You know that part of a movie, where the acting and the story have built the emotional tone to a boiling point, and then some epic background score ensues to really turn the heat up, climaxing the movie's emotional tempo? It's the part that's kind of supposed to be the tear-jerker.
What if they worked this into sports broadcasts somehow?
There have been so many times I've been immersed by the excellent acting, writing, and cinematography of a movie. And what makes it incredible is the musical backdrop. It can be as subtle as a violin or as in your face like the pop songs Quentin Tarantino uses. Regardless, a soundtrack always makes the movie for me.
Baseball stadiums have the right idea by playing theme music as a batter steps into the plate. But what if they took it a step further and gave had like a little snippet play on the screen.
For example, "Legends of the Fall," has an incredible score.
There's that great moment when Tristan lays down the law for Alfred. Then movie's score sweeps the audience into a scene transition.
That's basically what I imagined happening in the squabble between Jeff Kent and Milton Bradley.
They probably were in some cushy Los Angeles strip club, when Bradley said something about Kent's favorite lady.
And Kent responded, "Because you love her, I will forgive that, ONCE! Say that again, and you are no longer my brother."
As a Dodger fan, I'd love to see this episode on television or on the mega-tron while Bradley warmed up on-deck.
Music is one of the most under-appreciated elements of the film making, at least by novice movie-watchers like myself.
It's not that I don't love baseball and football already. I just think it would give it a push in the positive direction.
Probably the best use of a background score to accent the poignancy of a scene is in "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles."
It comes just after Neal Page (Steve Martin) tells Del Griffith (John Candy) that being around him is like "going out with a Chatty Cathy doll."
I picture former Reds' closer Danny Graves in John Candy's spot. After he just blew another three run lead, save opportunity, he would stand up in front of the press and say something like, "You want hurt me Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better. Yeah you're right. I talk too much. But I also listen too much. Sure, I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you. But I don't like to hurt people's feelings . . . I like, I like me . My wife likes me. My fans like me. You know why because I'm the real article. What you see is what you get." Then right around when he says "I like me" a tear-jerking chord would be struck on a synthesizer or keyboard, and he'd walk into the clubhouse.
Whether it's movies, sports, or life, a soundtrack always makes it better.
Justin Boron is the government reporter for the News Daily. His column appears Monday. He can be reached at 770-478-5753 or firstname.lastname@example.org .