Picture this:

Me in my car. CD player finishes a track (as it’s prone to), and starts on Within Temptation’s “All I Need“. My thoughts instantly deviate away from the thrilling traffic jam I’m stuck in, and I’m back with the characters in one of my stories.

For me, music fuels my imagination and enhances story sequences. I’ve lost count of the number of scenes that have sprung from some lyrics or the melody of a tune I’ve been listening to.

The same goes when I’m reading. How many of you read a chapter of a book and think, THAT song would be perfect for THAT scene? Or watch a book dramatised into a film or TV production, and find a scene much more potent thanks to the tune spun by its wizard of a composer?

The right sound can make me think of the sands of Egypt, or fairies dancing in a grove… or the wolf from “Shrek” looking up from Shrek’s bed at the ogre himself and saying, “What?”

So, after this moment of revelation about the importance of music in storytelling, I thought I’d do a little quiz.

Below are five clips of soundtracks from different films, and YOU get to guess where they came from – aren’t you lucky? I’ve added the answers right down the bottom of the post, so you can check if you’re right (or, alternatively, cheat). There’s also a special “Bonus Clip”, which I thought was far too easy for a quiz, but is still a great piece of music for evoking a scene (in my humble opinion).

Have fun, peeps!

Clip 1:
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Clip 2:
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Clip 3:
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Clip 4:
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Clip 5:
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And the special BONUS CLIP:
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Answers:
Clip 1 – “Flying” from “Peter Pan” (by James Newton Howard)
Clip 2 – “Sandcastles” from “The Mummy Returns” (by Alan Silvestri)
Clip 3 – “Luke’s Nocturnal Visitor” from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” (by John Williams)
Clip 4 – “Hallucination” from “Labyrinth” (by Trevor Jones)
Clip 5 – “Transylvania 1887” from “Van Helsing” (by Alan Silvestri)
Bonus Clip – (Don’t think I need to do this, but hey ho!) “Hedwig’s Theme” from “Harry Potter” (by John Williams)