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  1. In the spring of 1994, I won a "You Pick the Oscars" contest put on by a radio station in my college town. The grand prize was two plane tickets to anywhere in the USA. It took a bit of research (no real web at the time), but I discovered Williams was conducting the Boston Pops with Itzhak Perlman as soloist. One of my friends had relatives in Boston, so I provided the plane tickets and he provided the accommodations! The concert was very good (and long) with Peter Schickele on the program, too. Afterward, my friend and I, as well as a few others waited outside the stage door to try to get an autograph. We waited for a LONG time before Perlman made his way up the elevator and out the door. He graciously signed the inside cover of the SCHINDLER'S LIST CD. We waited even longer and most of the people left. Stagehands and whoever else told us Williams wouldn't be coming out and to just go home. Somehow we thought to walk a bit down the street to the underground entrance and, lo and behold, John Williams was walking to a waiting car! We pleaded with security to get an autograph and, taking pity on us, Williams stepped forward and signed the outside cover of the CD. My friend brought "...by Request" and got it signed as well. By then there was only one other person hanging around and he signed something for her, as well. What little chit-chat there was consisted of talking about how far we'd come for the concert (Oregon to Mass.). I've seen two other Williams-conducted concerts since and never felt the need to repeat the experience!
  2. Funny you mention this. WAY back in the late '80s, I saw BEETLEJUICE on video and remember thinking the opening title music was so original and fresh and (quietly) lamenting that JW didn't really write music like that. Then I saw WITCHES OF EASTWICK and was blown away! That it was written the year previous was just icing on the cake. WITCHES was the first CD I ever bought and is still one of my favorite Williams scores.
  3. I've always found "Pops in Love" to be a very good listen. "Pops a la Russe" is very energetic and "Pops Britannia" has (I think) the premiere recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' "An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise," of course commissioned by Williams for the Pops.
  4. At 600x600, I thought Sissy Spacek was carrying a child wrapped in a blanket. At 1200x1200 I can finally see it's a SANDBAG!
  5. The bluesy-ness of the "Love Theme" has always been a highlight for me in this score. When I first heard the theme to "War Horse," the flute part immediately reminded me of this cue. Also, back in the '90s, the Babe Ruth biopick trailer used "Ancestral Home" to good effect. https://youtu.be/xZ7oY0tA7qU
  6. The Williams tune? I ask because Keith Lockhart opens his (excellent) Boston Pops Christmas album with "Gloria," but it's not by John Williams and it's much more Christmas-y.
  7. I'd love to hear "Blue Cathedral" live! Most of the recordings I've heard just don't get loud enough for the fine details near the end.
  8. I remember the orchestral version of "Sound the Bells" was used as the music underneath the announcer as he told us who would be performing. Often, it was the highlight of the week trying to hear just a few precious clean seconds of non-film music from Williams! Over the years, Williams did perform quite a bit of his music on the show. I remember an Olympics-themed episode in '96 with "Summon the Heroes" (and "Javelin"). I think Williams even gave Randy Newman his first shot at conducting publicly with the Pops one time (though I could be mis-remembering this). And there was a pre-recorded conversation between the two where Newman admitted to voting for "Home Alone" for the Oscar. Anyone recall this?
  9. Too many to name, probably, but one that always struck me was tracking shot at the opening of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. When the first cross comes into frame, Williams scores it with a subtle snare roll. Appropriate and moving.
  10. So we just got back from ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and I must say... I missed the music credits due to a fake cigarette promo playing split-screen at the same time! Dang. The internet is chockablock with info about all the songs Tarantino used, but I can't find a list of all the film score bits he re-appropriated. My ears first perked up when the sound of Bernard Herrmann's TORN CURTAIN music was played prominently. Another scene, when Brad Pitt is looking in the house for George (I don't want to say too much), is underscored by some tense music. Sort of reminded me of Williams' TV music, but I suspect Williams is not hip enough for a Tarantino film. Anyone see the movie or know where a list cues can be found? Thanks.
  11. Nearly every album I've purchased on vinyl in the last five years has had a code for a digital download. Perhaps they do the same for the 10".
  12. Wasn't "Summon the Heroes" composed with the knowledge it would be sliced and diced for all sorts of NBC packages and segments? It always seemed less cohesive than the others, but after a few listens, the complexities make it a stand-out. Still, the original Fanfare and Theme is the best! (Especially after hearing the new Dudamel recording with the thunderous percussion and organ.
  13. According to this article on FSM way back in 1998, John Williams' song cycle "Seven for Luck" was premiered in its entirety at Tanglewood on July 25th, 1998. While searching online, I came across this project: https://www.bso.org/brands/tanglewood/tanglewood-music-center/tmc75-archival-recording-project-downloads.aspx#about A Tanglewood archival recording project? This sounds like a good way to start a search for a possible recording of the evening's concert. The page has no directly link for contact. Does this organization know it's sitting on a musical gem?
  14. I love the chirping brass that follows that.
  15. I think the Tuba Concerto was a turning point. For me, it perfectly melds Williams' film and concert sensibilities into a perfect work. I selected its third movement as my favorite (just to be consistent), but I could just as easily selected the slow movement of the Trumpet or the first from the Bassoon or the scherzo from the Cello. Too many to choose! And "Highwood's Ghost" is really a masterpiece!
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