The soundtrack that inspired Eddie Vedder to make film music

With more than 20 years in the industry, Eddie Vedder, the leader of Pearl Jam, has broken the barrier that identifies him only as a vocalist of a group, venturing to create his own solo art. And while he enjoys a prolific solo career (he recently released his third independent album, ‘Earthling’); That has not prevented him from also venturing into the specialty of soundtracksjust as contemporaries such as Radiohead.

And it is that, composing the soundtrack that will accompany a film, gives the creator the opportunity to expand his sound wave. In an interview he offered to Uncut Magazine, the 57-year-old musician was honest about what was the definitive engine that prompted him to write his first soundtrack.

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According to him, it was “perfect synergy between film and music, which really inspired him to try writing for film”. And who exactly is he talking about? Well, nothing more and nothing less than the British composer cat stevenswho contributed to the OS of ‘Harold And Maude’, 1970s film directed by Hal Ashbywhich explores the existential drama of living a full life.

When I was 12 years old, I remember seeing ‘Harold And Maude’, a movie that is accompanied by several songs by Cat Stevens“- answered Vedder. “The voice of cat He represents the inner voice of the character throughout the film, and he does it absolutely perfectly.”

He went on to explain: “(…) For example, the final scene, in which it seems that ‘Harold’ is going to fall off the cliff, with the rain hitting the windshield, … you know how it feels. Suddenly they play “Trouble” by Cat Stevens, and it’s totally overwhelming, heartbreaking. So seeing how it worked there made me think I might as well give it a try.“.

Uncut Magazine, Via Far Out Magazine.

The first flirtation Vedder with the big screen came in 1995, when he created the score for ‘Dead Man Walking’, movie starring Sean Penn Y susan sarandonwhich follows a man sentenced to death who appealed for his acquittal.

After that successful first attempt, the musician was commissioned to perform a beautiful interpretation of “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” by the Beatles for the 2001 film, also starring Sean Penn, ‘I Am Sam’. Subsequently, she has collaborated on the soundtrack of ‘A Brokedown Melody’ (2004)‘Body of War’ (2007) and ‘Eat Pray Love’ (2010).

However, the most acclaimed contribution of Vedder is definitely for the 2007 movie, ‘Into the Wild’. It is based on the 1996 non-fiction book by Jon Krakauerwhich follows the extraordinary story of explorer “Christopher McCandless”. Vedder collaborated not with one song, but with an entire album to score the drama.

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