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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Traveling with an Orchestra

Life would be so much more dramatic if you traveled around with an Orchestra playing music to go with what ever you are doing at the moment.  Of course this would never really work and would be quite embarrassing after two and half hours of working in your office you jump to your feet and the Orchestra cranks up with the Indiana Jones Theme song as you emerge from your office.  Your making cut motions with your hands as you try to explain you just have to run to the restroom!

Of course the main reason it wouldn't work is because it should be illegal to listen to certain pieces of music while driving, like the William Tell Overture would be at the top of the list.  Peter Gunn Theme would be up there also (for all the Spy Hunter Game fans, that's the theme song for the game.)  'East Bound and Down' from Smokey and the Bandit would make that list.  Because let's face it, who could really drive to these tunes and not start taking corners faster or speeding up a bit.  The officer isn't going to buy the fact you were doing 95 in a 35 because of the music you were listening to, and that the reason he had to follow you for four blocks with his lights on is because you couldn't hear his siren with the music playing so loud in your car.

What started all this is that I day dream about scenes, characters and stories I am writing, I will be writing, I want to write while I am going about menial tasks through out my day, and in my head I hear the music that goes along with each scene as if it was a movie playing out for me to watch.  Of course a lot of the music is from John Williams the American composer, conductor, and pianist who has thrilled us all for over the last sixty years.  In case you didn't know I will list some of his accomplishments, and if your like me you can hear the pieces of music from the movies in your head as you read through the list.

Music By John Williams

Star Wars Movies               Jaws                                     Superman
Indiana Jones Movies          Harry Potter Movies             E.T Movie
Hook                                  Jurassic Park Movies           Schindler's List
Home Alone

He did the theme music for four Olympic Games, the NBC Nightly News, and Dreams Works Logo Music.

He was the Principle Conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 - 1993.
To his credit he has 45 Academy Award Nominations, 5 Academy Awards, 4 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTA Awards,  and 21 Grammy Awards. 

There pretty much isn't anything you could have a character do that John Williams hasn't already done a piece of music that would fit the scene for it.  Traveling around with an orchestra would get a lot of people in trouble, and killed, but it would make life more interesting and much more dramatic.  I usually find most of my accidents have been the direct result of trying something stupid while being carried away by the music I was listening to at the moment.

That reminds me that I need to buy a new set of ear bud speaker things for my MP3 player, my left side speaker has stopped working.  I hope everyone who reads this may have a life as wonderful as the soundtracks in their heads.  If your not happy with your life, may I suggest listening to more music, or changing the music your listening to.  Change the sound track, change your life. 
Warning !!
Listening to certain pieces of music can be hazardous to your health depending on what your doing at the time.

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