Music infiltrates our worlds, our lives, our thoughts, in such ways that we don’t fully understand, but we know that it does. It can calm us down, pump us up, and research has shown that it can be used to improve your health. Some people even think it can make us smarter. Check out this article from CNN for the science.
In other words, music speaks to a primitive part of our being that we can never separate ourselves from. It is powerful, whether we like it or not.
And then there’s film. Film is a unique artform in that it combines all other forms of art: theater, visual art, performance art, dance, and yes, music too. It is a synergistic combination of different forms of expression that somehow amount to something greater than the sum of its parts. Film is, in short, magic.
Like music, movies affect us in ways we don’t fully comprehend. There’s a great book by Colin McGinn called The Power of Movies that delves into how our minds meld with screens, in terms that even a non-scientist like myself can find engaging and understand.
Because of our close connection to music and film, it’s surprising that not every film is about music. However, there are several out in theaters, or coming soon that can vie for your attention, whether you love opera, folk, jazz, punk, or some other form of music.
Here are a few:
Violeta Went to Heaven
Greetings from Tim Buckley
20 Feet From Stardom
A Band Called Death
So go ahead. Sing along. We’ll turn the volume up.