A truly great movie is made up of a compelling story, memorable scenes, powerful dialogue that movies audience members emotionally, a cast of actors that have the talent to bring the story to life and of course music that helps you transition and enhance scenes. Tim Burton has made some of the most memorable films of all time and not only does he work with a certain group of actors, he also almost always turns to Danny Elfman to do the score.
Beetlejuice, Batman, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and The Nightmare Before Christmas are only a few of the movies where you have heard music by Danny Elfman. Each movie is completely different from the other, but Danny has always been able to bring the right type of sound to them all.
During the month of October Danny Elfman actually takes an orchestra out to perform the songs of The Nightmare Before Christmas live for audiences while the movie plays in the background. Recently at the Hollywood Bowl shows he sang all of the songs, along with some friends filling in the other parts. This was done only a few times before, so if you were there consider yourself extremely lucky.
Recently PBS aired a concert of the songs of Tim Burton’s movies and Danny Elfman came out and did a few songs from The Nightmare Before Christmas. In all honesty, right now as I’m writing this I have the video below playing on a second monitor and it’s making it hard to write. My movie going history is flashing before my eyes one song at a time. Concept art with songs from the movie and the performance from Danny Elfman really makes you want to clap, no matter where you are.