Sparkle for Twilight: Blog Update!
Can you recite the opening line of New Moon
I can, because as of this point I've seen New Moon
more times than I'd care to admit to the general public. Even when I listen to the soundtrack on my morning commute, the scenes run through my head, my favorite lines from the movie, resounding.
You start to anticipate the words, the pleading eyes, every soft sigh, every pause, and brace yourself for when Edward says, "Come take a walk with me," tilting his head towards the wooded path. (Don't do it, Bella!
I talked to my West Coast Bestie the other day, asking if she thought she would read New Moon
before watching the movie. You see, she wasn't too thrilled when she finally finished Twilight
. I was a little disappointed she thought it was uneventful and didn't see what the fuss was about. Then when she visited in October, I showed her Twilight
--but we never finished, and she never got to see the kiss
. We had to stop right when Rosalie broke the salad bowl, and there literally wasn’t time to finish before she had to get on her plane.
I said to her over the phone, "I really want you to watch New Moon
, because the score is phenomenal
, and I know you'd really appreciate it--but you need to watch it play in the movie first." She's one of those music-is-my-life people, not in a melodramatic way, but in a real way. She plays and understands music, and when I'd watch movies with her, she would always point out the score. She can even pick out her favorite composers by ear. I think her interest in New Moon
peaked a bit when I told her that.
Carter Burwell wrote a lovely score for Twilight
. I think it matches Twilight
's ultimately simple first-love story. That's the word I'd use: lovely. Sometimes mystic (In Place of Someone You Love
), a little haunting (The Lion Fell In Love With the Lamb
), even primal at times (I Know What You Are
), but lovely
overall, matching the tone and language of the film perfectly.
Just like how New Moon
is a different movie than Twilight
, so is the score. The New Moon
score is just so... lush
What is it about this score? Maybe it's that it's not only gorgeous, but it's that when we listen, the pictures and the emotions of Bella's story just flow right through us again. Lush cinematography = lush composition.
Every note and melody just perfectly matches the explosion of emotions in the sequel--love (Romeo & Juliet
), heartbreak (Memories of Edward
), emptiness (Edward Leaves
), loneliness (Breakup
), hope (I Need You
), vulnerability (Almost a Kiss
), panic (Blood Sample
), fear (Victoria
), it's all there.
I received the score myself for Christmas, but I've already listened to it so many times that I can recognize the strands of notes, how there are themes that build within several of the compositions, and I'm not even that kind of music person (my piano lessons are long lost to me).
Because I am compulsive like this, I saw New Moon
again and this time listened carefully to the placement of the score. When I first went for the midnight showing, I didn't even recall music playing during the Edward break-up scene because I was so zoned into the dialogue! Every time I've rewatched New Moon
since, I pick up something new, like more layers of the story open up to me. The favorite lines are emblazoned in my mind by now, but it was very interesting, and occasionally surprising, to match some of those lines to the score's placement.
So, I have a little challenge for you! Want to see if you can put your x-time viewings of New Moon
to use? I realize that not everyone (though, what are you waiting for?) has the score on hand, so I broke up the game into two parts:
Part 1 (Everyone who's seen New Moon can play):
Match the lines from the movie to their appropriate scenes. Most of these are my favorite that's why I was able to recall them from memory. I tried to find pictures that best match up to the scene so some might not be exact, exact--but if you're good you'll be able to figure it out!
Part 2 (Everyone who's listened to the New Moon score can continue):
After you've matched the all lines to their scenes, see if you can then match those scenes to their songs on the New Moon
score--they might not be what you'd think given the track titles and some of the songs in the score match up to more than one scene.
So, first up is Part 1
Match these scenes (they are in order):
To these lines:
· I honestly don't know how to live without you. (A)
· Catches bad dreams. (B)
· I will find the place where I can see him again. (C)
· It doesn't make sense, for you to love me. I'm nothing, human. (D)
· Ow. Papercut. (E)
· I guess I understand why that's the only part you remember. (F)
· You're just warm. (G)
· Happy birthday, Bella. (H)
· You don't want me? (I)
· Kill me. (J)
· I would. Run away with you. If I could. (K)
· Edward, I'm scared. (L)
· Maybe I shouldn't be dating such an old man. It's gross. (M)
· Vampires have laws? (N)
· Bella, kwop kilawtley
· You're everything to me. (P)
· Always in the way. (Q)
· Juliet, is like perfect. If you like that obviously beautiful sort of thing. (R)
· You can go to hell. (S)
· You're about to ruin everything. (T)
· Shut. Up. (U)
· He didn't want this. (V)
· Jake, I love you...So please don't make me choose. Because it'll be him. It's always been him. (W)
· You wanted me to be human. Watch me. (X)
· She's all right. (Y)
· Alice, I saw him. If a rush of danger is what it takes to see him, then that's what I'll find. (Z)
· How hard did you hit your head? (AA)
· Edward, I love you. (BB)
· You promised me. (CC)
· Marry me, Bella. (DD)
· I know what he did to you. (EE)
When you think you're ready, check your answers to PART 1 and to try out PART 2, with your New Moon score and over here. Have fun!