Top 10 Favourite Scores for War Films

I put together this list last year for one of my classes in which students created their own Word Press blog and wrote about two of their passions. The idea being to encourage students to write by asking them to write about the things that interest them the most. I wrote this as a guide to give students an idea of what I expected from one task, which was to create one top 10 list related to one of their passions or two top 5 lists related to both passions. While thinking about new content to add here, I remembered I have quite a few posts on that class blog that I could happily place here with a few changes, tweaks, and updates. For this post, I made a few edits, I added a lot of addition links (I like links), I included a reference to a Hitler-praising cult leader, and I fine-tuned how the videos appear  as I prefer smaller sized videos that take up less real estate. I also corrected one typo which thankfully none of my students noticed. There are probably more, but that’s life.

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Legends Of The Fall (A Dusty Duet for Two Peters)

Just a little piano and guitar practice with one of my favorite James Horner melodies. Unfortunately, I don’t think I’ll get around to a less bad version. Not that I didn’t enjoy playing it; it’s just 3 months of my life playing the one tune, however beautiful and well crafted, is enough:


Pusan Aquarium Shark Dive!

On June 19, 2010, I celebrated the end of a very busy semester with a trip down to Pusan with two lucky coworkers, Jeff and Lee. The highlight for me was winning at the casino (that lucky number 16 again) with the shark dive a close second:

Rediscovering the Music of James Horner

James Horner was one of the first film composers I started listening to when I began listening to film scores way back in 1990 (the others being John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith), but despite that early interest somewhere along the line his music gradually sounded less and less from my earphones and speakers. I would often return to favorite pieces, but newer scores and less-known older scores all but disappeared from my listening radar. Continue reading “Rediscovering the Music of James Horner”