I trust those who do something for Halloween had a great time? The kids made out like bandits with their candy haul – though Princess Nagger’s bag was a tad bit light, since she ended up only trick-or-treating for about an hour before she got ditched by the friends she was going door-to-door with. I’ll fill you in on that tear-fest tomorrow.
Meanwhile it’s Monday – and it’s time for some tunes! What kind, you ask? Well, our previous Spotlight Dancer, Alexander Cavanaugh chose the theme of “Movie Soundtracks” – so let’s get to it, shall we?
Let’s start off with a Swedish rock band from the early to mid 1970’s that succeeded with a few singles that were covers of other artists’ material. The band got their international breakthrough in 1974 with their cover of this 1969 B. J. Thomas song.
It has been revived from time to time as a cultural touchstone of the 1970’s, such as on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack in 1992, and as the “dancing baby” song in the Ally McBeal TV show (which is where I first heard it and fell in love with it).
Today’s version is from the 2014 feature film Guardians of the Galaxy, which featured the brass fanfare and title lyrics of this band’s cover version prominently in its trailers and theatrical release, resulted in a significant spike in sales for the recording.
Next up is a song recorded by a British recording artist for the soundtrack to the film Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). The song was originally obtained when one pre-ordered the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack in the United States, beginning in April 2015; it later became available for download on its own.
This particular song was released in the UK in May 2015 both on the soundtrack and as a stand-alone single.
Next up is a six member, English-language indie folk/indie pop band from Keflavík, Iceland, formed in 2010. The band won the Músíktilraunir in 2010, an annual battle of the bands competition in Iceland.
This song is the lead single for their second studio album, and appeared in The CW’s “Dare to Defy” promo, as well as the first trailer for The Good Dinosaur (both Princess Nagger and I are excited to see this movie!). The song was also featured in the soundtrack for FIFA 16.
Next up is a song that’s annoyed the world over by every child singing it non-stop. Or, you know, some of us adults who sang it to their kids to annoy them. Not like I did that or anything. Much.
All of the music and lyrics from all the songs for the animated feature film were composed by husband-and-wife songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
The song was performed in its original show-tune version in the film by American actress and singer Idina Menzel in her vocal role as Queen Elsa in Frozen. The writers also composed a simplified pop version (with shorter lyrics and background chorus) which was performed by this actress and singer over the start of the film’s closing credits.
Fun Fact: According to the IFPI, “Let It Go” sold 10.9 million copies in 2014, becoming the fifth best-selling song of that year and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Give a listen to the ultra-talented Demi Lovato with “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”):
Last, but not least, is a bonus. While I couldn’t find a video (or audio) version of the soundtrack to this upcoming movie (that I’m really really looking forward to seeing when it comes out), anyone who are fans of this franchise know that the music is always awe-inspiring.
The theme music is in the background of the trailer, and the trailer itself is a must-see, so here it is for your viewing pleasure.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer:
That’s a wrap for this week – have a great Monday!
Now on to the particulars of Monday’s Music Move’s Me:
Want to join in the fun? It’s easy – just find a tune that rocks your boat, post it and link up – don’t forget to grab Xmas Dolly…er, um, I mean her button…over at her place here. Check out Xmas Dolly’s sidebar for the random themes we sport each week – and you can always ask for a specific theme of music you like, too. Check out the other music lovahs and let’s jam!