The Music of 2009

Finally got around to doing my annual mix CD of selections from my favorite soundtracks and films (and a few important musical moments I would be remiss not to include) from 2009. Here's the track list:

1. "The Green Leaves of Summer" - Nick Perito, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
2. "District 9" - Clinton Shorter, DISTRICT 9
3. "End Credits" - Bruno Coulais, CORALINE
4. "All is Love" - Karen O. and the Kids, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
5. "Perpetuum Mobile" - Dale Cornelius, MARY & MAX
6. "Enterprising Young Men" - Michael Giacchino, STAR TREK
7. "Be Italian" - Fergie, NINE
8. "Ave Maria - Okuribito" - Joe Hisaishi, DEPARTURES
9. "Stillness of the Mind" - Abel Korzeniowski, A SINGLE MAN
10. "Married Life" - Michael Giacchino, UP
11. "Colorblind" - Overtone, INVICTUS
12. "The Road" - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, THE ROAD
13. "Bright Star" - Mark Bradshaw, BRIGHT STAR
14. "Stunt Expo 2004" - Alexandre Desplat, FANTASTIC MR. FOX
15. "Gathering All the Na'Vi Clans for Battle" - James Horner, AVATAR
16. "New Moon (The Meadow)" - Alexandre Desplat, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON
17. "Lascia ch'io pianga mia cruda sorte" - Georg Friederich Händel, ANTICHRIST
18. "Us" - Regina Spektor, (500) DAYS OF SUMMER
19. "Someone to Fall Back On" - I Can't Go On, I'll Go On feat. Aly Michalka, BANDSLAM
20. "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" - Ryan Bingham, CRAZY HEART

I think it's a pretty good overview of the year. I used to do these as Oscar mixes - the Best Song nominees, selections from the Best Original Score nominees, selections from Best Picture nominees and other big Oscar players, but eventually it got to the point that just limiting it to Oscar nominees left good stuff off. There are a few things I wish I could have included (I try to keep it down to the length of a CD), and I allowed a few more non-originals on here than usual, but they were so integral to their respective films I felt the need to include them. Is there anything you think I should have included or left off?


Danny King said…
I think you covered most of the ones I would have. I love the song you included from Antichrist. For my money, that's the best opening scene of 2009, and that song that plays throughout it is gorgeous.

The tune from Mary & Max is also quite good. The Weary Kind and A Single Man would have been further up on my list, but a mention is good enough.

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