Tweaks & Music Picks
Song of the Sea Movie Soundtrack
by Brian Boehler

My son Nathan has collected film scores and soundtracks for many years.  One of my duties for the summer has been watching one of my two grandkids a day a week or more.  I found Song of the Sea (Irish: Amhrán na Mara) a 2014 animated fantasy drama fild directed and co-produced by Tomm Moore and written by Will Collins from Moore's story. It was an international co-production from Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, France, and Luxembourg.  Watching grandkids has allowed me to explore some movies that I would normally never have watched. 

Song of the Sea follows the story of a 10-year-old Irish boy named Ben who discovers that his mute sister Saoirse, whom he blames for the apparent death of his mother, is a selkie who has to free faerie creatures from the Celtic goddess Macha.  The impressive part of the film to me was the music.  The original music for the film was composed by Bruno Coulais, in collaboration with the Irish group Kila. The film also features songs by Nolwenn Leroy.  A soundtrack album, consisting of 25 songs from the film, was released digitally on 9 December 2014 by Decca Records.

Lisa Hannigan performed seven songs and lends a very beautiful voice to the movie.  I especially like Song of the Sea, Amhrán Na Farraige and Song of the Sea Lullaby.  Although it may sound strange because it is a animated movie, the music is very special.  Check it out.  You can go on You Tube and find some of the songs with words.  Thanks to my grandkids for wanting to watch movies and share them with me.