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 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”

I Write the Songs…Sorta. Or: Look, Ma, I Did a Parody!

So my friend Juan Carlos Hernandez, the actor-director-producer who gave me my first breaks as a bona fide screenwriter, texted me the other day to tell me about a project that he and his wife, actress-producer Adria K. Woomer-Hernandez, are currently working on. “We’re doing a musical comedy revue about the COVID-19 pandemic that weContinue reading “I Write the Songs…Sorta. Or: Look, Ma, I Did a Parody!”

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’)”

Music Album Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far – Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack’

In June of 1977, Metro Goldwyn Mayer/United Artists released director Richard Attenborough’s A Bridge Too Far, a World War II epic based on Cornelius Ryan’s 1974 non-fiction book about Operation Market-Garden, the star-crossed attempt by the Allies to use three and a half airborne divisions (two American, one British, and one Polish brigade) and theContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘A Bridge Too Far – Original MGM Motion Picture Soundtrack’”

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’”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ (Remastered)

Return of the (Original) Jedi Soundtrack On May 4, 2018 – “Star Wars Day” – Walt Disney Records and Lucasfilm Ltd. (LFL) released remastered versions of the first six original soundtrack albums from the “George Lucas Era” Star Wars films on compact disc, digital, and vinyl formats. Among the sextet of albums is the reconstructedContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Return of the Jedi’ (Remastered)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Original Soundtrack’ (International Edition’)

On May 16, 1980, five days before the theatrical release of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, RSO Records released Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: Original Soundtrack on vinyl, eight-track cassette, and audio cassette formats. Featuring a front cover that shows Darth Vader’s menacing mask against the backdrop of space and aContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – Original Soundtrack’ (International Edition’)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra’

The Album In June of 1977, shortly after the May 25 limited release of writer-director George Lucas’ Star Wars, 20th Century Records released a 2-LP gatefold album titled Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. And just as the film it was derived from became both aContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars: Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams/Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra’”