Top Five Adam Young Scores

I’ve been planning this post for way too long and I still don’t know how to rank these scores. I’m not exaggerating when I say that every single score is good. I would be lying if I said that every score was a pleasure to listen to, because some of the scores are incredibly sad and have moved me immensely. However, I think that’s a sign of a good film score. A film score is created to enhance your movie-watching experience, but more than that they are made to move you emotionally, create an atmosphere, and enhance the story. Even in Adam’s scores, which obviously don’t belong to actual movies, achieve this.

I want to note that this “ranking” is only my opinion. I have not put them in best to worst order, because I don’t think I can do that objectively. Also, that would be extremely difficult. I really do think that every one of these scores are well done. They have each moved me in their own way. There isn’t a single one that I won’t re-listen to many times over.

 

#5: Voyager 1 –

I didn’t know for a while whether or not this score would be on my top five list. I started out loving this score completely because it sounds so cool. Then I thought, “But what if my way of ranking isn’t very good. What if there is a better way and this score is actually very good.” The more I thought about it the more unsure I became of how to rank the scores. I started switching things around, and even considered changing my pick for number 1. Then, I listened to this score again. It is so chill and beautiful and creates a picture in my mind of the beauty of space. That’s when I decided, “To heck with it. I love this score.” And here we are.

#4: Miracle in the Andes –

Beautiful score. I didn’t like this one at first, because it came right after Omaha. Both scores were sad and I wasn’t in the mood to be sad. Now that I listen to it again it has moved up on my list. The first few tracks are so subtle and yet speak volumes. They tell the story of the crash perfectly with just the right amount of tension and build up. The next few tracks set up the scene of the crash so that I could see it in my mind’s eye. The concluding tracks brought back the story and concluded it perfectly.

#3:The Endurance –

This one has the aesthetics down perfectly. It has the perfect oceany sailing feeling and the accordion! I love this score. It’s funny, because when I listen to this I think, “Ah, classic Adam Young score,” it doesn’t even make sense, but that’s what this is. There were some things that, by the time Endurance came out I was used to hearing in his scores. There are certain elements, a certain style that he’s developed.

This score is one that, again, blends storytelling with aesthetics. It’s a quality that I really admire in the scores. Not all of them do it, but the ones that do are the ones I enjoy the most. This score is definitely one that I will be returning to again and again.

#2: The Ascent of Everest –

This album is so chill. The themes are so icy. Listening to it really transports me to Mount Everest. After watching the heartbreaking movie Everest I have listening to this with a whole new appreciation and I can see the setting even better. The Summit, the last track on the score, has a feeling of accomplishment embedded into it. It’s big and swelling and celebratory and glorious. The setting that it created in my mind, the use of electronic guitar, and the power of the score swept me in kept me hooked from the first song to the last. This is a score that I frequently keep on repeat.

#1: Corduroy Road –

The easiest decision I made by far for this list. Corduroy Road is a score that has moved me many times over. It is a gem of an album. I have been lulled to sleep by these tracks many times. They have inspired my writing. They make me want to create my own music.

This album puts me in my happy place, but it also does a good job of painting a picture of the south during the Civil War. It think it’s interesting that both Corduroy Road and Omaha Beach are centered around a war, but CR is so calm and peaceful while OB is not. I feel like, with Corduroy, we are hearing the bits in between the fighting. We’re hearing about the camping, the journeying, the aesthetics. With Omaha, there’s not any time to learn about the aesthetics, because everything is so fast-paced like the real event was.

 

I didn’t rank the other scores because, honestly, I couldn’t decide how to rank them. I loved the one I had in last place so much that I wanted to move it up, but the problem was that I loved all the other ones as well. So, I decided to just rank my top five. And even these are in constant flux.

I want to say again that I love these scores. Each of them have taken me on a journey to a time and place I’ve never been. They’ve told me stories I’ve never heard before. I’ve learned a lot this year, through Adam’s scores, about how to tell a good story without any words at all. 🙂

~ Claire

Film Scores, EPs, New Singles, and More

As always, I’ve been listening to lots of music. Over the past few weeks I’ve found some new stuff that I’ve really been enjoying. The good thing about finding a lot of my music on the internet (YouTube) is that there’s a lot of music to discover.

