Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2015 November 23 • Monday

The 397th Soundtrack of the Week is sweet music for one of the sweetest movies ever made. The composer is Joe Hisaishi and the movie is the classic My Neighbor Totoro.

First up is the surreal march song for the opening credits, probably about as lyrical and swinging as a march can get.

Then the score deploys the orchestra for a wide range of emotional expressions and music that conveys the natural world: joy, fear, rain, wind. One cue even sounds like a cousin to "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head."

Finally at the end comes the beautiful Totoro song performed by Azumi Inoue. Her voice is so lovely and the song so poignant...