I was recently back home in California doing a lot of junk I can't really talk about quite yet. I was in San Francisco and Crescent City. Above are some pictures with updates on some of the characters in my ongoing story.
Happy Mothers' Day to Mom and Joyce and Joeigh and Talia and Celia and Selonie and Carole and Jackie and Michele and Ana and Cathy and Dawn and Robin and Jeri and other Joyce and Marney and Nan and all Moms I know.
The Bomb Squad moved to new digs over the weekend. I got a nice corner space with windows (much to be coveted around here!). Added a new digital picture frame to my desk, so asking all friends and family to contribute portraits to the slide show. Changing the lineup all the time and it's a good conversation topic ("Court, who's that cute girl on your desk?").
This week starting out with:
Angie, Tal, Zach, Jasmyne, Joeigh, Jorjanna, Erica, Dawn, Nan, Fred, Wallace, Roberto, Jeri, Kevin, Bob, Brigitte, Werner, Jerry, and the Dude.
Sidney Lumet, film director extraordinaire, passed away last Saturday. Along with the films of Joseph Sargent, his work had a profound effect on my thinking of what film should be and what my part could be within it as a provider of music cues. His understanding of the tensions that run through American society struck me as unique. Whether, racial, sexual, economic class, or gender, politics. He was brilliant. at weaving that through the world of the film and making you reflect on how we see the world.
I was always amazed at his ability to keep doing it so well into his 80s. Directing is usually a young man's game. I can hardly imagine doing a score at my age much less an entire film.
Even if you nothing about film, I'll bet you've been a fan of at least one of his films.
12 Angry Men ('57)
The Fugitive Kind ('60)
John Brown's Raid ('60)
The Pawnbroker ('64) [Terry, where's my copy of this??]
The Hill ('65)
The Deadly Affair ('66)*
King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis ('70)
Working away in the Tool Room. Presentation coming up. Probably back in California at the end of the month. More on that later. Sharding the database and, if you're a basehead, you know that's nothing to be proud of.
Bomb Squad moved to new slave quarters this weekend. Got an email notice they're stripping me of my beloved whiteboards (it's a bureaucracy, after all!). Also being monitored on video now. Badges to monitor coming and going. Longer commute. More scrutiny. Some colleagues bugging about it. Not being a stranger to voluntary enslavement (had kids, you know), I am not.
The Dude got stood up for his playdate today. That was harsh. I think he needs an extra treat! Tal just bought her son his first car. I'm sure her hair colorist is pleased for all the new gray hair coverage to come!
Looking for an attorney with SMB and intellectual property experience based in California. If you wanna recommend your brother-in-law, comment here.
My friend, Jackie, sent me these photos. They show American Bald Eagles in St. Louis stopping for a "lunchwalk" thanks to some thoughtful citizens who put some fish out for them. The water was too icy for them to do there own fishing.
Thanks to everybody that checked in to see if we were okay. As you can see the waves rolled in and did create some havoc at the harbor. I believe 5 boats were sunk and several damaged as well as a lot of damage to the harbor infrastructure. Angie and the Dude were up above the flood plain and they are fine. Just an exciting day.
When the waves came in I was sitting at my desk in the Bomb Squad about 1600 miles from the Pacific so I too was safe.
Still have to check in with my friends Dave and Michael in HI and LAD in Tokyo to see how they are.
We thawed out a bit this weekend with temperatures up in the mid-40s. The Bomb Squad sits on the edge of a lake and, with the snow melting, the geese came back to hang out. We call them honkies and they are very comfortable around people. But I also have learned the meaning of the phrase "We're gonna go through him like crap through a goose!" from Patton by hanging around wth these guys. They take defecating pretty seriously...
Making major headway on the ComputeSpace back-end database. Sprinkling it with "secret sauce" over the next couple of weeks and handing it off. Next stop, custom web services.
This blog is all about ComputeSpace and not about music, but I did very much want to mention the passing of film composer extraordinaire John Barry at age 77. When I was in that business over 30 years ago, I was strongly advised by my teachers and my peers to listen to his work and to see the films he scored to watch what he brought out in them.
He had a very deep musical influence on me even though I never got to meet him. More than anything else, I appreciated his ability to bring out the romance of life. Not just between two characters, but the situation itself. I think he was very romantic in his viewpoint. Still he could also right taut cues and also haunting songs you never forgot.
You may not have known his name but if you're over the age of 20, I would guess you been influenced by his scores. Below, I've added a list of my favorites. I bet some are yours, too.
From Russia with Love
The Ipcress File
You Only Live Twice
The Lion in Winter
Diamonds are Forever
The Glass Menagerie
Robin and Marian
The Black Hole
Raise the Titanic
High Road to China
A View to a Kill
The Jagged Edge
Out of Africa
Dances with Wolves
So long, John Barry. And thanks for scoring our lives.