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Soundtrack review: I am not ashamed (Timothy Williams – 2016)

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“I’m Not Ashamed” is an upcoming 2016 drama film based on the journals of Rachel Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Columbine, Colorado. Scott will be the main protagonist, while the two gunmen during the shooting, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold will be the main antagonists. The score was written by Timothy Williams. I like to listen to his scores because his musical range helps him write meaningful composition for any genre.

The story as hand is sad and revolting while in the same time inspirational. I like how the composer shows us right from the start that Rachel Scott was a happy and optimistic teenager and focuses his music on her life rather than her death. The music rarely gets heavy or pathetic and is not exaggeratedly dramatic; Tim Williams just makes his score sound like life, honest and normal life with its joys and tears, with stride and desolation sometimes.

The music is light and sweet with the occasional more serious shadows like “These hands”, a soft and lovely piano theme which gives me the same feeling as a sudden cloud on a sunny summer day. Her evolution of a person is shown through different shades of music, sometimes quiet, sometimes dark as in “Homeless Nathan” and sometimes gleaming as it reflects off the surface of the water in “Passion fades”. For the past couple of years I’ve been very drawn to Rob Simonsen’s charming way of writing light film music and “I’m not ashamed” falls in the same category. There is an unmistakable gust of hope and a constant smile on the face of this score and I like the feeling it gives me. Of course the more pleasant the music and evocation of the character is the sadder I get for the unfair and brutal ending of her young life. I just feel the need to close my eyes and let a cue like “The rehearsal” fully take me over.

There is also a certain Thomas Newman breeze in the happy moments of this album. The anchors that the music throws inside me are strong and pleasant. Even if there are not many separate cues to highlight the entire album works and is worth listening to as a whole; it’s a nice portrait of someone who was gone to soon.

Timothy Williams wrote a pleasant and respectful score where he didn’t try to exaggerate or impose any feelings to the listener. I like the freedom in the music and I like that it mirrors the story and the character so well.

Cue rating: 79 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 7  / 34

Album excellence: 21%

Highlights:

The Rehearsal

First Communion

Thirteen years

Dad Leaves

 

 

 

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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