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picAward season is ferociously upon us and amidst all the glamor and glitter in Hollywood is the art of everything that makes movies. 2014 has been a tremendous year for music scores. Listen to the best: Alexandre Desplat is nominated for two Oscars, "The Imitation Game" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" Will he finally win the big trophy? Hans Zimmer's "Intersteller", Johann Johannsson's "The Theory of Everything", Antonio Sanchez's "Birdman" (an all percussion score), Gary Yershon's "Mr. Turner", and uniform praise for Mica Levi's  unsettling, atmospheric score to "Under The Skin" will be played.

Also, "How to Train Your Dragon2" and "The Boxtrolls" nominated for Animated Feature Films; "Whiplash" and "Nightcrawler" have nominated catagories. 

Wed January 28, 3-4pm.

picJoin me today for an indepth interview with Fairfield's own Rob Steinberg presenting 'Classical Music in the Movies' as a benefit for the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, Saturday November 22 at 7:30pm.

We'll get to dive into Rob's rich and varied background in music and business. Videos of his past performances and recordings are on YouTube and have 500,000 views. 

After the interview, selections from Alexandre Desplat's new score 'The Imitation Game'; Dario Marianelli's 'The Boxtrolls'; 'Grace of Monoco' and James Newton Howard's 'Nightcrawler' will be played. 

Join in Wed Nov 19 3-4pm.


picIt's that thrilling, chilling, time of year to highlight selections from some well deserving film scores for Halloween.
Ramin Djawadi's "Dracula Untold" gripping narrative leads off the set followed by Marco Beltrami's"Carrie". Further in is Christophe Beck's compelling epic "Buffy The Vampire Slayer"; Alexandre Desplat's 'vamp-on-werewolf action' section in "The Twilight Saga-New Moon". Also a couple of Bernard Hermann "Twilight Zone"episodes, "Psycho IV" from Graeme Revell; "The Wolfman" of Danny Elfman; Marco Beltrami's "The Wolverine"; Trevor Jones' score to the very atmospheric visuals in "From Hell"; James Newton Howard's "The Village" and Danny Elfman again with "Hitchcock"Don't Miss All on Wed Oct 29, 3-4pm. 

picCan you believe after 60 years Godzillia's cultural imprint is still around. The king of monsters "has been considered a filmographic metaphor for the United States, as well as an allegory of nuclear weapons in general." And Alexandre Desplat is the last composer I'd have guessed would be chosen for this score.

Known mainly for his romantic comedies or thrillers or several action movies but he put together an orchestra AS BIG as Godzilla and elevates this movie with a score's rave reviews. Perhaps it's his love of old school monster movies. Regardless, "It’s a very cool pairing of a talented, eclectic musician with bombastic, blockbuster material." 

Also selections from Amazing Spider Man2; Mr. Peabody and Sherman; Tim's Vermeer and more will be played.

Tune in Wed May 21st 3-4pm. Don't Miss!

pic2013 was an enormously competitive year for movies and Oscar night on March 2nd will be as exciting as you can imagine.

I'll be playing selections from the nominated Best Original Scores: 'The Book Thief'


(click here for an amazing clip on John Williams scoring.) 'Gravity'; 'Her'; 'Philomena '; and 'Saving Mr. Banks' as well as other nominated catagories: '12 Years A Slave'; 'Captain Phillips'; 'Frozen'; 'All Is Lost'; 'The Hobbit'. Start getting your Oscar Night Party planned as it's gonna be quite a ride. Complete nomination list.

Tune in Wed January 29th, 3-4pm.

picWhat better time than Halloween to listen to chilling, thrilling fabulous horror music old & new. Highlights include Marco Beltrami's newest remake of "Carrie", "whose reputation as one of today's leading movie composers is based on his command of a big range of orchestral effects, enabling him to rise above the usual standard of action and horror soundtracks. picAlso, "The Wolfman"; "Bram Stokers Dracula" by the brilliant Wojciech Kilar; Zombies "World War Z"; "Fright Night"; "Toy Story of Terror!"; "The Howling"; and of course, Halloween heros "Spiderman"; "The Dark Knight" and Much More.

Wed October 30th, 3-4pm.

picThis weeks movie music highlights selection(s) from the highly anticipated "Gravity" film. Composer Steven Price

picsaid, "With no sound in space, the music was integral to underscore the emotional journey."

Also, Dave Porter's intoxicating "Breaking Bad" score to the Emmy winning series; "House of Cards", "The Great Gatsby",  "Now You See Me", "The Lodger" and More. 

That's Wed Oct 2, 3-4PM Listening to the Movies!

  • Wed
    Sep 18
    2:00 pm -
    3:00 pm
  • Fri
    Sep 20
    4:00 am -
    5:00 am

The Mood, the Music and the Beat to Cool & Groove

tasteThis Week's show highlights Big beat Groovy Italian and American lounge music from films, TV and more.

Included will be a few Jingles & Songs from classic TV commercials you'll probably remember singing and moving to.

So Come Alive Wed Sept 18, 2PM CST in the ONLY LOUNGE to be in, ULTRA LOUNGE!

And keep it tuned to my Listening to the Movies show follows from 3-4PM.

pic"Giacchino’s mastery of the orchestra, his cleverpic variations on pre-existing themes, his knack for exhilarating percussive action, and his intelligent application of thematic ideas, makes Star Trek Into Darkness a worthwhile entry into the pantheon of Trek scores, and the first satisfying blockbuster score of summer 2013."

Also, selections from Iron Man 3; Kon-Tiki; World of Warcraft Video Score; David Arnold's Independence Day and a brand new score to Hitchcock's 1929 thriller The Lodger.

  • Wed
    Apr 17
    2:00 pm -
    3:00 pm
  • Fri
    Apr 19
    4:00 am -
    5:00 am

Tribute to Annette Funicello: America's Girl Next Door

pic "Today, the Magic Kingdom—and the nostalgic boomers picwho yearned to make her either their girlfriend or their best friend—are mourning the death of Annette Funicello, the teen dream idol whose sunny, perky screen presence defined the ’50s and ’60s. The quintessence of innocence, mixed with dark good looks and beguiling charm, she was a male ideal and a female role model.

Wholesome in the best sense, Funicello was drive-ins, sock hops, beach parties and malted milks-the personification of a seemingly innocent era." I'll play a handful of her songs from that long gone era. Also on tap, since Annette was Italian, it's fitting to play some Italian Crime Themed lounge music.

Tune in Wed April 17, 2-3PM.


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