• Ashton Blyth

The sound of the film

As you can probably guess by the title, I've spent the last couple of days trying to create the score of the film. I know that realistically I won't get all of these songs, but there's no harm in dreaming!


I started off with an initial plan to just find a song to fit the intro and a sing to fit the credits. Originally Salt by Bad Suns was the Intro song, and Silence Is Easy by Starsailor was going to be for the credits. However, I then started to think well... what if I could soundtrack this the way I want? How would I do it? And thus, the Definitive Times Soundtrack was created.


All the songs fit with the moment they accompany, with the majority being about being transgender, living as something you're not, or having lyrics that can be interpreted this way. A few songs I'd especially recommend listening to (while also reading the lyrics) to get the idea of the film are:

  • I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme) - John Rzeznik, Treasure Planet Soundtrack (I'm a boy—no, I'm a man, They can't break me, as long as I know who I am)

  • Silence Is Easy - Starsailor (the bravery of coming out, silence would've been the easy option)

  • No Matter What - Calum Scott (how my parents took the news)

  • When I Was a Boy - Dar Williams (track of my childhood)

  • Reflection - Lea Salonga, Mulan Soundtrack (not understanding why I was different)

  • Body Was Made - Ezra Furman (it's my body, I have the right to change it to match my gender)

  • All These Things That I've Done - The Killers (note the lyric is son not sun)

  • Salt - Bad Suns (sums up the whole film, hence why it's the credits - want the lyrics to be listened to without visual distraction)


The only part I'm still working on is the song that plays while giving a bit of background to my family - We Are Family by Sister Sledge is so cliché, and so currently serves as a placeholder for Chapter 2 while I find something more fitting.


Edit 21/2/2022: A more fitting song has been found - Family Man by Fleetwood Mac:


Walk down this road

When the road gets rough

I fall down

I get up


I am what I am (Am what I am, I am what I am, am what I am)

A family man (A family man)

I am what I am (Am what I am, I am what I am, am what I am)

A family man (A family man)

Mother... father... brother

Mother... father... brother


The lyrics suit the chapter, and the film as a whole, perfectly! I couldn't have found a better choice.


Link to the Definitive Times Soundtrack playlist:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4wvyAokoh4r2D4aPqHRof5?si=7cb25b0440244586



Chapter 1: Introduction COMPLETE

I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme) - John Rzeznik, Treasure Planet Soundtrack


Chapter 2: Family COMPLETE

Family Man - Fleetwood Mac - All the extended family introductions (SCENES )


Chapter 3: Coming Out COMPLETE

Silence Is Easy - Starsailor - Telling therapist, friends, family (SCENES 1-7)

No Matter What - Calum Scott - Interview Mum & Dad (SCENES 8-9)

You're My Best Friend - Queen - Telling Darcie (SCENES 10-14) CUT

If I Didn't Have You - Monsters Inc. Soundtrack - Interview Darcie (SCENE 15) CUT

Edit 24/2/2022: More fitting song has been found

I'll Stand By You - Pretenders - Telling Darcie (SCENES 10-14)

He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother - The Hollies - Interview Darcie (SCENE 15)



Chapter 4: Growing Up Tom-boy COMPLETE

When I Was a Boy - Dar Williams - Dress-up montage (SCENES 1-5)

Reflection - Lea Salonga, Mulan Soundtrack - Boxers (SCENE 6)

The Middle - Jimmy Eat World - Bath tiles scene (SCENE 9)

I'm a Boy - The Who - Prom, fitting in (SCENES 12-16)

Candy Says - The Velvet Underground - Depression, suicide, meds (SCENE ___)

Rebel Rebel - David Bowie - Priestley, developed own style (SCENES 17-18)


Chapter 5: Socially Transitioning COMPLETE

Body Was Made - Ezra Furman - Getting haircut, boxers and binder (SCENES 1-8)

She's So Gone - Naomi Scott, Lemonade Mouth Soundtrack - Deed-poll, name change (SCENES 9-13)

My Body Is a Cage - Arcade Fire - IUD fitted for periods (SCENES 14-16)


Chapter 6: What changed? COMPLETE

Missing You - All Time Low - During interview with parents (SCENE ___)

We Exist - Arcade Fire - Toilets confrontation flashback (SCENE ___)

Therapy - All Time Low - During interview with parents (SCENE ___)

Still Breathing - Mayday Parade - During interview with parents (SCENE ___)


Chapter 7: GenderCare / Egg-Freezing COMPLETE

Ready to Go (Get Me Out of My Mind) - Panic at the Disco - Deciding to go private (SCENES 1-6)

Brave Man - Will Young - Egg freezing process (SCENES 7-11)


Chapter 8: Testosterone COMPLETE

All These Things That I've Done - The Killers - Effects of t-shots (SCENES 1-11)

The Way I Am - Charlie Puth - Insert scene of coming out at uni (SCENE ___)

Girls & Boys - Blur - Sexuality, experimenting with girls (SCENES 12-15)


Chapter 9: TransTape COMPLETE

iT - Christine and the Queens - mum helping me put tape on (SCENES 1-6)


Chapter 10: NHS Gender Identity Clinic COMPLETE

Let Me Be Myself - 3 Doors Down - being taken off the list (SCENE ___)

OK Not To Be OK - Marshmello & Demi Lovato - being taken off the list (SCENE ___)


Chapter 11: Top-Surgery COMPLETE

Silhouettes - Avicci - montage

Brave - Sara Bareilles - montage

Lights Up - Harry Styles - montage


Credits COMPLETE

Salt - Bad Suns




Potential additions

The Village - Wrabel

A Girl Called Johnny - The Waterboys

Tell Me A Story - Skylar Kergil

Beautiful Boy - Bethel Steele

Little Game - Benny

Hello Spaceboy - David Bowie

Dreaming Out Loud - We Are The In Crowd

Stones & Feathers - Alex Parks

How Far I'll Go - Auli'i Cravalho, Moana Soundtrack

Let It Go - Idina Menzel, Frozen Soundtrack

The Sweetest Gift - Sade