The Winning Soundtrack

Hi Fallenatics,

First I’d like to thank you for the effort you put into creating your soundtracks. Your submissions gave me fresh insight into how you experience Luce and Daniel’s love story. They exposed me to new music I’ve loved listening to–including original songs created by many of you. I got over 300 incredible submissions! It was a blast to read through all of them and very hard to choose just one. I want to give a shout-out to the four runners up: Tai Lynn, Lorraine R., Caitlin Smith, and Haley Marie. Thank you for your inspried ideas and creativity.

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Now, I’d like to announce Anna Griffiths as the winner of the Fallen Soundtrack Contest. I’ve known that Anna was a big Fallen fan since we met in Bath two years ago, and she gave me the most lovingly crafted fan book. What impressed me most about her soundtrack was the way she matched songs to individual scenes and characters based on the moods she felt they evoked. The songs are beautiful and sad and smartly chosen. (And I love that she included a song called Teardrop on her soundtrack. Before you know it, I’ll be asking for your help with songs for the Teardrop soundtrack!)

Thanks to Anna, and thanks to all who submitted. Just a reminder that this is not the ACTUAL Fallen soundtrack, but I promise to share your ideas with the movie folks.

Without further ado, here is Anna’s winning soundtrack:

FALLEN SOUNDTRACK PLAY LIST
GENRES: Alternative/Classical/Modern Classical/Indie Rock/Singer Songwriter/Acoustic/Pop/Folk
SET OF IDEAS #1
~Darker/Somber/Emotional~
Civil Twilight – Quiet In My Town
I have always envisioned the first half of this song to be used in the scene of Lucinda witnessing Penn die in slow motion or when she visits her grave. It’s one of my favourite songs. It truly is beautiful. I also think this would sound good as a song playing whilst the shocked pupils of Sword and Cross look on at the destruction of the battle’s aftermath.
Ludovico Einaudi – Indaco – MAIN THEME
I think the first half of this song is not only pretty, but I think it has a very faint but noticeable gothic under layer to it. I think a song like this SCREAMS the official theme of Luce and Daniel as a whole. I could see this being used very frequently in the movie, and I really do hope you chose this song for the movie! The string sections are truly enchanting.
I also think that this would go well with Luce and Daniel’s first sighting, In the moments before he flips her off. this is now made clear, that this is the main motif for Luce and Daniel. (there is a song lower down the list that I think would go well directly after Daniel flips Luce off.)
This would also go well after their second proper interaction with each other, when Luce goes to research Daniel’s background in the library BEFORE the fire. I can just imagine her flicking through the pages of books, and having soft flashbacks of what she has seen of Daniel so far.
I also think that the song Dietro L’Incanto also by Ludovico Einaudi would be nice song to throw in there somewhere! (if you look past that abrupt intro.) I love that one too, because one of my friends played it to me once before performing it to a large crowd. It was a beautiful moment in my life. (THE JOYS OF BEING A MUSICIAN WITH MUSICIAN FRIENDS! HAHA!)
The Whitlams – No Aphrodisiac
I think this song would go perfectly for the scene where Cam and Luce go into the bar! I always imagined the whole bar scene to be a little sleazy with a jazzy, lazy mood. I think the song would be best fitted if it were on a radio playing in the background faintly in the bar.
Massive Attack – Teardrop
This is one of my all-time favourite songs by one of my all-time favourite bands.The vocals are by Scottish vocalist Elizabeth Frazer from the cocteau twins. The song is both creepy and almost trance-like. I love the dark beauty to it. I’m not sure what specific scene this song could fit into, but I feel as if it could be a worthy contender for a spot in the play list!
Oh Land – Lean
I think this song could be a good song to play whilst Luce is alone in her new room at Sword and Cross, unpacking her things, and having small flashbacks of her sentence, and Trevor’s death. (Trevor’s death being hazy visions and images.)
James Newton Howard – The bad colour (MUSIC TAKEN FROM ‘THE VILLAGE’)
I think up until 0.36, this would go great in the scene when Luce overhears Gabbe and Daniel talking during the party outside.
SET OF IDEAS #2
~ Rocky/Exciting/’Badass’/Energetic ~
Mikky Ekko – Who Are You, Really?
You may have heard of Mikky Ekko from the hit single with Rihanna, ‘Stay’. Mikky Ekko makes very exciting music in general, and this song is great! I think this could be used in the scene of some sort of preparation for the battle at sword and cross. I can just imagine people painting tribal marks on their faces when I listen to this song! It’s truly great, and exciting!
Lana Del Rey – Lolita
Okay, so Lana Del Rey is one of those artists that either you love insanely, or you hate with a passion, and me? I love her insanely for reasons that would take me hours to explain. This song, Lolita, I can just imagine in some sort of party scene. It’s full of ‘black-lace’, and it’s got a ‘ghetto’ feel to it, which some characters represent to me, such as Molly and Arriane. (Please do not let this song put you off the entire play list if you dislike it!)
Skinny – Failure
This song has such a vibey groove to it! I can almost image this song becoming Roland’s theme!
Hard-Fi – Living For The Weekend
Again, I could see this song being featured in some sort of battle or battle preparation scene. Or maybe, even, the section of ending credits where visuals are shown crediting the main actors and production team before rolling all the cast and crew credits.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim And Sleep
