Last night I got to attend a special movie screening where they had the composer and lyricists of the theme song of the movie there to speak about the creation of the music. What made this interesting was the stories they had about a movie they did roughly 30 years ago. They’ve been in the business for a while obviously.
It was a good peek into the world of co-writing and understanding in writing a song for a movie.
The one thing I took away from the talk was the issue of not just relating or retelling the story in the lyrics but rather getting to the subtext of the story. Getting to a point that isn’t made in the movie but is in the subconscious of the character it’s for. I thought that made really good sense.
The movie itself was funny, and odd. If you haven’t seen The Informant, it’s a smart comedy drama. It’s not for simple entertainment.
Because of the content in the movie The Informant, I’m thinking I need to connect it to a song by a band called Symphony X. Kind of a post modern Dream Theater mixed with a bit of bi-polar disorder. Symphony X is a band where you can practically tell each section of music was influenced by a particular band or musician.
It relates really well to movie as the main character was telling so many lies you never really knew what the truth was. He was very disjointed. I tend to like the technical prowess that Symphony X displays, but they can feel disjointed in their writing. Like the ideas they introduce are scattered. Which can work depending on the situation.
If you’re into the technical type of metal and you’re not familiar with Symphony X then you need to explore their catalogue. You’ll certainly find a lot of gems you’ll love.