We are away at the moment. I am filling with samples of my favorite movie scores. Well, not “filling.” No, yeah – filling. Anyway, I hope you like them.
Once again, I did not find the YouTube clip I was looking for. But this one’s pretty good.
I met the great film composer Jerry Goldsmith at the hotel we were staying at in Hawaii. My friend Ken Levine who knew him was gracious enough to introduce me to him.
I immediately blubbered – as I invariably do upon meeting someone I sincerely admire – that we have a cabin in Indiana, and when I heard his film score for Hoosiers, I believed he had quintessentially captured the terrain. I did not say, “quintessentially captured the terrain”, but I am sure that what I did say was equally embarrassing.
Goldsmith replied that he preferred his score for the film Rudy (which is also set in Indiana.) I was immediately taken aback for two reasons. One, artists rarely admit to favoring one achievement over another. And two, I myself preferred Hoosiers.
I immediately “doubled down” on my blubbering… exiting his presence as rapidly as I could.
Anyway… try to be cool encountering a hero…
Here now is Hoosiers’ “climactic moment”, featuring a soundtrack the composer liked less than he liked Rudy.
A disgraced basketball coach takes a small-town High School team to the Indiana State Championship game against a vaunted, big-city opponent. (A tale, which for me, includes the added advantage of having actually happened.)
I feel uncomfortable admitting this, but while I was watching this, I started to cry. It was not easy telling you that. You might want to consider allotting me extra points for… feeling deep emotion for non-fictional strangers.
From Hoosiers – “Jimmy Chitwood – Final Shot.”
(Note: Crying is optional.)