Sgt. Pepper

With a Little Help From My Friends

As most of my friends know, and as I’ve written before on this site, I’m not one to listen to recommendations. If the huddled masses yearning to breathe free are gushing anything on Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere, I’ll ignore it for precisely that reason. Often I’m even ornery enough to ignore my closest of friends. I hate to follow. I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember, though that doesn’t necessarily make it right.

I’ll stupidly pay attention to Top 10 lists and awards like the Oscars and Pulitzers, but I like finding my own music, reading, what-have-you on my own. And since, as I’ve been told repeatedly, I hate everything (which, rumors to the contrary, is not really the case), it’s easier to go my own way than risk potentially hurting someone I care about because I disagree with them. It happens—much more frequently than I would like.

But this year I’ve decided instead to do something different. I’ve decided to institute hopefully a series of “With a Little Help From My Friends” (WALHFMF) posts where I discover new scores recommended by anyone who would like to make recommendations either in the comments section or send to me through the Contact page. I’ll try to get to the recommendations as much as I can, and hopefully they’ll be worthy—good or bad—of a post. But if I do, be prepared. As always, all opinions will be my own and, agree or disagree, should be given the weight they deserve—i.e., none. It’s all in fun and a way for me—and hopefully all of us—to experience new film music or music that deserves to be revisited.

So let’s see how this goes… Let the recommendations begin!

About Jim Lochner

Jim has been writing about film music for over a decade. He holds a Bachelor of Music from The University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Music from The University of Texas (Austin), both in Clarinet Performance. He has written soundtrack CD liner notes for Intrada, Varèse Sarabande Records, Film Score Monthly, La-La Land Records and Disques Cinemusique. Jim has been a bimonthly guest on BBC-Kent’s Drive Home at the Movies radio program and has been interviewed by a number of online and print outlets, including The Toronto Globe and Mail and the Los Angeles Times. Jim served as the managing editor of Film Score Monthly Online ( and is currently writing a book on Charlie Chaplin's film music. For more information, visit


  1. All the Ennio Morriconne/Giusseppe Tornatore film collaborations on A Pure Formality, Legend of 1900, Cinema Paradiso, Malena .. ooh Malena.

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