Saturday, September 04, 2010

The Music Done Me In

I cry a little more than I used to. But one of the things that I've noticed over the past few years is that music makes all the difference; in every show you might watch, the plot may be stirring, the story may touch a base in your soul, and the connection you make to it may be monumental. But when you get to the end of the tale, the end of the network-sanctioned narrative, there's something that can touch you in the denouement. And that's music.

I noticed it first a few years ago in the final montage minutes of ER. "The story's not that great so why am I weepy?" Again in that episode of West Wing with Mark Harmon as the Secret Service agent. Again in any episode of Cold Case. "I don't care about these people really, so why am I battening down the hatches so I don't drop into throes of sobbing during the last 3 minutes of resolution?"

It was the music.

The music massages the little bits you've collected during the show or movie, puts them all together, works as the glue of emotion, the background of magic that makes that story progress or wrap up or really do something more than just tell a tale.

So: Thank you to every single editor and producer who has added some great bit of music to the movie or the show. You made it happen. And I wept. Thank you.


loveable_homebody said...

I completely agree with you on the power of music. I think a great soundtrack can even make a film worth watching. I've heard some people say they don't like music. I don't get that!

Crying is good. It's a release. It helps us understand ourselves and figure things out.

Randal Graves said...

I never cry because of music, especially not the allegretto in Beethoven's 7th, that's when I get my shotgun and go hippie huntin'.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Music can go right past all our defences. Everyone needs a good cry once in a while.

All hail Leonard Cohen. The Master.