Friday, March 2, 2012
The "March Madness March of the Day" series begins Monday, March 5 here at A Fistful of Soundtracks: The Blog
They've opened and closed some of our favorite action films. Some of them have even wound up as marching band music at football games or as campaign anthems for politicians who try to claim these marches as their own (their association with these themes helps to kill our enjoyment of these tunes, just like how Michele Bachmann's choice of Tom Petty's "American Girl" as a rally anthem or Newt Gingrich's use of Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger" pissed off those of us who like "American Girl" or "Eye of the Tiger" but don't care for Bachmann and Gingrich's politics, until Petty and Survivor took action and got them to stop co-opting their music). Whether it's the controversial and Oscar-nominated "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut or my personal favorite film music march, Terence Blanchard's "Fruit of Islam" from Malcolm X, the "March Madness March of the Day" series will devote a couple of grafs and maybe a video clip to it.
The series begins next Monday with a Lalo Schifrin piece that serves as great motivational music for when you're elaborately mindsmegging somebody, and it concludes on Friday, March 30 with a march from a Steven Spielberg flick that must have been more fun to act in than watch.