Saturday, January 20, 2007

where's James Horner when you need him?

James Horner, perhaps best known as a composer of movie soundtracks, almost always ends up scoring films in which some sort of launch occurs. He scored "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," which features a launch sequence with the USS Enterprise (film footage almost entirely stolen from the previous movie); he also scored "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," with a memorable "escape of the Enterprise" sequence; he scored "Aliens" and "Uncommon Valor" (listen for the "choppers popping over the ridge" sequence); he did a fantastic score for the launch scene in "Apollo 13"; he also did what is, in my opinion, a mediocre score for "Titanic," and he has worked on plenty of other films, often shamelessly reusing tropes and leitmotifs from his previous scores.

Horner should have been here this evening as I took Eva, my new Braun iron, on her maiden voyage across the blue expanse of my denim pants. Eva warmed for launch with nary a hitch, heating rapidly and tamping down wave upon wave of unruly wrinkles. She tacked with flawless grace across sky-blue and Kermit-green seas, across solid colors and plaid, navigating shirt after shirt, her prow cutting fearlessly through the undulating fabric, mastering each garment with her merest touch. It was a proud maiden voyage; a spot of James Horner would have made it just that much better.


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