I've always listened closely to movie soundtracks and scores. There's something magical about the way the music can transform a scene, can supercharge it with emotion.
Growing up, I always had either the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings score in my stereo. But the first time I heard Vangelis, through the electronic soundtrack of Blade Runner, I was a little confused. And a little excited. The music was transformative, ethereal, but sparse, different.
This year has been an exercise in sparsity for me. Sometimes doing more with less, but mostly just doing less and being ok with it. And while the world has shrunk in some ways--no travelling, no parties or gatherings--it's never felt bigger, more supercharged with emotion, and transformative either. It's new territory, and everything will be different.
So here's my take of Vangelis' first hit, "Titles" from the Chariots of Fire soundtrack. As someone who ran track and cross country in high school and college, and still runs fairly frequently, it seemed like the right one for me. Sincerely,
released April 2, 2021
Originally written and recorded by Vangelis in 1981.
Cover arranged, performed and recorded by Eric Elliott in 2020.
Eric plays an open-tuned acoustic guitar and a McSpadden acoustic mountain dulcimer.