What Else I’ve Been Listening To Lately

I go through a fair share of film music in any given week. Classic scores by the great composers. New works from the modern masters. And some unexpected gems. I’ll listen to scores from my favorite films, and scores from films I haven’t seen.

Of course, one of the things I love about this blog is that I get to go on about all this wonderful music. And maybe some reader out there will stumble upon a post and get turned on to film music too. At least I can hope for that.

With that in mind, it seemed a good idea to share some of the favorites I’ve been listening to lately.

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These Are The Musical Voyages…

Spend the briefest length of time with me, and you’ll know that I love film music. I’ve been in love with film music for the better part of my life. It’s effectively permeated my DNA.

Spend a slightly longer length of time with me, and you’ll know that it all started with Jerry Goldsmith and his iconic score for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Since I first heard “THE score” all those years ago, music has been a huge part of my Star Trek experience.

And last night, that experience took me to a whole new dimension.
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Film Music Friday: Like Composer, Like Son

Hi again,

I’m trying something new with this post.  Much in the vein of my occasional Favorite “Forgotten” Films entries, I’m using today’s musings to launch a new series (to say nothing of further motivation to update this blog more regularly).

The title more or less speaks for itself; Film Music Friday will be my opportunity to share some of the scores I’ve collected and enjoyed over the years, along with some fun facts about their composition and recording.  Not so much reviews, these posts are really just fun you-gotta-hear-this stories.  Hope you enjoy them…

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The Next Williams

I’m not the first to say it.  But I believe it all the same, and so I don’t say it lightly.

Which is to say, Michael Giacchino is the John Williams of his generation.

He’s that film composer in every generation, one of a handful at most, who inspires so much excitement about his music, so much interest in film music in general, that even people who may otherwise know nothing of film composers know of him.
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2 Days Ago, In An Auditorium 20 Or So Minutes Away…

Spend enough time with me (or just check out my iPod), and you’ll figure out pretty quickly that I’m … let’s severely understate it and just say I’m rather fixated on film music.  I know next to nothing about current pop trends, but give me a Herrmann or a Goldsmith and I’m completely in my element.  In fact, being a film composer has been a near-lifelong fantasy of mine.  (Which I know will inspire at least one comment from a certain individual asking why I never did anything about that…)

So it goes without saying that I was thrilled when one of my birthday presents a few months back consisted of tickets to Friday night’s performance of the San Antonio Symphony, “Star Wars & More John Williams”.  That title more or less says it all – Williams is arguably the most famous of all film composers, and even if you don’t know his name, you know the soundtrack that introduced film music to my generation.  My day was made two months before I even had to wake up to it. Continue reading