Posts tagged ‘music’

January 1, 2018

2017 departs with its TV ad music

2017 was a year for getting to know things. I have, for many a year, enjoyed the musical extravaganza that is Mr Blue Sky. Almost operatic (in a good way!) and bouncy and positive, it winds down at the end, complete with a chugging cello beat and then the vocoder voice saying “Please turn me over”. Which is what you would do in those Victorian days of vinyl when you turned over the 45 or, in my case, turned over the LP. Except… for years I had thought those words were simply “Mr Blue Sky”. Which is crazy because that sounds nothing like “Please turn me over” – not even the same number of syllables…

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December 3, 2017

Music to make you happy

There is a new woman in my life. Her name is Alexa. She lives inside this Amazon Echo device:
She is like the computer in Star Trek. You know, where the Captain says “Computer, analyse the quantum cascading inversion” and it does just that. When you ask Alexa to engage the warp drive, she says “The engines canna take it!” She is polite, occasionally amusing and quite knowledgeable. But not very good at cheering me up…

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August 27, 2017

I am inspired to become a film soundtrack composer

I have just heard some of the soundtrack to Christopher Nolan’s latest film, Dunkirk. I have been a fan of Mr Nolan ever since that excellent film Memento. In fact, I watched Memento the other night in the right order… most of the scenes in the original are in reverse order so you start with the ending and go backwards to find out how the end came to be. But on the DVD, there’s a version in chronological order for the not-so-Spock.

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