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 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”

Music Album Review: ‘Lee Holdridge Conducts the Music of John Denver’

In 1976, Windstar Records – a Colorado-based record label founded by the late John Denver – released Lee Holdridge Conducts the Music of John Denver, an LP album featuring all-instrumental presentations of some of Denver’s best-known songs, including Rocky Mountain High, Annie’s Song, Sunshine on My Shoulders, My Sweet Lady, and two medleys – FollowContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Lee Holdridge Conducts the Music of John Denver’”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, November 27, 2020, or: How I Survived Thanksgiving 2020 & John Denver Gets the ‘Beautiful Music’ Treatment

Hi, Dear Reader. It’s late afternoon on Friday, November 27, 2020, and it is a quiet one here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 83˚F (28˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 54% and an east southeasterly breeze blowing at 2 MPH (3 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 84˚F (29˚C). The forecastContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, November 27, 2020, or: How I Survived Thanksgiving 2020 & John Denver Gets the ‘Beautiful Music’ Treatment”

Album Review: ‘Great Voices Sing John Denver’

On June 11, 2013, MPE Music released Great Voices Sing John Denver, a 17-track tribute album produced by Milt Okun and Elisa Justice Holdridge that brings together some of opera’s great voices and the music and lyrics of singer-songwriter John Denver. Released 15 years, seven months, and 30 days after Denver’s death, this recording includes performancesContinue reading “Album Review: ‘Great Voices Sing John Denver’”

Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series – Volume Two’

On April 16, 2016, Abrams ComicsArt, an imprint of Abrams Books, published Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Cards – Volume Two. Edited by Gary Gerani, this follow-up to Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Cards tells the story of how Gerani and his team of artists and designers created three “basic” cards series, asContinue reading “Book Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series – Volume Two’”

Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)

Midway (2019) Directed by: Roland Emmerich Written by: Wes Tooke Starring: Ed Skrein, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Evans, Etsushi Toyokawa, Aaron Eckhart, Jun Kunimura, Nick Jonas, Peter Shinkoda, Mandy Moore, Hiro Kanawaga, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Dennis Quaid From Smight to Emmerich In the summer of 1976, as the United States prepared to celebrate its Bicentennial, Universal Pictures released Midway,Continue reading “Movie Review: ‘Midway’ (2019)”

Music Album Review: ‘John Denver: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits’

John Denver: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits is a two-CD compilation of the best songs written or performed by the late singer/songwriter/activist John Denver (1943-1997). Produced by Rob Santos and put together by Gary Pacheco for BMG Heritage and Denver’s original label RCA, this 24-track collection was dropped on October 4, 2004 – the 35th anniversaryContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘John Denver: Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits’”

Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ (UK Import)

From a young Anakin Skywalker’s descent into the dark side to the rise of the Resistance and their struggle to restore peace in the galaxy, the story that electrified a generation comes to a striking conclusion. The saga will end. The story lives forever. – Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga publicity insert. On Monday, April 20, BuenaContinue reading “Blu-ray Box Set Review: ‘Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga’ (UK Import)”

Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition’

In December of 1978, Warner Bros. Records released Superman: The Movie – Music from the Original Soundtrack, an album produced by the man who composed and conducted the score, John Williams. Warner released the album in three formats, each one slightly different from the other. The vinyl LP version consisted of two 33 rpm recordsContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition’”