Film Music Means Everything

Congratulations to Tim Clark from Melbourne, Australia, the winner of the “What Film Music Means To Me” Contest and a $50 gift certificate from Screen Archives Entertainment. Thank you to everyone who participated and thanks to Tim Curran for tackling the unenviable job of narrowing them down to just one. Everyone who left a comment spoke from the heart and it was humbling to read such emotional tributes to this art form we dearly love.

I was moved by so many of the comments. Whether they said something new or reiterated a comment made by another poster in a slightly different way, the emotions were real. I wasn’t sure what kind of comments I’d receive, but it moved me to read such personal sentiments. I’d like to cover some of the other comments in later posts, so don’t be surprised if you receive an email asking permission.

But first, let’s hear Tim had to say about what film music means to him. (Pardon me, Tim, for capitalizing the film names to remain consistent with the site.)

Elfman’s MILK means hope.
Goldsmith’s POLTERGEIST means fear.
Morricone’s CINEMA PARADISO means love.
Williams’ SCHINDLER’S LIST means heartbreak.
Rozsa’s EL CID means majesty.
Herrmann’s TAXI DRIVER means depravity.
Newman’s AMERICAN BEAUTY means sadness.
Copland’s RED PONY means elation.
In short, film music means everything.

If you’re visiting this site, it’s probably safe to say that you’re a fan of film music. But when we seek out others who share our passions, we’re looking for that emotional connection with like-minded individuals who speak our language and understand us, for better or worse. In the case of film music, the films and scores may change, but the emotions that Tim defined, good or ill, are universal.

That final line really strikes home with me. When it comes to music, film music does mean everything to me. No other music can convey such a wide emotional range that can turn on a dime. The breadth of the human experience is encompassed in film and by extension in its music.

Congratulations once again, Tim, and thank you for such a wonderful list of great, emotional film music.


  1. Excellent choice! This was a great idea and a really good read. As a child of the pre-internet, scratch & pop vinyl and warped & worn cassete age, I felt alone in my love for scores, so it’s always nice to be reminded that so many others were enjoying them whether I knew it or not. Thanks Jim, for an excellent blog.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Byron. :) I know what you mean about feeling alone. Back in my car-driving days (don’t need, nor can you afford, one in NYC), I use to blare the scores in the car. But I always kept my windows rolled up because I didn’t want to deal with the looks from the other drivers. Sad, eh? It would have been nice to have found some other film score lovers back then.

      Better late than never.

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