Heirs of Durin

I was thrilled with just one minute of the preview for “Song of the Lonely Mountain” by Neil Finn, so you can imagine what I’m going through with a full four minutes.

You can listen to it here courtesy of Rolling Stone.  There is a six minute version on the Extended edition of the soundtrack.  Neil Finn was right.  Pop music does need more anvil. [Update: Just an FYI, those two extra minutes are instrumental only. Bummer.]

I’m not really emotional when it comes to music, but this one is digging through my defenses in a big way.  It is well-balanced between soaring and down to earth (the sound of hammer on anvil is practically a requirement for dwarven themed music, and they don’t scrimp on it here), and the whole song has a deep, slow moving determination to it.  But I’ll leave it to more musically inclined folk…

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