Episode 3

Published on:

14th Feb 2022

How Did a Writing Project Gone Wrong Ruin Garden State (2004) for Ryan? w/ Brandice Wilson and Nicole Barlow

Happy Valentines Day! For this week's episode, Ryan, Brandice, and Nicole talk about a film where a character tells another character "This song will change your life." which seems like the perfect film to discuss on this podcast! That's right, we discuss Zach Braff's 2004 film, Garden State, and it's Grammy Award Winning Soundtrack. Ryan and Nicole originally saw the movie in its original theatrical run, while Brandice had never seen the film until she was tasked to for the podcast, so there's an interesting discussion about how the movie spoke to our 3 hosts. We talk about whether the soundtrack and film have aged gracefully, the influence that they had on popular culture, and why this film didn't lead to bigger and better things for our actor/writer/director triple threat. Of course we talk about The Shins, and Ryan shares about trying to help someone write their own version of Garden State.

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About the Podcast

Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Nicole Barlow and Ryan Pak take a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, They discuss personal connections to the soundtrack, with a guest.

Episodes are released on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!