If I'm searching for ideas I tend to listen to Joe Hisaishi, he is a composer for most of Hayo Miyazaki's films.
This first one by Hisaishi was used in the scene where Ponyo's sisters help her break free from her bubble. Hisaishi really captured that moment of irrepressible freedom, because I'm pretty sure thats what Ponyo felt when she was freed in order to find Sosuke.
When Spirited Away first came out in the theatres my mom dragged me to go see the movie because she thought it looked "interesting" and I thought it looked stupid. I was hesitant at first and didn't know what to expect, but I was in for a suprise! This movie was beautiful in all aspects. I beleive I have watched this movie over twenty times...to the point where I have memorized the script...but I digress. The scene were Chihiro rides on the train is my favorite scene in the film. Chihiro is going through an inner struggle, her parents are pigs and she is traveling to return an item to the owner that just tried to kill her friend. She is filled with uncertainty and she is lost in thought. The song expresses those feelings she has and it makes me ponder about whatever is going on in my life as well. It's so....peaceful... but I wish youtube had the orchestra version of this song instead of the piano solo :(
Leonard Berstein is an amazing composer, I saw West Side Story for the fist time about a month ago and I can't get his tunes out of my head. The film was perfect in all aspects and I later found out it had won an oscar for best picture...