The Best Music in Movie Moments at #3

In this countdown, from 10 to 1, we are looking at the Best Music in Movie Moments, songs that were already on an artists album prior to the movie. These are songs that
were not created for the movie specifically but were used righteously.
This is the point where the music-lover came out in the movie director.  They thought back to a song that they liked and knew it would fit perfectly in their movie. I’m not a movie critic. These are films that I enjoy watching and have great songs in them.

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Hopefully you aren’t still in the mindset that Harry Potter is a children’s movie. If you do have children and they are watching this, you should be watching it with them. These movies are great because they come from wonderfully written books. If you are passing on reading these books by J.K. Rowling then you are passing on some of the most imaginative written words of our lifetime. The images that are now on film may not be as strong as the visualizations that you had whilst reading the books but they are good.

We are nearing the end of our look at 10 Best Music in Movie Moments. Today’s entry is where the idea for this whole countdown was realized. I was sitting in the theater a couple of years ago watching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1.  The movie was getting a little slow in the middle. There wasn’t any magical Hogwarts to be fascinated by.  There wasn’t any awkward gazes from Snape.  It was just Harry and Hermione camping out.  This is where music comes in to save the film.

At #3 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with “O’ Children”

What was the purpose of this scene? Was it even needed? Was this just to play on more of Ron’s impotent rage? Maybe the most important question is why does the magical world have such better radio than we do?

There has always been musical connections with the Harry Potter films.  John Williams has been on board for the grandest soundtrack music you could ask for.  There are rock and roll connections too. Ian Brown from The Stone Roses makes a cameo in one. Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, along with Jonny Greenwood and Phil Selway from Radiohead, play in the band that performs at the dance in Hogwarts. Do you know the name of the band?


About Spool Going Round

If you like my blog and have access to programming and would like to do a radio/internet show together, please contact me. My name is Mike. I am an on-air radio DJ. I fell in love with radio in Chicago and then took that passion to someplace where I could actually get on the air. My travels took me to Seattle, WA, Eugene and Portland, OR and Washington D.C., where I was able to have my own morning show. I've had crab cakes with Warren Zevon, sat backstage and interviewed Sting, had Melissa Etheridge sing to me from the front row and I loved every minute of it. That passion for music still burns strong in me and I love to talk music and be turned on to music. Sharing new music with people is what got me interested in radio in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to talk music with you. "Go ahead you're on the air..." Read more:
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