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"Use Well The Days" Track not in Original Score
• Posted by: Giovanni Pinuellas   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, March 18, 2004, at 10:32 p.m.
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There is another song called "Use Well The Days" that did not make it in the movie. Read it in the words of Shore himself!

("Use Well The Days" was an early rough draft of "Into The West" and it is in the Special Edition DVD!)


... And there will also be a disc of what Peter calls "rarities". These might be pieces that were composed and recorded, on the way to a certain piece, or things that we recorded that weren't in the film. Or a piece with a different orchestration.

A good example of a "rarity" will be on the bonus DVD that is part of the Limited Edition Return of the King soundtrack. It has a video diary about the recording of the score, as well as a special seven minute trailer from all three films. The third element, which I consider a "rarity" is a song called "Use Well The Days", which was a piece I started writing after thinking about Annie Lennox. I went to New Zealand in April, and met with Fran Walsh, who collaborated with me on "In Dreams" and “Gollum’s Song” and we thought about different artists that we might want to work with. Annie Lennox was at the top of the list.

On the way back to New York from New Zealand, I wrote Annie a letter talking about my process for the months ahead, and the film, to see if she was interested in it. When I got back, I wrote a piece called "Use Well The Days" that used words adapted from Tolkien's lyrics, because Fran hadn't started the process yet. Then when I met Annie in New York for the first time, I played her that piece - it was something I had written with her in mind. I had just put together a demo. Then she recorded it at Abbey Road during the summer.

As we've worked on all these films, we've created so many things, and so many ideas - they lead you on a path - and "Use Well The Days" did exactly that. It was like an early version of "Into the West". So it's on this bonus DVD - you can hear Annie singing it. It's not in the film, and it's not on the CD, but it was recorded during the making of his movie. That is a good example of a rarity.

So there you have it! "Use Well The Days" is not the title of a documentary in the Special Edition DVD but an acual song in that DVD!

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       Giovanni Pinuellas - Thursday, March 18, 2004, at 10:32 p.m.

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