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The Notebook
(2004)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:
Aaron Zigman

Conducted by:
Jerry Hey

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
New Line Records
(June 8th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... for the score portion by Aaron Zigman only if you specifically noted the sentimentality of the consistently pleasant piano, woodwind, and string tones in between the 1940's songs in the film.

Avoid it... if the vibrant personality of 1940's era jazz isn't compatible with your sense of quiet, orchestral romanticism, especially when the two alternate frequently on an album presentation.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #135
WRITTEN 9/12/04, REVISED 9/16/11
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The Notebook: (Aaron Zigman) An arthouse film from New Line Cinema that took everyone by surprise with its sustained box office success throughout the summer of 2004, The Notebook is a tender love story spanning the generations since World War II. It features James Garner as a man who reads his own stories of romance to a similarly aged woman at a nursing home, with the film transitioning between the present moment of storytelling and the 1940's era of youth and romance in America's Deep South. Inevitable from the first moments of the film, it is revealed that Garner's character and the elderly woman at the modern-day nursing home are by coincidence the same two lovers at the heart of the 1940's story. Their first encounter was separated by World War II, but they passionately reunited seven years later despite realizing that their lives had taken substantially different paths. Their meeting at the nursing home eventually allows them to relive and tie up the loose ends of their youth (cynics with no "chick flick" tolerance are free to insert a comment here about elderly sex killing its participants). The wide release of the film was met by ambivalent critics who were somewhat unmoved of the excessively syrupy nature of the story, but $115 million in box office earnings later, the film has survived because of the large population of die-hard romantics that have embraced it with great affection. The story also appeals to those whose loved ones have suffered from Alzheimer's disease, a central hindrance to the reunion of the old lovers. The project was helmed by actor-turned director Nick Cassavetes, whose only notable (and recent) film had been 2002's John Q, and his mother, Gena Rowlands, portrays the elderly lady at the nursing home. Cassavetes once again hired composer Aaron Zigman, with whom he had worked on John Q, to write the conservatively pretty original score material for The Notebook. Zigman was relatively unknown as a solo composer at the time, but he had already been active as an arranger and producer for both the pop and film score genres. His influence was heard the most by score collectors in such Disney scores as Pocahontas and Mulan. In the greater scheme of things, Zigman had earned a living through his involvement with recordings by Phil Collins, Tina Turner, Seal, and half a dozen other top-of-the-line artists, though his compositional efforts during the rest of the 2000's proved him to a capable and reliable composer for the romantic comedy genre.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 66:54
• 1. Main Title (2:49)
• 2. Overture (6:16)
• 3. I'll Be Seeing You - performed by Billie Holiday (3:33)
• 4. Albany Home - performed by Duke Ellington (3:02)
• 5. Allie Returns (5:06)
• 6. House Blues/The Porch Dance/The Proposal/The Carnival (8:03)
• 7. Noah's Journey (6:02)
• 8. Always and Always - performed by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:17)
• 9. A String of Pearls - performed by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (3:15)
• 10. On the Lake (5:39)
• 11. Diga Diga Doo - performed by Rex Stewart and the Ellingtonians (4:16)
• 12. One O'Clock Jump - performed by Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (3:14)
• 13. I'll Be Seeing You - performed by Jimmy Durante (3:12)
• 14. Noah's Last Letter (4:32)
• 15. Our Love Can Do Miracles (4:30)

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