17 Soundtracks that give me chills

17 Soundtracks that give me chills

I am a huge soundtrack listener. About 90% of the time I’m listening to music, and about 60% of that is listening to soundtracks from movies, video games and tv shows. I even have my favorite composers like others have their favorite music artists (*cough* Harry Gregson-Williams *cough*). These 15 particular songs from some of my favorite soundtracks are on my top list of “Chills and Tears”, as I like to call it. They’re pieces that either give me chills or move me to tears because they’re unbelievably beautiful, they allude to a scene that was chilling or emotional, they evoke deep emotion, or they inspire me to dream. These are the pieces I highly suggest to those who love and need music for inspiration.

  1. “There Are Worse Games to Play/Deep in the Meadow”-The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2-by James Newton Howard

(Caution: Spoilers!) Fans most likely know when this piece plays in the last Hunger Games movie: the very last scene, as Katniss monologues to her baby while Peeta and their son play in the distant meadow, just before the screen goes black and the tear-inducing song of “Deep in the Meadow” follows in Jennifer Lawrence’s beautiful voice as the credits roll. Yup, emotions overload. I can replay this song over and over, and it will always make me weep every time. It’s my go-to when I just feel like having a good soothing cry.

2. “Alan Turing’s Legacy”-The Imitation Game-by Alexandre Desplat

The soundtrack for this movie is one of favorites, and the central piano melody always sends shivers down my spine. This piece tells exactly what the title states: the legendary and tragic life of the man who cracked Enigma during World War II. It evokes a bittersweet sensation.

3. “Only the Beginning of the Adventure”-The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe-by Harry Gregson-Williams

Naturally I love everything about Narnia. This was the soundtrack that made me fall in love with all of Harry Gregson-Williams’ work. This piece has it all: sadness, joy, thrill, tenderness, magic, innocence, timelessness. It spans a good amount of the story at the end of the movie, and so it travels and covers a lot of conflicting emotions and moments.

4. “Main Title”-Bridge to Terabithia-by Aaron Zigman

From one of my absolute favorite movies, this main theme is full of magic and the beauty of childhood. If you know the story, it also makes you cry, just a little.

5. “Arrival to Earth”-Transformers-by Steve Joblonsky

I’ve never particularly cared for the transformer movies, but they have one heck of a soundtrack. This is from possibly the most epic and memorable scene from the first movie. It evokes just that, a grand epicness.

6. “Merry Men”-Robin Hood (2010)-by Marc Streitenfeld

I adore the guitar and strings from this movie’s soundtrack. It’s so medieval and terribly catchy. This piece plays during the credits, which is one of my favorite credits (yes, I even have favorite movie credits. I’m such a nerd.) It makes me feel adventurous and capable, like Robin Hood himself.

7. “Mysterious Island Main Titles”-Journey 2: The Mysterious Island-by Andrew Lockington

The Journey movies are one of my guilty pleasure movies: entertaining, colorful, age limitless, with enough lighthearted emotion and fun action to be satisfying. You wouldn’t really expect that kind of movie to have a gorgeous soundtrack. Andrew Lockington took it a step up from the first film. I have several favorites from the soundtrack, but this one from the end credits brings it all together into one grand, cinematic finale.

8. “Forbidden Friendship”-How to Train Your Dragon-by John Powell

Did you know the soundtrack for this film was nominated for an Oscar? That’s how good it is. This one is the best piece from the album. It makes me feel beautiful, dreamy, one with nature.

9. “I Am Shay Patrick Cormac”-Assassin’s Creed Rogue-by Elitsa Alexandrova

The Assassin’s Creed video game franchise has some of the best gaming music out there (in my opinion). Each game has its own unique and original soundtrack and composer, with the music perfectly reflecting the differing historic time periods, settings, and protagonist’s cultural background. In result, the settings and events feel alive and present because the music so beautifully embodies it. That is what I find brilliant, especially when it’s by a different composer every time. I have a lot of favorites from this franchise, but Rogue’s is perhaps my top favorite. This piece from the album makes me pause and reflect on the protagonist’s intriguing and complicated story. Plus it alludes to an impactful ending cutscene from the game.

10. “The Lighting of the Beacons”-The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King-by Howard Shore

Everything about the LOTR trilogy is historic. Even those outside of the fandom can recognize themes from the movies. This piece plays in one of the best cinematic scenes from the third movie, which is merely a sequence of over sweeping shots of beacons being lit high up on moutaintops. It’s nothing but visuals and music, which is a cinematic achievement in the art of filmmaking.

11. “Liz on Top of the World”-Pride and Prejudice-by Dario Marianelli

Pride and Prejudice has one of those soundtracks you can fall asleep to and dream peacefully. A score made up almost entirely of piano stands out to be remembered. Just like the scene that this piece plays at, it makes me feel like I am standing on a cliff, on top of the world yet with nowhere to go. That is a very interesting and deep state of emotion to contemplate.

12. “The Grid”-Tron Legacy-by Daft Punk

The addition of Jeff Bridges’ monologue to the piece sets you up for a great film experience when it starts off with this. You can only go in thinking, “this is gonna be good.” The fact that this movie’s soundtrack is composed by Daft Punk makes it even more cool.

13. “Ezio’s Family”-Assassin’s Creed 2-by Jesper Kyd

This theme debuted in the second Assassin’s Creed game, and it was so darn popular that it popped back up in later games as the official standard theme for the franchise. Fans probably love it because it alludes back to everyone’s favorite assassin, Ezio (me? Connor for the win!). It is extraordinary, I’ll give it that. It’s raw, emotional, and competes with the timeless scores of gaming history.

