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Top 5 soundtracks for studying

I’m a great lover of film soundtracks. In the heydey of my cd collections, I owned countless albums. Some of them have been erased from my computer over the years and the cds lay gathering dust in my parents basement; however, there are still several that I like to listen to when I’m working, whether it be writing an essay, preparing for a presentation, or when I have to read something on the computer.

Here are my top 5 favourites:

1. Atonement by Dario Marianelli

This one is particularly great if you’re trying to write a long piece of work. Many of the songs innovatively use the sound of a typewriter, which I find encouraging as I’m tapping along with it. Even if you’re not in the mood for writing I’d give it a try. “Briony”, “Elegy for Dunkirk” and “Come Back” are some of my personal favourites. 

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King by Howard Shore

Let’s be honest, anything involving The Return of the King is a masterpiece, but I especially like to listen to this album in the background while I’m reading. It’s an honest comfort and some of the string parts are particularly grand. I like “Ash and Smoke” (tune in at 2:25 for my favourite part of the song) and, always, “The Return of the King”.

3. Battlestar Galactica: Season 3 by Bear McCreary

I’m a huge science fiction fan, and Battlestar Galactica is one of my all time favourite shows. I only wish I had time to re-watch it. The best song on this is “Violence and Variations”, but I also enjoy, on occassion, his rendition of “All Along the Watchtower” because it was such an epic song to play during the third seasons shocking cliffhanger of a finale. 

4. Amelie by Yann Tiersen

This soundtrack is adorable and extremely “French sounding”. I love it! It’s an upbeat soundtrack to listen to while you’re finishing up a big project, or doing something which requires a bit of motivation to get started. “La Valse d’Amelie” is by far my favoruite, with the lyrical “Guilty” coming in at a close second. 

5. Moulin Rouge by Various Artists

This one is a bit different as most of the songs involve lively singing of the Musical genre. However, the closing credits song “Bolero” is absolutely stunning. It starts off slow, allowing you just enough time to focus, gradually building up. It’s a great song to type blog posts to (as I’m doing now) and is just long enough to get you focused on your work before it ends! I also think the other songs on this album are great for their sheer joy and variety.”Tango de Roxanne” and “Elephant Love Medley” are great if you don’t get easily distracted by music with words… or Ewan McGregor’s voice. In general, I just find it hard to write a post about film soundtracks without including this one as it is, hands down, my all-time fave.

I hope you find this useful, or at the very least I hope you listened and found at least one new song to like.

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