Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Clint Eastwood's Musical Works on Spotify

"'Mystic River' was a difficult one, because I couldn't find a theme to that, so I finally looked at - I started thinking about the three main actors - the three boys, played by Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, and Kevin Bacon. They all formed this triangle, so I started writing a triad, playing with that on a piano. And all of a sudden I developed this theme based on this triad, which is nothing terribly complicated, but to me—in a movie, the music shouldn't be terribly complicated. It should be supporting, not overriding." - Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood is one of my favorite directors and actors; his sentimental, sparse and atmospheric music convincingly sets the mood for many of his films, which achieved profundity in such efficient, earnest and restraint manner. This playlist is a reverse collection of Eastwood's musical works: films he scored, songs he co-wrote, musicals that he took part in, and a country album he recorded in 1959 (Cowboy Favorites). I selected one track from each album; at the end of the playlist I included an interview, in which Eastwood talks about his score for Flags of Our Fathers, and two non-original tracks from the music-related films he directed: Bird and Piano Blues.

Get this collection in one Spotify playlist: Clint Eastwood's Musical Works: Reverse Chronological Collection (20 tracks from 20 albums). Ctrl (CMD) + G to browse in album view. For more info see the music section of Eastwood's Wikipedia page.

Oh by the way Eastwood contributed voice and whistle in the first track Eastwood, taken from Brad Paisley's 2011 album This Is Country Music.