14. “The Gravel Road”-The Village-by James Newton Howard

This soundtrack, with its haunting score, evokes that solemn, lonely, yet hopeful feeling that the movie evokes. Because of its slow, calm pace, this is the right song to think deeply to. It really shuts you up and forces you to feel the chills that run along with the solo violin’s melody.

15. “Fi’s Farewell”-The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword-by Takeshi Hama

Outside of the age-old Legend of Zelda themes that frequent every game in the franchise, this is a singular and original piece from the Skyward Sword title. It’s bittersweet and gentle, the perfect touch for a farewell scene. And farewell scenes usually always evoke intense emotions.

16. “Martha’s Theme”-Doctor Who-by Murray Gold

Murray Gold is a musical master and proved it when he became the composer for the revived Doctor Who in 2005. I always adored how all the companions have their own theme, but the theme for Martha Jones is by far the coolest. It’s so different from the others, it perfectly represents her character, and its haunting vocals make you sway in a kind of trance. It’s hypnotic, in a good way.

17. “Rather Death than Slavery”-Assassin’s Creed Unity-by Sarah Schachner

Yes, I am putting yet another Assassin’s Creed piece here, but this one is special. Unity actually has my least favorite soundtrack in the games, least enough to make me have no immediate interest in listening to it. This song, therefore, is like a diamond in the rough. It stands far above the rest of the score, and I think it’s the haunting choir vocals and the *tick-tock* rhythm.

Bonus 6!

“Natsuzora: Ending Theme”-The Girl Who Leapt Through Time-by Kiyoshi Yoshida

“Promentory”-Last of the Mohicans-by Trevor Jones

“Safe Passage”-The Last Samurai-by Hans Zimmer

“Evacuating London”-The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe-by Harry Gregson-Williams

“12 Years Later”-Treasure Planet-by James Newton Howard

“Liberation Main Theme”-Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation-by Winifred Phillips

5 Moments that gave me an Inspiration Surge

5 Moments that gave me an Inspiration Surge

We can’t easily forget those moments, when something or someone so deeply inspired us that it birthed an idea in our minds or changed our way of thinking or made us take action. I’ll bet you can name one significant event. Let me share five.

  1. The day I watched The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I saw the first Chronicles of Narnia movie when it came out in 2005 before I even knew about the books. It was thanks to my brother who expressed enthusiasm for this unbeknownst story, and his insistence of me reading the books. I saw the movie, and I fell in love. “What is this story?” I asked my brother. He gave me his big fat copy of all seven books when we got home, and that was the start of a lifelong infatuation with Narnia and C.S. Lewis. And this was all before I discovered I wanted to write just like him…
  2. The first day of seventh grade English. My teacher, still a good friend and inspiration to this day, welcomed us to her class, and then ordered us to take out a pencil and paper. We were to write in silence for five minutes. We couldn’t stop, and we couldn’t erase. If we had nothing to write, then we wrote don’t know what to write over and over. When the timer began, I was thinking about The Legend of Zelda. I would watch my brother play the games, and he had recently finished Ocarina of Time.  So, in those five minutes, I wrote a short story about Link and the little MarketTown of Hyrule. That was the story that, at the end of the five minutes, I leaned back from and stared at with a tingling sense of awe. It was the moment I realized, I loved that. 
  3. When I heard my fourth grade teacher had said, “she’s going to be a writer.” My fourth grade teacher (who was also my second grade teacher) was another teacher that made a mark on my life. She saw the gift in me first, years before it came up on its own. I didn’t know she said this until years later, because she wrote it in a letter to my mom. It was confirmation to me, and a surge that kept me going.
  4. After I cried on the bathroom floor while healing from a broken back. There was a point during that season when I feared that I would never run or dance or climb ever again that I broke down in the bathroom. My mom found me and prayed over me. Something changed after that day. My attitude toward my injury shifted. I began to see the opportunities that lay in wait. And when God let me know, “Even if you were paralyzed, you’d still be able to fulfill your purpose,” it was all different after that. I thanked God I wasn’t an athlete.
  5. December 31, 2015. I made the decision to quit a previous position this day, and though the process was hard, I relished the feeling of a fresh start when it came to pass. It was a great way to launch the year of Independence with a reassuring message that I can move my feet and not make an earthquake if I didn’t want to. I can move my feet and make a path appear.

What are some unique significant moments that inspired you and made a little change in your life? What event gave you a surge of Inspiration?

What is Inspiration?


-the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

What is Inspiration?

It’s one of those concepts that has dozens of definitions, interloped with the definitions of terms like motivation, stimulation, creativity. It’s popularly associated with the lightbulb metaphor. You know, those moments when a “lightbulb goes off in your head.” The question “What is inspiration?” is quite an abstract one, then.


Inspiration is, in the basic, when something clicks and makes you go. If something did not move you into action, it wasn’t necessarily inspiring. Inspiration is the beginning of a chase. Being inspired is the state of mind where everything makes sense, and anything is possible. Knowing that’s not always true, those moments are priceless to our existence.

So what is inspiration? Inspiration is, literally, anything. You can extract moments of clarity and possibility from anywhere. The key is to be looking for it. Have you ever read The Chronicles of Narnia? Or at least seen the movies? In Prince Caspian, Lucy sees the lion Aslan, but her siblings don’t believe her because they didn’t seem him too. “Why didn’t I see him?” Peter asked. “Maybe you weren’t looking,” Lucy said. That little girl was always looking for Aslan, at every moment. She was always determined to find him again.


To find inspiration, you have to look for it. Walk around with the mindset “What idea can I get from this?”

What do you believe is inspiration? Tell me about it in the comments 🙂

Today’s the Day…Believe, or not

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“You can’t know. You can only believe-or not.” -C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Everything, to some degree, takes some amount of belief. Perhaps there’s something today you can believe in…or not.

Today’s the Day you’ve been waiting for. Now make a reason why.