Tentatively, I am getting back out there into society. Just expanding a bit beyond non-essential businesses (some restaurants, coffee haunts, that kind of thing). All necessary precautions in place, respectively.
That being said, I just saw my first movie since Parasite (cannot recommend enough) and it was an interesting experience. I saw the new Christopher Nolan movie, Tenet. Very complex, very elaborate, very Nolan. But that’s not why we’re here.
We’re here to discuss Hans Zimmer’s reimagining of the classic, “Eclipse” by Pink Floyd.
Oh. My. God.
Here’s a weird bit about me and music, I own more soundtracks then I do original albums. I love soundtracks which is why I’m always creating ones for myself. I find the composition of a soundtrack fascinating; be it original scores or pre-existing music that was selected to feature in a film. The idea of a medium supporting or enhancing another medium is captivating. All that being said, Hans Zimmer is one of the best score composers and producers you’re like to find in film, second only perhaps to the great John Williams (Star Wars composer). I can’t even begin to cover all of Zimmer’s work in film but to highlight a few: The Thin Red Line, Inception, Gladiator, Rain Man, all the Batman movies by Christopher Nolan…and my personal favorite: Hannibal. Zimmer especially composed the song Vide Cor Meum for that live performance scene within the movie, Hannibal. There is no other word but ethereal.
Back to why we’re here.
Tenet featured a mind-blowing preview of the newly reimagined Dune, set for release this December. Dune is a part of my childhood. Odd as that may seem, I was an advanced reader and my father shoved just about any book in my face if it meant keeping me occupied. He was a huge sci-fi fan and didn’t believe in age censuring literature anyway. I’m grateful. Dune, the novel and movie (1984), are forever etched into my personhood. When I learned there was to be a remake of that epic film depiction, I immediately scoffed. I’m officially un-scoffing. Having seen the preview, I plan on seeing the remake of Dune in December, IMAX if possible.
Oh, but I did more than see the preview, I HEARD IT. I knew that signature score-hand immediately. Hans Zimmer arranged Pink Floyd’s, “Eclipse” for the new Dune preview. My eyes went ROUND.
Speaking of my father, “Eclipse” was but one of many songs he played on his six string while I was growing up. Of course, I get my sense of artistic inclination in literature and sound from him. “Eclipse” teaches many life lessons, but the most poignant by far ~ enjoy your time in the sun while you can, even the mightiest of stars is eventually eclipsed by the moon; all goes dark no matter what you’ve done or how much you’ve experienced. Zimmer’s arrangement evokes true majesty of “Eclipse,” proving once more that choir carries with it more intensity, more weight, than that of the individual. The voices of many without a signifying lead magnifies “Eclipse,” making it damn near spiritual in nature, a true hymn of life lessons.
Naturally, music (it’s creation as well as its interpretation) is subjective. You may well not hear what I hear. I know. But give it a listen. For any skeptic Floydian’s out there, I hear you. Comparatively, I was also equally, if not catastrophically, skeptic of Peter Jackson when he took on the Lord of the Rings movies but what reassured me was his own geekism for the project. Jackson was a fan first and it reflected in his work. Rumor is, Zimmer is a true Pink Floyd fan and would not consider any other piece to showcase the new Dune movie but “Eclipse.” I don’t know if it will be apart of the official soundtrack but if this is what’s kicking the trailer off…
“Eclipse,” arranged by Hans Zimmer
[FYI ~ I don’t have full details as to how Zimmer recreated “Eclipse.” I would love to know more, particularly in regards to the choir aspect and the mixing of original versus new material. Comment below if you have more info!]
Lyrics, “Eclipse” (provided by Genuis) version by Hans Zimmer, original by Pink Floyd. Album, Dark Side of the Moon.
All that you touch and all that you see
All that you taste, all you feel
And all that you love and all that you hate
All you distrust, all you save
And all that you give and all that you deal
And all that you buy, beg, borrow, or steal
And all you create and all you destroy
And all that you do and all that you say
And all that you eat and everyone you meet (Everyone you meet)
And all that you slight and everyone you fight
And all that is now and all that is gone
And all that’s to come and everything under the sun is in tune
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon
There is no dark side in the moon really
Matter of fact it’s all dark
Dune (Official Trailer)
PS – Completely off topic but I got a new fridge (as part of an overall objective to update my house)!! It was a long time coming, one of those upgrades you put off and you put off but when you finally go for it, you’re glad you did! I had a darn good day: Great movie, great preview with an awe-inspiring cover, new beautiful fridge that has a special shelf in the freezer that is not especially made for mama’s vodka but may as well have been (I also had some of said mama’s vodka so do forgive the typos)…just overall a great day.
Christina (ft. Absolute Vanilla, lol)