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Well yes, but
• Posted by: Ken Applegate   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at 12:06 a.m.
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• In Response to: One more mistake ... (FREAK)

Hey Pal,

First off, I wasn't the one that who said that Zimmer is a jerk. What I was intending to say was that I think that a previous poster was misinterpreted as having said that John Williams is the jerk, and that given what I'd heard about the two composers, that was a much less likely scenario than John Williams being a Jerk (funny how words just come into focus later on down the line). I never meant to state that "Zimmer is a Jerk" as fact, and if I did, it was in error. I was only relaying what I have heard about him.

And, as far as the whole knowing your motor thing, the difference between a championship driver and one that barely qualifies for the same race can easily be determined by how much the driver knows about the inner workings of his car. Does this mean that Hans will be a better composer if he can read music? Not necessarily. But, I think that it would show so much more respect to his field (which, I believe, is a field that deserves respect) to learn how to read. He's obviously got enough money to take some time off and learn, but whatever. And no, I am not saying that you have to learn to read music as well. The difference in that situation is that Hans Zimmer is... one of the most frequently hired composers in the game, and should probably think about what kind of example he is setting for the people who want to play. Like a baseball player who is more concerned with his Pepsi endorsement falling through than the fact that he is batting clean up and hitting .221 with 3 home runs at the all-star break. If you want to compose without being able to read, that's great. I like that you write. Just think about the kind of example that you would be setting if somebody offers you a job that would make you a public figure. Then, I would suggest going out there and learning how to read. Who knows? It might save your bacon one of these days.

All the best,

Ken Applegate

> Zimmer is a jerk ... Well, this is disrespectful (I start to feel being
> your mommy). He is still the guy who did rain man, lion king, crimson
> tide, prince of egypt, thin red line, black hawk down, as good as it gets,
> hannibal etc. and I am not telling this because I am his lawyer or
> anything just because you should think about it twice before telling that
> he's a self-tucker. (and in this case 't' is not an 'f' but an 's')

> "And then there’s Zimmer. I mean, he doesn’t even know how to read
> music."

> Pal so you are saying you cant be a good driver if you dont know how your
> car's motor works ...
I am a composer myself, and I cant read music
> either, it's not an advantage and it's not a disadvantage, it's just a
> fact.

> still your pal

> Freak

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