As a way of getting into writing again, I’m going to post 10 albums that have had a big influence on me throughout my life. This is currently popular on facebook. One of the rules on facebook is “no explanations.” So I thought I would bring the explanations over here and share a little on why I have made each selection.
Star Wars – Original Soundtrack (1977) by John Williams
I can’t remember clearly if the first time I watched Star Wars (1977) was on TV or on my friend’s pirate video copy. This would be in either 1981 or 1982. We went through a phase of watching it every weekend at his house. So much so that I can still quote most of the dialog from the movie all these years later. The same friend also had a copy of the soundtrack on double vinyl and we used to listen to it at his house after school.
I think the music plays a huge part in Star Wars. It’s a truly brilliant piece of work by John Williams with a main theme that still provokes an emotional and physical reaction when I hear it. Is there a word for the moment when the hairs on your arms and the back of your neck stand up? Not in reaction to fear but to pure pleasure? I think it’s wonderful how a piece of music can have such a physical effect on you, as well as an emotional one.
In one of the “Making of” documentaries, they were talking about some of the early cuts of the movie. John Williams’ unforgettable score was only added near the end of production. I think it might have been George Lucas talking about when he first saw the film with the music added. He said something along the lines of being completely blown away by the soundtrack and how much of a difference it made to the film.
Okay, enough waffle. There you have it. My first of a planned ten posts about an album that has had a big impact on me. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
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