On the Second Day of Christmas, CAPC Gave to Me: Two Movie Soundtracks

Christ and Pop Culture | 12/26/2018 | Timothy Thomas
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For each day of Twelvetide, Christ and Pop Culture writers will point to some of the cultural goodness that gives hope in the midst of life’s messyness. It’s our version of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” song, filled with things our writers have found to be life-giving. Some entries are 2018 artifacts, some are from years past. All of them point us to hope.

This year, 2018, featured films that surpassed the bar of excellence in cinematography, theater, and animation in ways that shifted American culture. The highly anticipated Black Panther film exceeded fans’ and critics’ expectations, breaking box office records, while A Star Is Born opened number two its opening weekend, behind a disappointing Venom. But the soundtracks may be the best evidence of each film’s popularity and success. Black Panther: The Album went platinum, feverishly topping Billboard’s charts multiple weeks, while A Star Is Born debuted as a number one album on Billboard.

Albums - Ability - Culture - Power - Ourselves

What makes these two albums distinct and noteworthy, however, is their ability to not only resonate with the culture, but their unearthly power to push us beyond ourselves and consider others. While this short space disallows the time to probe the depths of each of these albums, there are few takeaways worth drawing our attention to the next time we listen.

Both A Star Is Born and Black Panther: The Album accomplished feats of carrying the emotions of their respective films beyond the movie screen.

Christians - Responsibility - Opportunity - Story - Humanity

I believe Christians have not only the responsibility but also the opportunity to always look for the greater story humanity is communicating about God and our relationship with one another. The A Star Is Born soundtrack obviously tells a love story, but it also empowers the culture to love on a micro, person-to-person level by using ostentatious musical arrangements that speak directly to the...
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