One of my favorite features of movies or television shows is the music. Growing up I remember the music from Hill Street Blues, The A-Team, Superman, and many more! At points of decision in our lives, my wife and I regularly joke about what music would be playing at that moment. Would it be ominous and foreboding or would it be heroic and majestic? I think that would make it much easier to make decisions! Just listen to the music and know what to do, right?!?
Consider these two sets of movie clips from Jurassic Park and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The first one in each set is the scene that we all know and love, with music adding to the tapestry created on screen. The second clip in each set is the scene with the music removed.
Jurassic Park scene with music
Jurassic Park scene without music (start at 3:14 to match up to video above)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens ending with music
Star Wars: The Force Awakens ending without music
I don’t know about you but, while the scenes may still be powerful, the music adds a depth that distinctly impacts me. There is abundant research (google “music impact on brain” – over 1.9 million results from the past year) being performed in this area. It seems there are various impacts attributable to music. Some common themes I found in my research are as follows:
- Music can help improve/encourage creativity
- Music can affect how we perceive and respond to the world around us
- Music can help you complete your exercise routine
- Music can help increase concentration and attention span
One of the most successful TV shows in recent memory to use music to great success was Lost. The music for Lost was recorded every week with a live orchestra. There were many scenes from that series where the intensity of the moment was heightened by the musical score.
If you are not already a music lover, I would encourage you to re-consider your position. My suggestion would be to check out any musical score by John Williams. He has written a litany of the most famous movies scores over the past 30 years. His works include Star Wars, E.T., and Jurassic Park among others. If you are already a music lover, go watch your favorite movie with inspirational music!
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