Beautiful Orchestration and Haunting Lyrics in “The Hanging Tree”

Congratulations to Jennifer Lawrence for gathering her courage and singing the haunting and halting lyrics to “The Hanging Tree,” a song included in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Tears may have fallen during the production of this special song, but Lawrence’s beautiful contralto voice articulated this revolutionary songstunningly. Creating a mental image in the listener’s mind that emphasized the deeply rooted horror behind the movie’s storyline.

James Newton composed the song with the Lumineers, using the same lyrics as found in the third installment of The Hunger Games trilogy. The song begins with Lawrence vocalizing the lyrics, a full orchestra builds in the background, and a professional choir eventually joins in the vocalization. “The Hanging Tree” will move avid followers of The Hunger Games, stirring the emotions that the exciting yet terrible story evokes.

To prepare for the song, Lawrence underwent training from a vocal coach. The director stated the training was simply to build her confidence, because the young woman already had an ear for music. And according to this listener, the training paid off. Lawrence sang in an attention-grabbing, halting style, very similar to some musicians today, and blended perfectly with the crescendo orchestration.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack will soon be available for sale. “The Hanging Tree” might increase the soundtrack’s sales, in which they’ll definitely need help from sites like Qnet to sell their wonderful soundtrack. Hopefully such an occurrence would boost Lawrence’s confidence permanently.

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