Day 66: “Write about your favorite movie soundtrack.”
In general, if you asked me, I would say that I don’t like Film Soundtracks. As with every rule I have there are some exceptions. There have been a few throughout my life that I have liked a lot.
It is between three albums: “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), “Grease” (1978), and “Purple Rain” (1984).
“Grease” was my favourite because of Olivia Newton-John and her co-star John Travolta. Newton-John has the loveliest voice of the 70s. The film was great as a kid, but as an adult I realised that it is really about a boy trying to have sex with a girl. She changes her whole life to be the girl which he wants. He does some changing too, but her change was more dramatic. She becomes a slutty girl for him. I still like the film and its soundtrack, although many of the songs make more sense in its context.
“Saturday Night Fever” is the clear winner for me. Why? In part the film is now a nostalgic look at the 70s disco dance era, how men treated women, sexual promiscuity before AIDS, the working class from an ethnic background and much more. All of it is done by a near perfect soundtrack done mostly by the Bee Gees music. There are a few songs that I could do without, but finding a perfect soundtrack is impossible.
But I am wrong, because the film “Saturday Night Fever” is better than the soundtrack because of a few missteps in the music. Also, young me loved “Saturday Night Fever” because of the music and college me likes it because I had to write a paper on the and I was able to rediscover its value as a film. John Travolta was the star of this film as well.
Today me realises that “Purple Rain” is a much better soundtrack than its film of the same name. “Purple Rain” the film is uneven and is only good because of Prince and his iconic music. I have not seen the film in forever so I will have to do that soon. I remember it not being a great film. The soundtrack would have been an incredible album with or without the film. Every song is a banger.
What is your favourite film soundtrack?
Excerpt From: Scott Green. “397 Journal Writing Prompts & Ideas.” Apple Books.