Movie Soundtracks: Emotional Memories

I grew up before cable, video recorders, smartphones, and many, many TV networks.  Because of that, I went to the movies a lot.  I soon realized that I was drawn to many by their soundtracks.  Not songs, not dances (although I did enjoy the musicals, also), but the music that is played throughout the film as well as when the credits are listed at the beginning and end.  Rather than collect albums of the current popular singers, I collected soundtracks.

One that always evokes memories of childhood and the wonder they feel as the world opens up to them is “To Kill A Mockingbird”, composed by Elmer Bernstein (brother of Leonard Bernstein who did the music to West Side Story – did you know that!!!).  We here in Alabama are rather tied to this movie as Harper Lee, the author of the book, was a resident in Monroeville, and each year they hold a dramatization of that story.


Listen to the music during the opening credits of the movie.  Close your eyes, and imagine the wonders of a young child as the world unfolds before her young eyes.




I always strive to create feelings that evoke emotional memories for my clients.