Why we go to gym?
What do you want when you go sporting? Only to lose some weight and workout your body, to look great or maybe there is something more. Maybe you want to become more disciplined, to overcome your limitations, to conquer your mind? Well I think that’s the right motive and in my opinion music can have important role.
Music is probably the most beautiful gift that man gave to this world. And (if you are a believer) you can say it’s a gift from God to humanity. Thousands of books have been written on the core value, meaning and role of music in our human history. The music scope is huge, from the most sophisticated aesthetic theories and creation to its everyday consumption. But I would not argue on any of these here in this article. I just want to share my favorite and most inspiring instrumental soundtrack themes that I know can give a great boost of energy while shaping your body. Why?
I believe that music (sound) is the most powerful thing that can instantly transform or change something deep inside of us. In music I find what I need, what I long for. Enjoying the harmony of one musical piece or admiring the structure of the composition, its notes and texture is present in my life. And I respect anyone who approaches music in this way. But, I guess that because of the way we live nowadays my aesthetic insights are not that important anymore.
It’s simple. I need something that will go deep inside and reach my soul. Something that will inspire me, motivate me, will make me move forward and help me fight with my greatest enemy – myself. Do you think that it is by chance that drums and horns were echoing on the battlefields in the past? Or that the Celtic woman would sing to their beloved ones, standing by their side, while they are bravely fighting against and protecting their family from the invaders?
Try these music for your body workout
I’ve created this top 5 instrumental movie themes list based on the magnetism I felt and the emotions they invoke in me. These masterpieces are also main themes of some of the greatest movies ever.
#1 The first one is my all time favorite, Promontory/The Gael from The Last of the Mohicans. The music for the movie is created by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. I’m not sure, but it seems that is inspired by a traditional song. Combined with Daniels’ performance, the courage and determination he and his father Chingachgook manifests to save his beloved one. So touching and inspiring scene. Since that 1992 I never stopped listening this theme, the whole soundtrack actually. It’s the first song on my favorite playlist that I listen every time I’m down, feel like giving up or when I need to get moving in the gym, when I run, when driving to work.
#2 Hans Zimmer’s Leave No Man Behind (from Black Hawk Down) is another theme that covers fighting, bravery, sacrifice, and determination. It is one of the most emotional themes. Although critics are divided if Zimmer succeeded to respond the assignment to create music that will be suitable and properly cover the brutality of the real events, still this track is incredible for me. I feel it like it’s so deep and mature, reaching out for life, embracing it. It gives me hope and peace in turbulent times, reminding me that I should remain calm and never give up.
#3 Now we are free is also Zimmer’s creation. Together with Lisa Gerrad this mastermind created this beautiful piece of music for the famous Gladiator. The main theme is played in many of the movie scenes, but it’s played longer at the beginning (the fight scene with the barbarians) and it’s fully composed at the last scene. For many it may seem that this is one of those themes when you want to dive yourself in sadness and depression. But for me it’s liberating. Maximus had glorious death, he had no fear like true warrior and he gained his freedom back, joined his family. This leitmotif prevails over the sadness, because there is nothing sad in dying for Maximus and his superior, Emperor Marcus Aurelius – the famous stoic philosopher.
4# Christopher Youngs' Shipping News I don’t know what it is that every time I hear a song with Celtic tones I feel like I’m home or like home is calling me. I feel melancholic and excited at the same time.
#5 Chevaliers De Sangreal by Hans Zimmer, again, I know... but what can I do. The man is a genius.