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Disco Stu

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  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/03/arts/music/jack-sheldon-dead.html RIP Jack Sheldon, an inimitable musical performer, best known for singing the Schoolhouse Rock songs “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction.” Given his Williams connections, I thought I’d give him his own thread instead of posting in the catch-all RIP thread. His “Long Goodbye” performance has always been my favorite of the different versions. Sheldon also sang on the John Williams arranged/conducted, Shelley Manne My Fair Lady album
  2. Holy cannoli, Ken beat Holzhauer by only 200 after the two game totals! It’s always so fun to watch Jeopardy with players at this level.
  3. We’re watching the big Jeopardy tournament tonight! It’s in primetime with the cool kids.
  4. Yes, he is excited for the influx of cash that will accompany the release of a fan favorite composer!
  5. I’m still listening to Irving Fine’s Music for Piano a lot. It’s quite an addictive piece! Stravinsky wrote Fine a letter in 1948 praising the piece as “graceful.... [and] so elegant in its writing” so I’m in good company
  6. I'm only slightly familiar with who Gail Kubik was and have heard a couple of pieces of his, but I was recently re-reading Howard Pollack's book "Harvard Composers: Walter Piston and His Students, from Elliott Carter to Frederic Rzewski," which includes a sizable chunk on Kubik and his career. There is one piece described in the book that naturally intrigues me, Kubik's "Divertimento II". Here's the passage: Unfortunately, the only evidence of a recording of the piece I can find is from a 1964 LP that hasn't been digitized anywhere and is going for $25-60. https://www.discogs.com/Gail-Kubik-Divertimenti-I-II-Sonatina-For-Piano-Sonatina-For-Clarinet-Piano/release/4005984 Just for giggles, I transcribed into Musescore the opening 8 measures from a sample page, found here https://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/divertimento-no-2-ensemble-mixed-8-or-more-sheet-music/20748891 Shitty as the Musescore software instruments sound, I'm definitely intrigued to hear more!
  7. Now I'm gonna be disappointed if I don't see Ewan McGregor make out with Joel Edgerton. Sorry Beru, he needs to be true to himself.
  8. This isn't related to the Score Oscar, but you wanna know something wild? Brad Pitt is the favorite to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, which would be his first one. He is actually 3 years older than Al Pacino was when he won his first Oscar, which is considered the classic "this is in recognition of your career, not this performance" win. Al Pacino seemed as ancient and eternal as the mountains to me in the 1990s, but he was just in his early 50s
  9. Colin Farrell as Penguin is very cool casting in theory. But with all these villains being announced for the film, I'm not really sure what this is going to be. Will he be in a fat suit with crazy prosthetics? Are they going a more "realistic" route? Who knows! https://ew.com/movies/2020/01/07/the-batman-director-matt-reeves-confirms-colin-farrell-cast-penguin/
  10. I'm really, really not on board for considering Anakin to be Palpatine's son in any way.
  11. Romer's score will always be a "Who knows! Maybe it would've been good!" Zimmer's score will at least be less snooze-worthy than Newman's efforts hopefully. I'm a Newman fan, but those scores are both unsatisfactory as Newman music and unsatisfactory as Bond music.
  12. I completely agree. It's quite an honor to be selected by the Music Branch in the first place.
  13. Ignoring his TV shows, other than the initial Trek and TFA, both of which are good, and Into Darkness and TROS, both of which I think are complete disasters, he's made: - The most "meh" Mission: Impossible (Woo's film at least has a wild campiness to keep you hooked) - A forgettable 80s Stephen King-Amblin hybrid nostalgiafest that will mostly be known now for predating Stranger Things I'm not exactly champing at the bit to see what he does next.
  14. The sooner JJ is permanently away from Star Wars forever, the better. It's funny how this sorta mirrors his Star Trek arc. Initial film that's a fine, fun entertainment followed by a complete embarrassment. Of course with Star Wars, Rian Johnson came in between to make a great film.
  15. Unlike with a lot of the major categories, the Globes have a pretty good track record of matching the Oscars for Best Original Score. Although last year the Globes gave the award to Hurwitz for First Man (richly deserved), who the Oscars didn't even nominate! And just a few years earlier, the Globes didn't even nominate Desplat for Grand Budapest, which ended up winning the Oscar.
  16. Hey sorry for the late response here. Honestly, we got three episodes in and the show fell by the wayside. It felt like a pretty big step down from season 2. It brought back some of Sherman-Palladino's most irritating weaknesses from the days of Gilmore: introducing conflict to the characters that feels unnaturally forced and only there to provide "drama." Do you agree? If so, do you think it gets better?
  17. As regular JWFan Classical threadgoers know, generally when it comes to art music I'm solidly a 20th century (schizoid) man. But sometimes on a frigid Sunday morning in the Winter sun, I gotta go for this all-time favorite. Bach's Fugue in D-Sharp Minor, BWV 853. Ascetic and coldly beautiful. Stadtfeld's WTC 1 recording has become my go-to actually.
  18. @Jurassic Shark BTW would you mind fixing the typo in the thread title? It would make it easier to search for this thread when the fancy takes me.
  19. It looks like they're about to have a 70s swinger party
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