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            Most Recent Post: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, at 4:56 p.m.


Hello!

My name is David Ortiz and I'm nineteen years old.

I was born in Mexico and I still live there. I'm very proud of my heritage. For those that are wondering: yes, my profile name comes from "Citizen Kane" (one of my favorite films of all time) and NO, I'm not queer.

If you're wondering how did I learn English, I must confess that my method wasn't orthodox. It did help me but I don't recommend it to everyone just because... well... read on.

My English lessons started when my sister and I watched those Disney sing-along videos. I enhanced my "studies" by watching DirecTV in English. Fortunately, reading books in English and paying attention in class did become my other tools. Thankfully, I'm bilingual but unfortunately, I can't read fiction "comfortably" in Spanish (Do you know how archaic Spanish authors' vocabulary can be?).

I grew up listening to the classics: Star Wars, Ben-Hur, The Lion King, Titanic, Batman, Ben-Hur, National Geographic's title theme, etc. However, Michael Kamen's scores for "101 Dalmatians" and "The Iron Giant" were among the first that made me "notice" the music. Menken's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" was another one.

I first learned about Filmtracks approximately four years ago, I was quite bored one day so I scanned the web until I found this place. After that, I always read CC's review of a film score before venturing into acquiring it. However, I don't always agree with him but most of the time he hits the nail in the right spot.

I admit I'm new to collecting scores and stuff, so I'm not incredibly knowledgeable of everything that's out there but I'm learning bit by bit.

***Here's my top favorite SOUNDTRACK composers (and some of my favorite scores from them):
1. John Williams (Star Wars, Munich, Catch Me If You Can)
2. James Horner (The Mask of Zorro, A Beautiful Mind, Legends of the Fall)
3. Jerry Goldsmith (Rambo: First Blood, Star Trek TMP, Mulan)
4. Thomas Newman (Road to Perdition, The Shawshank Redemption)
5. James Newton Howard (I Am Legend, Lady in the Water)
6. Elliot Goldenthal (Frida, Final Fantasy, Titus)
7. Danny Elfman (Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Spider-Man)

Also, I listen to a lot of classical music. Here's my favorite composers:

1. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Violin Concerto, The Nutcracker, Piano Concerto 1)
2. Sergei Prokofiev (Piano Concertos 2-3, Peter and the Wolf, Romeo & Juliet)
3. Maurice Ravel (Bolero, La Valse, Piano Concerto in G, Daphnis et Chloe)
4. Richard Strauss (Also Sprach Zarathustra, Don Juan, Don Quixote)
5. Edward Elgar (Cello Concerto, Enigma Variations)
6. Igor Stravinsky (The Rite of Spring, The Firebird)
7. Gustav Mahler (Symphony 2, 8 & 9)
8. Claude Debussy (Claire de Lune)
9. George Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto)
10. William Walton (Cello Concerto)

Some other classical works that I enjoy: Grieg's Piano Concerto, Brahms' Piano Concerto no. 2, Bloch's Schelomo, Dvorak's Cello Concerto, Britten's War Requiem, Bach's Cello Suites, Sibelius's Violin Concerto, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.....

Some of the goodies:
1. "Hoosiers" used to be incredibly annoying for me (mostly due to the synths). However, I've seen the light and now it's a different story!
2. "Hercules" (Menken) was the first soundtrack I ever bought. I still like it even after reading CC's review.
3. I wish Jerry Goldsmith had written a Bond score. *Sigh*, "The Russia House" will have to suffice.
4. I hope Danny Elfman writes a popping, six-shooting Western score someday!
5. The ultimate "dream score" for me: Gladiators/Roman Emperors + John Williams!

Before I start to become a hermit, I'll get out of here. Anyways, thanks for taking the time to read all this! Take care, make a great day!

--David








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