9 Purple Cows of Film Music

In his excellent 2002 book, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business By Being Remarkable, Seth Godin tells the story of a trip he took to France with his family. He describes driving around the French countryside, “enchanted by the hundreds of storybook cows grazing on picturesque pastures…For dozens of kilometers, we all gazed out the windows, marveling… More

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9 Favorite Presidential Film Scores

For all our real-time fascination with the Presidency, audiences usually show very little interest in cinematic portrayals of the Commander in Chief. Perhaps because we have either lived through the period and don’t want to watch it all play out again onscreen, or maybe the era is so far removed that we just don’t care…. More

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9 Favorite Film Composers

As I approach my 50th birthday on the 19th, I’ve naturally been taking stock of my life so far and looking back at the good, bad and the ugly over my first half century. Arguably the most consistent element among the ups and downs is my love of film music. So, in a purely selfish… More

Lawrence of Arabia

9 Favorite Film Scores of 1962

August is my birthday month. Back in school it sucked because kids never bothered to remember your birthday during the summer. As a young adult, I used to have a mental list that I’d check off each year as friends wished me a happy birthday (or not). (Pathetic.) Now, due to the marvel of Facebook,… More

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CD Review: Taras Bulba

Bernard Herrmann called it “the score of a lifetime.” And, oh, what a lifetime! Except for some TV work and one final score, Franz Waxman‘s 1962 score for TARAS BULBA brought the composer his 12th Oscar nomination and put a capper on a distinguished career. In this adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s novella, Yul Brynner starred as the leader… More



The star of HUMORESQUE was composer Franx Waxman, not John Garfield’s driven concert violinist or Joan Crawford as his patroness-slash-lover. Waxman’s Oscar-nominated score took center stage, featuring everything from Tchaikovsky to Chopin, Rimsky-Korsakov to the Dvorak piece upon which the film’s title was based, plus a couple of Gershwin songs thrown in for good measure as source cues…. More

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9 Favorite Franz Waxman Scores

For this month’s “9 on the 9th” post, we focus on one of my favorite film composers, Golden Age or otherwise–Franz Waxman . Waxman got his start in Germany scoring films like Marlene Dietrich’s THE BLUE ANGEL (1932) before he was forced to flee the country when the Third Reich came into power. He composed his… More