Imagine. It’s 5 AM, your alarm goes off and you’re instantly groggy and grumpy by being awake this early. Then you remember why you’re awake—you and your friends have been planning this weekend for months. You packed up the car last night, so all you have to do is pick all passengers up, grab coffees, and hit the road straight for the mountains for a weekend jammed packed with hiking, mountain biking, and climbing. Or maybe you're skiing and snowboarding, I don’t know what time of year it is for you!
The story of August Rush is undoubtedly a fairytale style film, and music is meant to be a driving force for that. Evan/August is a young musical prodigy living in an orphanage, determined to find his birth parents. The musical landscape and sound design Kirsten Sheridan’s film is created in such a way to combine the musical languages of Evan, his mother Lyla, and his father Louis. This is to carry the narrative concept that Evan can hear the music of his parents (who are both professional musicians), and is strongly influenced by it, and eventually follows it to them. The music heard throughout the film is a growing accumulation of themes and motifs that eventually make up the debut composition of Evan, and therefore it is most logical to discuss the music in relation to the events of the film in chronological order.