The Soundtrack To Our Lives

Shannon Hegarty
June 25, 2021

The Greatest Showman, Footloose, Guardians of the Galaxy…What do these movies have in common? Bloody amazing soundtracks.

We’ve all had those moments, you know the ones, when you’re sitting on a train or bus with your earphones in, listening to some moody music watching the raindrops hit the window, while you feel like you’re in a sad movie scene, contemplating your entire existence (if you say you haven’t done this, you’re lying). Or maybe you’re driving down a long, straight road on a sunny day, blasting Rascal Flatts’ ‘Life Is A Highway’, pretending you’re Lightning McQueen on his journey to the Piston Cup (hope this one isn’t just us). Nonetheless all know the power of music and how certain songs can make us feel like we’re in a movie.

It’s no secret that we are quite the film fanatics here at Shady Dolphin. We love to take inspiration from classic movies in our work and we are regularly motivated by the soundtracks that accompany them. So, we thought about the music that we feel suits our personalities the best and created our very own soundtracks.


Each of our Dolphins were tasked with creating their soundtrack based on some typical movie scenes, so may we proudly present “Shady Dolphin: The Soundtrack”.


First up, we have our Account Director, John Beattie.


Opening scene: The Power Of Love by Huey Lewis and the News

Going on an adventure: Pocketful of Sunshine by Natasha Bedingfield (interesting choice John..)

Faced with trouble: I’m Still Standing by Elton John

One of those ‘sad’ scenes: If This Is The End by Ryan McMullan

When things everything starts to come together: Bowie On The Radio by Ryan McMullan (Bit of a fanboy our John)

Closing scene: Caledonia by Dougie MacLean


We reckon John’s movie would be quite cheesy based on the soundtrack he’s chosen. But who knows? It could be a cult classic!


Next, is Art Director, Fergal Hughes:


Opening scene: Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes

Going on an adventure: Comeback Kid by Brett Dennen

Faced with trouble: Sabotage by The Beastie Boys

One of those ‘sad’ scenes: Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

When everything starts to come together: Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding

Closing scene: When I Get To Heaven by John Prine


Interesting choices by our Fergs… an Indie movie perhaps?


 Creative Director, Tom Hughes is next - this should be interesting!


Opening scene: The Circle of Life by Elton John

Going on an adventure: Lord Of The Rings theme by Howard Shore

Faced with trouble: Wanted Dead or Alive by Bon Jovi

One of those ‘sad’ scenes: Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson

When everything starts to come together: You Make My Dreams Come True by Daryl Hall and John Oates

Closing scene: Gladiator Theme by Hans Zimmer


Some real classics in there, this one could be a major blockbuster!


Now we have our Digital Designer, Peter Brown (AKA listener of JUST dance music):


Opening scene: Boss by Mercer

Going on an adventure: Little By Little by Lane 8

Faced with trouble: Going On by Groove Delight

One of those ‘sad’ scenes: (Dance music is never sad, so Peter’s movie has no sad scenes – love it!)

When everything starts to come together: Exhale by Rakoon

Closing scene: Slazburg by Worakls


This movie is definitely set in a nightclub. We’re here for it.



Last but not least, Marketing Coordinator, Shannon Hegarty:


Opening scene: Sweet Disposition by Temper Trap

Going on an adventure: Tongue Tied by Grouplove

Faced with trouble: That’s Life by Frank Sinatra

One of those ‘sad’ scenes: Robbers by The 1975

When everything starts to come together: Golden by Harry Styles

Closing scene: Carry Me Away by John Mayer


Definitely a coming-of-age movie. No doubt about it.


Thanks for listening!


So, there it is folks. A brief listen into the lives of the Shady Dolphins if our lives were… movie soundtracks!


You can listen to the entire playlist right HERE.


Give it a go and make your own - we’d love to hear them!

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