Some films have epic written all over them. Not the fake accents and absurd costumes mythological crass kind of epic, but the “DAMN that’s cool its awesomeness makes me tingle” kind of epic. I’m thinking Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight….you get the drift. And IMO, the soundtrack has a huge role in defining exactly how epic a film is going to be. Imagine Darth Vader, all sinister and badass, walking about deciding whose ass to kick next and no Imperial March playing in the background. Or the Apocalypse Now helicopter scene without the sinister strains of Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. Not nearly as cool, is it? Music like this makes anything sound epic, even the most banal everyday task. Got to clean your room? No sweat. Put on the Kill Bill theme at full blast, and you’re set. Walking to the metro station? Queue the Mission:Impossible theme and you’ll immediately want to throw on cool black shades and look suspiciously at everyone you see. I could go on.
And I will. There’s a Chinese proverb that says “May you live in interesting times” Well, we don’t. We live in a rather dull period in human history. No revolutions, no paradigm shifting scientific breakthroughs, no visits from little green men, nothing. So it’s basically up to you to make your day as interesting as you can. Here’s a list of kickass tracks that you can play and stuff to do while listening to them:
Brushing your teeth-Ride of the Valkyries-Richard Wagner (Apocalypse Now)
Sneezing- Also Sprach Zarathustra- Richard Strauss (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Taking a dump- O Fortuna-Carl Orff (The Hunt for Red October)
Walking into a board meeting- Darth Vader’s Imperial March- John Williams-Star Wars
Looking sinisterly across the room at someone- The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Main theme- Ennio Morricone
Who says you need to be in show business to feel like a badass?