Hello everyone! 🙂
Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!
Last Wednesday, I did a third music presentation at the ‘Newport Nostalgia Music Society’. I did two music presentations beforehand, including my ‘Tim’s Glenn Miller Favourites’ in April 2016 and my ‘Tim’s Nostalgia Trip’ in December 2016. My third music presentation was titled ‘Tim’s Film/TV Favourites’.
This presentation had ten tracks of music from my favourite films and TV shows. This was a unique music experience for my audience, since they used to jazz music and they listened to some of the music I liked. But they enjoyed how I did my presentation as well as some of the music featured in it.
The presentation started with the ‘Superman’ theme music, originally composed by John Williams for the 1978 film, ‘Superman: The Movie’, directed by Richard Donner. The theme music I used in my presentation was a version composed by John Ottoman, used for the 2006 film, ‘Superman Returns’.
There was then a song from the 1952 musical film, ‘Singing in the Rain’. Instead of playing the title song where Gene Kelly ‘sings in the rain’ with an umbrella, I played the song ‘Good Morning’, which is where Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds danced and sang that song at midnight.
I then played a suite of music from the 1996 film, ‘Star Trek: First Contact’, my favourite out of the ‘Star Trek’ film franchise. The suite featured the End Credits music of ‘Star Trek: First Contact’ composed by Jerry Goldsmith. This included the ‘Star Trek’ theme music and ‘First Contact’s melody.
It was then time for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ with Topol as Tevye. I played the song ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ used in the 1964 Broadway Musical as well as the 1971 film, directed by Norman Jewison. Topol performed the song as well as playing the part of Tevye in the 1971 film for my presentation. 🙂
I then played the theme music from the movie blockbuster, ‘Back to the Future’. The film’s musical score was composed by Alan Silvestri, who scored all three films in the ‘Back to the Future’ trilogy. The movie theme music was performed by the Outatime Orchestra and conducted by Alan Silvestri.
There was then a song from one of my Dad’s favourite films – the 1939 film, ‘The Wizard of Oz’. The song was ‘If I Only Had a Brain’ performed by Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow and Judy Garland as Dorothy. The rendition of the song that I played was an extended version, not featured in the movie.
One of my favourite Disney animated films made in 1994 was ‘The Lion King’. I played a version of the song called ‘Circle of Life’ from the Broadway musical of ‘The Lion King’, which I saw a theatre in November 2010. This version of the song has ‘Nants’ Igonyama’ at the beginning before Rafiki sings.
I played another Disney song from the 2003 animated film, ‘Brother Bear’. The song was ‘Look Through My Eyes’ which was composed by songwriter and singer, Phil Collins. The song was played during the end credits of the film and it was additionally featured in its own music video on the DVD.
The penultimate track of my presentation was one I had been looking forward to hearing. Before ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Star Trek’, I loved watching ‘Thunderbirds’, the 1960s Supermarionation TV show. So I played the ‘Thunderbirds’ TV theme, composed by Barry Gray and his orchestra for the series.
I finished my presentation with a song from one of my favourite fantasy movie trilogies called ‘The Lord of the Rings’. The song was ‘Into The West’, performed by singer/songwriter Annie Lennox. It was played during the end credits of ‘The Return of the King’, the third and best movie of the trilogy.
‘Tim’s Film/TV Favourites’ music presentation went well that evening. I’m pleased people enjoyed the music I played that evening and that it was something different for them. I hope I will get to do another presentation for the ‘Newport Nostalgia Music Society’, based on Rodgers and Hammerstein’s music.
Thanks for reading!
Bye for now!