Category Archives: Musical Monday

[Musical Monday] Introducing Vindsvept

While trying to find atmospheric music on YouTube to accompany us as we played Carcassonne, my boyfriend and I stumbled across the Swedish composer and musician that goes by Vindsvept.

Vindsvept

As far as I’ve been able to find out, ‘Vindsvept’ isn’t a Swedish name or word. It appears to be made up; an original pseudonym for a talented musician who creates beautiful, emotive music.

After listening to his catalogue, my boyfriend and I have our own favourites. The below are mine. Have a listen and see what you think. Perfect background music to a game of Skyrim or Dungeons & Dragons, wouldn’t you agree?

  • You can also check out Vindsvept on Youtube

[Musical Monday] Rock of Ages

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had great weekends. My weekend included a visit to the BBC Good Food Festival, a trip to the cinema to see Rock of Ages and a re-watch of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Over the last few years there has been a steady stream of musicals at the cinema, and with Les Misérables due for release at the end of the year, this trend is far from over. I’ve never really considered myself a fan of musicals – the likes of High School Musical really don’t do a lot for me – but there are several that I regularly re-watch. Mamma Mia! is one of my guilty pleasures while Labyrinth is one of my favourite films of all time.

When I saw the trailer for Rock of Ages I knew I had to see it. This wasn’t because it was a musical or because Tom Cruise would be topless. I just thought it would be a fun, light-hearted film that would make me smile.

I wasn’t wrong.

As well as putting a smile on my face I also had a medley of Def Leppard, Whitesnake and Journey stuck in my head. Plus this fantastic track by Bon Jovi, which Tom Cruise sings when asked who Stacee Jaxx, Cruise’s famous eighties rockstar, is. Enjoy!

[Musical Monday] A Knight’s Tale

On the way to work the other morning one of my favourite David Bowie songs, ‘Golden Years’, came on my iPod. Whenever I hear this song it always reminds me of the fabulous ball scene in A Knight’s Tale.

Released in 2001 and starring the late Heath Ledger against Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon and Paul Bettany, A Knight’s Tale is the story of William Thatcher, a charismatic young squire who dreams of taking to the jousting arena, something that only knights can do.

The soundtrack to this light-hearted, fun action film feature a fantastic range of upbeat and catchy songs, including Bowie’s ‘Golden Years’, Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and Thin Lizzy’s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’. ‘We Will Rock You’ is used to great effect during one of the jousting scenes, when all of the crowd starts chanting the iconic words.

‘Golden Years’ is used when William (Ledger) – under the disguise of Sir Ulrich von Liechtenstein of Gelderland – dances with the beautiful noblewoman Jocelyn (Dawson) at a ball organised for the jousting. ‘Golden Years’ kicks in when William is asked to perform a dance from Gelderland. Enjoy!

[Musical Monday] Come With Me

Morning, everyone. I hope you’ve all had lovely weekends.

This blog has taken a back seat recently while I’ve adjusted to my new job and living back home. I’m planning on writing some blog posts tonight – including my long overdue James Bond reviews – so keep tuned for some new posts soon.

Instead of driving to work, I now take the train in. After years of neglect, my iPod has now become my new best friend. Since starting my new job last week I’ve been listening to a huge range of music, including the fantastic Led Zeppelin.

Led Zep’s music has been used and adapted in many films, including David Fincher’s recent adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo where Karen O and Trent Reznor covered ‘Immigrant Song’.

Rightly or wrongly, whenever I hear Led Zep’s ‘Kashmir’ I think of Roland Emmerich’s 1998 sci-fi disaster film Godzilla, where the song was sampled in Puff Daddy’s ‘Come With Me’.

Led Zep’s original is fantastic but I think it was used to great effect in Godzilla. Led Zep’s Jimmy Page, who co-wrote the song, must have thought it suited the film as he made an appearance in the video and some live performances.

What do you reckon? Was this well-known guitar riff a good choice for the disaster flick?

[Musical Monday] The Last of the Mohicans

I’m not sure how I stumbled upon it but whenever I was studying for exams or writing an essay at university I liked to listen to Native American music on Spotify. I’m not sure what exactly it was about it but it really helped me concentrate.

This morning on my drive to work I found one of the CDs that I bought from a couple of Native American street performers last summer. One of the tracks is their version of the main theme from The Last of the Mohicans.

I’ve only seen the film once, and that was a very long time ago, but I remember the intense emotion and the beautiful score. I remember when one of the lead character’s hearts was cut out as well…

The main theme, which features Dougie MacLean’s ‘The Gael’ is stunning, and is incredibly iconic. Good music transports you from your present to somewhere else, be it film or perhaps a memory of your childhood. While writing this post at my desk I listened to this clip, which is called ‘Promentory’, at work I was transported from a grey Lincolnshire day to beautiful mountains and waterfalls.