Some publishers send advance reader copies or ARCs to the bookstore I work at. There is no reasoning behind what comes, though once in a while we get something really good. A few weeks ago a copy Terry McMillan’s upcoming new release Getting to Happy arrived. Thankfully it was two and not one, otherwise my co-worker would have fought me for that single copy. It could have gotten ugly. Getting to Happy is the sequel to Waiting to Exhale. Fifteen years later, the four friends still make me smile. I love losing myself in characters I never really forget.
Before I started Getting to Happy, I got the brilliant idea to play Waiting to Exhale soundtrack, as backdrop music. This never happened, the song didn’t fit these new stories, but what a soundtrack! All the songs were written and produced by Babyface. When I think about movie soundtracks, I consider Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale turning points. The powers that be realized it was worth putting a little effort behind soundtracks because they will sell.
Though it was only side A of the Bodyguard soundtrack (had the cassette), that was good. Side A was Whitney Houston, side B was everyone else. Some of my other favorite soundtracks of all time are Dead Presidents, Love Jones, and Jungle Fever. Yes, I have seen movies in this decade, but I simply can’t think of any other soundtracks that I loved.
What are some of your favorites? And yes, musicals count.