My name is Laura. I'm a 23 year old theatre major. I'm an open lesbian, but it doesn't effect my life much. I like geeky things, and my fangirl obsessions, while intense, can shift at moment's notice.
I write a lot. I also draw sometimes. I think dragons are awesome. I post random stuff about my life and my interests here. My current obsessions are 'Rise of the Guardians' and 'RWBY', subject to change whenever the hell I feel like it.
Okay, okay, I didn’t want to get involved in the, “Why didn’t Rise of the Guardians get an Oscar nomination?!” rage going around because I knew that it would just get me riled up, but I saw it for a fourth time on Wednesday, and I was reminded of one particular thing that really grinds my gears.
Now, anyone who knows me well knows that I’m an incorrigible music snob. The default radio station in my car is classical music. Epic orchestral movie soundtracks make me ridiculously giddy. Most rap and hip-hop makes me want to smash my head against a wall. I love musical theatre that uses a full orchestra, yet I’m immediately skeptical of musicals that rely solely on electric guitars and rock instrumentals without anything orchestral; same goes for musicals that base all of their songs on modern pop and rock genres. (I’m sorry, In The Heights, but you’ve yet to convince me that your tickets are worth 180 bucks.) Synthesizers and auto-tune make me want to scream when they aren’t used in moderation.
And I’m a singer myself, so I can hear little nuances in peoples’ voices when they sing. I won’t get into the nitty-gritty details of proper singing techniques, but I will say that the majority of pop songs push all of my buttons in terms of what I hate in music.
"What does this have to do with Rise of the Guardians?" you ask. Well, I’ll get to that soon.
With most animated movies recently, there’s some sort of pop song with an overabundance of synthesizer used in the end credits. Aka, an Award Bait Song. I hate most songs like that. When Can I See You Again? from Wreck-It Ralph is a rare exception, but these songs usually make me rage, especially if it’s a butchered pop rendition of a song from the movie that’s actually good. (For example, Celine Dion singing ‘Beauty and The Beast’.)
And then there’s Rise of the Guardians. Do we get one of these songs? HELL NO. We get a heart-breakingly beautiful, fully orchestrated lyrical piece performed by opera singer Renée Flemming. Still Dream is amazing. I could go into detail about why, but this wall of text is big enough already. I only wish my range could match Renée’s so that I could do a proper cover at some point without singing an octave lowever at random moments, because I hate doing that. And even if that were the case, I still don’t expect to do this song justice because it’s already so perfect.
And then a mediocre jazz number from Ted gets nominated for Best Original Song instead of Still Dream?
Well, you know what? Forget it. Hey, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science? Screw all y’all. Rise of the Guardians is too good for your Oscars.
(Side-note: this is also why I have so little faith in modern music.)