Busted! This was cheating on my part. Because I went all Hemmingway, I felt like the music would do exactly what you suggest, create and describe feelings. And I love corny montages – love them – like Rocky running around Philadelphia. Here as in film, the montage functions as a shortcut, a way of pumping up the emotions of the audience. I still like that, but appreciate your point that I can take off the training wheels here