Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mancini, etc.

Hello readers!

Took a short break for Thanksgiving (sorry!) and am now back on track :) Recently finished "Did They Mention the Music?" the autobio of Henry Mancini - wonderful read and highly recommend. What a remarkable composer and musician! Mancini's music ranks among many great names. The song "Moon River" is just one example of this gifted man.

So - sadly it's performance season with the choirs and Christmas in general, so there hasn't been much progress on the composing front. I have had a few motifs come to mind and wrote them down. Maybe I mentioned before, that Finale has given me trouble; really hoping I can trade up to a nice Mac once the 2011 yr gets going!

I'm working on purchasing a house this spring and paying off my newer car (yeah the Ford quit out on me!) - which means that combined with all the spring music activities may render this blog dormant for awhile. We'll see! Still finishing up the History of Film Music by Mervin Cooke, and am absorbing all I can with that. Netflix is another great resource that I've used lately. I might add a new bit of info:

Alexandre Desplat is the composer for the new Harry Potter film, Deathly Hallows Pt. I - a really marvelous job. Go see the movie if you haven't already! An early Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! Stay tuned. Don't touch that computer dial :)