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Lights, Camera, Music

Dreamy, dirge-like or dramatic,
Tender, torrid or traumatic,
Each film will have its music score
To enhance its story's core.

For comedies the mood is bright,
Perhaps piano, tinkling light,
Or maybe, for some funny scene,
An unskilled burst of tambourine.

When the film's about romance,
The music may suggest a dance,
Possibly a dreamy waltz,
Played to emphasize the schmaltz.

And what about a gritty crime?
Has to be tough stuff this time -
Lots of bang and clang and thump,
Designed to make the people jump.

For that favourite, the "car chase",
Music's played at all-out pace:
Will the Baddies fool the Cops?
Find out when the music stops.

Music was once centre-stage
When "musicals" were all the rage -
"Oklahoma!", "Carousel",
"South Pacific". " M. F. Lady" as well.

In "Oklahoma!" "People Will Say"
Was given full romantic sway,
From "Carousel" came "If I Loved You",
Sung by the Jones and Macrae duo.

"Some Enchanted Evening" ("Pacific")
Made glamorous romance specific,
From "My Fair Lady", with delight,
Came "I Could Have Danced All Night".

And what of Nelson and Jeanette?
Oldies can recall them yet.
"Indian Love Call" - "Rosemarie",
Warbled with sweet chemistry.

Music has, throughout the years,
Suggested smiles, shock or tears,
Or been a subtle background note
From some score that someone wrote.

So now let's drink a healthy toast
To the films we loved the most,
And see if anybody knows
Just how the theme from "Star Wars" goes.

Copyright © Beth Evans | Year Posted 2019


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