Set in the 1930’s, Rosie Takes the Train tells the story of Rosie, a young girl who boards a train and finds herself on an extraordinary journey speeding towards the unknown, experiencing love, loss, fear, and courage along the way. As a metaphor, the train shows Rosie in her past as well as in her future. Her “real self” is always trying to catch up to her “ideal self.”
Composer Colin Aguiar created a score featuring two interlaced themes for each of Rosie’s “selfs.” Aguiar stated, “My original score is enfolded around the film’s visuals. I wanted to push beyond the ‘literal’ and have the music reach a deeper symbolism.” Incorporating solo piano, Aguiar creates a slow, gentle melody to symbolize Rosie’s innocent yet captivating character. Additionally, the score blends classical orchestration with ethnic melodies to showcase various cultures and people. Aguiar uses the end credits as his allegorical expression of Rosie’s self-exploration. He explains, “The melodies are played backwards while in counterpoint with other melodies, indicative of Rosie’s ‘idealized self’ and her ‘real self’ existing concurrently.”
Beginning his compositional career writing musicals, Colin Aguiar promptly gained scoring credits for television and film. Aguiar scored the Oscar nominated short Fly. Other film credits include the critically acclaimed Ernest and Flyerman. His television credits include Traders and Harrison Bergeron, both nominated for ACCT Genie Awards and the series Lexx. Aguiar scored System of Units for director Richie Mehta who raved, “Colin Aguiar created a score with depth and emotion, heralding the arrival of a unique and major talent.” Other music credits include Ang Lee’s The Ice Storm and Bad Trip.