Monday, March 30, 2009

In paradisum deducant angeli

About 600 words in notepad, unsaved file, I was online, the PC freezes, no choice but reboot & start over. I never learn. I was writing about Lou "The Duck" D'Antonio, a friend & mentor at WFMU in the 1980's, who died a few days ago in Vermont of a rare form of cancer. Over 40 years after Vin Scelsa & Lou turned WFMU free form, the station is still imprinted with their personalities. I'll be posting more about Lou soon.

Great film composer Maurice Jarre also died. I can't bring myself to blame him for writing one of the all-time most insidious ear worms, melody of a zillion cheap wind up music boxes, "Lara's Theme" from Doctor Zhivago. That song, along with the theme from Lawrence of Arabia, financed his alimony. Jarre composed the weird score for Max Max Beyond Thunderdome, but not the theme song, "We Don't Need Another Hero."

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Oh god, another death. I love Maurice Jarre. My most prized CD is Jack Jones Sings Maurice Jarre.
ok, my bad, Michelle Legrand. Smack me for being oversentimental re soundscoring, damn it!

Still, sorry about Maurice Jarre. I DID/DO love Lara's Theme!
You got a thang for Frenchmen? I was thinking, that's an unusual rekkid, because Jarre composed nice melodies for a lot of his scores but only one was a hit song.
Legrand had a lot of hits with his music, as hhis lyrical counterparts generally were Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Jarre stuck to scoring mostly, which is why he had a lot of movies under his belt, but nothing that stuck out as much as Lara's theme -- probably becuase it got radio airplay.
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