My blog post on “Who I’d Cast in Crazy Rich Asians the Movie” gets the most views on my blog to this day, even though I wrote it almost a year ago… so I thought I would follow up with a post on a “soundtrack.”
If you haven’t heard, they’re working on the movie, a sequel is in the works and production is to start early next year/hopefully end of this year. The paperback version recently hit bookstores and the book has been topping bestseller lists so if you haven’t read the book (and you really should), now is a great time- it’s a perfect summer read!
The paperback cover!
Music is inextricably connected to film. Good films/shows are usually accompanied with an equally strong soundtrack. It’s true with korean dramas which come with their OSTs. It’s true with some of the best television hits (think Gossip Girl, Scandal and Sex and the City). Music is a creative tool used to color the world it depicts. It reflects the pace and feel of overarching themes ultimately strengthening the impact of the movie. Without music, movies- or arguably the world- just wouldn’t be the same.
The soundtrack I have in mind blends influences from the east and west and the old with the new, capturing the essence of the world of Crazy Rich Asians. The book is a universal story which will appeal to a global audience (and not just the US), so the music needs to reflect that. I’ve chosen a diverse group of artists with broad global appeal (I was sure to check the top music lists for Singapore, Hong Kong etc on Spotify and iTunes).
The music below is what I imagine Rachel and Nicholas’ love, the energy of a jet set life, the absurd excess and the clean green sunny island of Singapore would sound like. They are songs that fit the novel both in sound and lyrics. So without further ado…(in no particular order)…
*Full disclosure: This made up soundtrack includes a few of my favorite artists/songs. Also, I realize that these songs will be “old” by the time the movie comes out. (How great would it be to hear an original soundtrack produced especially for this movie a la The Great Gatsby (2013)?)
For your viewing pleasure, I’ve used the ‘Savage Grace’ editorial from the December issue of Vogue China magazine and the most recent Spring/Summer campaign from Shanghai Tang as a moodboard. (I just imagine that Crazy Rich Asians the movie will come out as a summer blockbuster….)*