Wednesday, September 2, 2020
I'm Anarkyvist: NBC Today on Jerry Goldsmith 1990
In early 2011 I felt it was time to start digitizing my VHS collection of over 200 tapes. To YouTube I went and signed up under the improbable and somewhat mysterious name of "Anarkyvist". The project got off to a good start, but after the initial volley, I seemed to lose interest while gaining other convenient distractions. It's time to go back to those VHS boxes and the conversion process, but for now I will take a look back here on this blog....
Last week I premiered my "Anarkyvist" postings with a 1983 story on my favourite film scorer, Jerry Goldsmith. The video was a NBC Today segment done on the composer by that show's "man in Hollywood", Jim Brown, a fan. Today, culled from a Today show from 1990, is another filing from Brown on a theme.
Goldsmith wrote so many terrific scores between 1983 and 1990. Here we see him recording music for Star Trek: The Final Frontier and The Russia House, demonstrating a versatility which became his trademark.
Seeing this story now reminds me that the general state of film scoring has long been pathetic.
Final note: Are there guys like Jim Brown still working for the television networks? These pieces I grabbed a long time ago! A most sobering thought in more ways than one.