Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday TwiHard Report: New Moon Musical Spoilers

In this world, there are music people and non music people. Non music people might like music but can mostly take it or leave it. For music people, music is as much a part of daily life as food, water or even air for the most enthusiastic diehards. I consider myself one of the music people…in case you haven’t noticed by the amount I blog about it. For this reason, the soundtrack to New Moon was every bit as important to me as the movie itself. The Twilight Saga films are doing an excellent job of using music as an integral part of the films, as crucial to setting the mood as the sets and lighting and while New Moon is not yet out in theaters, the soundtrack has been out since mid October. I imagine there were many other musical TwiHards out there that couldn’t wait to immerse themselves in the new music and let’s be honest, obsess, over the various tracks’ part in the movie.

If you were lucky enough to catch a peek of the full Edward/Bella breakup scene before it was pulled, it was revealed that Bon Iver & St. Vincent’s “Rosyln” is the backing track for that wrenching scene but so far, no other clips have offered any more than snippets of the score. That is until I read Ann Donahue’s article in the 10/31/09 issue of Billboard magazine, “’New Moon’ Rising”.

In the article, Donahue offers several tempting, spoiler-ish morsels:

“In considering the second single “Two contenders for the next single slot are Lykke Li’s ‘Possiblilty,’ which is the longest musical take in the movie and played over a pivotal scene in the film as Bella pines for Edward…”

In reference to the New Moon score composer Alexandre Desplat’s “The Meadow” : “There is a central love theme for Bella and Edward, but Chris (Weitz) felt that we didn’t want to put that out front because in the film Bella and Edward are separated through much of it,” Desplat says. “You don’t hear that theme in its full treatment until the end of the movie. For the soundtrack album it’s an arrangement of that melody but just for the piano.”

Finally, from New Moon director Chris Weitz: “The one song that does play in full during the film, he says, is (Thom) Yorke’s “Hearing Damage,” which underscores a fight scene.

Spoiler or not, it makes me all the more eager to see how all the tracks correspond with scenes in the movie. Thankfully, I am just under a week away from seeing just that.

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