The Artist Dates: Moonrise Kingdom

Part two of what I’m now calling my Dang Julia July.

My second artist date was to take myself to a matinee of “Moonrise Kingdom,” which I loved. It’s not for everyone. It’s quirky and apocalyptic and innocent and sexual and supernatural, and I loved the soundtrack. So I bought it.

I quickly added it to my “Writing” playlist. This is what I like to work to. It began as an all-instrumental conglomeration, then morphed into “music that makes me smile.” Here are a few reasons why I like the songs from “Moonrise Kingdom”:

* I love the “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34, Themes A-F” by Benjamin Britten. Don’t you love the themes, indexed to grades? Plus, I can’t tell you how often I listened to my “Peter and the Wolf” record as a girl.

* I love the “Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe” (parts 1-7) by Alexandre Desplant. Great title! I love that we cannot control the weather and must often rise to the occasion to meet its destructive conditions.

* I love the “Camp Ivanhoe Cadence Medley” because it’s percussion, and it’s just a tad off. Also, my daughter is a percussionist, getting ready for marching season, also known as football season.

* I love the French music, although I don’t speak French. My parents used to listen to Mexican and Chilean music that I didn’t have to understand to enjoy.

* I love the Hank Williams songs because my parents also played those albums, and shame on me for not owning any Hank until now.

* And I love the “Noye’s Fludde” by Benjamin Britten because it was written for amateur church productions, it uses music to tell the story, and it feels other-worldly.

P.S. My current writing playlist includes two George Winston albums, the “When Harry Met Sally” soundtrack, the “Dan In Real Life” soundtrack, the “Oceans 11” soundtrack, lots of Vince Guaraldi, Mango Moon’s “Cafe Carnivale,” and “Two Men with the Blues” featuring Wynton Marsalis and Willie Nelson.


  1. You certainly have good taste, m’lady.

  2. I’ve been thinking of starting to compile music that inspires me to write…what a good idea!

  3. Your daughter is a percussionist?! I love her already! And I *love* watching marching bands (especially competitions), even in all that cold weather. 🙂

    I’ve seen George Winston in concert a couple of times. I like it at the end when he pulls away from the piano and plays Hawaiian slack-key guitar. Harmonica, too.

    Ever listen to David Sanborn? or Earl Klugh?

  4. I love knowing what music others write to. And I love knowing you a little better. I’ve been spending more time in silence–even pulling away from music. I’m not so sure that’s good.

  5. Ah. Another soundtrack junkie. Although, I’m with Sandy – these days, I don’t do music at all. Very, very weird when I stop to think about it, because music has always been such a HUGE part of my life. But this craving for silence began building about a dozen years ago and gradually, silence has eclipsed everything else. AND I LOVED THIS MOVIE. Please tell me you’re coming to Laity this year, Megan.

  6. Because if you’re NOT coming, then I’m renting a car so that I can make a detour through Fredricksberg (burg?) and actually hug your neck.

  7. I certainly enjoyed the outcome of your d.j. artist date.

  8. I too enjoyed Moonlight Kingdom — thought it was quite profound.

    And I love this idea! Must try it. Thanks.

  9. I’m thinking I need to see that movie. I wonder if it will come out on DVD soon. I don’t get out much.

  10. I think I could write to that music too Megan. My parents love Italian operas. They don’t speak much Italian, but that doesn’t lessen the joy.
    And I had to stop by to tell you I read your poems the other day, and I love them. I could imagine you sitting and reading them aloud – just like last fall.

  11. George Winston! I haven’t thought about him in a while, but I practically wore out a cassette tape I had of his.

    You have such a fun way of walking us through–I learn a little about music and a little about you in just those short summaries!