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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Flying Themes

Composers deliver their best when the key emotion in the music has to be the exhilaration in taking flight. The feel of flying in air, that ability to disengage oneself from the gravity – the biggest force that keeps us the prison of this planet, gives us utmost exhilaration and rekindles the child in all of us. Here I present a playlist of themes and cues written for moments in which something or someone is flying in air. I go to this playlist whenever I want to re-energize myself. The pieces in this playlist make me smile and cry at the same time; they give me orgasmic pleasure, musical frisson almost every single time I listen to them. Do share, if you know any such flying themes

Finding Neverland - The Kite, The Play and the Flight (Jan A.P. Kaczmarek)

Forrest Gump – I'm Forrest ... Forrest Gump (Alan Silvestri)

Wall-E – Define Dancing (Thomas Newman)

Avatar – Jake's First Flight (James Horner)

UP – Carl Goes Up (Michael Giacchino)

How to Train Your Dragon - New Tail & Romantic Flight (John Powell)

The Aviator – F1-Racer Plane (Howard Shore)

And, Of course E.T – Flying Theme (John Williams)


MumbaiRamki said...

You missed something very important

Note the way it builds !!!!

P.S. Suresh Kumar said...

MumbaiRamki - Thanks for sharing. Amazing. This track sounds very familiar. I guess, I heard this on some Tamil channel, used for some Award Show.

Added to the playlist now.

Shaneem said...

One of the most beautiful musical piece I've ever heard http://www.universal100th.com/moment/c_VngptnJbbhJ2mY

Flying over Africa - John Barry

Anonymous said...

There are 2 movies which I turn to when I feel really low... One is "The Shawshank Redemption" & the other is "Seabiscuit". This soundtrack from Seabiscuit is very beautiful http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8bbM1Pz350

Finding Neverland is one of my favourite movie. Beautiful soundtracks there. Thanks for sharing.

P.S. Suresh Kumar said...

Shaneem - Beautiful. Brethtaking Visuals and a soothing score. Thanks for the link.

Anandham - Finding Neverland is an incredible Soundtrack - Very well deserved Oscar for the Score.

Will listen to Seabiscuit score and Shwashank Redemption

Ravi Krishna said...

Nice list. "Test Drive" from How To Train Your Dragon is also a great track where the main theme gets its first soaring rendition.

I also highly recommend "The Egg Travels" from Dinosaur (James Newton Howard), Buckbeak's Flight from HP & The Prisoner Of Azkaban (John Williams) and "Ponyo Flies" from Ponyo On A Cliff By The Sea (Joe Hisaishi).



(Couldn't find the Ponyo track on YT, sorry)

Unknown said...

And this one from American Beauty (If this is considered as flying)

Unknown said...

My bad.. forgot the link :

P.S. Suresh Kumar said...

Eswarparasath - Very much. Love this scene and music. I had this scene in mind and the flying scene from Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara in mind, which also has simple Piano playing behind. But, I chose the pieces, which when you hear, you feel the exhilaration of taking flight, even without having seen the film.

P.S. Suresh Kumar said...

Ravi Krishna - Yes, "Test Drive" is a very powerful track. I will check the other pieces you mentioned. Thank you :-)

V said...

The theme I am mentioning are not used at a flying moment - but I have listened to this score when on a flight and have felt the feeling of being on clouds - This is the Melody theme (Veg Melody) from Cheeni Kam.