vibes)

Sideways by Rolfe Kent (jazz, lounge-lizard groove)

Music by Tangerine Dream in general (for instance, Risky Business)  (dreamy, modern, exotic, futuristic)

Music by Vangelis in general (for instance, Chariots of Fire, Mutiny on the Bounty, Alexander)  (dreamy, exotic)

1492: Conquest of Paradise soundtrack by Vangelis (dreamy, inspirational, seafaring)

Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis (dreamy, futuristic, sexy, noir, action)

Music by Brian Eno (for instance, Music for Films, More Music for Films)   (dreamy, modern, exotic, futuristic)

King Arthur soundtrack by Hans Zimmer (hero, epic battles, knights…)

The Ring/The Ring 2 soundtracks by Hans Zimmer (eerie, action and suspense)

Lemony Snicket’s: A Series of Unfortunate Events soundtrack by Thomas Newman (menacing, playful darkness)

First Knight soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith (romance, knights…, heroic)

Congo soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith (Africa, exotic, adventure, suspense)

Van Helsing soundtrack by Alan Silvestri (adventure, monsters, menace)

Finding Neverland soundtrack by Nick Ingman (gentle, elegant, old fashioned, tragic)

Hero soundtrack by Tan Dun, Itzhak Perlman, Kodo (heroic, epic battles, eastern influence)

Troy soundtrack (heroic, epic battles, exotic locale, tragic)

The Merchant of Venice soundtrack, David Juritz, leader (historical – Europe, elegant, tragic)

“Main Title” by Hans Zimmer from the Rain Main soundtrack (sexy, exotic, urbane)

Pied-Piping the Muse Notes

The Mozart Effect – This term is based on studies done in the 1950’s with            children who had speech and communication disorders. 

THREE AREAS of concentration for “meditating” to music:
1.     General story brainstorming – overview
2.     Setting – grabbing the details as we live them
3.     Character – seeing someone come alive in our heads

“Rules” for meditation exercise:

1.     Have a partner select music that will focus on your purpose.  (For example—tell her that you’re working on a werewolf story and you’d like it to be seductive, suspenseful, and gothic in tone.)  Partner keeps the title(s) a secret so you can avoid any preconceptions about what you’re going to hear.
2.     Listen to song more than once. 
a. First time – absorb the music by just listening. 
b. Second time – record your impressions in a variety of ways: word pictures (phrases, sentences, words, details), sketches.  Don’t break the flow of your writing!!!
c. Third time – interpret your impressions by adding notes, completing    sentences, and adding more details or deleting what doesn’t fit.
Listen again if needed….
3.     Remember to use the five senses.
4.     Allow yourself to get corny and feel the music.  Live the song.

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