Twisted Mixtape Tuesday: Movie Music

Jen Kehl

There’s a song somewhere in your favorites that you love because it was in a movie that you love.  It’s maybe not a song that you would have paid much attention to if it hadn’t been used in a certain scene.  That’s what Twisted Mixtape Tuesday, hosted by the super cool Jen Kehl and Kristi Campbell, is all about today!

I won’t bore you with using clips of musical scenes from movies that probably every single person in the world thinks of.  Like the Bohemian Rhapsody scene from Wayne’s World, or the dance scene from Pulp Fiction.  And I wouldn’t even think of using the song from Titanic.  OK I thought about it, but I didn’t use it.

I will admit that this post was somewhat influenced by Evil Genius.  We are both huge movie buffs, but he tends to take movie watching to a whole new level.  There are many scenes from movies that he has played over and over that I simply cannot hear the song without thinking of the movie scene that it is in.  He suggested several scenes from movies that I reacted to with a “Heck yeah!”  Now in the interest of time, I only chose a few of them.  That is because this post could have included fifty songs.  Yes, we love movies here just a wee bit.

I’m starting this post off with a song from a movie that I loved so much as a kid that I held the tape recorder up to the tv to tape it.  I watched The Secret of NIMH so much that I’m shocked that I didn’t wear out the videotape.  Now if I still had a copy of this particular tape recording, you would hear my little sister yelling “WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!”  during the instrumental part of this song.  Now if only YouTube and ITunes had existed when I was a kid…

Love Is The Key-Paul Williams

Now let me introduce you to one of the most kick ass soundtracks of all time.  Queen+The Highlander=Epic. The album with the good music from the movie is actually Queen’s A Kind of Magic, NOT The Highlander soundtrack that you might see somewhere on Amazon or Ebay. There are quite a few good fan made videos using footage from the movie, here is one of them.  Doesn’t it make you want to go out and have a nice sword fight?

Gimme The Prize-Queen

This one is just for Evil Genius.  I just can’t hear this next song without thinking of this scene from Major League.  Not to mention I’ve seen this part of the movie a billion times.  Don’t worry, there are other movie scenes that he has watched just as much (what you think he just watches ONE movie?)

Wild Thing-X

While the movie Just Go With It was okay, the soundtrack is decent.  There is one particular scene in it featuring this remake, and it is amazing.  While I couldn’t find this song on Itunes, I did download the song “Chasing Cars” just because of this movie.

Every Car You Chase-The Snow Police (Party Ben Mash-Up)

If you were in middle school in the 80s, you saw Top Gun. I saw it approximately 2,721 times because I just happened to live on an air force base when it was popular.  I saw it in the theater several times.  It never got old.  I chose the music that plays at the beginning of the movie, because I can close my eyes when I hear it and picture that theater and feel the excitement that was part of being a military kid.

Top Anthem+Highway to the Danger Zone-Harold Faltermeyer/Kenny Loggins

As a teen moved away from my comfort zone in Florida to Iowa, I could really relate to the character in Pump Up The Volume.  And that movie had a pretty rockin soundtrack.  I used to walk to this song on my walkman.  My CASSETTE PLAYER walkman.  Yeah, I’m old.

Wave of Mutilation-The Pixies

I have always loved The Smiths, and this particular song I hadn’t heard prior to seeing The Wedding Singer.  Again another song that I hear and immediately flash to this scene in the movie.  This is another great soundtrack and one of my favorite movies as well.  This particular film also gets the award for “best appearance by billy idol in a movie”.

How Soon Is Now-The Smiths

When Garden State came out I couldn’t wait to see it.  Part of it had to do with Zach Braff, because the guy is a genius.  The other part was the soundtrack. So many great songs that are perfectly chosen for the movie.  Here is one scene from the movie that features a snippet of one of the songs.

New Slang-The Shins

Oh come on, what would a soundtrack post be without a little Monty Python in it?  How about this from Life of Brian? If you don’t own a copy of Monty Python Sings, then what is WRONG WITH YOU????  😉

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life-Monty Python

Last but not least, my tribute to Madagascar, because I like to move it, move it.

(And I love King Julian, because he makes me laugh).

I Like To Move It-King Julian

This post may seem a little sparse (for me, anyway).  That was because there were many that I left out.  Mostly because I couldn’t find the part I wanted to share in English, like pretty much any scene from Forrest Gump.  And others as I said before would make this post take three months to read. 

