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Frozen’s Totally Frigid Score

I just got the Frozen soundtrack…like three months after I saw the film and actually had the songs stuck in my head.  Now, I finally got over those catchy, almost-annoying rhythms  out of my head (I finally stopped singing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman,” and “Let it Go” was finding it’s way on to less playlists), and I decide to play back all those songs.  So, basically, I have the whole soundtrack stuck in my head…yet again.

While I do think Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez did a phenomenal job writing the songs that the characters sang and I believe the deserved the Academy Award for Best Original Song they won for “Let it Go,” I just wanted to take this time to applaud Christophe Beck who composed the score to the movie.  He did an incredible job incorporating elements from Lopez and Anderson-Lopez’s songs, and really injecting such emotion and action into his orchestral arrangements.  I’m primarily speaking of “Epilogue” when I say he incorporated elements of the Lopez songs.  If you pay special attention towards the end, you can hear the melodies of “For the First Time in Forever” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman.”  This is just an incredible way to remind us of what the characters went through and unite all the music.

Listen to “Epilogue,” composed by Christophe Beck:

I am also floored by “Vuelie” and “The Great Thaw (Vuelie Reprise).”  If you’ve seen the film, “Vuelie” is the melody that is played during the opening credits.  The choir chanting/singing really pulls at your heartstrings and evokes so much emotion.  It’s fantastic.  It makes me want to tear up and cry when I hear it….but I don’t, because I’m a guy and we don’t emote in that way… I also like the fact that Beck brought this theme back in “The Great Thaw,” when Elsa melts all the snow in Arendelle at the end (spoil alert…sorry).  Again, it is uniting all the music and really provides a solid foundation for us.

Listen to Beck’s score, you won’t be sorry:

The Most Beautiful 12 Seconds of My Life

Last week, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Let it Go,” from Frozen.  When I saw Idina Mezel perform the song live during the Academy Awards, I was taken with her incredible vocal ability and the power of the song.  And naturally I had the chorus of “let it go, let it go” stuck in my head.  I then decided to download the song, and what a good decision that was.  “Let it Go” performed by Idina Menzel is #PhillipsSongOfTheDay.

After downloading “Let it Go” from iTunes and it started playing, I got shivers from the opening music.  The piano is just beautiful.  So beautiful that I actually put a loop on it just to listen to that piano.  It’s just…ah, take a listen:

These twelve seconds suck you into listening to the rest of the song, which isn’t a bad thing.  I know what you guys may be thinking right now, “Phillip, really?  A disney show tune?  You need to man up, dude.”  Well, I think this song is pretty catchy, but more important, it’s empowering.  It doesn’t matter if you male/female, masculine/feminine, young/old, these lyrics emphasize that you can get through any struggle and all your problems/mistakes in the past are just that, the past.  For example:

“Let it go, let it go
Can’t hold it back anymore
Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door

I don’t care
What they’re going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway

It’s funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can’t get to me at all

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You’ll never see me cry

Here I stand
And here I’ll stay
Let the storm rage on”

“I’m never going back,
The past is in the past”

Perhaps I just enjoy songs whose narrators overcome some obstacle or hold a high level of confidence, but I find this song truly inspiring and uplifting.  Even after a stressful week of midterms and craziness, it feels good just to get lost in such a song that makes you realize that everything will be alright, things will work out….eventually…

Side Note: If you get a chance to look up Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez's acceptance speech after winning their Oscar, I would totally suggest it, it was so adorable!  They rhymed/sang their speech and dedicated it to their daughters (they're married!).  I just thought their speech was one of the highlights of the Oscars… I tried to find a clip of that and a clip of Idina Menzel performing at the Oscars, but YouTube is taking down such clips down so fast that even if I found one, it'd be gone by tomorrow...