John Williams wrote a new violin arrangement of "Across the Stars," the love theme for Attack of the Clones, for soloist Anne-Sophie Mutter. It's due to be released as part of a Williams classical compilation sometime next year, but the recording is out in the wild now. I thought I'd share. https://youtu.be/Htgxem9egbY For comparison purposes, … Continue reading “Across the Stars” – New Violin Arrangement
I have a practice of evening meditation. It's the last thing I do before bed, designed to help unspool my mind after a long day so that I will be minimally inflicted by insomnia or otherwise restless sleep. When I first started this practiced, and again when I renewed it, I would play either soft … Continue reading Meditations After Nightfall
Do the names Alexander Courage, George Duning, Jerry Fielding, Gerald Fried, Sol Kaplan, Samuel Matlovsky, Joseph Mullendore, or Fred Steiner sound familiar to you? Odds are good that even if you don't know them, you know their work. For the science fiction and/or classic television fans out there, they're best known as the composers who … Continue reading Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack Collection
There's a new Star Wars film. Perhaps you've heard something about it by now. A new film means a new score. For me, that's as exciting as the film itself, perhaps better. Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second in the series of anthology films set outside of the numbered Skywalker films that comprise … Continue reading John Williams and John Powell – Solo: A Star Wars Story
This is one of those blog entries about random things going on in my world. I have been under an avalanche of new stuff lately. It's been nice digging myself out again, I have to be honest, but the overwhelm has been something to behold. One part holiday gift cards and birthday money, one part … Continue reading Entertainment Overload
Although this site was new-ish last year, I still did a year in review post. Having survived another year, I thought it only appropriate to do it again. Only this time, you'll forgive me if I don't bother hunting down all the links. This site has a search function, and everything's tagged, so if you … Continue reading 2017: In Review
A Note from the Composer: In creating the character Indiana Jones, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg introduced an enduring and much loved figure into the pantheon of fictional movie heroes. Raiders of the Lost Ark was illuminated by the superb comedy-action performance of Harrison Ford and enlivened by the spirited direction of Steven Spielberg. Speaking … Continue reading DSO – Raiders of the Lost Ark in Concert
Settle in for a long one. I've got a lot to share. About a week ago, I dropped into a bit of a funk. It happens from time to time. Sometimes it lasts hours, sometimes it lasts months. Part of the human equation is that sometimes we have to fight our demons. Mine tend to … Continue reading Prodigal
There is a great disturbance in the Force. The soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available for pre-order at several sites, to be released December 15. I've already plunked down my money. Of course I did. Of course. There are currently no spoilerific track titles available that I've seen. If there is a … Continue reading Pre-Order!
It doesn't seem like that long ago that I discovered the Walt Disney Records Legacy Collection soundtracks... and promptly ordered them. What I couldn't figure out is how I'd missed them when they were first released, and why there were only a dozen titles. I mean, why stop? There are two built-in audiences for these … Continue reading Disney Legacy Collection Returns!