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Bee Season
(2005)
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Composed by:
Peter Nashel

Conducted by:
Adam Stern

Produced by:
Maria Alonte McCoy
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Nettwerk America
(October 25th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you enjoyed the mostly somber and conservative piano and acoustic guitar music having heard it in the film itself.

Avoid it... if you have no interest in harmonic, but stagnant ambient music that doesn't necessarily fit the film it was meant for.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,373
WRITTEN 12/3/05
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Bee Season: (Peter Nashel) The greatest irony about the film adaptation of Bee Season is that most of the people who watch the trailers for the film and are unfamiliar with Myla Goldberg's 2000 best-selling novel on which it is based will have no idea what they're getting into when they watch it. Seemingly a story about how a family copes with its internal demons while its daughter becomes a spelling bee champion, Bee Season only uses these concrete story elements to tell a larger tale about religion. The film involves the Jewish concept of the Chosen People, capable of reaching the ear of God through letters via the ancient mystical practices of Kabbalah. Subplots in the film involve acts that are done in the name of Tikkun Olam (a Hebrew phrase that means "to repair the world") and spiritual journeys at a Hare Krishna temple. It is a dreary tale of self-exploration, almost in a documentary style, and even its scenes at the spelling bees, with hundreds of young hopefuls in attendance, are portrayed with a dull lack of enthusiasm compared to some outstanding documentaries depicting those events on film in recent years. Poor critical response to Bee Season not only indicates that Goldberg's novel is simply not built for film adaptation, but that the two parents at the center of the story were badly miscast. On the whole, a promising film has slipped into obscurity through its own plethora of faults, and it could be argued that Peter Nashel's score is one of them. Nashel has only been composing for a few short years, mostly involving documentaries and television works, and debuted in full while working on The Deep End in 2001 with the same directors of Bee Season. One would have to be immediately intrigued by the opportunity to write music for mystical journeys, and to hear a character drama that draws from the rich historical sounds of Jewish faith. Interestingly, Nashel seems to score the basic drama and sadly miss the mysticism.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:03
• 1. I'll Be Near You - performed by Ivy (4:06)
• 2. Prologue/Main Titles (3:13)
• 3. Spelling Suite (2:36)
• 4. Confidence (0:49)
• 5. Fresno Hotel (1:22)
• 6. What's a Mystic? (3:46)
• 7. I Start Out Hearing It in My Head (5:08)
• 8. Washington (2:02)
• 9. Abulafia's Path (2:19)
• 10. Partita II in D Minor, BWV. 1004 Chaccone (excerpt, J.S. Bach) (3:00)
• 11. You're Not Coming With Me? (2:41)
• 12. Vessel of Light (3:33)
• 13. Orange Sheet (1:03)
• 14. Origami (0:56)
• 15. Shefa (3:49)
• 16. The Nationals (3:06)
• 17. Light (4:08)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. More interestingly, nowhere on the packaging does it indicate that Nashel wrote the score.
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