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These Musical Chairs Are a Force Unlike Any Other

Continuing yesterday’s blog post, let’s explore a bit of the force and its enduring power…

John Williams.

Enough said, I know. Mr. Williams is a masterful music composer who is responsible for some of the most iconic and treasured movie scores in history. Among them, the theme from Jaws (1975), all the Star Wars films (starting in 1977), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Superman (1978), all the Indiana Jones films (starting in 1981), E.T. (1982), Home Alone (1990), Schindler’s List (1993), Jurassic Park (1993) and so on.

Forgive me for not listing all his movie soundtracks, but it’s a very long list.

Returning to the Star Wars franchise was a thrill for Mr. Williams, as he explains in the video below. Inspired by the chance viewing of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope on the first day of 2017, any reason to listen to and learn from a genius is a good one. And this is one of those occasions. For any fan of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (or of brilliant music in general), please enjoy a special behind-the-scenes look into the process for writing and imagining the soundtrack for the blockbuster smash hit The Force Awakens.

If that interview makes you ponder life in a slightly unorthodox, yet better way, then the force may not be that far off for you…

Happy Monday

The first movie I watched (well, re-watched) in 2017 was Stars Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.

Fitting.

Movie soundtracks are a source of great intrigue, analysis and enjoyment on Jimmy’s Daily Planet. Instrumentals, if done correctly, are genuine works of art. A masterpiece of this variety that’s written and performed for a major motion picture evokes powerful emotions in our conscious and subconscious, all the while inspiring and accompanying unforgettable moments of cinematic storytelling that have the very capability to change how we view the real world around us.

One such instrumental is featured in the intergalactic blockbuster Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Musical genius John Williams composed a wonderful score for The Force Awakens, including the gem that can be heard below with the single click of your computer mouse.

2017: How will you awaken your force this year?

Have a Better Week than Last Week.

Happy Monday!

Like the instrumental below, no words are needed for this defining 1993 John Williams composition that is pure genius.

We don’t know what the new theme song and soundtrack for Jurassic World will sound like with its new composer, Michael Giacchino. Hearing it for the first time this Friday will be exciting. And as is commonplace in following John Williams, nothing but the musical summit of Everest will need to be reached. It will be a thrill to finally see/hear if this forthcoming summer blockbuster can come close with its soundtrack inevitably compared to the masterpiece above.

Have a Great Week and Spare No Expense!

Orchestrating Dinosaurs

Equally as famous as Steven Spielberg for Jurassic Park is its composer John Williams. As Jurassic World builds with anticipation for its summer release date of June 12th, viewers of the trailers have already noticed a similar piano rendition of the Jurassic Park theme song (breathtakingly good!). However, Michael Giacchino will score the new soundtrack for this park/movie. And just like any great movie, music is (and needs to be) its own character in the storytelling process.

John Williams explains:

He always hits the right notes with movies and music.