What’s Your Montage Song?

An open road usually signifies the beginning of a montage.

We’ve all seen movie montages; someone is getting something accomplished (makeover) or multiple characters are preparing for something (a prom).

I was driving in my car not too long ago, singing along to something or other that now escapes me, and it occurred to me that I had never really asked myself the question of what my montage song would be. (Considering I was a Film Studies major this is rather a large faux pas.)

My friends who know me will tease me for saying this, but I’d have to say that at least one of my montage songs would be one by Ms. Dolly Parton. I just love her! Say what you will about her makeup and plastic surgery and all that but she is truly a wonderful person. She makes it easy to look past the outside and see her big heart. (I know, I know, really easy joke about seeing something else big on her. Ba dum bum.) In all seriousness, even though I am not a huge country music fan by any means, there is just something about her music that really speaks to me and I’d have to choose one of her songs for a possible Zoe Montage. It just so happens that it’s from her film Straight Talk.

[Waits for laughter to die down.]

The song is The Light of a Clear Blue Morning. It’s an oldie of hers but she updated it for the film and made it more upbeat so its message is still good for a montage but doesn’t drag you down while listening to it. It’s a really good pick-me-up song to get one out of the doldrums. I could see this one playing in a montage of getting through a breakup, working hard at a job and succeeding, or even your classic weight loss montage. WOULD that I could lose weight quickly in a series of varying activities that each lasted 3-4 seconds.

The other song I couldn’t not pick is Tom Petty’s Running Down a Dream, which has been a favorite of mine since I was 18 or so. The lyrics lend themselves well to a road trip montage but I could also see it useful for trying to get something important accomplished in the Movie of My Life.

It never ceases to amaze me how personal music is and how it speaks to people so differently. Just in taking a poll of a couple of girlfriends, one immediately named Mariah Carey’s Hero as her montage song and another listed Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen (amongst three others she couldn’t choose between).

Imagine me and you, I do, I think about you day and night...

Oh my God I almost forgot the love montage! My brain immediately zeroed in on the one from the movie Happy Together, starring Patrick Dempsey and Helen Slater, with the song being….you guessed it. Happy Together.

That’s it; that is what I want my love montage to be like, rollerskating in the park and all. Now I want to go home and pop in this movie, which still has yet to come out on DVD, much to my dismay. (Amazon, hellooooo, get on this!)

Do you have a song or songs you would instantly choose to be in the Movie of Your Life? Which one(s)?


  1. After much thought, I’ve decided that my “get a lot of little things done for one greater goal” movie montage song would have to be Ali in the Jungle by The Hours.

  2. Hmm…I think one of my montage songs would have to be Swan Dive by Ani Difranco…another would be Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks. I know…I know…but what can I say?

    Sidenote: I don’t know why, but that Straight Talk movie is a not-so secret pleasure of mine!

  3. Ashley (Kuntz) Becker says:

    The first thing that comes to mind is “Don’t Look Back” by Boston: a great classic rock song (perfect for road trips!) that always makes me feel happy and I like what the lyrics say- it just seems perfect for a film montage!

  4. Kevin Schneider says:

    “Basket Case” – Green Day.

  5. Great responses, guys! I’m also glad I’m not the only one who likes Straight Talk.

  6. The main score from Chariots of Fire.

  7. Haha! LOVE it, D!

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