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!
You know what happens when the neighborhood is quiet over a weekend? I'm able to think, and actual progress happens. A few more weekends like this one, I might even have something interesting to offer on this blog for you to read. Saturday was all about monsters. My writing partner and I have hammered (no pun intended) … Continue reading Actual Progress
I try to be supportive of Disney, and I try to keep an open mind. Some who know me might readily disagree with that statement given my record when it comes to remakes, but I contend I'm not the problem. When you remake a classic, the bar is set high. When the same company remakes the … Continue reading Belle by Comparison
I'm listening to the latest Cinematic Sounds Radio podcast, and they've got new music from composer Lorne Balfe's LEGO Batman. As the host of the show Erik Woods says, "This score is just bonkers, in a good way." It's a parody of every Batman score that's come before, up to and including Nelson Riddle's '66 version. It's … Continue reading New Bat-Music