Howard Shore - "Lothlórien"
I’m still riding the high from this weekend. I banded together with some of my very favorite people and made ridiculous costumes so we could become the characters from the Lord of the Rings and win a charity dodgeball tournament. It was epic. So this soundtrack has been on heavy rotation, at least it’s been on in the background as the movies played and we crafted. It was an iconic team matched up with iconic movies, helped in no small part by this incredible composer.
He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies. He won three Academy Awards for his work on the first trilogy, with one being for the original song "Into the West", an award he shared with Eurythmics lead vocalist Annie Lennox and writer/producer Fran Walsh, who wrote the lyrics. He is also a consistent collaborator with director David Cronenberg, having scored all but one of his films since 1979.
Shore has also composed a few concert works including one opera, The Fly, based on the plot of Cronenberg's 1986 film premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on July 2, 2008, a short piece Fanfare for the Wanamaker Organ and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a short overture for the Swiss 21st Century Symphony Orchestra.
So today, with elf ears and crowns on my desk, I choose Howard Shore’s “Lothlórien” from the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Soundtrack as my, be who you want to be, learn that your perception of yourself is the only one that matters, give yourself the gift of forgiveness, song for a, beautiful and terrible, hold the light in your hand, take every chance you can to be as amazing as possible - you’ll never regret it, Monday.