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  1. Update: The podcast is available on iTunes and Spotify. It is also on the Podbean app, so there are plenty of places for you to hear the show and subscribe. Next episode online Wednesday!
  2. I will briefly mention "Heidi" and others as they come up in the chronology, but they will not get solo episodes.
  3. I have listened to a couple of episodes and really enjoyed them! I am not dealing with any of John Williams' TV work, only to mention that he was working on something in TV while composing a film score. I only plan for this to be a two-year project. I am anxious to see the Goldsmith Odyssey go for a decade!
  4. You will have a long wait. The earliest film there won't be discussed until sometime in fall 2019. I agree about #2.
  5. No, I did not know about that podcast until just an hour ago. That one is good, but I won't be deviating from the chronology or lumping two scores into one show.
  6. Thanks for listening, and for pointing out the little goofs in the first episode. The dates I found in my research had his involvement with Peter Gunn in 1957, but it could have been off. When I was talking about writing something "original," I was referring to music for film or other media. I read something about a piano sonata in his early days, but could not find a definitive date for it. So, I left it out. Sorry I beat you to the punch on the podcast idea. I was certain someone had done something like this in recent years, and was extremely surprised to find nothing
  7. Happy New Year to my fellow JWFan members! I am embarking on a new venture that I know will appeal to all of you. I am the host of the podcast “The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey.” The podcast is devoted to John Williams’ music career, from his first film in 1959 to the present. It’s a podcast unlike any of the others out there. Each episode will be devoted to one movie in Williams’ lengthy career, 107 films and counting. Think of it as a biography of John Williams, told through his music. You can hear the first three episodes now at this link I've embedded the player for the
  8. (deep breath) OK. I received my CDs three days ago and have listened to all of "Sorcerer's Stone" and the first disc of "Azkaban." More in a bit about why I'm avoiding "Chamber." Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful! Every second of the listening experience has been a joy. I am so thankful to have all of this music. Of course, the stuff we had on the original soundtracks were great, but all of this is just exciting to hear outside the films. For instance, getting the full version of "The Chess Game" was almost worth the money I paid for all seven CDs. It's the best action cu
  9. That was my "real life" period, when I was working so much and entering my 30s and trying to be a responsible human being. Taking time to answer a poll about the best Star Wars main title music was far from my mind from 2005 to 2011(and a few years after that). And, seeing that there were very few topics of interest at the time, I found myself weaning myself off my daily contributions to the site. I miss those pre-2005 days of JWFan.
  10. As much as I wanted to go to this, I am sort of glad I didn't. I would have been a blubbering mess during ET. I got to see JW conduct that piece live to film in 2012, and I was a blubbering mess then. The "Circus Train Chase" is a wonder to behold when performed live. So many musical cues that MUST be spot on to what is happening on film.
  11. I have forgiven the Academy for "Frida" and "Life Is Beautiful." I will never forgive the Academy for "Fame" and "Brokeback Mountain."
  12. It is indeed very full in TESB. That's why it's a very close second to me in terms of the performance. I could go on and on about my thoughts behind the orchestrations of the original three Main Title performances, but I think TESB needed to be beefed up.
  13. So far, I've listened to the first 30 minutes, and it's very in-depth! What I loved most in the podcast was hearing them use the word "yearning" a few times to describe Luke and how part of the main title epitomizes that. I think the "yearning" part is played in the French horn section. I always feel like the French horns are reaching/yearning for the apex of that theme in the same way Luke is reaching/yearning for a life away from Tatooine. I always get chills hearing the French horns playing it in "Star Wars," and not so much in the other films. In the sequels, the yearning is go
  14. Wrong film for his nomination. But sometimes they nominate scores that have a lot of mundane music instead of scores that have great music in a short amount of time. I am also sad "War for the Planet of the Apes" was not nominated. It was the best score of the year. I saw the movie twice just because I wanted to hear the score again in the film.
  15. Nope. Just a better music score. And now that it's been nominated for an Oscar, I fear it'll be more of the same for Episode 9.
  16. I suppose I shall be the lone dissenter here and express my displeasure at this news. While I want John Williams to finish out the third Star Wars trilogy, I haven't been impressed with too much of the music in this new trilogy. Lots of rehashes and too many reminders of how awesome the original trilogy was musically. When "The Force Awakens" ended, I shrugged my shoulders (physically and emotionally) over the music. After "The Last Jedi," I silently hoped Williams would hand over the reins to someone else for Episode 9. Oh, well. I hope there is a surge of inspiration that comes f
  17. What a wonderful film. The Holy Trinity of Spielberg/Streep/Hanks did not disappoint. Add in a lovely and unobtrusive John Williams score, and this is my favorite Spielberg film of the 21st century. I did not listen to the score album before seeing the film (as I usually do), and I was curious if this was going to be too much music or not enough. It was the perfect amount. As was stated in the Variety article, the music did not get in the way of the performances. The first music cue was when Ellsberg started compiling the papers, stealing them from the office and copying them. Very
  18. I visited the site in Dallas last September where John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It's creepy to see the spot where the fatal bullet hit him. I had my iPod with me, and listened to "Arlington" from "JFK" during that visit. Very emotional moment to have the music complement the action. All year, I have been posting a new piano performance on my Facebook page as part of my New Year's resolution. This month, I decided to learn the theme from "JFK" and post it as a commemoration of the president's death, which took place 54 years ago today. Here it is... JFK_Theme.MP4
  19. Only $7,000. It was the sixth question. Basic deduction should have ruled everyone out except Williams. He used his +1 lifeline and they picked Katharine Hepburn. Sorry about the misleading topic headline.
  20. Unfortunately, the contestant got it wrong.
  21. I bet they changed the distribution of the film in order to qualify for an Academy Award. I think the debut has to be at a film festival or a movie theater in order to be eligible. Think about it: Kobe Bryant could be an Academy Award winner next year. With the combination of Glen Keane and John Williams, it seems like s slam dunk.
  22. Ever since hearing the brass play over the introduction to the island in "Jurassic Park" in 1993, I have been a major fan of John Williams and his music. I have been spending the day listening to his music, and will started my annual "John Williams Film Festival" last night with "Jaws." Happy birthday!
  23. The Oscar-winning score has also been a part of a film nominated for Best Picture for 14 of the past 15 years. The only exception was "Frida" in 2002, when "The Hours" was the only score among the nominees with a corresponding Best Picture nomination. This year, "Bridge of Spies" is the only nominated score that was featured in a Best Picture nominee. That said, this might be just the second time in 16 years that an Oscar-winning score has not been featured in a Best Picture nominee. I'm always rooting for John Williams to win an Oscar, but I'm predictin
  24. I saw "The Hateful Eight" yesterday. I was going only to hear the score. I was not disappointed. The main title music is an awesome crescendo into the action of the film, and the major theme (as well as its orchestration) was memorable from the start. I knew it would win an Oscar, if it were to get nominated. Even though the film is being criticized for being over the top and too bloody, the music Morricone wrote was the best of the year. After the film, I ducked into a "Star Wars" screening and watched the scene where Rey flies the Millenium Falcon for the first time. After the scene, I thoug
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