“Music in the Key of America,” by Peggy Noonan. The Wall Street Journal, 11/28/2015.
I always look forward to reading Peggy Noonan’s political column in Saturday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal. (You can also read them on her website, www.peggynoonan.com, after a week or two delay.)
Back in November of 2015, she tells how she has always listened to movie music while she writes. The lyrics of other music distracts from her train of thought while movie music does not, yet it gets her creative juices flowing (it does nothing for my creative juices). She mentions many of her favorites plus ones others have suggested. Many are available on YouTube, and I was surprised how familiar some of them are, even in my non-musical brain. Here are they are with their composers that may help you find them online. You can read her column to get her comments, but even alone they make a good play list.
- Theme from The Untouchables (Ennio Morricone).
- Soundtrack from Rudy (Jerry Goldstone).
- Score from Out of Africa (John Barry).
- Theme from Patton (Jerry Goldsmith).
- Soundtrack from The Last of the Mohicans.
- Henry V, the song the soldiers sing after the battle (Kenneth Branagh).
- The score from Sparticus (Alex North).
- The soundtrack from Wyatt Earp (James Newton).
- Score for On the Waterfront (Leonard Bernstein).
- Score for A River Runs Through It (Mark Isham)
- Noonan’s favorite: The Best Year’s of Our Lives (Hugo Friedhofer), the opening scene of the three men returning from World War II in the nose of a beat-up bomber heading to the scrap heap, a metaphor for the three men themselves.