My love of the music

The latest in a regular series where Mike, our larger than life presenter and editor, sets the record straight.

When I was a little boy I would drive around in the car with my mom and she would play a cassette tape called “Hooked on Classics”.

Hooked on classics was old classical music… Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and so on… put to a generic beat and sped up a little bit.  I think if that beat was not there I would not have enjoyed the music as much, but that cassette tape is what sucked me into classical music!

By that point I had already seen Star Wars but the music didn’t resonate with me back then. I think the first movie music that really resonated with me was the theme from Richard Donners 1978 film Superman! Famously done by the ‘Man’ himself, John Williams!!

Over time I started to pay attention to the credits for the cast, the director, the producer, and of course the music composer!

For me, John Williams has his own style, like AC-DC and ZZ Top, when you hear it you know it’s them!

When re-watching Star Wars with this new appreciation for the music it wasn’t just a space adventure anymore! It was an auditory experience like I’d never had before!

The music really helped bring out all of the emotions in the movie, the pain, the sadness and, of course, the happiness was all amplified by the music. The music really made me care about the characters like they were real people fighting the evil Empire and the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Fast forward to today, and the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The music for the movie was done by Michael Giacchino. This man had some Paul Bunyan size shoes to fill!

And I’m sure Mr. Giacchino was very nervous to try to fill those shoes.

I have been listening to the recently released soundtrack of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and without a doubt if you hear it you know its Star Wars music, but not done “John Williams style”.

It’s done differently, but has the same Star Wars feeling. The more I listen, the more I think Michael Giacchino filled those John Williams shoes!  I understand it’s not gonna be exact, its Star Wars done differently but on the same note Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was not your typical Star Wars movie!

And all this means I’m very curious to hear what they will do for the other Star Wars standalone movies, and to be honest I am really looking forward to it.

May the force be with you all, Always!

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