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Seven Years
Posted By: Neil Shurley 7/20/2011 - 10:00 PM
Just a quick note to acknowledge that seven years ago today, we lost Jerry Goldsmith.

In memorium, I wrote a post about seven of my favorite Goldsmith albums. I tried to concentrate on overall listening experience, on albums that I like to play in their entirety rather than needle dropping onto just the main titles (cough cough 100 Rifles cough cough).

And in other news, I still use phrases like "needle dropping."

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Changing Opinion
Posted By: Neil Shurley 4/4/2011 - 10:00 PM
Today my favorite Bond score is Live and Let DIe.

It was the first Bond soundtrack I owned, purchased on LP for something like two dollars at a small convenience store in a small town during a small period of my youth. It must have been late 1976, early 1977. Bond was returning to the big screen soon with The Spy Who Loved Me and this album became my gateway to the world of Bond music. I'd watched many of the earlier films on television, with my dad. It was always an event, a great bonding experience (if you'll pardon the word choice). But I had yet to see James Bond on the big screen. That summer, when The Spy Who Loved Me arrived in our tiny town, I got to see it. What a fabulous introduction to Bond at an impressionable age. No wonder I've been a Bond fan ever since.

But before that, I had Live and Let Die.

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A Strange Elegy
Posted By: Neil Shurley 2/9/2011 - 10:00 PM
Jerry Goldsmith would have turned 82 today.

I want to crank up Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the score that, to me, still perfectly encapsulates Jerry’s genius and continues to reveal depths and shadings to me after decades of play.

But instead, I’m listening to The Illustrated Man.

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Book 'em
Posted By: Neil Shurley 7/26/2010 - 10:00 PM
Remember when TV shows had theme songs? You know, real, recognizable, hummable, identifiable theme songs?

These days, we're lucky to get a credit sequence at all, let alone an original standalone theme.

Well, for the upcoming "re-imagining" of Hawaii Five-0, CBS is targeting the classic theme song as a lynch pin in its overall marketing strategy. Yes, the Morton Stevens tune is being treated like a product -- and CBS plans to blanket the world with it.

It's an interesting strategy - hoping young viewers who've probably never even heard of Jack Lord will tune into this CSI-like show simply because of the cool theme. If it works, could we see a renaissance of actual theme songs on TV?

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Five Seventies-era Sci-Fi TV Shows Whose Music I'd Like to Have on CD - or - If Wishes Were Horses...
Posted By: Neil Shurley 6/26/2010 - 10:00 PM
The music makes it seem wonderful, just the way the show exists in my memory. I'd rather not let the cold stench of reality spoil that feeling.
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Top 25 Most Played (in my iTunes folder) - or - A Sunday Trifle
Posted By: Neil Shurley 6/12/2010 - 10:00 PM
I recently got a new (to me) computer, resulting in the rebooting of my iTunes library. So my play counts reset to zero. As far as iTunes was concerned, I'd never played any of my music tracks before.

Today I took a look, just for grins, at the "Top 25 Most Played" list (that iTunes automatically adds to your list of folders). Right away, I saw confirmation of the recent Star Trek bender I've been on.

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Best. Christmas. Ornament. Ever.
Posted By: Neil Shurley 5/14/2010 - 10:00 PM
When you push a button, it plays Gerald Fried's iconic music.
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Five Thoughts About FSM's Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Posted By: Neil Shurley 4/18/2010 - 10:00 PM
I defy you not to love it.
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Why I'm on Twitter - some ramblings on the subject
Posted By: Neil Shurley 3/8/2010 - 10:00 PM
Yes, yes, I know. You don't understand Twitter. You already spend enough time on the message boards here or on Facebook or both or whatever. Maybe you just don't care about Twitter. Hey, brother, we reach. I was the same way.

But you know what? A couple days back we found out from David Arnold that a 2 cd set of Independence Day is coming from LaLaLand. And today I got to see some of John Debney's music from Iron Man 2.

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Goldsmith on Murder -or- Reinstating My Charter Membership in The Cult of Jerry
Posted By: Neil Shurley 2/6/2010 - 10:00 PM
I've never seen the TV show Hawkins. Essentially, nobody has.

Originating as a 1973 TV movie starring James Stewart, it became a short-lived series and vanished into oblivion. From the descriptions, it sounds like a progenitor to Matlock.

The show disappeared. But the music lives on.
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