It turns out building the foundation of a good theme for a scene in a film is simple. All the work has already been done for you by earlier composers. You may have heard about the magical four chords that dominate much of pop music, but film composition is in many cases much simpler. Movie themes […]Read more "The Secrets of Film Score Composers"
I wasn’t the church-going kind of kid, but the devil-fightin’ preachers of the late seventies and early eighties still managed to reach me. They had a powerful tool, the cassette tape, and earnest young teen followers fighting to win the world for some strange kind of Christ. End Times prophecy and Satanic conspiracies were everywhere. As someone […]Read more "Selling Satan on Cassette"
This week The Board recommends kickin’ it Old School with Rock Master Scott and the Dynamic Three. Some younger folks might instead have thought of this song, but The Board is as much about nostalgia as that Bloodhound Gang song is, so I recommend finding inspiration in the original, just like they did. Almost no one would have even […]Read more "Nuclear Friday: The Roof is On Fire"
Cat videos: I think that’s what we all need in these trying times, and I’ll post video in a moment. I took a blog vacation last week due to family medical problems and general despair about the Inauguration of our new Emperor. On top of that, my ten year old un-updatable MacBook died last week. […]Read more "Kitty Loves Dubstep"
After the way 2016 has gone, I plan on eating extra black eyed peas tomorrow. We’re going to need all the good luck we can get. The Internet is unclear on how the black eyed pea became associated with good luck on New Year’s Day. I think the story about Sherman’s March is not […]Read more "Good Luck, We’ll Need It"
I’m late. It’s already Christmas in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Except Kwajalein. That’s among the last places on Earth it will be Christmas since they moved it to the other side of the International Date Line from the rest of the Marshalls back in the sixties. Well, they didn’t move Kwajalein, they moved […]Read more "Christmas Cheer"
Leonard Cohen died a few months ago and in all the excitement of the election season I forgot to go beyond the usual obituaries and read any commentary from his close friends and musical collaborators. Jennifer Warnes probably worked more with Cohen more than any other anyone else. She began singing backup vocals for Cohen […]Read more "Warnes on Cohen"