Ever seen a movie made from a good book read before seeing the movie? For some unapparent reason it seems to be one of the hardest things to make a good movie from a good book.
Ever seen a good movie and read the book it was based on afterwards? Equally disappointing. Something to do with artistic interpretation – but with expressive arts such as movies and books, well at least with those made for mass consumption, you would think the weight was on expression instead of personal impression. Reality too often shows the true nature of such attempts.
Music is another domain – ever seen a good movie and played the soundtrack afterwards? Music evokes the feelings experienced during the movie, the mind working hard at it to connect the dots and at best creating new depth for the meanings of the motion picture. Similarly amazing is that sometimes music can work the other way too. After first hearing a good song you learn it was features in a movie. Growing to like a movie you found based on a song can be pleasing. But the associations that music weaves in our minds to memories of feelings is even more unique.
So here is some music for reminiscing the feelings brought on by a movie – Drive. This track is one among many, however, it captures a lot of the atmosphere and the division of the main character – being a hero and a human being – all carefully orchestrated by the director, Nicolas Winding Refn.