I constantly find myself muting the sound to movies, television shows, and home videos while blasting my own music that fits perfectly.
A song can define a moment in film and conveys a feeling to the audience that otherwise would be empty. So many films do it right; including perhaps one of the most famous scores from the late composer extraordinaire, James Horner, of Titanic. However, in an effort to modernize and add a new perspective to the film, I have taken on the role of composer and have rescored and updated the Titanic soundtrack.
1WOAH THAT SHIP IS BIG
How Can You Swallow So Much, Bombay Bicycle Club
The long intro to this song mirrors Rose’s gaze before boarding the Titanic. The song also has a nice build and the title foretells Jack’s tragic end.
2COME TO ME
Jungle Fever, The Chakachas
I replaced the classic music here with this funk jam that exudes sexual tension. Imagine Rose walking down the steps in slow motion as this song rises in as Leo gives us an eyebrow raise.
Hooked On You, Parov Stelar
Parov Stelar is a nice mix of modern dance with old world swing. No one can resist dancing to this song and the title ties Jack and Rose together. The band would have even made a nice cameo.
4I’M A BIRD!
All This and Heaven, Florence + the Machine
I know, I know. How could I replace the infamous Celine Dion? Well deal with it. Florence’s ethereal voice improves this moment.
5POSE FOR ME
Heaven Waits, Geographer
The tempo of the drum mirrors the heartbeat of this moment. It is simple and stripped down (pun intended), maintaining the emotion of this sensual moment.
6LET’S HAVE SEX IN THIS OLD CAR
Moth’s Wings (Stripped), Passion Pit
Without being too sentimental, this acoustic or “stripped” version modernly pays homage to this infamous scene, while still respecting the moment of love.
7WATER IN THE HULL!
Sweet Disarray, Dan Croll
This song is a nice blend of classical symphony and simple melody. It maintains a peaceful demeanor while slowly building in intensity as the boat fills with water.
8I’LL NEVER LET YOU GO
Snow, The Chemical Brothers
Everything about this song reminds me of being underwater. The slow, repetitive build is all encompassing of this moment where, in the end, love transcends all tragedy.