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Comments about the soundtrack for The Terminal (John Williams)

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Re: My take on rip offs, Zimmer clichés and reading music
• Posted by: Musica42   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2004, at 8:36 p.m.
• IP Address: adsl-66-136-62-192.dsl.snantx.swbell.net
• In Response to: Re: My take on rip offs, Zimmer clichés and re... (Ken Applegate)

Good to know there's still a person or two out there that can handle a civilized argument without throwing the usually requisite hissy-fit. I agree with everything you say (except of course on the topic of disliking Zimmer, but to each his own ) And it's nice to see my pursuasive powers are slightly better than I remember them to be

Part of me would enjoy a nice long discourse about what it means to be a musician, but the other part of me says to quit thinking like an academic twit and just enjoy music and those who make it. So perhaps with a little more coaxing I might break out of my shell and actually act like the nerd I am.

> Unfortunately, that is not always true. Case-In-Point: Jim Self (who
> recently played the finale of John's Concerto with the Pacific Symphony).
> The man is a tubist who can compose. I also am a tubist who can compose.
> Can we compose music for film?? Of course we can. If we can compose, we
> can write a film score (after a course in the finer points, which I think
> Jim wouldn't need since he's been in that environment for several
> decades.) Also, performance is a craft all its own. Composition is a craft
> all its own, but the two are joined by the common factor of music. To say
> that a composer who knows what he needs to know only knows part of his
> craft would be wrong. The same applies to the performer. He or she
> practices as much as they need to, perform to the level that they are
> required to and just do what they are supposed to do. That is a person who
> knows their craft. And I think you typed that in a much less complex
> manor, so I'll just stop with this now.

I'm starting to yield my position in light of your words. A composer composes, a performer performs, yes? But each profession certainly bleeds into the other. Composers know how to play various assortments of instruments (some to amazing ability), and performers (atleast those inclined to do so) can be exceedingly gifted composers as well. So I just don't see why so-and-so has to be considered a better musician than so-and-so. But I've been embarrassingly wrong before

Anwyay, its been a pleasure.




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