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  Calendar Girls soundtrack (2003)
Composer: Patrick Doyle
Hollywood Records B0000YEFFIG
Running Length: 40 minutes

Calendar Girls is a fun movie, full of life, quips and situations the average middle-aged woman would not dream of.  The film is set in a small British community and centers on a group of friends from a garden club who decide to pose nude for a calendar.  The proceeds from the calendar will benefit the local hospital.  It is in trying to decide how to pose, how to select a photographer and how to handle the press when sales of the calendar skyrocket, that presents an amusing storyline.

Patrick Doyle (“Secondhand Lions” and “Gosford Park”) has a beautifully done soundtrack with just the right amount of lilt to show the youth in these ladies, yet allow them to have their maturity.  There are 22 short selections on this CD, and it is sort of a suite to the ladies.  

The first selection, “The Funeral,” doesn’t sound like a funeral; in fact, I had to read the program notes to get the title.  The gentlemen who dies in the film, was a positive person with sense of humor, and this is conveyed in this music.  “Fantastic” is when the women decide to pose nude and though one might expect a rock band melody here, instead there is a profound melody of beauty and grace.  In other words, here are women and women they will remain.  “Sponsorship” is an upbeat melody that happens in the film when the women find a local company to fund the calendar project.  From now on, it is full steam ahead. 

“The Press” is a jazz composition with percussion showing how the women are getting used to handling journalists.  Against that is the melancholy “The Cliff,” which, in the film is the place where a son of one of the garden club members goes when he is upset.  Having your mother pose in the nude is not something a teenage boy needs in his life right now.  “Off To Hollywood” happens when the women and their calendar become famous and they enter the world of movie stars.  “Tai Chi,” the last piece on the CD ties the film together.  On a hillside, overlooking the town, the ladies gather every day for relaxation and exercise.  Patrick Doyle conveys their friendship and stability through this piece, which utilizes strings for effect.

Copyright 2004 Marie Asner
Submitted 1/29/04

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