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 Posted:   Aug 23, 2013 - 9:19 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary quote from Elmer:


"To deny what a film is about is death for the score and the film alike."

# 12 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary:

"If a filmmaker ever says 'Look, I just don't know enough about music, that's what you're here for,' go to your local church, get on your knees and thank God."

# 13 ElmerWisdom

 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 4:57 PM   
 By:   yonythemoony   (Member)

Bear McCreary:

"If a filmmaker ever says 'Look, I just don't know enough about music, that's what you're here for,' go to your local church, get on your knees and thank God."

# 13 ElmerWisdom


lol, that's my favorite one.

I love this one:

"In the long run, you're judged by how you helped the film, not how many records you sold".

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 24, 2013 - 9:32 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Okay here is the one before that one:

"When people remember your scores, they're really remembering the film & the film experience. Not the music, just the association, because the music worked for them."

#14 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 29, 2013 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary:

Previously on "Elmer Wisdom": I recently found my old notebooks from my time spent with my first musical mentor, film music legend Elmer Bernstein. In the frayed pages, there were 25 quotes I wrote verbatim and underlined. Fifteen years, and a professional career later, these words resonate with me even stronger than when I first heard them.

I am posting one quote a day for 5 weeks. Aside from being a master musician, Elmer was also a passionate educator. He wanted his wisdom and experience passed on to the next generation.

Thus begins week 4: "Focus on who you are, what you're willing to do or not do. Don't prostitute yourself.”

# 16 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 9:20 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary:

"Temp Music: BAD."

#17 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 30, 2013 - 1:37 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

"Everybody on a film thinks they have two jobs: their own... and music."

#18 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

"If things keep going this way, there will be no more great scores." (1999)

#19 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 31, 2013 - 11:29 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

These quotations are so very good. They give us insight into the struggles composers may have with know-it-all directors and producers, and they just increase my respect for composers' difficult jobs. They also reflect Bernstein's boundless integrity.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 1, 2013 - 8:16 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

"Jerry Goldsmith is the #1 composer working now. He's open to new ideas and always inventing." (1999)

# 20 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 3, 2013 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary:

We're down to The Final Five: the last week of Elmer Bernstein quotes. Here goes:

"If you get a chance to do the job, even if it’s going to be a mess. Do it."

# 21 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 4, 2013 - 10:45 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

"You can't change the system. You have to deal with it the way it is."

# 22 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 9:29 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

"There is a mystical element to a flute in its low register."

# 23 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 5, 2013 - 11:16 AM   
 By:   BJN   (Member)

My favorite which is probably a totally alien concept to too many on this board:

"People look down on you when you criticize or belittle others. Don't do it."

# 7 ElmerWisdom


With that side remark you actually criticized or belittled too many on this board.

Should I now look down on you?

Great, great thoughts on the other hand. When he finishes the 25 underlined sentences maybe Bear could switch to the non-underlined ones.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 6, 2013 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

"Filmmakers tend to be comfortable when we're comfortable, which happens when we're ourselves."

# 24 ElmerWisdom

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 7, 2013 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Bear McCreary:

And we arrive at the end: the final Elmer Bernstein quote from my notebooks. Thanks to everyone for reading along with me. This has been a joyous experience for me. I will be posting a blog entry soon about all this.

Here's the last quote I wrote down:

"You have to love what you are doing."

# 25 ElmerWisdom

 
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