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Music By The Book / “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

By Priya Perera

Back in elementary school, seeing a classmate reading a Shel Silverstein book was as prevalent as seeing yet another artist covering Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep” is these days.  The massiveness of Where the Sidewalk Ends will forever live in our hearts and I’ll personally always remember the 42-year late library book from A Light in the Attic’s poem “Overdue.”  But The Giving Tree stands alone – its ambiguity only becoming apparent when read many years later.
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Put That In Your Pensieve…5 Thoughts on the Music in the Harry Potter Films

By Amanda DK
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Considering that my religious views on Facebook are “Harry Potter and Power Yoga,” I’m downright embarrassed that I waited until the Tuesday after it premiered to see The Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Overall I left the theatre happy, with an uncontrollable urge to attack someone with a wand and a desire to re-read the seventh book for the third time.

Forgive me for stating the obvious here, but bringing the Potter Universe to life could not have been an easy task.  I think I speak for many, if not all, fans of the books when I say that the world that J.K. Rowling creates is almost more precious to us than the characters themselves.  It is a character.  Every element demonstrates such attention to detail, from the personalities of the paintings at Hogwarts, to the departments in the Ministry of Magic, committing them all to the screen must have been daunting to every single member of the production team.  But what about the music?  What does this fantastical world sound like?  What sort of genres or artists would be surrounding the characters; what would they listen to?
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