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A John Williams Score for Every Year of my Life 10: 1979 – Dracula

Dracula, scored in 1979, is perhaps one of john Williams’ lesser known works. It is however a mighty work, built mainly around the lush and dangerous theme Williams provided for the central character. This theme features firstly in the Main Title and Storm Sequence : John Williams has said that he tries not to knowContinue reading “A John Williams Score for Every Year of my Life 10: 1979 – Dracula”

A John Williams Score for every Year of my Life 9: A bit of a mix, 1978

So I’ve reached the year I turned eight. In that year, John Williams was called upon to score a number of feature films, with wide-ranging subject matter – from superheroes to a man-eating shark. I simply cannot choose one score to epitomise his output that year, so I shall choose a theme (motif) or twoContinue reading “A John Williams Score for every Year of my Life 9: A bit of a mix, 1978”

A John Williams Score for every year of my life 8b. 1977 – Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope

Do I dare? What on earth can I say about this magnum opus which single handedly transformed film scoring, just as the film it accompanies reinvented the blockbuster. So much has already been written about the score John Williams wrote for George Lucas’ little space opera – I certainly couldn’t say anything new or improveContinue reading “A John Williams Score for every year of my life 8b. 1977 – Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope”

The Gifts of the Pandemic

I was asked this morning what I consider to be the gifts to myself of the pandemic and resultant lockdowns this year. A strange question, to be sure. But not a ridiculous one. Many of us have found something important this year – maybe something we’d forgotten, or lost, has been rediscovered – like aContinue reading “The Gifts of the Pandemic”

A John Williams Score for every year of my life 7 – 1976 the Missouri Breaks

I know very little about the film which gave birth to this choice of score by John Williams. I know that it is a Western film which starred Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson, but that’s only because they appear on the album artwork. Having looked at Wikipedia’s entry on the film, I see that itContinue reading “A John Williams Score for every year of my life 7 – 1976 the Missouri Breaks”

There’s No Normal

Originally posted on TheEnlightenedMind622:
“There is no normal for us to go back to. People sleeping in the streets wasn’t normal; children living in poverty wasn’t normal; neither was our taxes helping to bomb the people of Yemen. Using other people’s lives to pile up objects wasn’t normal, the whole thing was absurd. Governments are…

A John Williams Work for every Year of my Life 4: Cinderella Liberty

In some ways John Williams’ music for Cinderella Liberty was a departure from the style he was beginning to make his own in the early seventies; certainly in the context of the soundtracks which he’d composed in the years before, such as Jane Eyre, the Cowboys, it almost feels like a different composer. It isContinue reading “A John Williams Work for every Year of my Life 4: Cinderella Liberty”

The Stories in a Face

I find people’s faces endlessly fascinating. A face doesn’t have to be beautiful to be memorable. Sometimes it is the imperfections in a face which give it it’s character. But what is really fascinating is the way that a face tells the story of it’s journey through life. A child’s face is often almost likeContinue reading “The Stories in a Face”

Gloria!

About 20 years ago I wrote a setting of the Gloria for SATB choir and orchestra. It has yet to receive it’s first live performance, but I present it here, performed by the wonderful instrument sounds of the Spitfire Audio orchestral instruments, and the very clever EW Symphonic Choirs – a sample library of fullContinue reading “Gloria!”

Return to Jane Eyre

I’ve been working on a piano transcription of the Theme from Jane Eyre, my choice of John Williams Score from 1970. I’ve just posted it to youtube. There will be more to follow – I’m going to do a number of John Williams themes – especially some of his less well-known ones, or at leastContinue reading “Return to Jane Eyre”

A John Williams work for every year of my life 2: The Fiddler on the Roof.

In 1971 John Williams won his first Oscar, for his adaptation and incidental music for “Fiddler on the Roof”. I can not claim to know this film, or the musical, well at all. When I was in secondary school I remember singing “Sunrise, Sunset” in the school choir. That was the extent of my knowledgeContinue reading “A John Williams work for every year of my life 2: The Fiddler on the Roof.”

A Special Commission

Every commission is special. Of course it is – if someone asks you (and pays you) to paint a particular scene, or pet, or person, its because the subject matter is important. That’s why I love to paint commissions. It’s terrifying at the same time, because you just never know if what you produce willContinue reading “A Special Commission”

Leaving my Mark

I always thought I’d be rich and famous by the time I was 30. I thought I’d be “discovered”. And here I am, entering my second half century, and still not there. Yes, I make some money out of my paintings, out of my music. But not enough to pay the mortgage. Not enough toContinue reading “Leaving my Mark”

Life Imitating Art

I painted a sea-scene a few years ago from a photograph given to me by a friend. I loved the painting when I’d finished it – it’s always been one of my favourites. It has just the right amount of land, of sea, and sky. It has movement in the waves, and those wonderful pillarsContinue reading “Life Imitating Art”

My Pre-Raphaelite Phase

When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I was deeply enamoured with the group of Victorian artists who styled themselves as the Pre-Raphaelites. They were very much of the belief that contemporary Victorian art was morally and technically deficient, and stated that a return to the purity of artists before the highContinue reading “My Pre-Raphaelite Phase”

Where does it come from?

I’ve been asked quite often how I go about writing a new piece of music. People it seems are often fascinated with the process a composer, especially a songwriter, go through to create something. And the answer is… I don’t know. If I’m writing a song, do the lyrics come first or the music? SometimesContinue reading “Where does it come from?”

About Me

Hi, I’m Adam, a part-time teacher (teaching music in a primary school), as well as a fine artist and composer. This blog is just a little outlet for my creative musings, both on art and music, and sometimes how creativity impacts my teaching.

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