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 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   Vermithrax Pejorative   (Member)

I think he should get an Oscar for his birthday! smile

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 2:21 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

In celebration of his 81st birthday today, John Williams would like to thank Mussorgsky, Holst, Stravinsky and Prokofievsmile

(Before anyone jumps on me, I'm joking)

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 3:11 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Happiest birthday for one of the best film composers in movie history!

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 4:46 AM   
 By:   spanosdm   (Member)

Happiest birthday for one of the best film composers in movie history!

What you said -- and I would take out the word "movie" big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   jonnyquest   (Member)

A joyous birthday to the fella who has set my life to music since I first started humming "Lost In Space" as a kid in the late 60's. smile The first thing I heard my clock radio exclaim this morning was the commentator on NPR's "Morning Edition" reporting "Composer John Williams is 81 Years Old Today!" A happy way to start my Friday, for sure.

As much as you can love someone you've never met, I love John Williams. For me, he's one of those people who lives in my heart and has inspired me my whole life, never having even shaken hands. What a life well-lived. And what a gift to give so many. Warmest best wishes and many, many more happy, healthy birthdays to him.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   Bill in Portland Maine   (Member)

Happy birthday, John! Half of my music library has your name on it.

I'll never forget how hearing the finale from "The Empire Strikes Back" for the first time kept me superglued to my seat until the last note played. I went back to see it a dozen times that summer---partially because it's a great flick, but also because I had to hear that score again. "Empire" was the first soundtrack I ever bought, and I played it to death. But actively listening to it in the theatre with all the visuals and sound effects swirling around it was just amazing.

I don't think I've ever dived into learning about a subject as quickly and completely as I did film music. "Empire" did it for me. John Williams did it for me. He had me at Darth Vader's theme.

That he's 81 and still producing masterpieces---and not just for movies---is a real gift.

I can't wait to see what he has planned for the second half of his life.

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 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 6:30 AM   
 By:   Maleficio   (Member)

Happy Birthday to the best composer in the world!!!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 6:47 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

Happy birthday, John! Half of my music library has your name on it.

I'll never forget how hearing the finale from "The Empire Strikes Back" for the first time kept me superglued to my seat until the last note played. I went back to see it a dozen times that summer---partially because it's a great flick, but also because I had to hear that score again. "Empire" was the first soundtrack I ever bought, and I played it to death. But actively listening to it in the theatre with all the visuals and sound effects swirling around it was just amazing.

I don't think I've ever dived into learning about a subject as quickly and completely as I did film music. "Empire" did it for me. John Williams did it for me. He had me at Darth Vader's theme.

That he's 81 and still producing masterpieces---and not just for movies---is a real gift.

I can't wait to see what he has planned for the second half of his life.

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The first STAR WARS did it for me. He had me at the first blaring of the horns on "Main Title" and the opening rollup...

I haven't missed a score by him since.

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 7:05 AM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

The remaining Chicago classical radio broadcast station WFMT-FM played "The Imperial March" this morning and mentioned they would be playing more John Williams today in honor of his birthday.

This is a usual pattern of birthday programming for the station which puts Williams in some mighty fancy company of highlighted composers.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   TPC   (Member)

Williams' incredible music for Star Wars was my introduction to film music as an eight-year old boy in 1977. He was the best then, he's still the best now, and he'll always be my favorite composer.

Happy Birthday, Maestro!

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   SunSword   (Member)

Happy Birthday Johnny! The world would not be the same if you were never born.

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   judy the hutt   (Member)

Happy Birthday to the best composer in the world!!!!!!!

Amen to that. Watched Superman and listened to Heartbeeps yesterday to get started. Now what shall I listen to and watch today?

Judy In Tucson


 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 7:58 AM   
 By:   Rnelson   (Member)

I'm all for "Turning back the World" so he can stop aging (and so can I).

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 8:50 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

Wishing the Maestro Health and Happiness and continued inspiration.

John Williams is truly our top man!

The LINCOLN Score is heartbreakingly superb and wonderful! I love this music.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAESTRO JOHNNY!

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 8:54 AM   
 By:   sandor   (Member)

Hieperdepiep hoeraaaa!

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 8:55 AM   
 By:   Jon C   (Member)

Happiest birthday for one of the best film composers in movie history!

What you said minus "one of" imho

Happy birthday Mr. Williams

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 9:04 AM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I think he should get an Oscar for his birthday! smile

I'll second that!

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 9:45 AM   
 By:   dogplant   (Member)

Yes siree matey I feel eighty feet tall.
My heavens above ev'ryone loves ev'rybody
And we're havin' a Big Beautiful Ball!

 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

I'll play a slew of Williams tonight after I get home. No access to the cd collection at the office.

The first Williams score in my LP collection was his Oscar winning adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof.

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 8, 2013 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

The word genius is bandied about so much and the when the words the greatest and the best is routinely tossed at you it eventually must lose it's meaning and even get depressing for composer greats because they know more or less what they have done and their position in music history. So the best they can do is give a polite "thank you" or admire the young naive passion that their fans exude. Williams here in America, as Morricone is elsewhere, is a rockstar, and that type of worship can get tiring.

So on your 81st let me thank you for what makes you truly great to me. After so many years of being in such a high position in film music you have always focussed totally on the job before you. Getting on the inside of a film and finding it's voice through your knowledge, techniques, tricks and your transcendant muse. You stumble, struggle and somehow always come through with something that expands what is seen onscreen and hits emotional chords as well as musical ones. And, of course, there are the special moments when everything comes together so perfectly that film and music are no longer separate but all-of-a-piece and you have indeed created something wholly original. To have not an average career of a simple arc, but a number of arcs spanning decade after decade is so very rare. Thank you for all that. Thank you for demanding so much of yourself, and the hard work that gives you and us so much satisfaction!

 
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