Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

On May 4, 1999. Sony Classical released Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Produced by composer-conductor John Williams and mixed by Shawn Murphy, this one-CD album presented an abridged version of Maestro Williams’ fourth Star Wars score and was the first new Star Wars canon soundtrack since 1983’s StarContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’”

More Musings, More Thoughts for Saturday, October 17, 2020: The Tale of the Forgotten Haircut, & Shopping as Therapy for the Blues

Hello again, Dear Reader. It’s mid-afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 86˚F (30˚C) under sunny skies. With the wind blowing from the east-northeast at 14 MPH (22 KM/H) and humidity at 62%, the feels-like temperature is 91˚F (33˚C). No rain is in the forecast for the afternoon. After trying – andContinue reading “More Musings, More Thoughts for Saturday, October 17, 2020: The Tale of the Forgotten Haircut, & Shopping as Therapy for the Blues”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Music from the Original Soundtrack – 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’

On January 26, 1999, Columbia Records and its Legacy sub-label released Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Music from the Original Soundtrack – 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition, a 2-CD album that combined a an expanded compact disc reissue of the soundtrack album from 1979’s Star Trek: The Motion Picture (the abbreviated version soundtrack was first issuedContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture: Music from the Original Soundtrack – 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition’”

Musings & Thoughts for September 27, 2020: Absentee Ballots, Books, and Stormy Weather

Musings & Thoughts for September 27, 2020 Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning (past 9 AM) here on this last Sunday of September 2020. It’s going to be a hot, humid day; the current temperature outside is 80˚F (27˚C)  under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at a sticky 92% and a becalmed wind, rightContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for September 27, 2020: Absentee Ballots, Books, and Stormy Weather”

Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 26, 2020

Hi, there, Dear Reader, and welcome to another edition of Musings & Thoughts. It’s late morning here in my corner of Florida on this hot, humid September Saturday. Currently, the temperature outside is 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at a sticky 74% and a southerly breeze blowing atContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, September 26, 2020”

Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 25, 2020, or: Of Wi-Fi Issues, Upcoming Reviews, and (Star) Trekkin’ On

 Hi there, Dear Reader, and welcome to another edition of Musings & Thoughts. It’s Friday, September 25, 2020, and as I write this it’s late morning in my corner of Florida. The current temperature is 79˚F under mostly sunny skies; with humidity at a whopping 89% and a 3 MPH breeze blowing from the east-northeast,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Friday, September 25, 2020, or: Of Wi-Fi Issues, Upcoming Reviews, and (Star) Trekkin’ On”

Music Album Review: ‘The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein’

In 2011, the San Francisco Bay area-based record label/store Intrada Records released The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein. This 3-CD set collects two versions of the score for producer-director John Sturges’ 1963 The Great Escape, the classic action-adventure film based on the biggest escape attempt byContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘The Great Escape: Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Music Composed and Conducted by Elmer Bernstein’”

Digital Music Review: ‘The Great Escape Soundtrack Suite’ (Original Soundtrack Theme from ‘The Great Escape’)

Hilts:How many you taking out? Bartlett:Two hundred and fifty. Hilts:Two hundred and fifty? Bartlett:Yeah. Hilts:You’re crazy. You oughta be locked up. You, too. Two hundred and fifty guys just walkin’ down the road, just like that? Elmer Bernstein (1922-2004) was one of the most prolific and respected composers of film music in the modern era.Continue reading “Digital Music Review: ‘The Great Escape Soundtrack Suite’ (Original Soundtrack Theme from ‘The Great Escape’)”

Odds & Ends for July 24, 2020

Odds and Ends: July 24, 2020 Hi, there, Constant Reader. I hope you are safe, healthy, and practicing safe social distancing on this penultimate Friday of July 2020. As I sit down to write this in my little corner of Florida, it’s almost 2 PM Eastern (not that it matters, since I can’t publish thisContinue reading “Odds & Ends for July 24, 2020”

Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

Hi, there, Constant Reader! Well, here we are on the first day of July 2020, and in my corner of Florida all is tranquil at home on a hot early summer afternoon. Presently, the temperature outside is a sizzling 94˚F; with humidity at 56% and a westerly breeze of 11 mph, the heat index isContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Superman: The Movie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’”