Hunger Games Soundtrack
Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift performed Eyes Open from The Hunger Games soundtrack at her concert in Auckland, New Zealand!
Ok, why am I crying?! I loved it! I can’t wait to hear The Hunger Games soundtrack. What do y’all think?
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Entertainment Weekly was able to obtain a 90-second sneak peek of the Civil Wars’ song “Kingdom Come” from the “Hunger Games” Movie Soundtrack as well as an interview with Grammy-winners Joy Williams and John Paul White.
“It’s our homage to a survival song,” says Williams.
“And also to trying to keep your cool and stay rational in a ridiculous situation,” White chimes in. “It’s a little bit of ‘It’s going to be okay, it’s going to be all right, we’re going to make it through this,’ even when the situation around you is more dire than you’d care to admit. I think it’s how we all cope.”
As for how the track came into existence, John Paul says the spectacular backdrop of a Northwestern state really got their creative juices flowing.
“We wrote ‘Kingdom Come’ on the road in Jackson Hole, Wyoming,” he continues. “We were out there for a show, in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I think the landscape helped us capture the mood. We were unfettered, out in the middle of God’s country.”
Ever since I heard their collaboration with Taylor Swift, I’ve become a big fan of the Civil Wars. Every track they put down has a fresh sound, and their harmonies are IN-SANE! Sounds like “Kingdom Come” is no different.
What do you guys think of the Civil Wars’ song?
Remember to pick up your copy of the “Hunger Games” Movie Soundtrack on March 20th!
Lionsgate has released the production notes for The Hunger Games which includes the final lineup of music played during the film.
Pieces of modern orchestral and electroacoustic music on the score include “Sediment” by Laurie Spiegel, “Three Movements for Orchestra, Mvt. 1″ by Steve Reich and ALLT VARO HLJÓTT by Olafur Arnalds which you can listen to above.
“DEEP IN THE MEADOW (LULLABY)”
Lyrics by Suzanne Collins
Music by T Bone Burnett and Simone Burnett
Performed by Jennifer Lawrence and Willow Shields
Written by Evgueni Galperine
Performed by Evgueni Galperine and Mariana Tootsie
Courtesy of Mathieu Gerault
“HORN OF PLENTY”
Written by Win Butler and Régine Chassagne
Written by Gabriel Hubert, Saiph Graves, Amal Hubert, Tycho Cohran,
Jafar Graves, Uttama Hubert, Seba Graves and Tarik Graves
Performed by Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Courtesy of Honest Jon’s Records
Written and Performed by Laurie Spiegel
Courtesy of Laurie Spiegel
“A WASP ON HER ABDOMEN”
Written and Performed by Chas Smith
Courtesy of Cold Blue Music
“THREE MOVEMENTS FOR ORCHESTRA, MVT. 1”
Written by Steve Reich
Performed by Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra
and Chorus Sine Nomine Conducted by Kristjan Järvi
Courtesy of Chandos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
“ALLT VARO HLJÓTT”
Written and Performed by Olafur Arnalds
Courtesy of Erased Tapes Records Ltd.
Written by Thomas Owen
Written by Win Butler, Régine Chassagne and T Bone Burnett
Performed and Produced by Arcade Fire
Courtesy of Arcade Fire Music, LLC
“SAFE & SOUND”
Written by Taylor Swift, John Paul White, Joy Williams and T Bone Burnett
Performed by Taylor Swift Featuring The Civil Wars
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Courtesy of Big Machine Records, LLC
Written by John Paul White and Joy Williams
Performed by The Civil Wars
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Courtesy of sensibility music / Republic Records
Arcade Fire has contributed not only “Abraham’s Daughter” to the The Hunger Games soundtrack, which you can listen to now, but also composed the Capitol anthem “Horn of Plenty” for the score-
“We were interested in making music that would be more integral in the movie, just as a mental exercise,” Butler explained. “And there’s an anthem that runs throughout the books, the national anthem of the fascist Capitol. So as a thought experiment, we tried to write what that might sound like. It’s like the Capitol’s idea of itself, basically.”
“It’s not a pop song or anything,” he added. “More of an anthem that could be playing at a big sporting event like the Games. So we did a structure for that, and then James Newton Howard made a movie-score version of it that happens in several places in the film.”
“Arcade Fire’s Fight Song – ‘Abraham’s Daughter’
Count on Arcade Fire to throw a funeral at the multiplex. Their haunting, cathedral-huge battle hymn for Hunger Games updates a Civil War-era song about volunteers giving their lives for the Union, adding a ghost-children chorale led by Régine Chassagne, a martial pulse and lyrics about “angels crying for the slaughter.” It’s some of the starkest, and creepiest, music the band has ever made – chamber rock strewn with black bunting and dipped in goth war paint.”