  1. Calm and Normal by Rusty Clanton – When Rusty released his EP in October I listened to it a few times through, and then listened to the song Novels a few hundred times over before putting it aside. I listened to it again the other day and I’ve had it on repeat ever since. Favorite song(s): It’s a tie between You’re in My Head and I love you (but I’m leaving)
  2. Humbug by Owl City – 🙂 I love Owl City. That being said, I wasn’t sure what I thought of his new Christmas song at first, but the more I listened to it the more I loved it. It’s like a mixture of “classic” Owl City elements and a new Owl City that I’ve never heard before. It is lovely. 
  3. Chill electronic music – I discovered a few really cool artists through a YouTube channel called Czech Sound Vibes. I don’t like all the music on the channel, but I really like the songs that sound like both classic jazz music and chillhop (I think that’s what it’s called lol). Favorite Songs: lifecouldbeadreamwoof, freedom. 
  4. The Endurance by Adam Young – Throughout the year I’ve followed Adam Young’s film score making journey. I’m so glad he decided to do this project. It’s been a lot of fun to follow and I’ve enjoyed each one. This is the last film score of the year and the themes throughout the whole thing remind me a bit of a few of the other scores, which is fitting. *sigh* I think I’ll do a whole post ranking all of the scores. That would be fun.

That’s all for now. I’ve also been listening to Christmas music, of course, which is lovely. 🙂 I’m off to decorate the tree and eat chocolate pancakes.

~ Claire

More Music Loving

I have been surrounded by music all my life. My mom introduced me to Switchfoot, Shawn MacDonald, and the Newsboys. My dad’s love of Coldplay caused it to become my favorite band to this day. I listened to Baby Mozart as a toddler, and played make-believe with my siblings while classical music played in the background. Music influences and has influenced my life in a deep, personal way.

Some of the music I listened to as a young child:

  • Wherever We Go, Something Beautiful, and He Reigns by the Newsboys
  • All I Need, Take My Hand, and Gravity by Shawn MacDonald
  • I Dare You To Move, This Is Your Life, and Your Love Is A Song by Switchfoot
  • The Scientist, Shiver, and A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay
  • The Show by Lenka
  • The Call by Regina Spektor (Narnia)
  • Falling in Love in a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg

Now, I listen to a wide variety of music that I discovered on my own. I listen to everything from Erik Satie to Twenty One Pilots. Here are a few of my favorite songs to date:

  • Concerning Hobbits by Howard Shore (LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring)
  • Gymnopedie 1 by Erik Satie
  • Guns for Hands by Twenty One Pilots
  • The Blues by Switchfoot
  • Oasis/Savannah/Baby by Relient K
  • I Don’t Get To Say I Love You Anymore by Tessa Violet
  • 6/10 by Dodie Clark
  • Warning Sign by Coldplay

I know I talk about music a lot on this blog, but that’s because it’s so important to me. 🙂 I love when music moves me, when it teaches me something, when it embodies a thought or feeling of my own in the music or the lyrics. I hope you like some of my music suggestions, and please share some of your own if you’re into music of any kind.

~ Claire

Ten Songs I’m Loving Right Now

Day Seven: List ten songs that you’re loving right now

This is an easy one 🙂 This list is full of Relient K and Adam Young and… oh yeah, that’s all. 😀

  1. Getting Into You – Relient K : Beautiful song about following Christ.
  2. Atlanta – Adam Young : My favorite song off of Adam’s newest composer album, Corduroy Road. This song makes me feel like I’m riding my bike through the woods in summer. 
  3. Come Right out and Say It – Relient K : Another good song from RK. This one just seems to channel what I’m going through right now. 
  4. Sahara – Relient K: This song is angry and beautiful. I loved this song when I listened to it the first time and with every subsequent listen through I love it a little more. 
  5. Mood Rings – Relient K: Haha, this song makes me laugh and smile. 😀 
  6. Candlelight – Relient K: Sweet love song. It always lifts my mood and makes me smile. 
  7. How Sweet the Sound – Adam Young: This song blends the melody of Amazing Grace with a different melody and the connection is seamless. It calms me down and makes me want to learn how to play the guitar. 
  8. Helium Balloon – Adam Young: This song reminds me of Owl City. The whole album (Project Excelsior) does, and that makes me happy. I am always reminded of one of my favorite Owl City songs (Hot Air Balloon, not surprisingly) when I listen to this. 
  9. Prodigal – Relient K: Can words describe how much I loved this song when I first listened to it? I still love it now after listening to it many, many, many, many times. The whole song is so well-written. I’m always surprised when I listen to such well thought out lyrics, but I shouldn’t be. Relient K is the master of well-written lyrics. 
  10.  Heartache – Relient K: I actually wrote a whole post about this song, so I’ll just link to it. I just thought it deserved a mention. 

Honorable Mentions/songs that I’m always into:

  1. Sleepin’ – Relient K
  2. Guns For Hands – Twenty One Pilots
  3. Hold What You Can – Amy Stroup

I love music. ❤ It says so much without saying a lot sometimes.

