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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from kenkraly2004 in New Podcast! The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey   
    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 first episode below as well. Episode 1 sets up the premise of the podcast and details John Williams’ life before he tackled his first film score. Episode 2 officially starts the journey through his career with a listen to Williams’ score for his debut film “Daddy-O.” Episode 3 analyzes the score for his second film “I Passed For White.”
    This podcast will examine Williams’ career in chronological order. This way, you’ll appreciate the journey toward the scores that made him famous. New episodes will be available each Wednesday. The podcast will appear on iTunes in a few days.
    Though I hope my podcast appeals to the general public, I’m extremely interested to know what John Williams fans think of it. You can post comments here in the forums or on the podcast’s website. You can also send me an email at jeffswim@aol.com if you don’t want to comment publicly.
    Thanks for listening!
     
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Once in Those bastards who fought with John Williams... and won!   
    I have forgiven the Academy for "Frida" and "Life Is Beautiful."
     
    I will never forgive the Academy for "Fame" and "Brokeback Mountain."
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in The STAR WARS Main Title   
    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 gone but the desire for greatness is still stated.
     
    I also loved how they implied that this was the theme Luke would write for himself. Now that I know music theory, I understand the concept of the perfect fifth, and it's fun to be able to follow that. Four years ago, all that talk starting around the 9:00 mark would have been gibberish.
     
    The main title from "Star Wars" will always be the best (with Empire a close second).
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from martybmusic in The STAR WARS Main Title   
    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.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Bespin in Those bastards who fought with John Williams... and won!   
    I have forgiven the Academy for "Frida" and "Life Is Beautiful."
     
    I will never forgive the Academy for "Fame" and "Brokeback Mountain."
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Jay in The STAR WARS Main Title   
    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 gone but the desire for greatness is still stated.
     
    I also loved how they implied that this was the theme Luke would write for himself. Now that I know music theory, I understand the concept of the perfect fifth, and it's fun to be able to follow that. Four years ago, all that talk starting around the 9:00 mark would have been gibberish.
     
    The main title from "Star Wars" will always be the best (with Empire a close second).
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Sibelius6 in John Williams nominated for 51st Oscar, for "The Last Jedi"   
    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.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from gkgyver in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Sibelius6 in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Remco in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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 from this film. I really want the music to be good. But, I'm tempering my expectations because they have been dashed twice previously.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Pieter Boelen in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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 from this film. I really want the music to be good. But, I'm tempering my expectations because they have been dashed twice previously.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Thor in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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 from this film. I really want the music to be good. But, I'm tempering my expectations because they have been dashed twice previously.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Sibelius6 in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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 from this film. I really want the music to be good. But, I'm tempering my expectations because they have been dashed twice previously.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from crumbs in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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 from this film. I really want the music to be good. But, I'm tempering my expectations because they have been dashed twice previously.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from ocelot in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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 from this film. I really want the music to be good. But, I'm tempering my expectations because they have been dashed twice previously.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from John in Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!   
    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 from this film. I really want the music to be good. But, I'm tempering my expectations because they have been dashed twice previously.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in Commemorating JFK's death   
    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
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Josh500 in John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire   
    Unfortunately, the contestant got it wrong.

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    Trumpeteer reacted to #SnowyVernalSpringsEternal in John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire   
    Trumpeteer is alive!!!!
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    Trumpeteer reacted to Matt S. in John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire   
    Agent: "John, we got an offer for you to be a contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire."
     
    John: "You're going to need someone a lot smarter than me for that."
     
    Agent: "I know, but they're all dead!"
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Loert in John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire   
    Unfortunately, the contestant got it wrong.

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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Once in John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire   
    Unfortunately, the contestant got it wrong.

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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from John in John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire   
    Unfortunately, the contestant got it wrong.

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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from Will in John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire   
    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.
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    Trumpeteer got a reaction from crumbs in John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire   
    Unfortunately, the contestant got it wrong.

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