Song of the Day #2018

Song of the Day: Catch Me If You Can (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link], composed by John Williams, exhibits another side to his repertoire. The composer started out as jazz pianist “Johnny” Williams and was the featured pianist in the original “West Side Story” film score. This wonderful jazz-influenced score is a nice complement to the 2002 film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

Song of the Day #2017

Song of the Day:  Schindler’s List (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link], composed by John Williams, offers some of the most heart-wrenching themes ever written by the maestro. The score for the 1993 Steven Spielberg-directed film, starring Liam Neeson, features the great Itzhak Perlman on violin. It was reported that when Williams first saw a rough cut of the film, he was so choked up that he told the director,”I really think you need a better composer than I am for this film.” Spielberg replied: “I know, but they’re all dead.” Given that tonight is the 65th Annual Grammy Awards, it should be noted that this Williams score won the Grammy Award for “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media“. Williams has received 73 Grammy nominations over his illustrious career, winning 25.

Song of the Day #2016

Song of the Day: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link], composed by John Williams, contains all those original, charming magical qualities that served as the musical backdrop for one of the most successful and entertaining franchises in film history. Williams received an Oscar nomination for the score to this 2001 film. Today begins five days of suites dedicated to Williams, the oldest Oscar nominee in Academy Award history, as we approach his 91st birthday.

That’s What Friends Are For!

Two of my friends—who really know my penchant for writing and saying a lot in response to any question asked … did this for Facebook. I’m sharing it with my Notablog readers.

For those who understand, no explanation is needed. For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible. (H/T Benjamin Virnston & Ryan Neugebauer)

Song of the Day #2015

Song of the Day: A Streetcar Named Desire (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link], composed by Alex North, was one of the first jazz-infused film scores ever heard on the big screen. It reflects the compelling psychological dynamics of the characters in this 1951 film adaptation of the Tennessee Williams Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

Song of the Day #2014

Song of the Day: The Pink Panther (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link], composed by Henry Mancini, includes the truly memorable main theme along with all those jazzy Mancini-esque touches that are heard throughout this 1963 comedy, starring David Niven and Peter Sellers. Okay, the Pink Panther is not a groundhog by a long shot, but Happy Groundhog Day nonetheless!*


*Footnote: Well, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and this tells us six more weeks of winter await us. But Staten Island Chuck—who once took a bite out of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s hand—did not see his shadow, and hence, he predicts an early spring. I’d say it’s a 50-50 toss-up!

The 19th Annual Film Music February Festival / Song of the Day #2013

Song of the Day: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (“Soundtrack Suite”) [YouTube link], composed by Howard Shore, features memorable themes from the 2001 epic fantasy adventure directed by Peter Jackson, the first of a trilogy of films based on the J. R. R. Tolkien classic. It was once said that music is the inner heartbeat of a movie. This Nineteenth Annual Film Music February Festival will give us a chance to listen to some memorable beats of the cinematic heart.

Song of the Day #2012

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Shared Smoke”) [YouTube link] features the music of Dave Porter—the man whose compositions we started with on New Year’s Day. He provided the original scoring for the entire BB-EC-BCS universe. This track is featured in Season 6, Episode 13 (“Saul Gone”) of BCS, which first aired on August 15, 2022. It is heard in the closing scenes between Jimmy “Saul Goodman” McGill and Kim Wexler [YouTube link]. There are so many takeaways from this last episode and these final scenes—not the least of which is creator Vince Gilligan’s sense of justice, individual responsibility and the moral imperative of facing the consequences of one’s actions. Yet, one of the lingering, most poignant aspects of these scenes is how they project the complicated but loving relationship  between Jimmy and Kim, a key to the success of BCS and to the final moments of the BB franchise. On the occasion of the Fifteenth Anniversary of the beginning of this grand franchise, all I can say is: “It’s all good, man!” [YouTube link].

Song of the Day #2011

Song of the Day: Better Call Saul (“Jim on the Move”) [YouTube link], composed and performed by Lalo Schifrin, derives from the 1967 soundtrack to the “Mission: Impossible” TV series. It’s also heard not coincidentally in Season 6, Episode 10 (“Nippy”) of BCS. The episode also starts an arc that includes a sweet guest star turn by Carol Burnetta big fan of the Gilliverse—as Marion. Check out how this groovy 60s track frames the setup by Gene Takovic (aka Saul Goodman aka Jimmy McGill) against the mall security guards [YouTube link].