It’s no secret that music breathes life into my writing sessions. I am very much driven in my craft by a song’s flow. For those who know me, this shouldn’t come as a surprise, and this method has yet to steer me wrong. In today’s musically charged post, I’m sharing my favorite Hans Zimmer compositions. Did The Lion King make the cut?
I hope you’ll also check out other posts I have for this “Music That Drives My Writing” blog series – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3: the Kpop Edition, Part 4: The Film Score Edition, Part 5: The 1940s Edition, Part 6: The SyFy Edition. and Part 7: The James Horner Edition. This is Part 8. I hope you find some new music to love!
1. “Time” from Inception
I’ve yet to see half the films represented in this list, but from the first, ahem, time I heard this score, I most definitely was hooked!
2. “Now We Are Free” from Gladiator
Put those earbuds in for the full effect and I promise you won’t regret it. Maybe the applause portion at the end.
3. “One Day” from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
One Day is the second track in this amazing live medley. I love how this particular piece contains musical elements from the other films.
4. “Cornfield Chase” from Interstellar
Another film I know absolutely nothing about but still adore its score. It’s so “syfy” and mysterious and hopeful.
5. “Mombasa” from Inception
The first time I ever heard Mombasa was by 2CELLOS. I didn’t realize, at the time, it’s origins. I love the original as well as 2CELLOS’ version.
6. “This Land” from The Lion King
Oh how I’ve wished this track was longer from the first time I heard it in a York, PA movie theatre the year it came out.
7. “Honor (main title)” from The Pacific
I’ve never seen this series, but I’ve definitely heard the music before. Goosebumps from beginning to end! Every. Single. Time.
8. “Main Suite” from Planet Earth II
Anything this man composes for the Blue Planet/Planet Earth series is pure gold.
9. “Main Title” from The Crown
Mesmerizing. Magnificent. Magnanimous. Magnifique. And every praiseworthy word in between. The Crown‘s producers went all out for its score and it shows.
10. “The Dragon Scroll” from Kung Fu Panda
I had to share the scene because, even with the voice acting and effects, it must be listened to as a whole to get the full effect!
11. “The Blue Planet” from Blue Planet II
To quote one of the posts in this video’s comment section, “[Zimmer] A man who can tell stories without a single word.” I couldn’t agree more.
12. “Seven Worlds One Planet” from Seven Worlds One Planet
Just sit and listen. I don’t think you’ll need any of my commentary for this one.
13. “All I Ever Wanted” from The Prince of Egypt
A favorite film since childhood with an absolutely gorgeous film score. Even if you aren’t religious, give this story a chance.