Until Tomorrow,

Claire

P.S – With one week of no internet down and three to go, I’m not really missing it that much. 🙂 

Pet Peeves

Day 3: Top Three Pet Peeves

  1. When I’m focusing on work/reading/writing and people insist on talking to me – I hate when I’ve settled in to work/read/write and then other people distract me from what I’m doing by talking!
  2. Complaining – Let me make it clear that there is a difference between telling people what’s bothering you or on your mind and complaining. I love hearing about other people’s problems in the hope that I can at least offer advice. 
  3. Literal cold feet 🙂 (I love socks) – The worst is in the morning or when I can’t do anything about it. 

Journal:

I’ve decided that this month I will try to add a journal section to the end of my posts whenever I feel like it. 🙂 Today I have two things to say:

  1. I’ve listened to Adam’s new composer album (Corduroy Road) and it is near perfection ❤
  2. Not using the internet is hard, but easy in a way. I haven’t broken my rules very badly, but I have decided to give up everything, even Kelli’s blog. My sister keeps reminding me that it’s only one month. 🙂 Thanks Abby. ❤

Sleepin’

There are many reasons why I love Air For Free, one of the main reasons is because of the song Sleepin’. It’s one of the cutest, prettiest, most soothing songs I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

Maybe I’ll just fall, ever more in love with you – Sleepin’

There are times when lying down in bed is just… hard. It’s hard to lie down for the day and let my mind drift. Before I fall asleep I think about everything: how I feel, how others feel, my worries, my dreams, my happiness’s, my sorrows, and my life. It’s fine to think of these things when my life is going along fine. At those times all I can think of are the good things, the easy things, about my life. I can only see the good, because it seems like there is only good in my world.

But tonight…

Tonight is not one of those blissful evenings. It’s nearly 10 o’clock and I don’t want to go to bed. I don’t want to lie down and think about my day. Maybe, instead, I’ll think of yesterday. Yesterday was a good day. 🙂 But, eventually, today catches up and I realize that life is a lot harder than I ever realized. Life is full of hardships and hard days. Life is full of days that wear me down and break me apart.

This spring is gonna be the best one since 1981, or so they’ve all been saying – Sleepin’

So, here I sit, not wanting to go to bed, and listening to a happy song. Maybe it will change my own mood and lift me up. I hate to be like this. Negative. It’s a word that I really hate, even though I’m very much negative sometimes. It’s hard to not be negative when you feel stressed, worried, and a bit rushed.

But hey, that ukulele in Sleepin’ is blissful.

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🙂

 

NMC Day 6: Tea Time

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On Saturday I started drinking tea every morning. I pulled out my teacup and teapot and grabbed the tea-tray that we just got from my Grandma. I’ve always been a big tea drinker and my favorite way to drink tea is from my little teacup. 🙂 It’s adorable.

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I was sitting in the kitchen and reading the last chapter of Coronation Summer when I decided that it was definitely a tea sort of day. So I prepared everything and set it all up. It’s funny the things you think of when you have more time to think. img_20160724_070402407.jpg

 

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I like drinking my tea the “English way.” I drink Black tea with milk and sugar. It makes me think of last winter (and many winters before) when my siblings and I would drink a pot (or two) of tea every morning before school.

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To Be Honest: I’m missing music immensely. 😦 I’m glad I took a break from it, but I’m very excited to listen to Air For Free and the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack. Ugh. Yep. Definietely missing my music. If you want to listen to a sad song, listen to The End of the Wolrd by Skeeter Davis. It’s an old song that I first heard on Granite Flats (an awesome show).

My Music: Top 4 Favorite Bands

I love music. Music is such a big part of my life that I can’t remember the last time I didn’t listen to any music all day.

I’ve listened to a lot of music in my life, but there are some bands that I absolutely love. Some of them I’ve been listening to for years and some of them months, but may favorite bands are ones that I know I will be listening to for years to come (the list is in no particular order).

  1. Owl City – I started listening to Owl City last year and I instantly fell in love with the lighthearted feel of the music and lyrics. I love how dreamlike they are. Now, as I’ve listened to more Owl City, I love it even more. Each song has a hidden message, beneath the lyrics. They seem so surface-level, but they’re really much deeper.
  2. Relient K  – I started listening to Relient K last month, but I already love them! I feel like I’ve been listening to them for years, because they resonate with me so much. The lyrics are clever and deep and the tunes are catchy. They’ve done some awesome work over the years and I am very much looking forward to Air For Free on July 22!!!!!  
  3. Twenty One Pilots – I started listening to TOP last year at summer camp. They were so different that I had to hear more. I fell in love with their unique sound, amazing lyrics, and the people in the band of course. Tyler and Josh are awesome, down-to-earth people.  
  4. Coldplay – I’ve been listening to Coldplay since I was eight and I’ve always loved them. As I’ve grown, so has my knowledge of Coldplay. I still remember where I was when I first listened to each album. I have so many memories connected to Coldplay. 

I could make my list longer, but that is the core group of bands that I listen to a lot. When I listen to music, it becomes apart of my life and it influences me as well. I’m so glad that I have had such a good selection of music in my life. It influences me to love life, live for the Lord, and keep going even when times get tough. 😊

What bands have influenced you over the years?

