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Comments about the soundtrack for Catch Me If You Can (John Williams)

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Re: Williams is burned out!
• Posted by: Ken Applegate   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, July 9, 2004, at 10:04 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Williams is burned out! (JS Park)

But, I don't think Howard Shore needs to go away. His music is alright, he does his best, and he's not a meany head about anything that I've heard about. Besides, the guy is in his 60's and the only film that I know of that he composed before Ring is "Big" (Tom Hanks's big break). If nothing else, he seems to have worked his patooty off and deserves his time in the business. If his music is bad enough, he will stop getting calls. I won't try to tell you to like his stuff, that would be about the dumbest thing that I've ever tried to do.

From the music that I've heard, he seems to be in a stage of writing alot like James Horner was when he wrote his two "Star Trek" soundtracks (although I prefer the Shore to the Horner any day of the week). Things that appear complex because of their simplicity on such a massive scale. Also, I have to commend him for manifesting a non-exhistant language. It seems to me that that would take a lot of thought and careful execution. Anywho, that's about all I'm going to say about that.

Happy listening,

Ken Applegate

Bye the way, Williams needs to just keep doing what he's doing. It seems to me that he will be a lot happier writing music that goes back to his Jazz roots (Catch Me and Terminal). Besides, if he does dumn stuff... the man is 72 years old and still doing a good job doing what he does best (and in my humble opinion, better than anybody.) A great deal of people don't even make it to their 70's. So, I think we can afford to cut him a little bit of slack.

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