Soundtracks To Write By 5#

Today we go for something with a little more soul. Some soundtracks roll with the bombast and excitement of adventure and peril. Others chart darker and more meaningful territory. This track, ‘Crossing the Atlantic’ from the soundtrack to the movie Amistad, charts to capture of African villagers, their brutal enslavement and transportation in horrific conditions across to Atlantic to slave plantations waiting for them in the Caribbean. This track has it all: the fear and confusion of the Africans, the senseless barbarity of which human beings are capable and the rising, indomitable endurance of the human spirit. The music feels almost heavy with the weight of emotion and historical significance – yet inspires with a momentum that amounts to a dramatic irony. We know the ultimate fate of the people on the ship.

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