If there were to be a scene in the movie showing pre-Sword and Cross Luce having fun at a summer camp BBQ with Trevor and her friends, I think this song would be a great song to have in the background on some form of radio or something. It’s reasonably retro, but has a funky theme to it.
Sweet Baboo – Lets Go swimming wild.
Like ‘no aphrodisiac’, I think this song could go very well in the background of the scene where Luce and Cam go to the bar.
The Dead Weather – I can’t Hear You
I think this song would be perfect for the moment when Luce looks away from Daniel, embarrassed by his rude hand gesture to her. I can imagine this playing when Luce walks into her first class (just after her first interaction with Daniel), and the students are all plotting things, and messing around with each other whilst trying to dodge their teacher. It’s got a sexy, dangerous feel to it.
Massive Attack – Risingson
I think this song could go well for when the fire breaks out in the library. With bells ringing, and people screaming, and alarms blaring, I think it could be one of the darkest moments in the movie.
SET OF IDEAS #3
~ Happy/Triumphant/Gleeful/Victory ~
Edward Sharpe And The magnetic zeros – All Wash Out
I think that this beautiful song could go with two scenes.
1. When Luce and Daniel swim out to the rock together.
2. When Daniel tells Luce that he shall be with her soon on the island that she is taken to, and kisses her and as the plane goes into the distance.
(There’s a climactic section of this song near to the middle which could be the part where Luce is siting in the plane recollecting her and Daniel’s moments together so far, and her mentally preparing herself for their future.)
This song is gorgeous, and I think it would be really REALLY fantastic song to end the movie before the credits.
Matt Corby – Lighthome
This song always makes me feel emotional, in a good way. I think it would also be a very good song to play when Luce and Daniel first kiss on the beach. I think with the dim glow of the sunset in the background, and Luce’s hair waving in the wind whilst Daniel passionately kisses her for the first time in this life, would be a really beautiful touch. At roughly 2:11, after the song’s climax, it would be really perfect to play the ending when Luce and Daniel are shown driving back to Sword and Cross, with them exchanging sweet glances now and again.
Angus And Julia Stone – You’re The One That I Want
I think this song would go well in depicting a potentially ‘steamy’, passionate moment between Luce and Daniel kissing, where Daniel has to refrain from hurting her, and then afterwards, they just hold each other, embracing a beautiful moment together. This song is unique, because it’s a sultry cover of ‘you’re the one that I want’ from grease. It’s beautiful in the sense that it is NOTHING like the original version.
Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
SONG ONLY RECENTLY RELEASED IN THE USA ON MAY 14TH-NO VIDEO
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SONG, AND THIS BAND!!! I really do believe that this song would go very well in the end credits of the movie! I want this song in the end credits more than anything else! The band, Vampire Weekend, are my all-time favourite band, and this song, ‘hannah hunt’ is off of their newly released third album, ‘modern vampires of the city’. Its a beautiful ballad with really really subtle elements of elements of country music and electronica. There’s a beautiful climax section to this song, which really will go well playing off into the very last names of the credits. I cannot stress how much I think that this song will embody the sheer beauty of the love story of Luce and Daniel. It’s also eerie, which makes it even more unique. The lyrics are also very beautiful, which will fit with the theme of the tale; time, and love. PLEASE INCLUDE THIS SONG AS THE END CREDITS PIECE! (I am also seeing them LIVE next month!)
IDEAS LIST #4
CHARACTER THEMES/MOTIFS
LUCINDA PRICE – Ludovico Einaudi – Passagio OR Eisley – Marvelous Things
Passagio – this song has a playful theme to it, which symbolises youth, to me, which Luce has plenty of. It’s simply stunning, too.
Marvelous Things – again, this song has, at first, a serious, dark theme to it, but then breaks out into a beautiful chorus full of youth and hope.
DANIEL GRIGORI – Bridezilla – Mister Young
This song has a dark, powerful flow to it, which just screams something important and crucial to Daniel’s character. It’s full of excitement, but tells me that it could be worried, or tired.
 NO VIDEO
CAMERON BRIEL – Mellowdrone – Orange Marmalade
It’s a sleazy one. This song reminds of Cam, and how he can be a bit of a naughty boy with his attitude and image.
ARRIANE ALTER – Princess Chelsea – The Cigarette Duet
This song is just as quirky as Arriane is!
PENYWEATHER VAN SYCKLE-LOCKWOOD – Pinback – Seville
Penn was a hard choice, and I like this choice. It reminds me of her character, which is friendly, caring, somewhat positive, but still damaged at the same time.
GABRIELLE GIVENS – Primal Scream – Rocks
I can just imagine Gabbe jumping up down to this song! She’s not a girly-girl, but she still has that sassy personality and look. This song is so bad ass, and I can just imagine her walking down the corridor, curls flowing, white pearly teeth gleaming with a massive smile, with everyone looking at her!
ROLAND SPARKS – Electric Guest – Awake OR Skinny – Failure
Awake – I always imagined Roland to have this cool, Californian vibe, what with his attitude and the dreads he has. This song has a funky feel to it that I love! It also sounds almost mischievous, which Roland is, by sneaking things in  to Sword and Cross. (I have also seen this band, Electric Guest twice LIVE. Both times have allowed me to meet the lead singer, Asa Tacconne!)
Failure – Again, a groovey vibe!
MARY MARGARET ‘MOLLY’ ZANE – The Kills – DNA
The song is just as gut wrenching as Molly is herself!!

