How to Write a Perfect Movie Song
When they're done right, songs from the movies catch the heart of the story or a character's struggles. From Dorothy's longing to discover what's "Over the Rainbow" to Springsteen's brilliant "Streets of Philadelphia" and beyond, there have been great songs that nailed the task. Remember, the goal of the song is to connect the audience to the message of the film. Watch Hustle & Flow and you'll see why Three 6 Mafia's "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp" deserved to win the Oscar. Ditto Eminem's compelling "Lose Yourself" from 8 Mile. It seems to me that sometimes the greatest movie songs not only connect you to the story and character, they are personal to the songwriter as well. It's not just a job for hire. Your own heart and truth is in the lyric.
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