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Moon Over Parador

Posted on 2008.03.08 at 00:10
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Poledouris - Farewell to the King

My father started collecting film music a long time ago. Most of it on 4-track and LP's. The 4-tracks still sound new. When he was serving in Germany, he was excited to have found a record of "Foreign Film Scores" as he could finally broaden his horizons. He eagerly purchased it and brought it back to base. Turns out, because he was in Germany, the "foreign" films turned out to be American films, thus scores he already had.

I grew up with classical, musicals, operas, soundtracks, and scores playing all the time. When I was in grade school, we were allowed to bring in music to share with the class on Friday. My classmates all brought in AC/DC, and KISS. I didn't even know what that was. It all sounded like crap to me. I would bring in something from Rogers & Hammerstein, or the Sherman Brothers. Of course I was also the only one in my class who knew what the William Tell Overture was, and who composed it while my classmates were still referring to it as, "The Lone Ranger."

When I myself was in Germany (building the beginnings of the Tower of Power) I picked up a nice TEAC tape deck for two reasons. One, I couldn't afford the Nakamichi "Dragon" and two, my father's 4-track was a TEAC. (How's that for brand recognition?) CD's were new and I subscribed to a fascinating magazine, "CD Review." This old dude - the editor - was one lively writer, and he loved music. He loved the medium. Every month I would get a 'sampler' CD and voraciously tear into that magazine, reading it from cover to cover. Then I would pull out a good, solid metal-particle tape, and record my father the CD's with Dolby "C" and mail them stateside.

Today, while dropping my kids off there for the weekend, and after my father went to bed (he still works 12-hours a day, 6-days a week) I was pulling some linen down from the closet for my children, when I found his cassettes. They were there with his other media, the records and 4-track tapes, but I don't remember seeing the cassettes there. I started going through them - impressed at the good quality tapes I'd used (anyone remember those hissy 120minute tapes sold in a three-pack at the corner drug store for $.99? Yeah, NOT those) and surprised to find some of my old early 80's tapes as well (I looked for the soundtrack to Ghostbusters but couldn't find it). Anyway, good memories.

Then I remember the Tiburon had a cassette deck in it I've never used.

Dad, I borrowed your Moon Over Parador score (On cassette!) to listen to on the drive home.

Good night and I love you.


glodowg at 2008-03-08 06:22 (UTC) (Link)
All my friends listened to KISS and AC/DC too. I grew up listening to 50's and 60's sock hop music or Country and Western - the old swing kind. And to think, they thought I was weird!
ehowton at 2008-03-08 15:36 (UTC) (Link)
What kills me - absolutely kills me - is meeting full grown adults who still listen exclusively to heavy metal.

Oh, I'm not saying I don't enjoy the occasional metal album - I do! But to only listen to that?

Music appreciation is a journey. You change and learn and grow. If I can learn to appreciate the diverse music which is out there, you'd think others would be able to as well?

And BTW, you're not weird, you're different. And different rox0rs ;)
glodowg at 2008-03-08 16:30 (UTC) (Link)
I enjoy a fairly wide variety of music, but it is mostly mainstream. I must say that I have never been able to get into instrumentals. I enjoy singing, I enjoy the story of a song. Instrumentals leave me wanting more.

Yes I am different, but you sir are differenter!
mr_dowg at 2008-03-08 16:35 (UTC) (Link)
The kids and I have broadened Glo's music horizons on a grand scale. She listens to things now that I never thought she would be in to, I am so proud for being a part of that.

I personally listen to a very wide variety of music. I love instrumental from time to time, I just have to be in the right mood. Most of the time I listen to music to be able to sing along with it, so instrumentals are not on my top list. I do have an appreciation for them mainly because of playing trumpet in band for 8 or 9 years! About the only music that I can not get into would be RAP....I just do not find the appeal of sitting and listening to someone cuss all the time!

Edited at 2008-03-08 04:35 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2008-03-08 16:47 (UTC) (Link)
I mostly listen to instrumental because I enjoy listening to music while I do other thinks and all those lyrics just seem to get in the way. They distract me.

I played coronet!
mr_dowg at 2008-03-08 16:50 (UTC) (Link)
I can understand how they could be distracting!

I want to get a new trumpet eventually, I miss playing!
ehowton at 2008-03-08 16:59 (UTC) (Link)
When I close my eyes and visualize you playing...I hear soulful jazz.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-03-09 16:46 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't know that you had any musical talent.
ehowton at 2008-03-09 16:56 (UTC) (Link)
Tomas, as a younger man, I was a sculptor, a painter, and a musician. There was just one problem: I wasn't very good. As a matter of fact, I was dreadful. I finally came to the frustrating conclusion that I had taste and style, but not talent. I knew my limitations. We all have our limitations, Tomas. Fortunately, I discovered that taste and style were commodities that people desired. Tomas, what I am saying is: know your limitations. You are a moron.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-03-09 17:14 (UTC) (Link)
No wonder you love that quote so much.