 

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20 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for choosing me as a runner-up, well done to Anna this is an amazing playlist! 😀 x

  2. They are beautiful! but I also would have liked some song of evanescence, they always remind me of the saga, for example:
    -Lithium
    -Lost in paradise
    -My Immortal

    would be very happy if any song of this band is on the official soundtrack, because they simply belong to the Fallen saga 🙂

  3. eu tinha quase certeza que (My Immortal – evanescence) estaria ai, assim como todos os fãs brasileiros ^^

  4. I think Ludovico Einaudi”s song fly would be the perfect song for the movie intro when luce and her parents are headed to sword and cross. I believe it would be a great song to open the movie up with.

  5. I have another song, that you could listen to. The 3 Libra’s by A Perfect Circle. It goes quite well with Luce and Daniel’s relationship

  6. This is great! a lot of thought was put into this, and it definitely shows. I love these songs, and I would have never thought of them myself; they definitely reflect Luce and Daniel’s story. great job, Anna!

  7. I just read fallen and I was listening to some music and I heard this song by Evanescene and the track is called fallen and the song (to me) described Luce and Daniel perfectly

  8. I must say while reading the Fallen books, I pictured songs from Within Temptation to be best suited and they would play in my head. I REALLY hope within temptation isn’t overlooked because I couldn’t see them as more perfect for the story. Please consider it. 🙁 It’ d mean the world to me. And I’ve read other comments mentioning Within Temptation. >_<

  9. I do love this playlist. However, some songs do not fit the moments you described for them. But then again, everyone has their own opinion. You have the best vision Lauren, since the Fallen world was created by none other than you.
    I love your work!
    I would like to see maybe some Evanescence<3

  10. Two songs that have to b in the movies.

    Angel with a shotgun by The Cab &
    Going down in flames by 3 doors down

    I think these songs capture the Luce and Daniel love story perfectly angel with a shotgun by Daniels point of view going down in flames by Luces.

    If you check these songs out please comment on my post!!!!!!

  11. everyone thinks that the film’s got to have real gothic music like evanesance but they dont sound like they belong in it because they are too loud. i love this playlst espeshially the music for luce and gabbe but i don’t think lana del ray works,sorry.

  12. I’ve spent the whole last week reading Fallen again, and again, and again… and now comes the soundtrack. This is´… dreamatically perfect. Just cannot explain. There’s this cool song by Molotov Jukebox called Neon Lights which I think could fit somewhere (just seemed like -correct me if I’m wrong-… the same vibe).
    PS: I LOVE EVANESCENCE <3

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