On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes

I have been a fan of John Williams’ symphonic scores ever since I saw the original Star Wars – aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – in the autumn of 1977[1] For me, Williams’ swashbuckling, neo-Romantic themes and action cues sold the rest of George Lucas’s out-of-this-world space-fantasy about “a boy, a girl,Continue reading “On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, February 14, 2021, or: A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That Greetings, Dear Reader. It’s close to midafternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Sunday, February 14, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under sunny skies; with humidity at 62% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 19 MPH (31 KM/H) the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, February 14, 2021, or: A Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That”

On Music: Happy 89th Birthday, John Williams!

Hi, there, Dear Reader! It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, February 8, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under cloudy skies; with the wind blowing from the east at 8 MPH (13 KM/H) and humidity at 69%, the feels-like temperature is 75˚F (24˚C). The rest of the day will seeContinue reading “On Music: Happy 89th Birthday, John Williams!”

Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

On July 21, 1998, Dreamworks Records – the now defunct label founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen in 1996 as a subsidiary to their film studio Dreamworks SKG – released Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a one-hour-long soundtrack album with music composed and conducted by John Williams.Continue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’”

On Music: My Top 10 Favorite Billy Joel Songs

Hello, Dear Reader, and welcome to another edition of On Music, the part of A Certain Point of View, Too where I share my favorite songs and other musical compositions across the various genres that I enjoy. Today I’ll be featuring my Top 10 Favorite Songs by Billy Joel, who happens to be (a) myContinue reading “On Music: My Top 10 Favorite Billy Joel Songs”

On Music: My 10 Favorite Non-Star Wars Themes by John Williams

I have been a fan of composer/conductor John Williams since I first watched Star Wars in a crowded theater in October of 1977 at the Concord Mall in South Florida. I didn’t know it at the time – I was a 14-year-old at the time and rarely paid attention to the “Music by” credits inContinue reading “On Music: My 10 Favorite Non-Star Wars Themes by John Williams”

On Music: My Top 10 Favorite John Denver Songs

I was born in the early 1960s; growing up in South Florida in the 1970s and ’80s, the music of singer/songwriter/environmental activist John Denver was (until 1982 or so) part of the soundtrack of my life. Like all great music superstars, Denver’s popularity had an arc, and he peaked around the time I was inContinue reading “On Music: My Top 10 Favorite John Denver Songs”

Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 27, 2020, or: A Few Words About ‘Pops in Love: John Williams & the Boston Pops’

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s Sunday, December 27, 2020, and it is early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 66˚F (19˚C) under partly sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east at 9 MPH (15 KM/H) and humidity at 49%, the feels-like factor is  66˚F (19˚C). Today’s forecast calls forContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, December 27, 2020, or: A Few Words About ‘Pops in Love: John Williams & the Boston Pops’”

Digital Music Album Review: ‘John Williams Live in Vienna: John Williams/Wiener Philharmoniker/Anne-Sophie Mutter’

On August 14, Berlin-based Deutsche Grammophon (DG) – now part of Universal Music Group – released John Williams – Live in Vienna in digital and physical media (compact disc, compact disc + Blu-ray, and vinyl LP). This new album – as well as the filmed concert – marks the first time that Maestro Williams conductsContinue reading “Digital Music Album Review: ‘John Williams Live in Vienna: John Williams/Wiener Philharmoniker/Anne-Sophie Mutter’”

Music Concert Video Review: ‘John Williams: Live in Vienna (Limited Deluxe Edition CD + Blu-ray)

John Williams/ Wiener Philharmoniker/ Anne-Sophie Mutter John Williams – Live in Vienna (Limited Deluxe Edition CD + Blu-ray) On August 14, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon (a Berlin-based subsidiary of Universal Music Group and the oldest surviving recording company in the world) released John Williams/ Wiener Philharmoniker/ Anne-Sophie Mutter John Williams – Live in Vienna (Limited DeluxeContinue reading “Music Concert Video Review: ‘John Williams: Live in Vienna (Limited Deluxe Edition CD + Blu-ray)”