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Monday
May192014

Godzilla Score

It's pretty rare for me to get genuinely excited about entertainment media these days.  Usually if I do it's over movies, and the last two times (Prometheus and Thing 2013) were colossal disappointments.  I look forward to things, but excitement doesn't come often.  I was looking forward to the new Godzilla movie, but I wasn't sure what to expect.  The last American reboot wasn't exactly amazing, though I didn't have the visceral hatred for it that apparently everyone else has.  A Godzilla movie of any kind is fun, so the Roland Emmerich one was more like a fun monster movie that happened to be called Godzilla.  The key ingredient is the giant monster.

I'm getting off track.  The point was that I went into the new Godzilla movie expecting a fun monster movie and little more.  Man, was I wrong.  I was blown away by how good it was.  I don't know how to describe it without sounding cheesy.  It really was amazing.  But that's not even what I'm excited about.  I'm going to talk about the movie more in a separate post.  What I want to talk about here is the score.

It grabbed me at the title sequence.  I don't know how, but when I heard that music I knew it was going to be a great movie.  It feels like the old music, but it's different.  It's hard to explain, but it's big, and menacing, and driving. It brought me right back to watching bits and pieces of all the old Godzilla movies when I was kid, catching them when they were on TV, not knowing which movie was which or what was happening.

I was so impressed with the score that I stayed through the credits just to listen to it.  I can't even remember the last time I noticed the score in a movie.  I bought the score yesterday and saved it to my phone, and listened to it at least 3 times today.  It just taps into some piece of me and doesn't let go.  Helps me focus, gives me energy, makes me want to do stuff.  Get things done, you know?  It's good music to drive to, assuming you don't need to stop very often.  I got so jazzed about this that I actually bought a Godzilla DVD box set.  Is this just nostalgia?  It seems like more than that.  I don't know how to explain it.

I found a link to the first song on Youtube.  Takes about a minute before it really gets going.  There are quieter, more somber parts of the score, and even more loud and bombastic parts, but this is a good representation of the whole.   http://youtu.be/-QsHy3e7PTA

It's strange to think about how my music tastes have changed.  This started while taking online and night classes to get my degree.  I developed a real appreciation for instrumental music.  Originally I just needed a way to shut out the outside world to write papers, and anything with lyrics would distract me.  I stumbled on instrumental surf rock, of all things, and that became my goto.  What's funny is one of my favorites is a band called Daikaiju, which is the name of the genre Godzilla type movies fall into in Japan.  If I'm not mistaken, kaiju means monster and dai means giant or large.  The instrumental playlist has grown since those days, and now includes some world music (Gamelan Jegog from Bali) and classical (mostly Yo-Yo Ma), and I sometimes put it on when writing code.  Sometimes I find it distracting, especially when encountering a new problem, but it's great for focusing once I know how I'm going to tackle a problem.  I will definitely be adding this soundtrack to the list.  More about the movie itself later.  The short version is it was awesome and everyone should go see it.  Until next time!

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