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Richard McCracken
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My take on what the country will look like four years from now.

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the next four years
Well, that could have gone better. But it didn't. And it was really easy to see it coming. America has long gone gaga goo-goo for the big, blond swaggering, bully jock as Leader. A 1950's “good guy” who pushes around the school's drama, music, science and c...

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Why you can’t vote for Donald Trump and still claim to be my friend.
When I came out in 1976, there were no gay celebrities, no gay politicians and no gay sports figures. I didn’t even know anyone who was gay. Gay people were portrayed in books, magazines, movies, TV, newspapers, and conversations as sick, perverted, evil, s...

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For a long time, I’ve thought that maybe there is something wrong with me, with us, but no, I am the same; Michael is the same. The world has changed. You dear friend, you have changed.

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Why you can’t vote for Donald Trump and still claim to be my friend.
When I came out in 1976, there were no gay celebrities, no gay politicians and no gay sports figures. I didn’t even know anyone who was gay. Gay people were portrayed in books, magazines, movies, TV, newspapers, and conversations as sick, perverted, evil, s...

My apologies to those of you who have come looking for John Williams isolated score examples from Star Wars: A New Hope & The Empire Strikes Back. The rights holders to the music and video have objected to a few of the clips included in my fair use of the their intellectual property. Rather than fight, I have chosen to honor their request, and have taken all of the videos down. Hopefully one day the isolated scores will be available as a featured extra to encourage soundtrack fans to purchase a digital download or disc of the film.

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For my final example I've chosen an action clip with lots of emotional turns to the story to highlight how gratifying it can be to watch the film as a kind of silent movie. You don't need the dialog to get what's happening when you have a composer of John Williams' caliber. If you haven't already seen the film WARNING! SPOILERS! Also note the extended vamp edits at the beginning (a vamp is a theatrical music term for repeat until...).#starwars #soundtrack   #anewhope   #isolatedscore   #johnwilliams    #silentmovie  

Update: Disney has requested that I take my clips offline. Hopefully that will change sometime soon.

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In this 3rd clip, Han is confronted by Jabba the Hut. Since this scene was added in the Special Edition, the music for Jabba (and Boba Fett) had to come from somewhere! Music Editor Kenneth Wannberg grabbed some unused tracks from Return of the Jedi 1-07 Pit of Carkoon/Sailbarge and 1-04 Bounty for a Wookie. They were a perfect fit as you can even hear Boba Fett's motif at the end. The clip is bookended by 2-02 The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit. I've started with the end of the 1-12 Cantina Track after Han has just dusted poor Greedo, and a little bit of expo on the Death Star and the fate of Alderaan.

 #starwars   #soundtrack #isolatedscore   #anewhope   #johnwilliams   #silentmovie  
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