Claire 

 

Forget And Not Slow Down -Relient K

I have been listening to this album, Forget And Not Slow Down, nonstop for the past few days, and so I’ve decided to write a review for it. First off I want to say that I haven’t been listening to Relient K for a very long time. It was, I don’t know 😉, about two weeks ago that I started listening to them. By my limited knowledge, Matt Thiessen wrote this album after he broke up with his fiance.

This album took me on a journey from new, bright love to the end of a relationship that you don’t want to end.The first two tracks (“Forget And Not Slow Down” and “I Don’t Need A Soul”) flow really well into one another. They’re two songs about moving on and still having hope in life even when it’s hard.

The story moves on and begins to talk about new relationships with the song “Candlelight”. The brightness of the relationship blocks out all rational thought. All one can think about is the other person and how great they are.

I think it’s funny how this happy song is followed by the song “Part Of It” which is about the grind of a committed relationship. The song “Part Of It” talks about not giving out from under the pressures of life, because they (the couple) are in it together. The song also seems to be saying that even though they’re trying hard, the weight of all the problems in the relationship are literally crushing them and it’s hard not to give out.

Moving onto “Therapy” we come to the end of a relationship. The relationship is over, but this guy can’t stop thinking about his ex. He can’t stop calling her and thinking about her. Then, he makes the conscious decision to stop thinking and start forgetting. As the forgetting and acceptance begins, he begins to talk to God (he has already said that God is the only one left to listen to him). He asks God questions and spends his times of solitude with Him. It seems as if this breakup has made his relationship with God deeper.

The rather agressive sound of the album breaks up for a moment as it moves on. “Over It” is about deciding to move on mentally even when the physical suffering isn’t over yet. The song describes a state of mind this is in flux between what it used to be and what it is becoming, before deciding to move on.

Moving on to another aggressive song. “Sahara” is one that actually seems desperate. They’re begging someone not to desert them while also apologizing in a rather subtle way, with lines like:

So I’ll ask one thing
Just one thing of you
Dont ever turn me loose
Even when I turn my back

“Oasis”/”Savannah” is a beautiful song. I believe it’s about someone taking a trip down memory lane and remembering all of the happy times that they had with their significant other. It’s rather sad, but also beautiful. Every time I listen to it I find something else about it that I absolutely love. 🙂 The outro to the song, “Baby,” is the sweetest thing. In just a few, short lines we get so much love.

Baby
It’s all that I can do to
Thank you
Cause every time you wrapped those arms around me
I felt I was home cause
Everything made sense when you were with me
The next song is “If You Believe Me.” This song is a begging song. It’s the end of a relationship that one person thinks won’t work, but the other person still wants to give it a chance. They’re begging  the doubter to “believe them” and not quit on the relationship.

The next (and almost final) song is “This Is The End.” The singer has finally realized that letting go is the way to go. He asks one last question to his ex and begs her to think about the answer, but in his heart he knows that it’s the end and is finally starting to accept that.

“(If You Want It)”, the last track, is still begging the same question, but the answer has already been decided and he is just trying to escape as fast as he can and move on.

This album is beauiful. There’s really no other way to say it. It tells a story so beautifully. I could listen to the album for a week straight (done that) and still find new wonderful things about it.

Look On Up

Look On Up – Relient K

This is such a good song on so many levels: the instrumentation (especially the guitar), the buildup to the climax, the lyrics, and the beautiful melody. All the elements just blend together and create this chill musical experience.

Look On Up is about putting down our technology, or really any distraction, and remembering that real life still exists. The message is great, but the way the lyrics portray the message is beautiful.

Have you ever tried to photograph the moon?
Well I have too, I have too
Find it funny how it never turns out right
It’s like someone poked a pinhole in the canvas of the night

I love this song. It reminds me that technology can never be as amazing as creation. We can’t take pictures of the moon that look just right. Something is always just a bit off.

To me, this song means even more than that. There are so many things that can distract us from living our lives. When I look around at everything, sometimes, it all goes in slow motion. I see everything but I don’t feel apart of it anymore. Those are the moments when I realize that life is much more than going through the motions. Life is so much more than pretending and trying to fit in. Life is so much more than surviving. Life is for looking up. Life is for doing and loving. Life is for precious moments and changing lives.

This leads to looking around and realizing that not everyone knows this. I look around and see all the people. I wonder if they’ve thought about life yet. I wonder if they realize how precious time is. I wonder if they see the hurt they cause in other people. I wonder if they even care. When I look at myself I see someone who is desperately trying to find their way, and I wonder if everyone else feels like that too.

Look up into the night sky and let it sink it. This is real life. This is your life. Live it well.

John 10:10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.