Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tiffany's Tuesday Tunes: I is for Iconic Instrumentals

I grew up in a musical family, and many of the family member continue to be musical.  Among us, we have played or do play guitar, Spanish guitar, bass guitar, air guitar (just kidding!), piano, clarinet, trumpet, oboe, and drums.  I think I got them all.  I may have left a few out.  We have been taught to respect music in all its forms.  Most often, the music we indulge in on a daily basis involves vocals of some sort, though our tastes include pretty much every type of music there is.  But, at the root of it all, we all have a strong love for the music itself, and the instruments that make up the score.


Sometimes, instrumental music is meant to simply be something to fill space, to float gently in the air behind the action of a scene, to keep things moving at a party, to relax and calm us.  We play this kind of instrumental music while we study, while we meditate, while we dine, while we sleep.  However, there are times when instrumental music is meant to be bold, definitive.  It controls a scene, it announces action, it evokes a very strong emotional response.

Today's playlist includes some of (in my opinion) the most iconic instrumental music I have encountered.  It is no surprise that many of the songs are from or used in movies or television shows.  These songs have come to symbolize those movies or shows, and all they embody.  The actors, the plots, the themes, the good guys, the bad guys, love, hatred, life, death.  These are strong, bold musical arrangements.  See how many of them you recognize by sound alone.  And pay attention to the strong feelings each one creates.