Wednesday, April 13, 2016
John Williams Appreciation Post: Theme to "Superman" - 1978
Yesterday I way overslept and slid into my desk at 9:26 AM. I was panicky, because Nathan Cone was DJing the Spring telethon for Texas Public Radio out of San Antonio, and he'd promised he'd play the Superman theme just for on my B-Day at 9:30 AM sharp. I fired up the website, and in a couple of minutes, I got to hear Nathan give me (and the site!) a shout out, and then he played selections from the score to Superman: The Movie (1978).
As much as the movie defines Superman for me in a multitude of ways, I'll never get over the score. It's got all the drama and adventure and fun of a Superman comic at its best built right in. And for that, we need to thank John Williams.
We all love John Williams. He provided the score to our film-going lives and is, arguably, the most important composer of the age. He's certainly taken up more of my headspace than nearly any other composer, and I've bought more of his work than nearly any other musician.
So, we're going to start posting some of Williams' work here for a bit. Nothing to overwhelm you, just something to listen to and enjoy yourself.
And, yes, I re-upped my membership with Texas Public Radio. Nathan is diabolical that way.