To continue December’s month long listen to movie soundtracks, this quick station stop on the Guitar Train lists Quirky T’s favorite instrumental film soundtracks. Not coincidentally, two of the theme songs come from my two favorite movies. Also, two of the three songs are composed by Henry Mancini.
- “Charade” by Henry Mancini
- “Benny and Joon” by Rachel Portman
- “A Shot in the Dark” by Henry Mancini
“Charade”, the 1963 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant, is one of my all time favorite movies. It stars my two favorite actors and is a comedy, romance, thriller, and mystery. Henry Mancini’s music can first be heard during the very 60’s style animated opening titles. The jazzy music does set the tone of the movie.
“Benny and Joon”, the 1993 movie starring another of my favorite actors, Aidan Quinn, as well as Mary Stuart Masterson, and Johnny Depp, is another of my all time favorite movies. Rachel Portman composed the instrumental soundtrack for the movie. Although many of the songs sound similar to me, “Sam’s New Home/Raisins” always stands out.
“A Shot in the Dark” is from the 1964 movie of the same name which is the second movie in the Pink Panther series. This cool, jazzy song really gets me moving. I wish it could be the soundtrack of my life but obviously it is already taken. “A Shot in the Dark” came to my attention on a compilation CD offered at Starbucks stores called “Bella Luna”. It contains an interesting mix of Italian themed songs. I prefer this song to the more popular “The Pink Panther Theme” also composed by Henry Mancini (which is also a very good instrumental soundtrack, too).
Guitar Train passengers, what are your favorite instrumental soundtracks?