On top of thoroughly enjoying The Help book and movie, the music was scrumptous as well. Of course, I’m a sucker for early ’60s tunes, but whoever chose the soundtrack really hit the nail on the head.
Mary J. Blige contributed a moving and lovely song about struggle and triumph, The Living Proof, but other than that, the soundtrack is vintage “Camelot”.
My Johnny Cash love is well documented, but knew I was going to enjoy the movie when the first song of the movie was Jackson…
Then, there’s the rockabilly I Ain’t Never by Webb Pierce. You can just feel young couples dancing at the Friday night dance.
There’s a strong “faith” message within the story, so naturally, Dorothy Norwood’s Victory is Mine fits perfectly and brings some triumphant spirit to the film.
To bring the message home in a big way, we have Mavis Staple’s Don’t Knock:
Other ’60s staples that help to set the mood and timeframe:
The eclecticness of the soundtrack is demonstrated by some real R & B via Ray Charles and Bo Diddley:
Hallejuah, I Love Her So, Ray Charles
The Road Runner, Bo Didley
And finally, as if escorting us into the coming change, Mr. Bob Dylan:
Don’t Think Twice (It’s Alright)
A pretty good finish…
The only conspicious absence on this soundtrack is Elvis, who was literally a God in early 1960’s Mississippi — among both races. And, it was the height of Elvis movies…
Something like Follow That Dream…jus’ sayin’. ELVIS!! Unh!