The music of The Bridges of Madison County

A few months ago, I rewatched the movie “The Bridges of Madison County.” The movie stars Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep and is directed by Eastwood.

The movie is about a weekend tryst between a photographer who traveled to the area to take pictures of the county’s covered bridges and a woman in a routine marriage. Her husband is away with the kids camping.

The movie is very good, but is bathed in wonderful music of the 1950s and early 1960s. Eastwood is very musical, so he took time to select music that accentuated the romantic scenes between the two.

Johnny Hartman and Dinah Washington are featured several times. If you don’t know Hartman, think Nat King Cole with a deeper voice. Irene Kral appears a couple of times and Barbara Lewis sings “Baby I’m Yours,” her biggest hit.

My kids bought me the soundtrack CD for Father’s Day. It is smooth listening music. If you are looking for a birthday present, it is a nice treat. And, it is not just for older people, as my oldest son in his late twenties knew who Hartman was.

We have several soundtracks that well-accented the movie they were in. They range from “The Big Chill” which has artists’ songs to “The Last of the Mohicans” whose score is marvelous. And, if you want to get a selection of themes, John Barry has a CD of several movie themes he wrote such as “Born Free,” “Somewhere in Time” and “Out of Africa.”

What are some of your favorites soundtracks?

6 thoughts on “The music of The Bridges of Madison County

  1. Note to Readers: Two comments. Eastwood also directed “Midnight in the garden of good and evil,” with Kevin Spacey and John Cusack. Eastwood arranged the music as well and his daughter actually plays a lead role as a nightclub singer.

    As for “The Bridges of Madison County,” it is told from the perspective of the kids reading their mother’s diary after she passed away. They learn their mother was a women who loved.

  2. I love “Bridges of Madison County,” just had to get the soundtrack after I saw it. Some great music on there. Streep is absolutely fabulous in that movie, she never ceases to amaze me. Also love “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” Have that soundtrack as well. Great performances in both of those movies.
    I think my favorite soundtrack is for “A Star is Born,” the Barbra Streisand version. Sadly, I used to have that one but don’t have it now. Hard to beat Barbra on “Evergreen.”

    • Peg, thanks for stopping by. Streep brings believabilty to any role. She conveys the character’s loneliness and struggle with her difficult decision in this movie.

      Barbra Streisand could sing the phonebook and make it enjoyable. “Evergreen” is excellent.

      My wife’s favorite movie is “Somewhere in Time,” with Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve. John Barry’s soundtrack to that movie is excellent.

      Thanks and please stop by again. Keith

  3. I love the soundtrack to The Mission, composed by recently deceased Ennio Morricone. Oddly, I’ve never seen the movie. I was too afraid it might not live up to my love of the soundtrack.

    • Linda, I don’t think I am familiar with that movie. I agree it would be disappointing if the movie did not live up to the soundtrack. Keith

      • Linda, I just checked out the summary and cast of the movie. Great cast with Jeremy Irons and Robert DeNiro, but I have not seen it. I think it would be worth the watch (and listen). Keith

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