Thomas Newman

Was listening to some Thomas Newman today so I decided that this would be the day I talk about Thomas Newman.

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If you haven’t heard of him, he is a film score composer and has done such films as Finding Nemo, American Beauty, Wall-E, Skyfall and others. He is my favourite composer. Almost all of his compositions I can recognise from his distinct composing style. I find that he is so good that a few films I went and saw specifically because he composed the music for and some of the time I didn’t even enjoy the film, I just listened to the music. 

Soundtrack – A Series of Unfortunate Events

Obviously the film itself isn’t fantastic, I do actually really enjoy this film, I love the filming style and come on, Jim Carey is epic. But the main reason I love it is because of the soundtrack. It is by far my favourite Thomas Newman soundtrack because I can listen to it from start to finish. Such songs as ‘Chez Olaf’ create such a fantastic perspective on the Count Olaf character, and the Baudelaire Twins is equally as brilliant creating their characters together. ‘Lovely Spring’ is such a fun song also, a song I commonly sang with my friends back when this film first came out. But the song that really gets me is ‘The Letter that Never Came’ a truly beautiful song, fantastic melody, great arrangement and the almost brings a tear to my eye. Fantastic soundtrack.

Link to soundtrack via Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/3APjdBSpcHFNPYwQwlUZlb

Song – Nemo Egg

Bit of an obvious one but it really is his best song. The duration is only 1:16 but it goes to show, a great song doesn’t have to be long to be great. The melody on the piano and the build up of ambiance in the background with strings creates a perfect theme for Finding Nemo. When I first purchased this song, I would sometimes loop it for when I was going to sleep as it was almost like a lullaby to me. Music that touches your soul in some way becomes very personal to you, whether it’s because of lyrics, or because the way the music flows together makes you feel something special. Nemo Egg is one of mine. And I thank Thomas Newman for composing such a beautiful piece of music. Even if it is only 1:16 in length.  

Link to ‘Nemo Egg’ – http://open.spotify.com/track/0VEf913GDXMlb196o6VOCV

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Bon Jovi

 

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I thought I’d start out my blog with my all time favourite band. Bon Jovi. I’ve been listening to Bon Jovi since I was 13 and was the first band I ever went crazy about. Bon Jovi has meant many things to me, their music has inspired me in many ways as a performer, composer and overall musician. In fact, the majority of learning of the guitar was from watching live videos of Richie Sambora playing Bon Jovi concerts. 

Album: These Days

My favourite album has to be These Days. The reason I recommend this album above all the others is because it isn’t expressed as being the best album because it has the most hits, in fact not many of their hits came from this album. I enjoy this album the most because of it’s writing style, lyrical content and overall production sound. The mix on each song is amazingly well balanced and effects added work perfectly to compliment the songs. A few notable songs are: 
Hey God, This Ain’t a Love Song, Hard Letting You Go, and My Guitar Lies Bleeding in My Arms. These are the songs that best high light the overall sound of the album and I hope you agree that these songs sound fantastic.

Spotify Link to album – http://t.co/pGO7WUnaOM

Song: Dry County

My all time favourite song by Bon Jovi (and possibly all time) is Dry County from the Keep the Faith album. This is the longest song by Bon Jovi being the length of 9:52. This song is a very personal song to me it is a song about inspiration and escapism. The overall mix might not be fantastic so generally the reason I love this song so much is the lyrical content and musical composition. When I heard this song live in 2011 at Hard Rock Calling Festival, I swear I nearly cried. I shouldn’t leave out that Dry County also has probably one of the greatest guitar solos of all time by Richie. 

Link to full length song on Spotify – http://t.co/ZJeUWfWpfZ
Link to shorter single version on Youtube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ja1aHnj7Wk

My blog

This blog is created mainly document my findings in artists and music I find. Through this blog you should be able to find a collection of songs, albums and artists I enjoy. This is the main plan for this blog and I hope it keeps up to it’s name.