Monday, 4 February 2008

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a CD called Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. It features music from the 2002 animated film, a story about a horse called Spirit who was born in the wild during the times of the Old West, and was later captured by humans, and yet after struggling through countless obstacles and danger, finally regained his freedom with his cimarron herd. It is a beautiful and moving film, and I remembered that I cried the first time when I watched it. *sniff sniff* There is not much dialogue in this film, as the horses don't actually talk, yet I think this is what's good about it. It's definately one of my favourite animated films. I highly recommend this movie to everyone. The movie can be downloaded in eight parts on YouTube, but watching it on DVD would be much better as you can enjoy the brilliant music as well.

This film's soundtrank is totally amazing! Music is composed by Hans Zimmer. The CD mostly features songs sung by Bryan Adams, with a few instrumental tracks. The most majestic of these I think is 'Homeland'. While listening to this track, I can still vivdly picture the wide open plains where wild horses ran free. The songs meanwhile are just as good as the music. Bryan Adams is a great singer, and his songs truly reflect Spirit's personality; his gentle yet fearsome nature, as well as his grief in times of darkness and his courage in the face of danger. Yeah, so if you feel like it, why not download some tracks and give it a try?
The CD I bought contains 15 tracks, and these are:
1. Here I am (end title)
2. I Will Always Return
3. You Can't Take Me
4. Get Off My Back
5. Brothers Under the Sun
6. Don't Let Go
7. This Is Where I Belong
8. Here I Am
9. Sound the Bugle
10. Run Free
11. Homeland (main title)
12. Rain
13. The Long Road Back
14. Nothing I've Ever Known
15. I Will Always Return (finale)

'Sound the Bugle' is probably my favourite track. It's played when Spirit's future was looking grim, and he is thinking of giving up because he cannot find a way out from the humans' grasp. I love the lyrics, here goes:
Sound the bugle now - play it just for me
As the seasons change - remember how I used to be
Now I can't go on - I can't even start
I've got nothing left - just an empty heart

I'm a soldier - wounded so I must give up the fight
There's nothing more for me - lead me away...
Or leave me lying here

Sound the bugle now - tell them I don't care
There's not a road I know - that leads to anywhere
Without a light I fear that I will - stumble in the dark
Lay right down - decide not to go on

Then from an height - somewhere in the distance
There's a voice that calls - remember who you are
If you lose yourself - your courage soon will follow

So be strong tonight - remember who you are

Ya you're a soldier now - fighting in a battle
To be free once more - Ya that's worth fighting for


mamoomi said...

hey midnite!

i remember watching this movie at the movies! :D yeh i really liked it too :)

luv mash

HappyGal248 said...

I've watched it so many times....will always be one of my favs! My favorite song is either "get off of my back" or "here I am." All the songs are just so touching in one way or another:)