What about you?  Surely there is some song from some movie that you love!  Write your own post and link it up over at Jen or Kristi’s site.  Or just tell me in your comments.  I love comments!

REBLOG: If My Life Were A Movie, I’d Hire Better Writers

This is my second REBLOG weekend. This is one of my better posts. Not too old but not too new. Just right, as baby bear would say.

The Sadder But Wiser Girl

I keep thinking lately that if my life were a movie we should almost be at the point where something wonderful happens.  You know, things just seem like they are so bad and then that great thing happens that miraculously turns things around.  It of course results in a happy ending.  The “It’s always darkest before the dawn” type thing.

So obviously this is real life and although I’m sure there’s a plan for me somewhere, I don’t see it happening.  But this brought up a very good bunch of stuff for my blog.  What IF my life WERE like a movie?  What would happen?

I’d get some sort of anonymous donor all of a sudden paying to send me to school.  Then I could follow my dreams.  If this were a movie, I’d know what those dreams were…

I’d have a trainer preparing me for my first triathlon using…

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If My Life Were A Movie, I’d Hire Better Writers

If my life were a movie… there’d be great refreshments at reasonable prices.

I keep thinking lately that if my life were a movie we should almost be at the point where something wonderful happens.  You know, things just seem like they are so bad and then that great thing happens that miraculously turns things around.  It of course results in a happy ending.  The “It’s always darkest before the dawn” type thing.

So obviously this is real life and although I’m sure there’s a plan for me somewhere, I don’t see it happening.  But this brought up a very good bunch of stuff for my blog.  What IF my life WERE like a movie?  What would happen?

I’d get some sort of anonymous donor all of a sudden paying to send me to school.  Then I could follow my dreams.  If this were a movie, I’d know what those dreams were…

I’d get to go back to school with really smart fun people…

I’d have a trainer preparing me for my first triathlon using ordinary things.  I’d be weightlifting family sized cans of vegetable beef soup and full containers of cat litter. I’d be running through an obstacle course made of hula hoops, carefully arranged dog poop, empty Cheerios boxes, and leftover siding.  I’d be pulling a wagon loaded with all of the uneaten food from my house, which would be REALLY heavy (great training potential).  I’d be forced to run up and down the playground equipment at the park over and over.

Just as I’d just given up forever on finding a job and threw myself into something else (most likely the chest high mountain of laundry on the back porch), the dream job would happen to come up on the job website.  I’d decide to apply for one last job and get an interview.  They wouldn’t offer me the job at first, but something miraculous would happen and I would end up getting an even better job because I impressed someone there… because they would think I’m awesome.

We’d break out into song at the most interesting moments.  My daughter going poop in the potty would rate a huge song and dance number.  I would finally get a job interview, and there would be dancers following me as I sang all the way there about how I was going to change my life.  Dinnertime-you bet there’d be some sort of production.  And everyone would like and eat the food too.

“Myyyyyyy husband mowed the laaaaaawn!” Everything would be cause for a musical number if my life were a movie.

Somehow my schedule would miraculously allow me to do all kinds of work to prove the naysayers wrong.  I’d be out there, pounding the pavement, doing something to make everyone who ever doubted me have faith in me again.  Not sure what that would be, but I’d be proving them wrong.

My husband would be very romantic. You know, random flowers and stuff like that.  I bet he’d be conscious too, unless it was a comedy relief type of thing, because unconsciousness can be very funny.

I’d have a better wardrobe (does the HD camera also add ten pounds?)  And better hair.  Much better hair.

I have pretty cute children anyway.  I suppose they would be just as cute, and would say much of the same stuff they say in real life.  Except my daughter wouldn’t poop her pants at the most inopportune moments, and my son wouldn’t eat his boogers.

I’d be giving up my blog just about the time a famous editor would read it.  He would make great strides to try to find me and hire me to come to work for his company.  Also, my fans would rally around my house begging me to return to what inspired their life:  My blog.  Oh yes, and I would have a lot of fans.

I’d have a lightsaber.  I’d also have some sort of superpowers.  And I’d be able to do that slow motion floating and turning in the air thing like on The Matrix movies.  There’d be some sort of epic battle in my backyard.  I’d win.

It would have an awesome, though eclectic, soundtrack.

Yes my life is definitely not a movie.  If you’re willing to buy my story, however, we’ll talk.

Would my life story have the elements that Nicholas Cage looks for in a movie? Would he wonder how he wasn’t in my movie? I’m sure that 1) all of the dialogue probably would be whispered or screamed and 2) food would be served in the movie.