Film scores are one of my favorite things to listen to and the list of my top ones is one of the articles I get most excited for each year. I put way much more effort into that than I really ought to. I go deep, listening to some scores that I probably shouldn’t even bother with. And it’s because I love that aspect of film so much. The care that goes into all those notes. Think about how many films there are each year and how many have true, dedicated scores to them. Now consider that, despite there only being a handful of notes out there, each of them is utterly unique in its own way. It’s crazy to think about.
So when I was considering lists to talk about for this past decade, this one was one I couldn’t wait to get into. I know most people won’t rush to put a score on, but if you’re gonna go in for one, these are some of the best that have come out these past ten years: (more…)
Mike’s Favorite Original Songs of the Decade: #105 – “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” from Mary Poppins Returns
105. “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” from Mary Poppins Returns
Ah, yes, this song. They cover a lot of bases with this one. The phrase itself does go back to the 17th century, but it’s not something that’s widely known. And just hearing it, it sounds almost like gibberish. Which allows them to position it as their new ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. And it gives them another ‘chimney sweep’ song, like the one Dick Van Dyke performs in the original, only here they’re lamplighters. Since, you know… progress. It’s a wonderfully choreographed number that definitely evokes what Mary Poppins should be about, even though there’s not a whole lot in the way of pure lyrics here. But it’s definitely the most joyous of the songs in the film, so I did want to give it ample credit for that.