Soundtrack curation is a hip job these days, whether it’s Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther, Justim Timberlake’s Trolls or Lorde’s Hunger Games. The most recent example of a hit-maker focusing on the big screen is Bleacher’s Jack Antonoff’s work on Love, Simon.
Love, Simon is a charming romantic comedy that has taken on greater meaning because it is, amazingly, the first major studio film to feature a gay teen as its protagonist. And it’s good, not just groundbreaking.
Surprise hit The Greatest Showman has shown impressive legs both at the box office and on Billboard’s soundtrack chart, where it sits at #2 in its 16th week of release.
Among its songs, the show-stopping celebration of individuality ‘This Is Me’ has earned the most attention (as well as an Oscar nod) but for me the standout track is the love song ‘Rewrite the Stars.’
The movie soundtrack game isn’t a high-volume business. Currently the #3 album on Billboard’s soundtrack chart is Moana, in its 71st week.
But a handful of recent films have produced soundtracks worth at least a cursory listen.
The current big dog (or cat, I should say) is the Black Panther soundtrack, curated by Kendrick Lamar, who also appears on many of its tracks.
Today’s random track is a paint-by-numbers “God is love” song from Carrie Underwood’s 2005 debut, Some Hearts. It would have been more appropriately timed a week ago for Easter Sunday.
But what makes ‘Inside Your Heaven’ interesting isn’t its music or lyrics but rather its Billboard chart history.
After a month-long hiatus, please welcome back Random iTunes Weekends! Now that I’ve switched to a streaming service, the idea of randomly pulling from my meager iTunes library seems a bit quaint, but we’re still looking at more than 13,000 songs.
Even if I could figure out how to pull a random song from the millions accessible through Amazon Music, I don’t think I’d be happy with the results. And I like that Random iTunes Weekends give a little glimpse of where my interests lie.
Alongside Jason Isbell, the other great find of my young streaming era is Brandi Carlile. I haven’t (yet) dived into her back catalog, but the folk rocker’s newest album, By the Way, I Forgive You is a winner.
The 36-year-old Carlile hails from Washington state and has enjoyed modest success releasing six studio albums since 2005. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of her; in fact, when I read about this new release, I alternately confused her with Brandy Clark and Belinda Carlisle.
Another benefit of streaming is that it allows me to catch up with albums that passed me by in recent years.
Many albums fall just outside of my radar when they first come out and end up eclipsed by future releases. The same thing happens with movies. I still have a dozen or so titles on my 2017 to-see list, but how many of those will I realistically get to once a new set of films make up this year’s list?