And I hate you.
catttitude at 2008-03-09 00:21 (UTC) (Link)
I love rap a tap a tap,

I love big butt's and I can not lie......

Baby got back......

So Cosmo says your fat well I ain't up with that....

rice and bean's can't miss her.
galinda822 at 2008-03-09 09:26 (UTC) (Link)
Oh baby when you talk like that
you make a woman go mad.

Shakira - Shakira!
ehowton at 2008-03-09 15:54 (UTC) (Link)
Come on, shake your body baby,
do the conga
I know you can't control yourself any longer
Feel the rhythm of the music getting stronger...
galinda822 at 2008-03-10 02:30 (UTC) (Link)
Dip it, pop it, work it, stop it, check on me tonight
catttitude at 2008-03-10 01:59 (UTC) (Link)
Can't touch this...... dant, dana, da......
galinda822 at 2008-03-10 02:49 (UTC) (Link)
Everybody move, run
Lemme see you move and
Rock it til the grooves done
Shake it til the moon becomes the sun
ehowton at 2008-03-09 15:57 (UTC) (Link)
"Oh my God Becky, look at her butt, it is so big
She looks like one of those rap guys girlfriends
Who understands those rap guys
They only talk to her because she looks like a total prostitute, ok
I mean her butt, is just so big
I can't believe it's just so round it's like out there, gross
Look! She's just so black."
galinda822 at 2008-03-09 09:25 (UTC) (Link)
Tom, my baby brother, loves 80's hair band and heavy metal music...what might surprise you however is that among those are many classical CD's.

When he started playing guitar I suggested he listen to the blues to really appreciate what guitar playing is all about. He actually took my advice and added that to his music collection.

He's not "pinned" down to any one type of music.

ehowton at 2008-03-09 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
Then there's Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd which transcend all.
galinda822 at 2008-03-10 02:51 (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget AC/DC and Lynard Skynard!
ehowton at 2008-03-10 02:58 (UTC) (Link)
I've heard Floyd played on Pop stations, adult contemporary, oldies...jazz.

To me, AC/DC doesn't fall into that category.

Edited at 2008-03-10 02:58 am (UTC)
galinda822 at 2008-03-10 03:05 (UTC) (Link)
Okay. What about Queen?
ehowton at 2008-03-10 06:51 (UTC) (Link)
galinda822 at 2008-03-10 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
Whew! Finally we agree on something. :)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-03-09 07:02 (UTC) (Link)
Once upon a time before I knew that there were such things as MP3s and hard drives over the size of 5GB, I too made (mix) tapes. This was before I knew that scores were actually sold, so I put classical (i.e. Mozart, Beethoven, etc.) music on them for a female friend of mine that I hoped to woo. She put up with it for whatever reason, but suffice it to say that she does not talk to me though I am still good friends with her brother.

And for the record (since everyone is discussing the type of music that they typically listen to) I typically listen to either scores or 60's and 70's with just a touch of forward-thinking 50's. There are a few rap songs that I have heard on the street that I have added to my collection. Of course, the vast majority of the rest of my collection is classical (i.e. pre 1900 music; despite my general dislike for Baroque music, I do have a bit of Handel and I should point out that I generally like Bach's work).

I have always wanted to get into jazz, but my mother has always been against me doing so for whatever reason. I should say that the scores to People I Know and The Talented Mr. Ripley have helped me begin to build my jazz collection, but jazz is such a wide field and I fear that it will take me as long to find my likes/dislikes and build a reputable collection as it has taken me to build my classical/scores/Oldies collection. *le sigh*
ehowton at 2008-03-09 15:52 (UTC) (Link)
Jazz is a wide field! Up to and including Big Bands? I just don't get it. As far as your mother's dislike for it, jazz in her era used to be linked to loose morals.

One fine night they leave the pool hall
Headin' for the dance at the Armory
Libertine men and scarlet women and ragtime!
Shameless music that'll drag your son, your daughter
Into the arms of a jungle animal instinct mass hysteria!
Friends, the idle brain is the devil's playground, trouble!
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-03-09 16:45 (UTC) (Link)
Though my mother doesn't live in Iowa, the concept that she is as much as a stickler as the guy singing the song wants the townspeople to be makes me giggle muchly!
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