Music to My Ears—Five Years A-Bloggin’

I was sitting at my desk the other day, contemplating what I would have for breakfast, when I suddenly realized, Oh my goodness! My blogoversary passed!

As of February 19, I’ve been blogging for five years. I didn’t think I’d last five minutes, let alone five years. But here I am. Like the proverbial bad penny, I keep turning up. I’m grateful to all of you who discovered this blog and keep coming back. Rest assured, the weirdness will continue. (Or, run away while you still can.)

On with the show. Recently, a friend who is taking a writing class shared the following video with me.

In case you elect to avoid spending almost eight minutes watching the video (though it was well done), its creator, Nerdwriter1, discusses the recurring musical themes (leitmotifs) of the Lord of the Rings movie soundtracks, composed by Howard Shore (movies directed by Peter Jackson, based on books by J. R. R. Tolkien). These are my favorite soundtracks of all time, so of course I had to take a look.

I was already well aware of Howard Shore’s genius. But the video was a lovely reminder of what you get when a powerful musical score is wedded to a powerful story.

   

See, kids? These are CDs. We used to play these back in the day.

On many days, I had the soundtracks playing in the background while I wrote. I can remember writing scenes that matched the tempo of Shore’s compositions. These soundtracks made me want to write the kind of story that would merit a skillfully written score played by an equally skilled orchestra.

So yeah, I love those soundtracks. But not just Howard Shore’s. I love the soundtracks from Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008) (movies directed by Christopher Nolan), which were composed by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard. These soundtracks, with their edgy orchestration, are an interesting contrast to the Lord of the Rings soundtracks. But they all have an epic quality that evokes emotion. (If you look at the list of musical selections on the Batman Begins soundtrack, you’ll note that each was named after a bat genus. Also, BATMAN is spelled out.)

    

    

I have music in my head, even as I write this blog post. I’m hearing the horns from The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack. Being a blogger is a kind of fellowship. You post something and hope someone will read it. And when someone does, and you get to know that person, relationships are forged. I’ve met many great people through this blog. People like you. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

Kitty and her interns. Somebody’s gotta get the coffee.

Batman Begins movie poster from geekynerfherder.blogspot.com. The Dark Knight movie poster from popcritics.com. Other photos by L. Marie. Snow-Fro and Kissy Boo Shoppets are registered trademarks of Moose Toys.

41 thoughts on “Music to My Ears—Five Years A-Bloggin’

  1. Happy Blog Birthday! We must be twins! Haha – I remember when CDs came in saying grumpily that I refused to change over all my vinyl since it wouldn’t be long before “they” made us all buy something even newer. I gave in in the end, of course… I’m glad I’m in your fellowship and am sincerely hoping that I might get to walk alongside Aragorn… 😉

    • Ha ha ha! I just commented on your blog! We are definitely twins! I want the same people to visit my blog! 😀 And yes you can walk beside Aragorn. Guess I’ll hang with Legolas. 😀

      I thought the same thing about CDs. 😀 I had a ton of cassettes that I didn’t want to give up. After I bought a Walkman, I happily tossed the cassettes.

  2. Happy Blog-versary and thank you for being here in it, keeping me company, teaching me new things, reminding me of others, and enlightening me in ways such as this wonderful post! Chariots of Fire used to be my theme track so many years ago – odd that I should think of that now as I comment (or not – that’s how inspiring your blog was). Keep posting, keep writing, keep Kitty in line for more coffee.

    • I’m glad to have met you, Penny. 😀 Chariots of Fire is such a great movie! I might have to see that again!

      Will try to keep Kitty in line. I’m just glad I don’t have to get coffee for her!

  3. It’s so true, that music can bring emotion to any storyline. Sometimes I find the music is making me feel more than the acting or the plot. How ’bout eerie music to horror or ghost stories? That can really bring home the fright!

    So glad I found you through Jill, L. Congrats, and keep up the good blogging. 🙂

  4. So we are “sisters” in blog world, each of us having reached the 5-year-blogging marker. Congrats to you on this occasion and for helping me celebrate my own milestone. 🙂

  5. Congrats, manc-bud! I remember when we both felt like ‘quitting’ after year two! Well, you talked me into keepin’ on and here you are still tolerating Kitty and those of us who love her!
    🙂

    • Thanks, Laura! I’m glad we could encourage each other to keep on keeping on! Yes, I’m still putting up with Kitty. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

      I still have moments when I think about throwing in the towel. But I know I’d miss being here, and especially miss connecting with you and everyone else.

  6. Happy five years of blogging, Linda. I think my fifth is coming up in August. Who would think we’d have so much to say? Although sometimes I think I have absolutely nothing more to write about … And then something hits me. I watched the Oscars tonight. I wonder if I’d like any of the movie themes that were nominated. The Shape of Water won.

    • Hi, Nicki! It’s interesting that so many of us started a blog in the same year!

      I didn’t watch the Oscars. Haven’t seen them since 2004. I haven’t seen most of the films that were nominated. Films that I loved like Wonder Woman were ignored.

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