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A Journal for Jordan
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Composer: Marcelo Zarvos
Label: Sony Music Masterworks
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 12 December 2021

Sony Music Masterworks releases the score for A Journal for Jordan by composer Marcelo Zarvos. The film is based on the true story of First Sergeant Charles Monroe King, a soldier deployed to Iraq who begins to keep a journal of love and advice for his infant son. Back at home, senior New York Times editor Dana Canedy revisits the story of her unlikely, life-altering relationship with King and his enduring devotion to her and their child. A sweeping account of a once-in-a-lifetime love, the film is a powerful reminder of the importance of family...

The score for A Journal for Jordan contains 19 tracks (58 min, 39 sec). It's a sweet, emotional soundtrack with some beautifully melancholic themes.

Discussing the project, composer Marcelo Zarvos says: "A Journal for Jordan is a story about love, sacrifice and family that spans 20 years and is the most emotional and challenging score I’ve ever done. The music ranges from intimate to soaring, devastating and even humorous at times but always through the lenses of love in all its forms. Working with Denzel Washington [director] again, having previously done Fences together, was amazing. He really knows how to empower a composer while also giving very clear directions. It felt like a really safe space to try out ideas, and I really couldn’t ask more from any collaborator."

If heartbreakingly beautiful scores are your thing then this will quickly become one of your new favourite albums. It's emotional, tender and has so many sweet little moments that it's hard not to fall in love with it. Zarvos proves, once again, that when he's given the opportunity to get creative he holds nothing back.


Darren Rea

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