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My Life
(1993)
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Composed, Orchestrated, Conducted, and Produced by:

Piano Solo by:
Michael Lang
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Epic Soundtrax
(November 16th, 1993)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print.
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Buy it... if you typically relax to John Barry's soothing, thematically simplistic compositions for strings and woodwinds in the 1990's.

Avoid it... if Barry's other early 1990's dramas tend to put you into a funk of boredom and restlessness.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #886
WRITTEN 7/7/98, REVISED 9/2/06
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My Life: (John Barry) If anyone doubted filmmaker Bruce Joel Rubin's obsession with death after he wrote and directed Ghost and Jacob's Ladder, then 1993's My Life would clear away that remaining doubt. It's the ultimate tearjerker for the unashamed sniveler in the audience, the kind of film you expect to wrestle with your emotions as a parent (or aspiring parent). In My Life, Michael Keaton's successful executive character receives good news in that his wife, played by Nicole Kidman, is pregnant with their first child. He also learns that cancer will claim his life in four months, leaving him with the idea of videotaping several hours of material to help teach his unborn son how to someday do things like shave and use jumper cables on a car. Subplots involve reconciliation with his estranged parents and jabs at exploring spirituality. The film didn't stir critics and audiences as well as expected, however, and the "love it or hate it" response to story's outward attempts to manipulate your emotions doomed it for the mainstream. In other words, major downers are a bummer! Nearing the end of his productive career, composer John Barry was still at the height of his popularity in 1993, however, still enjoying popular recognition from Dances with Wolves and critical recognition for Chaplin in 1992. A widely debated fault of Barry's later scores involved his inability to expand his scores' sound outside of his trademark lush tones established in the 1980's, and while that stubborn continuation of style would not suit many of the projects that would come after it, My Life was a perfect fit for Barry's equally melodramatic and romantic touch. In theme and orchestral sensibility, there really is no difference between My Life and Chaplin, and many parts of My Life will remind listeners, especially in thematic structure, of Barry's two dramatic 1995 scores, The Scarlet Letter and Cry, The Beloved Country.



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Total Time: 35:42
• 1. Main Title (1:36)
• 2. A Childhood Wish (2:39)
• 3. Pictures from the Past (1:26)
• 4. I'm Still in the Game (3:11)
• 5. My Life: Love Theme (1:34)
• 6. The Old Neighborhood (1:51)
• 7. I Used to Hide in There (2:01)
• 8. You're a Believer (1:41)
• 9. My Last Trip Home (1:53)
• 10. Moments (2:57)
• 11. D-Day (1:53)
• 12. Child's Play (2:56)
• 13. The Circus (2:15)
• 14. Nice to Meet You Brian (2:18)
• 15. The Roller Coaster (2:04)
• 16. End Title (3:19)

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The insert includes not extra information about the score or film. Barry dedicates the score to Sondra Rubin.
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