Musings & Thoughts for Monday, January 17, 2022, or: Cold Weather & New CDs

Hi there, Dear Reader. It is a chilly afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Monday, January 17, 2022. It is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and it is cold – by the standards of us subtropical denizens; I know that some of you who live up in colder climes don’t think 60˚F (16˚C) is cold,Continue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Monday, January 17, 2022, or: Cold Weather & New CDs”

Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 30, 2021, or: That’s a Wrap for ’21 – Part One

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida, on Thursday, December 30, 2021. It’s a cool, gray winter day. Currently, the temperature is 71˚F (22˚C) under cloudy skies. With humidity at 92% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 6 MPH (10 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 70˚F (21˚C). It’s goingContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Thursday, December 30, 2021, or: That’s a Wrap for ’21 – Part One”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, December 29, 2021, or: Carefully Watched Amazon Packages – The Saga Continues

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Wednesday, December 29, 2021. It is a hot early winter day in the Tampa Bay area. Currently, the temperature is 82˚F (28˚C) under mostly cloudy skies.  With humidity at 60% and the wind blowing from the southwest at 9 MPH (14 KM/H), theContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, December 29, 2021, or: Carefully Watched Amazon Packages – The Saga Continues”

On Music: Meet My Latest Musical Find – ‘Spotlight on John Williams’

Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s early afternoon here in Lithia, Florida on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. It is a warm winter day in the Sunshine State. Currently, the temperature is 77˚F (25˚C) under partly sunny skies. With humidity at 66% and the wind blowing from the south-southwest at 7 MPH (12 KM/H), the feels-like temperatureContinue reading “On Music: Meet My Latest Musical Find – ‘Spotlight on John Williams’”

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”

On Music: Happy 89th Birthday, John Williams!

John Towner Williams “So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories.” 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 cloudyContinue reading “On Music: Happy 89th Birthday, John Williams!”

Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’

In 2018, La-La Land Records released Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, a commemorative – and slightly updated – reissue of John Williams’ 1998 soundtrack featuring most of his score for Steven Spielberg’s widely-acclaimed World War II drama set amidst the backdrop of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings and the first week ofContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’”

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 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”

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’”