Breakfast at Tiffany's

9 Favorite Henry Mancini Scores

Before there was John Williams or Hans Zimmer, there was Henry Mancini—the first film music superstar. Through a string of chart-topping studio albums, Mancini’s indelible tunes were played on hi-fi’s around the world, and his songs and themes were sung and recorded by the top artists of his era. But that popularity came at a price…. More

Norma Rae

9 Favorite Movie Songs

This month’s “9 on the 9th” post deviates a bit from the expected subject matter to focus on the combination of film music and lyrics. Over the years, movie songs have had their ups and downs. The best songs work within the film and/or encapsulate the story or an emotion. And there’s arguably no bigger… More


9 Favorite Comedy Scores

Because everyone’s sense of humor is different, everyone’s taste in comedy films is also different. (Duh!) I’m not usually a big fan of obvious, slapstick humor. I prefer comedy that has a human element, some darkness to it, and wit and sophistication (he types oh so snobbishly). You likely won’t find me at the latest… More

Breakfast At Tiffany's

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Literary purists may balk at the sanitized version of Truman Capote’s BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961). But film buffs were rewarded with Audrey Hepburn in her signature role as Holly Golightly, a young, free-spirited woman living in New York, who forges an unusual relationships with her writer/gigolo neighbor, George Peppard. The success of the film rests… More

Two for the Road

Two for the Road

Henry Mancini often doesn’t get much respect as a film composer. And on some level, you can understand why. Mancini’s soundtrack albums more often than not were re-recorded and repackaged to make them more palatable as albums. As such, they can be great fun to listen to, but usually don’t present the score in its best… More


My Huckleberry Friend

It’s pre-dawn on 5th Avenue. The normally bustling shopping thoroughfare is improbably empty. As the morning sun peaks over the horizon, a taxicab pulls up and a vision in black emerges from the backseat. In a stunning Givenchy black gown, upswept hair, black arm gloves, five strands of pearls, and sunglasses, Audrey Hepburn gazes longingly… More