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  1. Oh, there's always a backstory ... https://vimeo.com/161081479
  2. In fairness, we will also be discussing (but not playing) a few alternate passages that haven’t been heard. (We aren’t discussing silly things like .43 seconds missing from the album for musical purposes. That falls under the “pedantry up with which I shall not put” category! ) It should be cool though! But yeah, I don’t love the overhyped promo. Feels a bit misleading. Love the hosts, and I get that this is how the internet works in 2021, but yeah …. If you’re in the mood for a more sedate discussion, I did a bit on BBC Radio 3 a week or so ago, and it came out quite well, I thought. Nothing there that diehards don’t already know, but I could read the phone book with that glorious music and it would still move me to tears! https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0012pd6
  3. We're doing a live commentary of the Rarities. TORN gets a little overzealous with their promos. I'll try to clarify on social media after holiday madness passes.
  4. Nothing too fancy, but the first winter storm of the season was bearing down on NY, and planters were being bagged up in preparation. Didn't make for a very sightly intro, so a little digital removal was employed. This was shot exactly 8 years ago today, by the way. Unbelievable!
  5. Also worth noting that documentaries, by their nature, are still filmmaking. Certain elements are shaped to make them more easily observed. Clever editing, ADR, and even visual effects are still employed. (My first appearance in the Smaug video blog employs some subtle CGI, although you'd never know it!) Just saying.
  6. I believe he's taken on conducting gigs between stretches of session dates before, so could just be popping out to Chicago for a day or two. Although, if Indy 5 is released on July 28, it's not impossible that the score will be fully recorded before June 9 anyway. Not every director asks for a zillion rewrites. (I know ... some do!) Jay, are you coming to Chicago?
  7. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra has just announced "an evening with John Williams conducting the CSO in his legendary scores" on their spring 2022 concert schedule.
  8. http://www.howardshore.com/a-palace-upon-the-ruins-selected-works/
  9. He just did an entire album of that sort of thing! The new concerto isn't going to but a hard sell because of its quality or relatability. It's a genuinely great work. But it's A) wildly virtuosic, B) long (it'll eat up a good chunk of a standard concert ... not to mention the rehearsal time), C) expensive (it requires a large, top-notch ensemble). With Willams and Mutter on the docket, tickets will sell. Heck, I travelled nearly 2,000 miles for it! However, I could see it having a difficult journey without these two superstars attached. If young performers take it on, and if the symphonies drop a Beethoven 7 -- or even some of Williams' commercial work -- on the second half of the program, maybe .... The work deserves it. It's just the logistics that can be nasty. Here's hoping!
  10. I'll put in online for free after FSM has reached its subscribers. Short version: -It's a lot to digest -It's great -Williams and Mutter are without equals -It's gonna be hard to get this behemoth into the standard rep
  11. PR writing is a strange beast. I got chewed out once for beginning a press bio with the word "In." "I hate that word! Who uses that word??"
  12. If there are scenes that don’t take place in the Second Age, it’s “and.”
  13. We are going to eat there, but have no solid plans beyond that. PM me? I almost never check Facebook these days.
  14. Yep! Although the lack of Uber service in this town isn’t making life any easier!
  15. Thanks. I will be at the premiere of Williams' Violin Concerto #2 at Tanglewood next month, so if anyone else is attending and wants to see a digital version ...
  16. Wait, someone was supposed to pay me for that!? Rats! Contracts -- at least in my situation -- are not necessarily given expiration dates. Not that I think it would matter in this case. The rights are so specific that you can't really even shop these things around. Between the movie and likeness rights, the Tolkien Estate, and the music publishing, the book needs to be done a very specific way. Right now, I'm trying to see what comes with the Amazon show. My deep hope is that a) it sort of clears up some rights restrictions and b) it rekindles a bit of interest. We shall see. It doesn't help that the Amazon production itself is a bit of an enigma. (Note to Amazon: if you hire me as a music consultant, I will erase that last sentence.) Impossible Silence -- I don't want to get into it, but someone I was close with had a mental breakdown while we were in production. (This was not someone involved with Impossible Silence or film music at all.) Tragically, that person did not survive the ordeal. I turned my attention away from the book during that time, and it's been very difficult to regain momentum. We actually started the ball rolling again in 2019/2020, but the pandemic stopped everything once again. Compared to the suffering others experienced in both these circumstances, the derailing of a niche film music book is, of course, nothing at all. I only mention it to address the question. Again, I still haven't given up hope. In this instance, putting a little time between writing and publishing actually makes the rights a bit easier. The few things that would had to have been cleared will all be public domain soon. So that's good. And hey, Spielberg is making a movie now that he's been trying to get going since before the days of E.T., so sometimes these things just take a long, long time!
  17. I think they were referring to Frodo's initial reluctance to take the Ring.
  18. That's in my basement now ... but I'm working on getting it displayed where more people might be able to see it in person.
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