Music is in the Air!

I love music. It fascinates me. There is nothing else that can alter and sway my emotions as effectively.

Even though I love Rock and Pop I always seem to lean towards the more morose side of music, or as my boss refers to it, ‘music to slit your wrists to’. I class it more as chilled out, the more haunting the melody the better.

I have no idea why it is that these songs have such an effect on me. It is what it is, and the heart loves what it wants. You instantly know when a song has captured your attention, because you stop at nothing until you find out the name of both the song and the singer.

It’s sad to think there are millions of songs out there that would entertain my ears yet I will never know about them. Most things I happen upon by chance. The kind of music I like is not exactly daytime radio material, more like late night alternative.

Soundtracks are also amazing and more often than not undiscovered by the general public. I have soundtracks for movies I have never seen, but they came up under the section ‘People who bought this also liked…’, sometimes it makes good suggestions.

I love that the power of music can transport you to somewhere else entirely. I have found myself on the train journey home, listening to a song while staring out a window down which the rain was pouring, creating my own video for the track playing at the time.

I’m going to put here a list of some of my favourites. I would class these as being melancholy, rather as seeing them as morose I view them as great melodies and tunes. If you listen to a couple and can think of something else you think I might like, then I will be most grateful if you share that thought! Some of these you might already have seen on my Music Bubble page, apologies for the crossover.

So in no particular order:

1. Lana Del Rey – Once Upon a Dream (From the forthcoming film Maleficent) 

2. Massive Attack – Teardrop

3. Elbow – Lippy Kids 

4. Brothers in Arms – Alex Cornish (Original artist Dire Straits)

5. Stem – DJ Shadow

6. Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla

7. Climbing up Iknimaya – James Horner from the Avatar Soundtrack

8. Strong – London Grammar

9. Any Other Name – Thomas Newman

10. The Execution Ballet – The Tudors Soundtrack (I have to thank NBI for reminding me of this one)

11. The Stars Shine in the Sky Tonight – The Eels

12. Sia – Lullaby 

There are of course many more, these are just some of the ones that play regularly on the Penguin Pod! Any suggestions gratefully received :)

Super Soundtracks!

I love music.

I love it for the way it makes me feel and how it can change my mood.

One of my bosses says that my music  makes him want to  go and find razor blades to slash his wrists. I can see where he is coming from, I do have a preference for all things melancholy.

Despite this though I have a very varied collection of all kinds of everything and I am always open to new ideas. My In My Music Bubble page gives a fair indication of the current play list.

I tend to chop and change though, I’ll play something for weeks or even months on end and then forget all about it. I make myself weird little play lists like, Chilled, Sad, Dance and Cleaning to name but a few. Each contains just the right amount of songs with a suitable beat for the task in hand.

One thing I keep coming back to though is soundtracks. I LOVE them and rarely tire of them. It’s something about the mix of the music and how it can transport you, different styles and beats blending seamlessly into one. I’ve happened across soundtracks to films I have never even seen, meaning I have to rely on my imagination to supply the visuals. So here, in no particular order 5 of my favourite movie soundtracks:

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Red Planet

This was a bizarre little find. We used to have this music store that every so often would put on a sale where you could buy 4 CD’s for £10. I used to buy them and then sell them on Ebay. More often than not I made no profit. I decided to have a listen to this one before I sold it, fell in love and needless to say it’s been on my shelf ever since. I think I did see the movie, but it obviously was not that memorable.

Best Track: Canto XXX – Emma Shapplin



Shopping in this film is in the form of Ram Raiding. I saw this movie one Saturday night at a friend’s house. We’d all been like, you want us to watch a film about Shopping, wtf! It was nothing like we imagined. I loved both the film and the soundtrack.

Best Tracks: Water Pistol Man – The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Why don’t you take me – One Dove and Heaven or Hell – Salt ‘n’ Peppa

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Sucker Punch

With regards to the film, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The soundtrack however was different. Old songs got a new funky twist making them just that little bit more sinister than before.

Best Tracks: Sweet Dreams  – Emily Browning, White Rabbit – Emiliana Torrini and Tomorrow Never Knows – Alison Mosshart.



Not to be confused with the original soundtrack, this is actually entitled More Music  from the Motion Picture and it’s much better than its predecessor.

I didn’t watch Gladiator until a couple of years after it had been released because I thought it wouldn’t be my type of thing. It completely blew me away and I was annoyed I had waited so long.

Best Track – Now We Are Free – Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard



I love this soundtrack. I also loved the film. There are parts that are truly uplifting, but also parts that can make you sad when you remember which part of the film they came from.

Best Tracks: Climbing Up Iknimaya  and Jake’s First Flight– James Horner

This is only a few of the many soundtracks I like. If you have any suggestions for ones I should listen to I’d love you to leave me a comment. I like being introduced to new music!