Song of the Day #4,974: ‘There Are Worse Games To Play’ – James Newton Howard

The newly 16-year-old Fiona continues sharing her favorite orchestral pieces…

“Being one of the longest tracks I listen to, I thought this one deserved some recognition.

James Newton Howard wraps up the entirety of the Hunger Games movie franchise with this astonishing 10-minute piece. While watching the final scene of Mockingjay Pt. 2, you hear this beautiful melody along with great vocals from none other than Jennifer Lawrence herself.

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Song of the Day #2,939: ‘Tomorrow Will Be Kinder’ – The Secret Sisters

hunger_games_soundtrackI haven’t listened to the Hunger Games soundtrack very often in the five years since its release. I bought it for a couple of Taylor Swift songs and a track by Pistol Annies, and I’ve given short shrift to the rest.

My mistake, I’m discovering, as a few of these tunes pop up on Random iTunes Weekends and turn out to be quite good. Here, Alabama-born The Secret Sisters deliver a mournful track, the sad delivery of which runs counter to its message of hope.

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Song of the Day #2,896: ‘Eyes Open’ – Taylor Swift

hunger_games_soundtrackHere’s the lesser-known (or at least lesser-known to me) Taylor Swift song from the original Hunger Games soundtrack. Her other contribution, ‘Safe & Sound,’ is a haunting track featuring backing vocals by the Civil Wars.

This one has a more typical Swift-ian sound, and is therefore less of a stylistic fit for the movie. Catchy song, though.

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Song of the Day #2,363: ‘Yellow Flicker Beat (Kanye West Rework) – Lorde

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Best Songs of 2014 – #15
‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ – Lorde

Lorde dominated the pop music conversation in 2013 but remained largely off the radar last year.

That is, until she took the reins of the latest Hunger Games soundtrack and reminded everybody how awesome she can be with its first single, ‘Yellow Flicker Beat.’

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Song of the Day #2,344: ‘The Hanging Tree’ – Jennifer Lawrence

jennifer_lawrence_hanging_treeIn Billboard’s 15th slot is ‘The Hanging Tree,’ performed by none other than actress Jennifer Lawrence, who can seemingly do no wrong.

Lawrence had to be coaxed into singing the song for a scene in the film, having very little confidence in her voice. I’m sure she never dreamed of landing this high on the Billboard charts.

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