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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: March 1, 2013

Aimsel's Post-Oscars Music In Movies Moments

Hello Darling Music Fans,

Here we are five days out from the Oscars. I especially appreciated the extra love that was given to music in film. Though, truth be told, “Chicago” ain’t my cup of tea. High-five to Babs, however, for banging out a terrific “The Way We Were.” Also, I love Adele, but “Skyfall” ain’t my thing either.

But it got me thinking about the importance of MUSIC in movies. Whether it’s a film’s soundtrack or a scene that actually involves the song, music is SUCH a key element of many of my favorite films.

What about you? What are your favorites? Here’s a collection of some of  most beloved musical movie moments. Some are sentimental, some are silly and some are just plain incredible. Take a look and think about other ones that have inspired you, brought you to tears, made you dance, laugh or just plain escape for a few moments from life.


“Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky II

Elton John. Tiny Dancer from “Almost Famous”

Paul Simon. “Only Living Boy in New York” from “Garden State”

Irene Cara “Out Here On My Own” from “Fame”

Aimee Mann (and the film cast) “Wise Up” from “Magnolia”

Audrey Hepburn singing “Moon River” in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Judy Garland singing “Over The Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz”

Harry Belafonte. “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” from “Beetlejuice”

Chuck Berry. “You Never Can Tell” from “Pulp Fiction”

“The Time Warp” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova “Falling Slowly” from “Once”

The Beatles. “Twist and Shout’ from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Queen. “Bohemian Rhapsody” from “Wayne’s World”

Simple Minds “Don’t You (Forget About Me) from “The Breakfast Club”

Mozart. “The Marriage of Figaro/Duettion- Sull ‘Aria” from The Shawshank Redemption

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