Saturday, March 24, 2007

John, baby... I love ya.


Mim said...

Classical music flourished as society developed to a point where people had leisure time. It languished as society became so frenetic that people had only enough time to take their music in 3-5 minute increments.

But movies have given musicians a place to flourish again. Film has given them the time to explore themes and weave them together.

John Williams is undoubtedly the greatest composer alive today, but I've always been partial to Danny Elfman. Unfortunately, Danny probably wouldn't have done justice to Memoirs of a Geisha.

Who's next, MM? Bernard Herrmann?

MaryAn Batchellor said...

John Williams transformed the way we think about film music forever with his grand symphonic score for Star Wars. By then, we'd already heard Jaws and Close Encounters but it was Star Wars that made us want that golden age music again that resulted in themes like Superman and Raiders and.

Mim, I love Danny Elfman too, but he's too dark and whimsical for Geisha.

Mim said...

Yeah, but his music works so well with Tim Burton's dark and whimsical stories.

Mystery Man said...

I like Danny Elfman. He had a CD that came out last year that I've been listening to recently called "Serenada Schizophrana." It was just the right mood for the "dark thing" I'm working on.