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Bravo Maestro! Happy 88th Birthday John Williams!



Late last month as I was honoring Gene Hackman's 90th birthday, I was reminiscing over his role as Lex Luthor and how he was my Lex Luthor, as was Christopher Reeve's Superman.
I was but a baby when I saw it. I was TOLD I was riveted but memory doesn't serve me well. I believed the story however because the first full piece of classical music or movie music score that these ears ever heard was from "Superman: The Movie."
And that score was from the GREAT John Williams.
It still stirs something in me. To this day.
And that's just ONE score.
I grew up with Star Wars. Indiana Jones.
All master scores from Williams.
Not to mention his other early scores like "Jaws," "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind," and "E.T." to point out a few.
His dominance continued from the late '70's and '80's into The '90's with movie music from "Hook," "Jurassic Park," "Home Alone," and "Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone." Culminating with his Oscar winning score for "Schindler's List."
He would later revisit a handful of those franchises and would pile up honor after honor, including 52 Oscar nominations.
There are many great film composers before and after Williams but I can't help but be biased when I say he's The G.O.A.T.
Many a musician brag of their work and fade away. His music is true greatness but as a man is humble and feels grateful for his opportunities.
But his music elevates the project. Those stories can immediately be pulled from memory by a simple music phrase. The music stays with you.
As I age I my memory may falter. But it's comforting that I will probably remember these pieces and they will immediately take me to A Galaxy Far, Far Away, or to believe a man can fly.
Bravo Maestro! Happy birthday. And THANK YOU.







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