Here’s a new look at the creation of the music video for ther Taylor Swift / Civil Wars track on the Hunger Games soundtrack.
We previously posted the behind the scenes video.
If you buy a ticket to see The Hunger Games from Fandango, you’ll receive a code to download “Tomorrow Will be Kinder” by the Secret Sisters from the Hunger Games companion album “Songs from District 12 and Beyond” on iTunes for free.
You can combine this offer with our exclusive ticket discount, as well!
This girl is pretty hardcore compared to most celebs. It’s one thing to be out in the cold and quite another to be out in the cold wearing a flimsy nightgown and no shoes! That’s what I love about this video – it really draws you into the setting, so much that you can almost feel the bitter breeze on the air and icy mud beneath your feet.
What was your favorite part of the “Safe and Sound” music video?
Turns out Monday’s playlist for the soundtrack wasn’t the final version.
The list was updated on iTunes today, removing two songs and changing the details for others.
- “Kingdom Come” is now by Neko Case instead of The Civil Wars. Likely a typo, as The Civil Wars have stated they have two tracks.
- “Give Me Something I’ll Remember” by Neko Case is now “Nothing to Remember.”
- “Eyes Wide Open” by Taylor Swift is now “Eyes Open.”
- Carolina Chocolate Drops is listed as The Carolina Chocolate Drops and their song is “The Daughter’s Lament” instead of “Reaping Day.”
- “Oh Come & Sing” by Ella Mae Bowen is no longer included, confirming a tweet she sent out Wednesday: “All, I, unfortunately, am not on The Hunger Games soundtrack. Submitted & came close, but the timing was not right. Sorry for the confusion.”
- The “Safe & Sound” bonus video is no longer in the playlist, but the album notes at top still mention it.
It’s likely this version isn’t final considering the apparent typo on The Civil Wars/Neko Case track. We’ll keep you posted!
UPDATE: Here’s the final tracklist. “The Daughter’s Lament” loses the “The” and “Kingdom Come” is now properly attributed to The Civil Wars.
- Arcade Fire “Abraham’s Daughter”
- The Secret Sisters “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder”
- Neko Case “Nothing To Remember”
- Taylor Swift “Safe & Sound ft. The Civil Wars”
- Kid Cudi “The Ruler and The Killer”
- Punch Brothers “Dark Days”
- The Decemberists “One Engine”
- The Carolina Chocolate Drops “Daughter’s Lament”
- The Civil Wars “Kingdom Come”
- Glen Hansard “Take The Heartland”
- Maroon 5 ft. Rozzi Crane “Come Away To The Water”
- Miranda Lambert “Run Daddy Run ft. Pistol Annies”
- Jayme Dee “Rules”
- Taylor Swift “Eyes Open”
- The Low Anthem “Lover Is Childlike”
- Birdy “Just A Game”
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Singer/songwriter Taylor Swift sat down with MTV to discuss making the music video for Safe & Sound from the Hunger Games Soundtrack (which she says is her favorite one), what would her skills be if she was in the Hunger Games, and writing with Civil Wars!
For those who have not read the books, the mockingjay pin is one of the most iconic symbols from the series. It was given to the main character, Katniss Everdeen (played in the film by Jennifer Lawrence), as a token to take into the arena to remind her of her Home, District 12.
The mockingjay and the pin itself are both symbols of rebellion in the books. The mockingjay is a species of bird inadvertently bred when the Capitol released “jabberjays” throughout the nation of Panem in an attempt to spy on its citizens. After the mission failed and the citizens of Panem learned how to feed lies to Capitol spies through the jabberjays, the Capitol ended the project, but the birds bred with mockingbirds in the wild, creating the mockingjay, which the Capitol was never able to eradicate.
We won’t spoil the rest, but the third book in the series is titled “Mockingjay,” and that isn’t just a reference to the bird or the pin anymore.
“I felt like I was really needing to pay tribute to this movie and tell this story,” Swift said. “There’s this moment in the music video where I find this mockingjay pin and hold it up.”
Completely blown away by Safe & Sound. Just love it. I was really hoping she’d sing Safe & Sound at the Grammys with Civil Wars. John Paul White cracked me up at the Grammys. I can’t wait to hear the rest of The Hunger Games Soundtrack.
The rest of Taylor’s interview about The Hunger Games Soundtrack after the break!