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Wither Movie Music?

Peter Gabriel is pulling out of performing at this year's Oscars. The reason?  The producers are limiting his performance to a  segment or a three song medley of songs nominated for the Best Song category  .  His song, "Down to Earth" (from Wall-E) is about six minutes long. The producers wanted him to cut the song down to about sixty-five seconds.

 

There are people reading that thinking how great it is that the Oscar telecast will be about six minutes shorter this year. I seriously doubt that one myself. At least in terms of the Oscars ending six minutes closer to 11:00 PM EST.

I think what really made me think about this was how music from films has become less relevant in the past decade or so. Growing up, there always seemed to be a new song on the radio that was from a new movie coming out that would become a huge hit. Especially in the Eighties where movie soundtracks would would be full of songs that would dominate the charts. Think of the Top Gun or Footloose soundtracks. Both had songs that eventually got Oscar nominations (Top Gun's "Take My Breath Away" even won an Oscar). And in the Nineties, Disney films were basically musicals which always took home at least a Best Song Oscar about every year.

Now, it seems like movie music isn't as powerful as it was back then. There are Cd's tied to movies that feature songs that aren't even in the film itself. Or the music itself  will be less out of sync with what is popular on the radio.

It's kind of sad because that crossroads between music and film as a cultural force is being less and less traveled.

Peter Gabriel is pulling out of performing at this year's Oscars. The reason?  The producers are limiting his performance to a  segment or a three song medley of songs nominated for the Best Song category  .  His song, "Down to Earth" (from Wall-E) is about six minutes long. The producers wanted him to cut the song down to about sixty-five seconds.

 

There are people reading that thinking how great it is that the Oscar telecast will be about six minutes shorter this year. I seriously doubt that one myself. At least in terms of the Oscars ending six minutes closer to 11:00 PM EST.

I think what really made me think about this was how music from films has become less relevant in the past decade or so. Growing up, there always seemed to be a new song on the radio that was from a new movie coming out that would become a huge hit. Especially in the Eighties where movie soundtracks would would be full of songs that would dominate the charts. Think of the Top Gun or Footloose soundtracks. Both had songs that eventually got Oscar nominations (Top Gun's "Take My Breath Away" even won an Oscar). And in the Nineties, Disney films were basically musicals which always took home at least a Best Song Oscar about every year.

Now, it seems like movie music isn't as powerful as it was back then. There are Cd's tied to movies that feature songs that aren't even in the film itself. Or the music itself  will be less out of sync with what is popular on the radio.

It's kind of sad because that crossroads between music and film as a cultural force is being less and less traveled.


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