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Below are the 15 most recent journal entries recorded in Fans of Craig Armstrong, composer/musician's LiveJournal:

Friday, January 6th, 2006
9:55 am
January 31 -- New CD
List from http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?r=1&ean=602498334904

Film Works: 1995-2005

1. Verona (Romeo + Juliet) / Pete Postlethwaite
2. Escape (Plunkett & Macleane)
3. Main Theme (The Quiet American)
4. One Day I'll Fly Away (Moulin Rouge) / Nicole Kidman
5. Rise (The Negotiator)
6. The Balcony Scene (Romeo + Juliet) / Claire Danes
7. Glasgow Love Theme
8. The Ball (Plunkett & Macleane)
9. Will You Come Back To Me (The Quiet American)
10. Rebecca (Plunkett & Macleane)
11. This Love (Cruel Intentions)
12. Della s Theme (Ray)
13. Main Theme (The Clearing)
14. Main Theme (Orphans)
15. New York City (The Bone Collector)
16. Nature Boy (Moulin Rouge) / Ewan McGregor
17. The Final Scenes (Romeo + Juliet / Moulin Rouge)
18. Clair De Lune (Chanel No. 5)
Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
9:42 am
Collaboration with Pet Shop Boys
I did not realize this but I looked at the liner notes to Pet Shop Boys' Nightlife this morning and stumbled across Craig Armstrong's name. It turns out he orchestrated and coproduced/coarranged several of their tracks. Specifically:
Track 2 Closer to Heaven
Track 5 You only tell me you love me when you're drunk
Track 6 Vampires
Track 8 The only one
Track 10 In denial (a duet with Kylie Minogue)
Track 12 Footsteps

Seems like Craig Armstrong has a hand in a lot of music I like...

Current Mood: surprised
Tuesday, August 24th, 2004
10:59 am
What was your first Craig Armstrong song?
What song led you to discover his music?

For me, Weatherstorm from one of the Pure Moods series. It reminded me of another "storm" song by David Foster many years ago that I used to associate with a specific recurring nightmare that included a large water fountain gushing up in the air.

Upon purchasing his older CD, The Space Between Us, I discovered I had heard his music before. As I listened, I did a double take hearing the Romeo and Juliet song as I had bought that soundtrack. That he later did the Moulin Rouge compositions was icing on the cake.

Current Mood: wondering
Friday, July 23rd, 2004
12:37 pm
Piano Works, the calming meditations
First a hello to all the members this little community has found. Welcome to all. :)

I think Craig's Piano Works CD makes terrific getting-ready-in-the-morning music. No annoying talk shows, no radio commercials, no music videos I don't want to see; just calming piano pieces. Lovely. Read earlier posts if you are trying to find this musical delight.

The majority of the pieces are short, with the shortest at :33 seconds (Satine's Theme). The longest is the last one (at an undocumented 10 minutes and 14 seconds) which has several moments of silence and includes a gospel instrumental derivative of "Be Still My Soul", I think. To hear 30 second samples, look at earlier posts in this community for a link.

Current Mood: calm
Wednesday, July 21st, 2004
12:10 pm
Hello I'm new to this community.

Recently bought 'As if to nothing' and 'The space between us'..

Just love it, love it, love it..

I could just drift away..............!

his music is just orgasmic..
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2004
2:15 pm
Piano Works is MINE!
Sorry for the personal post, but I just received the limited edition (UK only release) of Piano Works CD. Off to the house where I'll be listening to it for a few spins while I game.

Current Mood: jubilant
Friday, June 18th, 2004
2:25 pm
Let's Go Out Tonight
Re: Let's Go Out Tonight (5:58) track 10 on The Space Between Us (1997) with vocalist Paul Buchanan

This song is one that makes me realize how special relationships can be. When I hear it, I drift off to think about a man almost begging his lady fair to get out of the house and experience life with him, together. Now granted, I never listen close enough to actual lyrics to say definitively I know what a song is about, but I can share how a song makes me feel.

Lyrics in songs are really a new instrument being played, the words as the notes that move the melody further into our understanding. I feel this is indicative of the rhyming typical in choruses. Yet when a song uses lyrics in a nonstandard stanza/chorus arrangement, it creates; it breaks through musical habit; it frees the music to simply be. This song does that. When I hear it, I feel it is "epic" in its emotional range.

And this song always leaves me wanting more...

Current Mood: waxing philosophic
6:21 am
My fave C. Armstrong song...
Yay I love this community already!

So firstly I have to say that Craig is one of my all time favorites! His music is
so haunting and wonderful.. usually quite modern as well...

I absolutley love "PM's Love Theme" from Love Actually... amazing song... whenever I listen to it my hands just start going and I start conducting the music... and looking like a comlete idiot as well, I'm sure... :D

I also am loving "Lissa" from the movie Best Laid Plans... not only because my name is Lissa (how cool is that?) but because that song sends shivers up my spine... it's so amazing and, once again, haunting!

Anyone with me? Are these songs great or what?

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, June 12th, 2004
3:00 pm
2:48 pm
CD listing - Piano Works (2004)
Track info from the craigarmstrong.com website:
1) In My Own Words (2:41)
2) Heatmiser 2 (4:02)
3) Hidden (1:48)
4) Gentle Piece (2:56)
5) Weather Storm (3:50)
6) Diffuse (1:16)
7) Leaving Paris (2:39)
8) Fugue (2:51)
9) Theme From Orphans (1:45)
10) 1st Waltz (2:46)
11) Satine's Theme (0:33)
12) Morning Breaks (1:37)
13) Laura's Theme (2:35)
14) Glasgow Love Theme (1:49)
15) Delay (2:06)
16) Hymn 3 (4:53)
17) Angelina (1:51)
18) Childhood 2 (5:31)
19) Sunrise (2:23)
2:40 pm
Website and new music, Piano Works
The website and news of another album, Piano Works.
Craig Armstrong website

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, June 8th, 2004
2:48 pm
CD listing - As If To Nothing (2002)
Track info from the CD:
1) Ruthless Gravity (5:50)
2) Wake Up In New York (3:30) featuring vocals by Evan Dando
3) Miracle (3:19) featuring artist Mogwai
4) Amber (5:09)
5) Finding Beauty (3:38)
6) Waltz (5:16) featuring vocals by Antye Greie-Fuchs
7) Inhaler (4:55)
8) Hymn 2 (4:49) featuring artist Photek
9) Snow (3:52) featuring vocals by David McAlmont
10) Starless II (4:36) featuring sample from King Crimson 1974 "Starless"
11) Stay (Faraway, So Close!) (6:01) featuring vocals by Bono
12) Niente (4:48)
13) Sea Song (5:54) featuring vocals by Wendy Stubbs
14) Let It Be Love (3:50) featuring vocals by Steven Lindsay
15) Choral Ending (2:47)
2:35 pm
CD listing - The Space Between Us (1997)
Track info from the CD:
1) Weather Storm (6:03)
2) This Love (6:26) featuring Elizabeth Fraser
3) Sly II (5:17)
4) After The Storm (5:08)
5) Laura's Theme (5:26)
6) My Father (2:03)
7) Balcony Scene (5:17) from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
8) Rise (4:24)
9) Glasgow (5:19)
10) Let's Go Out Tonight (5:58) featuring Paul Buchanan
11) Childhood (5:42)
12) Hymn (1:20)
Monday, June 7th, 2004
8:44 pm
4:00 pm
As no specific community had yet acknowledged this musical talent, I decided to set up my first community. Feel free to join and comment on the music of Craig Armstrong.
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